Sonja D. Schmid

Articles by Sonja D. Schmid

11 April 2011

The unbearable ambiguity of knowing: Making sense of Fukushima

Sonja D. Schmid

Information and transparency are desirable, but they will not make the ambiguities surrounding the Fukushima crisis disappear. Technical expertise alone cannot provide the clarity we seek.

11 April 2011

The unbearable ambiguity of knowing: Making sense of Fukushima

Sonja D. Schmid

Since March 11 we have heard, seen, and read analyses from countless experts on what is going on at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant. That these accounts have often been contradictory is hardly surprising, given the volatile state of affairs, and the different perspectives from which experts view the situation. In a rapidly developing emergency, we expect to see assessments that diverge and evolve quickly. Our lives are chock full of ambiguities, and we live with most of them quite comfortably. Not with this one.

1 March 2011
Europe/Russia
Chernobyl: Looking back, moving forward

The threat of global climate change has pushed governments around the world to consider alternative energy sources, including nuclear energy. As the interest in nuclear power increases, serious discussions on safety must resume before moving forward.