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Radiation Exposure and Risk

Ionizing radiation damages living things and contaminates the environment, sometimes permanently. Studies have shown increases in cancer around nuclear facilities and uranium mines. Radiation mutates genes which can cause genetic damage across generations.

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Wednesday
Jan132010

Chernobyl death figures disputed as more children fall sick

The Guardian's John Vidal reports that the "official" death figures resulting from the Chernobyl reactor accident in 1986 are likely grossly under-estimated. Doctors at hospitals in Belarus and Ukraine are seeing highly unusual rates of cancers, mutations and blood diseases in their young patients. An assessment by the Russian academy of sciences says there have been 60,000 deaths so far in Russia and an estimated 140,000 in Ukraine and Belarus - far higher than the ludicrous but "official" figures from the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency which claim only 56 people have died as a direct result of the radiation released by the Chernobyl explosion and that only about 4,000 will will die from it eventually. 

Tuesday
Dec152009

Physicians threaten to leave hospital if uranium exploration continues

The Globe and Mail reports that physicians, community organizers, municipal officials and residents are worried their community’s water supply will be contaminated with radiation as a result of proposed uranium mining. They fear their health and especially the health of their children, will be adversely affected. If a moratorium mirroring ones in British Columbia and Nova Scotia provinces is not instituted, the doctors are threatening to move their families away. This would leave the only hospital in town without a functional staff. The Quebec government is resisting calls for a moratorium.

Tuesday
Sep152009

World's worst radiation hot spot still causing cancers

Radioactive contamination from Soviet atomic bomb testing still contaminates the Kazakh steppes. Sixty years on, the cancerous legacy is still being felt. Read the inquiry by the U.K.'s Independent newspaper.

Thursday
Aug202009

Sellafield reprocessing facility due in court over radiation exposures

Sellafield company will be sentenced on Friday, August 21, 2009 for two worker exposures to which they admitted guilt in 2007. One worker, who was jailed for two years as a whistleblower, died of radiation related illness in July before receiving any compensation. Citizens' groups will be attending the sentencing and are asking that the compensation sheme, started by British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) in the 1970's, be expanded to the wider public, claiming that worker exposures are just the "tip of a whole flotilla of icebergs."

Sunday
Jul122009

The unholy IAEA-WHO alliance

Writing in The Guardian (UK), Oliver Tickell describes how the "toxic link" between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization has effectively "gagged the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation." See a paper exploring the inherent conflict of interest between these two agencies.