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Crisis without end : the medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe
Caldicott, Helen, editor.
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New York : The New Press, 2014.
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243 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine. A project of the Helen Caldicott Foundation and co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, this gathering was a response to widespread concerns that the media and policy makers had been far too eager to move past what are clearly deep and lasting impacts for the Japanese people and for the world"
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"From the symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine, March 11-12, 2013."
Introduction / No nuclear power is the best nuclear power / Living in a contaminated world / Another unsurprising surprise / Findings of the Diet Independent Investigation Committee / Contamination of Japan with radioactive cesium / What did the world learn from the Fukushima accident? / Effects of ionizing radiation on living systems / Initial health effects at Fukushima / Biological consequences of Chernobyl and Fukushima / What the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Commission on Radiological Protection have falsified / Congenital malformations in Rivne, Ukraine / What did they know and when? / Management of spent-fuel pools and radioactive waste / Seventy years of radioactive risks in Japan and America / Post-Fukushima food monitoring / Gender matters in the atomic age / Epidemiologic studies of radiation releases from nuclear facilities / Cancer risks from exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation / Rise and fall of nuclear power / Nuclear age and future generations
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The only document of its kind, Crisis Without End represents an unprecedented look into the profound after-effects of Fukushima. In accessible terms, leading experts from Japan, the United States, Russia and other nations weigh in on the current state of knowledge of radiation-related health risks in Japan, impacts on the world's oceans, the question of low-dosage radiation risks, crucial comparisons with Chernobyl, health and environmental impacts on the United States (including on food and newborns) and the implications for the U.S. nuclear energy industry.

Author Notes

Lannan Award winner Helen Caldicott is a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and was named one of the most influential women of the twentieth century by the Smithsonian Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer (The New Press). She lives in Matcham, Australia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Caldicott, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and renowned antinuclear advocate, has not softened her position on nuclear energy dangers, so readers of these essays by scientists and officials should expect grim news. The collection is scattered at times, but no less unsettling for it: several authors ignore Fukushima and discuss Chernobyl or the general dangers of radiation. Caldicott herself notes that only two sources have released more radioactivity into the atmosphere than Fukushima: two decades of nuclear-bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s, and the Chernobyl meltdown. However, unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima's reactors were state-of-the-art, well maintained, and employed the latest safety technology. A short, gripping account addresses the disaster-which will cause harm for centuries-and Japanese officials report on the disgraceful response of their government. Several researchers discuss effects of radiation on food, wildlife, cancer incidence, and the nuclear power industry itself. Many want nuclear power abolished, emphasizing that it remains wildly expensive and prone to mishaps. The book's tone is relentlessly apocalyptic and the essays point to renewable energy (expensive and not environmentally benign) as the solution for the future; readers may want to consult James Mahaffey's Atomic Accidents as a primer. Graphs, charts, & illus. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Helen CaldicottNaoto KanHiroaki KoideDavid LochbaumHisako SakiyamaSteven StarrAkio MatsumuraDavid BrennerIan FairlieTimothy MousseauAlexey V. YablokovWladimir WerteleckiArnold GundersenRobert AlvarezKevin KampsCindy FolkersMary OlsonSteven WingHerbert AbramsDavid FreemanHelen Caldicott
Introductionp. 1
1 No Nuclear Power Is the Best Nuclear Powerp. 17
2 Living in a Contaminated Worldp. 21
3 Another Unsurprising Surprisep. 27
4 The Findings of the Diet Independent Investigation Committeep. 35
5 The Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesiump. 43
6 What Did the World Learn from the Fuknshima Accident?p. 73
7 Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Living Systemsp. 81
8 The Initial Health Effects at Fukushimap. 87
9 The Biological Consequences of Chornobyl and Fukushimap. 93
10 What the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Commission on Radiological Protection Have Falsifiedp. 101
11 Congenital Malformations in Rivne, Ukrainep. 119
12 What Did They Know and When?p. 139
13 Management of Spent-Fuel Pools and Radioactive Wastep. 147
14 Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and Americap. 157
15 Post-Fukushima Food Monitoringp. 177
16 Gender Matters in the Atomic Agep. 187
17 Epidemiologic Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilitiesp. 193
18 Cancer Risk from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiationp. 205
19 The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Powerp. 213
20 The Nuclear Age and Future Generationsp. 221
Notesp. 229
About the Contributorsp. 239
About the Editorp. 243