Technology and the forces of nature: A lesson of humility calling for ecocentrism

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  • Francois Bréchignac

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    1. International Union of Radioecology (IUR), Secretariat at Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Centre of Cadarache, Building 229, 13115, St Paul-lez-Durance cedex, France
    2. Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Direction general, Centre of Cadarache, Building 229, 13115, St Paul-lez-Durance cedex, France
    • International Union of Radioecology (IUR), Secretariat at Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Centre of Cadarache, Building 229, 13115, St Paul-lez-Durance cedex, France.
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Abstract

The incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, resulting from the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Japan in March 2011, reminds humankind of the powerful natural forces that shape our world. This article calls for a new ecocentric approach to human interaction with the environment, with particular reference to the environmental consequences of radiation. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2011;7:409–410. © 2011 SETAC

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