April 26, 2011
Throughout the Northern Hemisphere radioactivity covered most living spaces and became a source of potential harm for all living things… Owing to the polarization of the problem, instead of organizing an objective and comprehensive study of the radiological and radiobiological phenomena induced by small doses of radiation, anticipating possible negative consequences, and taking adequate measures, insofar as possible, to protect the population from possible negative effects, apologists of nuclear power began a blackout on data concerning the actual amounts of radioactive emissions, the doses of radiation, and the increasing morbidity among the people that were affected.
– From the introduction of Chernobyl: The Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster nine Nobel Peace Laureates are calling upon world leaders to invest in safer forms of renewable energy.
The book is solidly based -- on health data, radiological surveys and scientific reports -- some 5,000 in all. It concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow.
The retail price of the book is $150 but the editor is selling copies for $10! Order from this link or get one from me – I purchased multiple copies.
Watch this 14 minute video presentation by Worldwatch President Chris Flavin
25 years later and they are still needing $1 billion to encase the contamination from the biosphere.
50 min. video documentary – Russian scientists, physicians and affected residents speak up following the Chernobyl disaster
As Japan struggles with its nuclear plant crisis, the site of the biggest atomic disaster in history remains a grim, radioactive monument
Four hundred times more radioactive material was released at Chernobyl than at Hiroshima. The cloud of fallout spread over most of Europe, with the exception of Spain and Portugal.
The cost of the disaster has crippled the national budgets of Ukraine and Belarus. In 1998, Ukraine said it had already spent $130bn cleaning up after the accident while Belarus said it would have to pay out $35bn that year alone. Vast tracts of its farm land had been ruined.
Dozens of farms in Britain, mainly in the Lake District and north Wales, are still restricted in the way they can use land and rear sheep because of radioactive fallout from Chernobyl.
Scientists say that radiation will affect the Chernobyl area for 48,000 years although it will be safe enough for humans to begin repopulating the area long before then - in about 600 years.
25 years after the reactor catastrophe
This paper evaluates studies that contain plausible indications of health damage caused by the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Rosalie Bertell, MD, PhD., GNSH
While for some it may be a distant memory or something to read about in history books, people living near Chernobyl are still affected in their daily lives. Last month, Greenpeace went to Ukraine to investigate and found that the local people live with the disaster every day in health effects and in contaminated food supplies.
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chernobyl, please join us to imagine a world without nuclear disasters.
Tuesday, April 26 – 8 pm (Dusk)
Ministry of Energy, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), Toronto
April 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Twenty-five years later the world is unfortunately watching another nuclear disaster unfold at the Fukushima nuclear station in Japan. Remember Chernobyl, the nuclear disaster we were told would never happen. Rethink the energy choices we make today that may lead more nuclear disasters.
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The Strangest Dream
Directed by Eric Bednarski, 2008, 89 min 28 s
Wednesday, April 27 at 4pm
At the NFB, 150 John Street, Toronto
The Strangest Dream tells the story of Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons, and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs - an international movement Rotblat co-founded - to halt nuclear proliferation.
A photo exhibit by Robert Knoth
April 14-28, Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hotshot Art Gallery, 181 Augusta Ave. (in Kensington Market), Toronto
Hosted by Greenpeace.ca http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202705929769334
Free screening and discussion, Toronto
Friday, April 29, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
JJR Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, I King's College Circle, U of T
This documentary was filmed in Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad, China, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Kenya, the Maldives, Poland, Switzerland, Tuvalu, UK and the US. It examines the creation - and migration - of hundreds of millions of climate refugees that will be displaced as a result of climate change.
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SPONSORED BY: Science for Peace, For Our Grandchildren, Greenspiration, Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto Climate Campaign
ENDORSED BY: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Climate Action Network, Council of Canadians (Toronto), FutureWatch EDEP, Green Awakening Network, JustEarth, KAIROS, Oikos Network, People's Assembly (Toronto), SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services)
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