Environmental Politics and Law: Nuclear Secrecy and Ecology (Lecture 4 of 24) Yale | Spring 2010

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Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255)

The United States government employed a variety of approaches to protect citizens from danger, including public education, nuclear weapons testing, and gathering data about the effects of nuclear testing. The US government's testing of nuclear weapons at the Bikini Atoll is used as an example of government approaches. Nuclear testing led to ecological devastation, leading the US government to move Bikinians to another island. The case highlights the far-reaching environmental, economic, and health consequences of nuclear weapons testing.

  • 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Managing Technological Dangers
  • 10:14 - Chapter 2. Expert Deployment to Bikini Island
  • 23:48 - Chapter 3. Developing a Narrative Advantage: Public Education
  • 33:03 - Chapter 4. Returning to Bikini Island: Conflicting Interpretations
  • 40:56 - Chapter 5. Remedies for Those Exposed

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

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