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Crisis Without End : The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe
by Helen Caldicott


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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. This was the first comprehensive attempt to address the health and environmental damage done by one of the worst nuclear accidents of our times.

The only document of its kind, Crisis Without End represents an unprecedented look into the profound aftereffects 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 unavoidable implications for the U.S. nuclear energy industry.

Crisis Without End is both essential reading and a major corrective to the public record on Fukushima.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595589606
  • ISBN-10: 1595589600
  • Publisher: New Press
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 243
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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