While a relatively small area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan needs to be cleaned up, 50,000 people are needlessly affected by radiation fears not backed up by science, writes energy blogger James Conca. Studies continue to conclude that health effects from the incident are so small they are not observable, and an atmosphere of fear is doing greater damage to the population, he writes. This could be fixed with better education and realistic evacuation plans. "[W]e need to stop fear-mongering about radiation because it hurts people. It blocks real help from going to those in need. It thwarts people's lives from returning to normal," Conca writes.