United Nations nuclear and health watchdogs have ignored evidence of deaths, cancers, mutations and other conditions after the Chernobyl accident, leading scientists and doctors have claimed in the run-up to the nuclear disaster's 20th anniversary next month."
"Leading scientists and researchers," George? In 2006? In your own newspaper?
George, did you follow up with these "leading scientists and researchers?" No, you could not have since you pretended to be so surprised by what Dr. Caldicott told you during your "debate."
The Guardian (2006) continues:
Wait a minute! An "IAEA spokesman" is handling this supposed "consensus" of just 100 "leading scientists?"
I thought it was a health issue, not a promotion of nuclear energy worldwide issue.
The IAEA flack tells The Guardian:
Data that "they think" are excluded. That's cute.
So who are the true "leading" scientists, and who's got the real "consensus?"
Dr. Janette Sherman who edited the translated 5,000 European studies said:
Just how does the United Nations IAEA manage to ignore half a million to a million dead Eurasians?
It just so happens I've been going through some of the aforementioned excluded studies, and I found some interesting commentary pertaining to just that question.
(Wolfgang Hoffmann, Inge Schmitz-Feuerhake: Malformations, Perinatal Deaths and Childhood Morbidity after In Utero Exposure by Chernobyl Fallout. Observations in Europe and Turkey, Institut fur Community Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt UniversitÃ¤t, Greifswald and UniversitÃ¤t Bremen, Fachbereich Physik und Elektrotechnik (i.R.), 2006)
Multiple official sources confirm that there is no safe dose of radiation, at all:
Department of Energy: "" the major effect is a very slight increase in cancer risk."
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: "any amount of radiation may pose some risk for causing cancer ... any increase in dose, no matter how small, results in an incremental increase in risk."
National Academy of Sciences: "... it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers ...."
(John LaForge: Dangerous Disinformation About Radiation, 2011)
By the way, George Monbiot, cherry picking 100 experts (why not 99? Or 101?) is not the definition of a "consensus." I'm afraid I'm going to have to call that one out as a lie. You don't get to redefine the language.
The real consensus comes out of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and thereabouts:
(Hagen Scherb: Statistical Analysis of Genetic Effects after the Chernobyl Disaster, GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute of Biomathe-matics
and Biometry, Neuherberg/Munich, 2006)
"They showed that the existence of the effect at the low foetal doses which had been received defined an error in the current ICRP risk model for this kind of exposure of upwards of 100-fold. ... The finding effectively falsifies the current radioprotection system for these kinds of internal exposures to fission products and suggests urgent reappraisal of the
nuclear site child leukaemia clusters..."
(Chris Busby: Infant Leukemia in Europe after Chernobyl and ist Significance for Radiation Protection. A meta-analysis of three countries including new data from the United Kingdom, University of Liverpool, Dept of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, And Green Audit,
Aberystwyth, UK, 2006)
"Deteriorated radiation situation in Ukraine has adversely affected the brain tumor incidence in infants thereby leading to over 2.3 times growth of total patient population and 6.2 times growth in the number of patients under 1 year. "
(Yuri Orlov, Andrey Shaversky, V. Mykhalyuk: Intracranial Neoplasms in Infants of Ukraine. An Epidemiological Study, Institute of Neurosurgery named after acad. A.P.Romodanov, AMSU, Kiev, 2006)
"It should be noted that earlier made prognosis for thyroid cancer failed, and real picture has surpassed all expectations."
(A. E. Okeanov 1 , E. A. Sosnovskaya: Incidence of Malignant Tumors Among Different Groups of Belarusian Population Affected to the Chernobyl Accident, International State Environmental University, Minsk, Republic of Belarus and Republican Research-Practical Center of Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology, Gomel, Republic of Belarus, 2006)
"Thus, it was shown that small doses of radiation are statistically significant risk factors of malignant development."
(Emilia A. Diomina: Radiation Epidemiological Studies in a Group of Liquidators of the Chernobyl
Accident Consequences, R.E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of Na-tional
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, 2006)
You don't hear them concede that pregnant women aren't allowed to receive x-rays either. Their arguments tend to fall apart under scrutiny.