The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is coming up next week, but of course Chernobyl was not the first serious nuclear accident nor the first indication that nuclear power might be risky. The well-known Three Mile Island accident which occurred in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1979, predated Chernobyl by seven years.
However, Three Mile Island was not the first major nuclear accident either. Here the BBC remembers a serious accident at the nuclear power station Windscale in Cumberland in 1957. What I find most worrying is that I have never even heard of this particular accident.
Back to the present, Mark Charan Newton of The Green Stuff is annoyed by all the pro-nuclear-power cheerleading in the US and UK and puts the record straight.