Nuclear accidents

Flyer for Melbourne vigil for Japan: Thursday 17 March

Flyer for vigil organised by MAPW, ICANi and Japanese for Peace, in Melbourne at 6pm on Thursday 17 March 2011, following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear e

Notes on current news of Japan's nuclear emergency

WEDNESDAY MORNING 16 MARCH 2011: Thanks to researcher and writer Dimity Hawkins for an overnight update and update with information from sources including the IAEAi (International Atomic Energy Agency)

Worsening Japan crisis: MAPW resources and expert comment

TUESDAY 15 MARCH: As the nuclear crisis in Japan becomes even more serious, key background materials are now assembled on our nuclear accidents page (click yellow link on right); and MAPW experts continue to speak to the media (including tonight's Lateline; tomorrow's Today show, and Melbourne's Gold FM breakfast.

Nuclear power, uranium mining and public health

MAPW 2-page fact sheet by Dr Peter Karamoskos. Summarises evidence on nuclear reactors and cancer, accidents in nuclear power reactors, links with nuclear weapons, and health risks to nuclear industry workers. Written 2010.

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Nuclear accident ABCs: March 2011 fact sheet

This two-page fact sheet has been provided by Union of Concerned Scientists (USA) in response to situation of Japan's nuclear power reactors following the earthquake and tsunami. Explains the functioning of a nuclear reactor, possibilities for release of radioactivity, radioactive materials, and what "meltdown" means: all in simple terms.

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Health risks of nuclear reactors highlighted by unfolding Japan nuclear disaster

MEDIA STATEMENT, Melbourne, 14 March 2011: The unfolding tragedy in Japan has highlighted the dangerous reality of nuclear power and its potential severe health consequences, said the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANi) in a joint statement today.

MAPW briefing paper: nuclear power and public health. May 2010

A comprehensive briefing paper on nuclear power and public health, written by Dr Peter Karamoskos MBBS, FRANZCR and initially published online by the Evatt Foundation. This 20-page downloadable version includes full references. The paper discusses evidence regarding both occupational health issues for nuclear industry workers, and broader public health issues.

MAPW President: 'Nuclear delusions keep mushrooming'

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian PM Kevin Rudd to applaud the PM's 'recently expressed commitment to continue to reject nuclear power as an energy source in Australia'.

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