Gavin Blair wrote the piece in this month's issue and above is my layout and illustration for the print edition. For the simple illustration I took a dice image and added the radiation symbols: the "danger" or "safety" is of course a risk assessment, but also a risk assessment is the accuracy of different experts. Hence the throw of the dice.
I had wondered about believing sub-atomic-level physicist and string theorist Michio Kaku ("we came close to losing northern Japan"); journalist and green campaigner George Monbiot (who converted to being a supporter of nuclear power after Fukushima because of its overall safety); Chernobyl researcher Tim Mousseau – who is nevertheless partly contradicted by Chernobyl researcher and previous colleague Sergey Gaschak (one of whom must be nearer the truth); nuclear industry insider Rod Adams on his reassuring Atomic Insights blog; or Tokyo University medical researcher Professor Kodama who relayed the dangers he saw in a speech to the government here. Gavin Blair made it into proper article.
Also in the issue: Kazuma Obara's secretly taken photographs from inside the damaged Fukushima station.