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Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad: Animals Return to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

I've just published a short article at Arcadia, an online journal at the Environment and Society Portal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum.The article examines the discourse around large mammals being seen in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), especially in the heavily contaminated Red Forest area. When the mammals are wolves, foxes, or other non-human animals, invariably the discourse is foregrounding the

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Video - Out of the Ground, Into the Ground: Nuclear Heritage

I had the joy of participating in a deep exploration of issues of nuclear heritage with the artist Grit Ruhland. The discussion was wide ranging focusing on the legacy of uranium mining and nuclear production. Grit's work explores nuclear heritage at uranium mining sites and communities in Germany, and modes of knowledge production around nuclear culture and technology. She does very powerful work in sculpture, video and sound installation. The event was the opening event of the Redraw Tragedy

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How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible: Video

I was honored to be invited to give a lecture in the "Night with the Experts" series of the Nuclear Education Information Services (NEIS) group based in Chicago (my hometown). The title of my talk is, "How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible." There are several parts to the lecture:-The effects of nuclear weapons-How internal and external exposures to radiation are experienced differently and affect people differently-External exposures affect our whole bodies-Internal

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Why Wildlife Returning to Chernobyl Tells Us Almost Nothing

Several years ago, I was speaking with a prominent Anthropocene scholar in Uppsala, Sweden. We were in disagreement about the risks to the environment of nuclear power. For both of us, Chernobyl was part of making our case to each other. He told me that if the radiation around Chernobyl was so dangerous, it would not now be as full of returning wildlife as it has become. Animals are becoming more abundant there, he explained, so it shows that things are not as dangerous in the Exclusion Zone as

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