Session I: Current Events Discussion
1. Please share one of the news or issues that you read about this week. Why were you interested in this particular item?
2. What is the significance of this news or issue? Who or what is it about? Was it reported in the media here? How would this affect our daily lives?
3. How do you think this news or issue will be viewed 10, 100, 1000 years from now? Has a similar event occurred before in history?
Session II: Article Discussion
4. How much do you know about the journal “Nature”? Can you introduce the journal in short? Among all the news and information sources, what do you choose to read? If you are not sure about some piece of information, how do you check it? Why did Ed Lyman, a nuclear expert, say the findings of Nature’s population analysis are “scary”?
5. In the article, what are some of the findings about Taiwan’s nuclear power plants, the Kuosheng plant (核二廠) and the Chin Shan plant (核一廠)? According to the same reasoning, should we have the Longmen plant (核四廠)? What is the “bathtub curve”? Are newer nuclear reactors safer than older ones? According to bathtub curve, should we postpone the decommissioning of the 3 operating nuclear power plants in Taiwan? Why or why not? Which is a more serious problem to you, global warming or nuclear incidents?
6. What is the “largest single internal factor determining the safety of a plant” in the article? How do you see this factor in Taiwan’s nuclear industry? Please give us some examples to elaborate on your opinions. According to the article, the Fukushima Daiichi plant was located in an area having a relatively low chance of large earthquake and tsunami. Do you think the designers of nuclear plants are able to consider every risk and take all the preemptive actions? Do you care about Taiwan’s nuclear policy? Do you think it is relevant to you, and how will you pay more attention to this issue? What would you do if one of the nuclear plants in Taiwan had a huge meltdown? Would you be more willing to live near a fossil fuel plant or a nuclear plant, and why?
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