Volume 46, Number 6, 2011ICRER 2011 – International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity: Environment & Nuclear Renaissance
|Page(s)||XVII - XXI|
|Published online||10 January 2012|
Radioecology's coming of age on the spot
1 Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Direction General, Centre of Cadarache, Blg. 229, BP. 1, 13115 St Paul-lez-Durance Cedex, France
2 International Union of Radioecology (IUR), Secretariat at IRSN-DG, Centre of Cadarache, Blg. 229, BP. 1, 13115 St Paul-lez-Durance Cedex, France
After a period of scepticism about the future of radioecology due to post Chernobyl political trends and decisions, recent events (worldwide nuclear renaissance, Fukushima accident) demonstrate that the discipline is not only still alive but definitely needed, perhaps more than ever. However, given its long standing anthropocentric view over the environment, it has for a long time been bound exclusively to human radioprotection needs. It is argued that moving toward a more integrated eco-centric view over the environment is the clue for radioecology to reach full maturity as a stand-alone discipline, a movement which does not prevent continuing its contribution to feed human radioprotection.
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