Talk on Nuclear Crisis and Environment, Energy Policy and Public Health

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SAN FRANCISCO — The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim will present “After the Deluge: Nuclear Crisis in Japan and the Environment, Energy Policy, and Public Health” on Thursday, April 21, at 5:45 p.m. in Fromm Hall on the USF Main Campus (enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate and Fulton).

This Earth Day preview event will explore some important long-term implications of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the nuclear crisis that followed. Focusing on environmental, energy, and public health issues in Japan and other Pacific Rim countries, the discussion will analyze the repercussions of the disaster, addressing such questions as:

• What will be the impact of radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on people and the environment?

• How will this crisis affect future efforts to combat climate change?

Join Peter Hayes, Ph.D., executive director, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, and Kirk Smith, Ph.D., professor of global environmental health, UC Berkeley, for a discussion that goes beyond the headlines of these dramatic, tragic events, and examines the likely impacts they will have for our lives on the Pacific Rim and around the world.

Free and open to the public; reservations recommended. Call (415) 422-6828. For more information, visit http://www.usfca.edu/pacificrim/.

Presented by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability and the Japan Policy Research institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. Co-sponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, Give2Asia, the USF Biology Department,the USF Environmental Studies Program, the USF Master of Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) Program, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

In conjunction with this event, a “Paper Cranes for Japan” drive will be held at Fromm Hall at 5:45 p.m. Come and donate $1 for a paper crane, either to take home or to send to children in Japan. All donations will go to the JPRI (Japan Policy Research Institute) Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund (http://give2asia.org/JPRI-japanrelief). Donations will go directly to locally based aid efforts on the ground in Japan, rather than to national bureaucracies or international organizations with hefty administrative costs.

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