Resources: Fact Sheet

Our resources pages list both downloadable resources — like documents, posters or media releases — and links to useful websites. To find resources on a specific issue on this page, click on the list below. To view resources by type, see the menu at left. More recently added resources are at the top.

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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MAPW fact sheet: Nuclear medicine

This MAPW fact sheet describes how nuclear medicine is used for diagnosis and radiotherapy treatment. It explains what is NOT nuclear medicine (eg x-rays and CT scans). It summarises the dangers of ionising radiation. It debunks two myths: that Australia needs a nuclear reactor to produce radioisotopes (materials for nuclear medicine); and that we need a radioactive waste dump for its waste.

The Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Repository - MAPW fact sheet. 2010

An MAPW fact sheet about the proposed Northern Territory Nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station. The fact sheet explains the types of radioactive material that will be stored in the repository, and debunks the myth that the dump is needed for disposal of medical radioactive waste.

MAPW Fact Sheet: Radiation, 2010

A basic fact sheet on radiation and health, including an explanation of "safe" levels of radiation and a brief discussion of health implications of the nuclear industry.

Radiation and health: Energyscience fact sheet November 2006

This comprehensive fact sheet on radiation and health was written by MAPW's Dr Bill Williams, assisted by Dr Peter Karamoskos, for the energyscience website.

MAPW Fact Sheet: Nuclear ship visits to Australia, 2009

This two-page fact sheet covers the history of nuclear powered and nuclear-armed ships to Australia, as well as detailing the hazards to health and to the environment which nuclear ship visits bring. The fact sheet lists examples of nuclear incidents, both accidental and intentional, involving nuclear weapons; and nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed vessels — both surface ships and submarines.

MAPW Fact Sheet: Talisman Sabre, July 2009

MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham prepared this fact sheet on the Talisman Sabre joint US-Australian military exercises. The fact sheet outlines environmental and strategic risks of these "war games".

MAPW factsheet 2008: Small arms Solomons case study

This MAPW 2008 fact sheet details the casualties — and potential for further conflict — caused in one afternoon by one Singapore-produced, high velocity, assault rifle. A composite written from real-life stories, these three cases illustrate the costs in human lives, of the global weapons trade.

MAPW 2008: Fact sheets 1-12 on the global arms trade

All 12 fact sheets on the global weapons trade prepared by MAPW with the Uniting Church, Quakers and Pax Christi; including Australia's role in armaments production; particular weapons; environmental effects of war; and particular weapons manufacturers. These fact sheets provide a succinct introduction to the human costs of weapons production.

The global weapons trade: fact sheets 7-12, MAPW and partners 2008

A package of six fact sheets prepared by MAPW and partners on the global weapons trade. Individual fact sheets cover five major global weapons manufacturers; and indiscriminate weapons - cluster munitions, landmines and depleted uranium.

The global weapons trade: fact sheets 1-6, MAPW and partners 2008

A package of six fact sheets prepared by MAPW and partners on the global weapons trade. Fact sheets cover Australia's arms industry; the spread of arms in our region; small arms and conflict; the economic costs of militarism; arms fairs; and war and environment.

Cluster munitions, landmines and depleted uranium: MAPW and partners, 2008

This fact sheet gives a brief introduction to cluster munitions, land mines and depleted uranium weapons, and to their manufacture. These are all weapons causing indiscriminate harm to civilians. It was prepared by Dale Hess and is number 7 in a series on the global weapons trade.

MAPW fact sheet: Nuclear power and childhood leukaemia. October 2008

New evidence clearly demonstrates that living close to a nuclear power station increases the risk for children of developing leukaemia. MAPW's fact sheet summarises and provides the major references - a recent German study, and a new meta-analysis - on childhood leukaemia and nuclear power. (Or childhood leukemia, so this is found by US spellers).

Raytheon and the global weapons trade: MAPW and partners, 2008

This fact sheet looks at Raytheon and its role in arms production globally and in Australia. It was prepared by Dale Hess and is No 11 in a series on the global weapons trade. It particularly looks at cluster bombs, which are produced by Raytheon; and corruption in obtaining US government contracts.

Thales and the global weapons trade: MAPW and partners 2008

This fact sheet looks at Thales and its role in arms production globally and as one of Australia's largest weapons manufacturers; with a particular focus on the health effects of small arms. It was prepared by Dale Hess and is No 12 in a series on the global weapons trade.