One of the objectives of the narrative is about climate change. The mini-series made two major changes for the scientists. 1. The Soviet scientists had scientific consensus that the Soviet nuclear energy program was safe. 2. The scientists knew perfectly well the "scientific consensus" was not true, but based on politics.
During one of the show runner interviews, he attempt to connect the mini-series to man made climate change. It wouldn't help showing the scientists knew all along the designed was faulty and based on bad science.
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