Mass Radiation Exposure

1 Overview

Richard Denton, MD
Disclaimer: I am a medical doctor and will concentrate on the medical aspects. I have no conflict of interest as some nuclear physicists might who are paid by the nuclear industry.

Radiation is one of the six crises that this Platform addresses; each one could annihilate civilization as we know it. Radiation could do so in either an acute or chronic manner. The acute effects would come from a major accident, miscalculation, or terrorist attack or an actual nuclear war. The chronic effects are killing by inducing cancers and other medical conditions.

Radiation exposure is of course related to the other five global threat scenarios. Radiation is interconnected as part of a nuclear war that would immediately kill millions from radiation. A nuclear bomb is not just a bigger better bomb but emits radiation that kills locally and at a distance over time. Because of its power, it would put dust and smoke into the stratosphere that would cause a decrease of the sun’s penetration. A “nuclear winter” would result, causing death of millions by famine. Some people suggest that nuclear power is “green” —even the answer to climate change. But nuclear power plants could be a target of terrorists using cyberwarfare or crashing an airliner into a reactor.

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2 Platform for Survival items

17. To reduce radiation exposure all states shall shift immediately to efficient electricity from renewable energy*1recognizing that phasing out all nuclear power plants, including subsidies, and uranium mining may be an outcome in the future.
18. All states shall prioritize the long-term control and safe storage of radioactive wastes, with public review.

3 Links

4 Wiki

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5 Papers and articles

Denton, Dr. Richard. Radiation and Nuclear Fuel (PDF; 65-page download)

Uranium mining fuels a deadly and dying industry

[Juan Carlos Chirgwin] Globally, nuclear energy plays a minor role in terms of energy contribution, not because it is insufficiently exploited but because it is not financially viable. Germany has abandoned it, and France, a nuclear energy champion, barely avoids financial disaster to run its network.

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

[Gordon Edwards] Just before the last federal election, the Harper government turned over control of all federal nuclear holdings to a consortium of private, profit-oriented, multinational corporations. The staff of the government-owned Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) went from 3600 to 40.

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The State of Nuclear Energy

[Kaeleigh Phillips] Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy have released a report detailing nuclear power’s dwindling significance in the US, stating that it is unlikely to make any noteworthy contributions to the country’s decarbonised energy system over the next few decades.

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3 Responses

  1. Robin Collins says:

    It is important in this discussion to assess both the risks and benefits of nuclear power. One could, for instance, foresee the elimination of nuclear-generated power in the long term, but see its necessity in the short run. One could propose safer forms of nuclear-generated power that would change the dynamics. There is a balance, also, between the hazards of nuclear waste materials and the relative safety of power plants themselves. It is critical that significant changes are made with all the facts in hand, or there is risk of alienating the public from what ultimately is required. What, for instance, are the risks of shutting down all nuclear reactors within, say, ten years versus fifty years versus one hundred years. This calculation is mandatory.

  2. admin says:

    Submitted by David Harries

    Radiation exposure: what might be called for

    #17. National and international milestone- timetables will guide the shift from non-renewable to renewable energy use.[1]
    #18. An international Secretariat will monitor and publicize progress on radioactive waste management.

    [1] What definitively distinguishes ‘renewable’ from ‘non-renewable’ remains in dispute. Fusion? LENR?

  3. admin says:

    Submitted by Peter Hajnal:

    #7: immediately? How realistic is that?

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