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Radioactive Heaven and Earth

Radioactive Heaven And Earth

Radioactive Heaven and Earth

The health and environmental effects of nuclear weapons testing in, on, and above the earth。

ISBN-10: 0945257341 | ISBN-13:大发体育 978-0945257349

A formal report from the International Commission of Physicians and Environmentalists to Investigate the Health and Environmental Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Production. A project of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

The team of authors carefully assesses and meticulously documents all aspects of health and environmental issues related to nuclear testing, taking care to provide technical analyses of data including margins of error, methodologies for study and accounting for discrepancies compared to previous estimates。

After firmly establishing the basis for determining the validity of their findings, they proceed with in-depth assessments of the effects of nuclear testing, breaking out specific results of:

  • U.S. Testing in North America
  • U.S. Testing in the Pacific
  • Soviet Union Testing
  • British Testing in Australia
  • British and U.S. testing at Christmas Island
  • French Testing
  • Testing in China, India and other countries

Conclusions: Although arrival at final figures was exceedingly difficult, resulting in sizable margins of error, conservative estimates of deaths caused by worldwide nuclear testing amount to between 2,400,000 – 61,600,000 deaths worldwide. The variance of an order of magnitude is due to cumulative margins of error and standard deviation. Again, these figures are conservative.

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Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer

Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer by Dr. Helen Caldicott

[Publisher: The New Press (2006); ISBN: 978-1-59558-067-2 | Melbourne University Press (2006): ISBN 0522-85251-3]

A long time advocate of abandoning the nuclear arms race, Dr. Helen Caldicott turns her attention to busting the myths regarding the so-called peaceful uses of atomic energy for power generation. Bringing a physician’s care and attention to bear on the real economic and health costs of nuclear power, she shows how it is not a truly viable option.

Starting with an examination of the “carbon footprint” of nuclear energy, she shows how enormous the mining and manufacturing costs associated with nuclear energy truly are. Far from being “clean energy” nuclear power is shown to be  among the dirtiest of options.

大发体育Dr。 Caldicott then examines the health impacts associated with nuclear power and reveals real death and disease consequences which nuclear industry “experts” continually downplay at the expense of public health。 (Children near to nuclear power plants develop leukemia as a matter of course)。

Finally she shows that problems with waste disposal and security pose an ever-growing threat to every living thing on the planet。

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the EnvironmentChernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences)
ISBN-10: 1573317578 | ISBN-13: 978-1573317573

Nearly a quarter century after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, three noted scientists sought to correct assessments which under-reported the consequences of the disaster.

Dr. Alexey Nesterenko (A biologist and ecologist in Belarus)
Dr. Vassili Nesterenko, (A physicist and director of the Institute of Nuclear Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus at the time of the accident)
Dr. Alexey Yablokov (Former Russian presidential advisor)

大发体育They compiled all the available research and provide an uprecedented, comprehensively documented examination of both the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants emitted from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant.

They point out errors in methodology, omitted results and gaps in understanding which led to inaccurate assesments on the part of the International Atomic Energy Agency. They show that the effects of Chernobyl are far-reaching and far exceed the previous assessment of 4,000 fatalities. Instead they show the place the number of casualties occurring between 1986 and 2004 at 985,000 (mainly from cancer) and growing.

The team shows proof of worldwide contamination from the 1986 explosion saying emissions were, “hundreds of millions of curies, a quantity hundreds of times larger than the fallout from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki。”

Their chapter on public health consequences examines methodology, disability, rapid aging, non-malignant and oncological diseases as well as mortality. Their chapter on the environment covers air, water and soil contamination and the impact of radioactivity on plants, animals and microbes.

大发体育The final chapter takes up the issue of how to protect food and people, reduce contaminants, take protective measures and public health recommendations。

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Fukushima Radiation Symposium Introduction

Fukushima Radiation Symposium

Fukushima Radiation

Dr。 Helen Caldicott

On March 11 & 12, 2013, the 2 year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi disaster, a symposium was held at The New York Academy of Medicine to discuss Fukushima radiation in terms of its bio-medical and ecological consequences. The symposium was a project of  the Helen Caldicott Foundation, and was co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility. The Fukushima radiation symposium was entitled: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. Dr. Caldicott has made the archive of the symposium available at: 

Getting To The Truth About Fukushima Radiation

If a person listens to the news media concerning Fukushima radiation, it can be difficult to get real answers.  Nuclear physics is a complex topic and does not fit well into sound bites. Consequently, reporters must rely on experts, and many of the experts have a conflict of interest, since they are part of the nuclear energy industry. When asking government officials about Fukushima radiation, a similar conflict of interest appears, since officials depend on campaign contributions provided by the nuclear energy industry. If one relies on the news media, industry experts or government officials for accurate information on Fukushima radiation, they run the risk of being misinformed.

To discover the truth about Fukushima radiation, one needs to consult people who are committed to something other than the energy industry.  This symposium was assembled of such people.

Symposium Speakers On Fukushima Radiation

Physicians For Social Responsibility: Fukushima RadiationModerator: Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey

Session One: DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENT

Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan (videotape)
Opening Address

Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI)
Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control

Fukushima Radiation: New York Academy of MedicineArnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates
What Did They Know and When Did They Know it?

David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
大发体育 Another Unsurprising Surprise

Hisako Sakiyama, Member of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission
Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan: What Became Clear in the Diet Fukushima Investigation Committee

Akio Matsumura, Founder of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders
What Did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?

Session Two: THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES

Steven Starr, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri
大发体育 The Implications of Massive Radiation Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesium

Timothy Mousseau, Department of Biological Sciences, University South Carolina
Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places: Biological Implications

Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Fukushima Ocean Impacts

David Brenner, Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
大发体育 Living with Uncertainty About Low Dose Radiation Risks

Session Three:
THE MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES OF BOTH THE CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA CRISES AS THEY RELATE TO NORTH AMERICA
Session Chair: Andrew Kanter, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences
Lessons from Chernobyl

Wladimir Wertelecki, Former Chair of the Department of Medical Genetics University South Alabama
Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia and the Chernobyl Accident

Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant
The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects

Steve Wing, Gillings School of Public Health, University North Carolina
Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities: Lessons Past and Present

Joe Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project
Post Fukushima Increases in Newborn Hypothyroidism on the West Coast of USA

Robert Alvarez, Institute for Policy Studies
Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste

Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear
Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring in the US

Mary Olson
Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Gender Matters in the Atomic Age

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America

David Freeman, Former Chair. Tennessee Valley Authority
大发体育 My Experience with Nuclear Power

Herbert Abrams, Stanford University School of Medicine
The Hazards of Low Level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence

大发体育The Fukushima radiation topics presented by each of these speakers will be summarized in future posts.

14,000 Infant Deaths From Fukushima Fallout?

Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

[Original Press Release Below]

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services.   This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U。S。 deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986。  The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U。S。 infants under age one。  The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1。8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8。37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks。

The IJHS article will be published Tuesday and will be available online as of 11 a。m。 EST at 。

Just six days after the disastrous meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima on March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores.  Subsequent measurements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found levels of radiation in air, water, and milk hundreds of times above normal across the U.S.  The highest detected levels of Iodine-131 in precipitation in the U.S. were as follows (normal is about 2 picocuries I-131 per liter of water):  Boise, ID (390);Kansas City (200); Salt Lake City (190); Jacksonville, FL (150); Olympia, WA (125); and Boston, MA (92).

Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, MPH MBA, said: “This study of Fukushima health hazards is the first to be published in a scientific journal.  It raises concerns, and strongly suggests that health studies continue, to understand the true impact of Fukushima in Japan and around the world.  Findings are important to the current debate of whether to build new reactors, and how long to keep aging ones in operation.”

Mangano is executive director, Radiation and Public Health Project, and the author of 27 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and letters。

Internist and toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD, said: “Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death. Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults.”

Dr. Sherman is an adjunct professor, Western Michigan University, and contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” published by the NY Academy of Sciences in 2009, and author of “Chemical Exposure and Disease and Life’s Delicate Balance – Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues weekly reports on numbers of deaths for 122 U.S. cities with a population over 100,000, or about 25-30 percent of the U.S.  In the 14 weeks after Fukushima fallout arrived in the U.S. (March 20 to June 25), deaths reported to the CDC rose 4.46 percent from the same period in 2010, compared to just 2.34 percent in the 14 weeks prior.  Estimated excess deaths during this period for the entire U.S. are about 14,000.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  A streaming audio replay of a related news event will be available on the Web at   as of 4 p.m. EST/2100 GMT on December 19, 2011. Embargoed copies of the medical journal article are available by contactingAilis Aaron Wolf, (703) 276-3265 or aawolf@hastingsgroup.com.

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