Should Fukushima Release Radioactive Water?

Should Fukushima Release Radioactive Water?

In 2011, a tsunami engulfed the Japanese coastline and precipitated the second worst nuclear accident in history. This year, Japan is planning on releasing some of this catastrophe – water contaminated with tritium – back into the ocean. Is it safe? Does it make sense? This [HALF-LIFE HISTORY] traveled to Fukushima Daiichi to find out.

00:00 Intro
02:50 The Water
09:25 The Tour
16:50 The Future

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😎: Kyle
✂: Charles Shattuck
🤖: @Claire Max
🎨: Mr. Mass
🎼: Mëydan
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26 Responses

  1. Kyle Hill says:

    *Thanks for watching.* This was obviously a difficult story to unravel. I had to keep the facts in front of me while acknowledging the optics and politics of the situation. I hope what comes through is something more nuanced than anything you’ve read on the topic so far. At least two more videos from Fukushima to come before the end of the year.

  2. LAmal Bush says:

    I sometimes miss the silly Because Science days but Kyle being able to do what he wants to has been an amazing thing to witness and clearly for the best. kudos to you for everything you do, Kyle. much love

  3. Dean Martin says:

    This kind of story is what Kyle does better than any other YouTuber I have watched.

  4. A.G says:

    The world needs someone like you. Educating the masses about nuclear energy and waste, pros and cons, baseless fears and scientifically backed concerns – this is you, Kyle. This is your calling. Thank you so much.

    No pressure, though

  5. Pongo says:

    This is my favorite series on YouTube. For some reason these longer form videos are the only ones that hold my attention. And honestly it’s made me much more supportive of nuclear energy, perhaps in spite of itself.

    • Chaoswraith says:

      Same. Things aren’t so scary and ominous when you have the facts and perspective in order

    • Cacklea says:

      nuclear is way safer than other forms of energy, provided people follow guidelines and proper procedures, so that’s good!

    • Tyler Olejnicak says:

      As a whole, nuclear energy is magnitudes safer than all other traditional energy industries. We’re just so used to them and they’re old enough we don’t really talk about them. Tons of people die directly or indirectly through the burning of fossil fuels, not to mention potential global concerns. Compared to that, even with the few disasters we’ve had with nuclear it’s almost nothing.

  6. Andrea Telesforo says:

    This was probably one of the most eye opening videos I’ve ever seen about Fukushima and what’s happening after the disaster. Thank you.

  7. Liam James says:

    Kyle I’d like tp thank you for being one of the only forms of nuclear and scientific education I’m able to get

    • Elmo Jackson says:

      You can download books on lots of different topics on the internet. I’m confused.

    • Susuki Ran says:

      @Elmo Jackson sorry of course. I can learn about science, geology, history and all kinds of thinks if we decide to read a bunch of books related to them. But do you really think people would read about something they don’t have to study about? Like honestly as humans we can’t waste time on every little thing and these channels help summarizing information they are specialized and are ment to study about. So not surprised that most people around the world won’t just be downloading science books and actually read them all and come to a understandable conclusion.

    • MoutainMan3000 says:

      @Susuki RanThat doesn’t mean the information is unavailable… Your post is irrelevant.

    • Tobias Meiers says:

      You should also watch Kyle’s gaming live streams, to further your education.

  8. Jennifer Klayer says:

    Hey Kyle! That has been the most fair and balanced video of Fukushima that I have possibly seen. The saving face thing isn’t just Japanese it happens in other Asian cultures as well. I had to deal with that alot growing up and my mom is Filipina.

  9. aphtoris says:

    I’m currently in japan with plans to visit the area surrounding the nuclear power plant in 3 days. thanks to you, I am a strong proponent of nuclear energy while also being extremely conscious of its troubled past. I’m visiting the area to continue to educate myself about the important history. this video did an excellent job of presenting a nuanced understanding of the issue. thank you, kyle.

  10. T Ledge says:

    I’m not sure if you’ve already looked into this, but I feel a positive addition to your half life series could be a deep dive, so to speak, into the US Navy’s nuclear power program. It just turned 75 years old and has an operating history of 0 accidents due to the stringent requirements of operations. Keep up the great work, your videos always leave me wanting to see more content from you!

    • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce says:

      75 years is not a very long time but that is notable

    • Richard Walker says:

      @Wesley Wyndam-Pryce I doubt it . There are always human error in any industry . Risk management is always based on incidents prior . There was a submarine that sank to the bottom of the ocean that is nuclear powered .

    • T Ledge says:

      @richardwalker6004  Let me rephrase: 0 reactor accidents. The subs that have been lost in program history were not lost due to anything going wrong with the power plant. We operate nuclear plants in countries that don’t practice nuclear energy themselves. Our allies trust our program so much they send some of their own service members through our program to better their’s.

    • T Ledge says:

      @Wesley Wyndam-Pryce considering nuclear energy is only around 80 years old, the NNPP has existed nearly as long as we’ve been harnessing the atom and has been doing it with the best track record

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