Radiation and its effects

MAPW medical specialists urge full disclosure of Japan health risks

MEDIA RELEASE, MELBOURNE  17 MARCH: An MAPW media release laments the lack of accurate information about the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan.

MAPW media release: Medical specialists urge full information on Japan health risks, 17 March 2011

This MAPW media release laments the lack of accurate information about the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan with the Australian government advising its citizens to evacuate 80 km from Fukushima, after reassurances the previous day that the 30km Japanese evacuation zone was adequate.

Japan nuclear crisis: MAPW resources and contacts

MAPW and our expert members can assist with resources and speakers to help explain the health implications of the current nuclear crisis.

For key resouces on nuclear accidents and radiation, see our nuclear accidents page.

Dr Sue Wareham on the radioactive legacy of uranium sales: Canberra Times


Deair Editor,

The catastrophe in Japan has created not only human misery and a tragic wasteland of monumental proportions, but possibly a radioactive wasteland to which many will never return. Only nuclear power can leave such a permanent mark on our fragile environment.

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.

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