The Scream Through Time
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Drawing by Marek Raczkowski
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The Scream Through Time

The Problem With Labelling Nuclear Waste
Łukasz Kaniewski
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Danger, Achtung, Κίνδυνος, 危険, Tehlike, Pozor, Опасность!!! And so on, in all languages known to man. Is this enough to help people realize the threat? What about those people living here in several thousand years’ time, when all modern languages have been lost, but the danger remains?

The creators of the Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository in south-western Finland

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