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

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Wed Jun 26 20:12:53 CDT 2013

June 26

         This link is to the first page of the Scientific American article:


         Links within the article will take you to the subsequent pages.

         The article was written by Jane Braxton 
Little of The Daily Climate.  Here's the link to TDC's page about itself:


         Link to Braxton's biography:


         Her resume:


         She's an English major with a BA, and 
has a MA from Harvard in Japanese cultural 
history.  This qualifies her to write about Chernobyl --- well, doesn't it??

Steven Dapra

At 06:33 AM 6/26/2013, you wrote:
>This is in Scientific American - they used to be known for being
>accurate reporters of science and not of fiction.
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>New post on nuclear-news
>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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