[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Radiation-caused deaths from Chernobyl nuclear accident

Roger Helbig rwhelbig at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 07:33:13 CDT 2013

This is in Scientific American - they used to be known for being
accurate reporters of science and not of fiction.

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Radiation-caused deaths from Chernobyl nuclear accident

by Christina MacPherson

Scientific American: Up to 1 million eventual deaths estimated from
Chernobyl exposure — Sweden, Finland, others concerned about risk of
forest fires near disaster area

Title: At Chernobyl, Radioactive Danger Lurks in the Trees
Source: Scientific American
Author:  Jane Braxton Little and The Daily Climate
Date: June 24, 2013

At Chernobyl, Radioactive Danger Lurks in the Trees

For 26 years, forests around Chernobyl have been absorbing radioactive
elements but a fire would send them skyward again – a concern as
summers grow longer, hotter and drier [...]

[...] scientists at several institutions in Europe and North America
analyzed a worst-case scenario: A very hot fire that burns for five
days, consumes everything in its path, and sends the smoke 60 miles
south to Kiev. A separate worst-case study is underway looking at the
risks for Sweden, Finland and other European countries heavily
impacted by the 1986 explosion.

Women in their 20s living just outside the zone face the highest risk
from exposure to radioactive smoke, the 2011 study found: 170 in
100,000 would have an increased chance of dying of cancer. Among men
farther away in Kiev, 18 in 100,000 20-year-olds would be at increased
risk of dying of cancer. [No mention of those under 20, who are at
much greater risk] These estimates pale in comparison to those from
the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, which predict between 4,000 and over a
million eventual deaths from radiation exposure. [...]
See also: 3 million children require treatment because of Chernobyl,
many will die prematurely -U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000

Christina MacPherson | June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Categories: EUROPE,
health, radiation | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-dHT


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