This week on Fíorscéal:
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
Fíorscéal brings a new season of top-class international documentaries that continue to throw a sometimes disturbing or controversial light on issues which affect us environmentally, socially, politically and globally. Among the first documentaries of the new season are:
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants – Mission Impossible 21.09.17 @ 11.00pm
From France to the USA to Germany, the countries that have banked on nuclear energy are today facing a new challenge: decommissioning their power plants that are either ageing or are definitively ceasing activity. Forty years ago, their designers did not foresee that, once the plants had become too old and therefore dangerous, they would need to be dismantled, and that highly radioactive waste would need to be stocked. Although both plant operators and nuclear safety authorities claim they are in full control of the decommissioning process, the reality is somewhat different.
Iceland Living on a Powder Keg 28.09.17 @ 11.00pm
In spring 2010, ash clouds from the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökul, brought air traffic over half of Europe to a standstill. In Iceland itself, the area around the village Vik, at the outermost southern tip of the island, was affected the most. Apart from problems from pervasive ash, Vik got off lightly after the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. But what would happen if the considerably bigger neighbouring volcano, Katla, erupts, which is capped by a huge glacier? A scenario the town’s inhabitants shudder to think about.
A Cloud Over the Roof of the World 05.10.17 @ 10.30pm
The roof of the world is no longer the pure haven that is so often imagined! After the discovery of an enormous cloud of pollution over the Indian Ocean, for the first time a Franco-Italian team revealed surprising levels of soot particle concentration in an area as unspoilt as the highest Himalayan summits. Clouds know no borders… but science is on their trail.