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

Ludwig E. Feinendegen feinendegen at gmx.net
Thu Jun 27 02:10:28 CDT 2013

Dear Steven:

Thanks for sending the various links.  The authors, obviously, are
unqualified to make statements as they did.  It is deplorable that
Scientific American gave the platform to elaborate on that non-sense.  The
damage from this des-information is not small.    

Best regards,

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] Im Auftrag von Steven Dapra
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 27. Juni 2013 03:13
An: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Radiation-caused deaths from
Chernobyl nuclear accident

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.
>---------- Forwarded message ---------- 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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