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Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

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On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine. A project of the Helen Caldicott Foundation and co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, this gathering was a response to widespread concerns that the media and policy makers had been far too eager to move past what are clearly deep and lasting impacts for the Japanese people and for ...

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Overview

On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine. A project of the Helen Caldicott Foundation and co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, this gathering was a response to widespread concerns that the media and policy makers had been far too eager to move past what are clearly deep and lasting impacts for the Japanese people and for the world. This was the first comprehensive attempt to address the health and environmental damage done by one of the worst nuclear accidents of our times.

The only document of its kind, Crisis Without End represents an unprecedented look into the profound aftereffects of Fukushima. In accessible terms, leading experts from Japan, the United States, Russia, and other nations weigh in on the current state of knowledge of radiation-related health risks in Japan, impacts on the world’s oceans, the question of low-dosage radiation risks, crucial comparisons with Chernobyl, health and environmental impacts on the United States (including on food and newborns), and the unavoidable implications for the U.S. nuclear energy industry.

Crisis Without End is both essential reading and a major corrective to the public record on Fukushima.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
Caldicott, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and renowned antinuclear advocate, has not softened her position on nuclear energy dangers, so readers of these essays by scientists and officials should expect grim news. The collection is scattered at times, but no less unsettling for it: several authors ignore Fukushima and discuss Chernobyl or the general dangers of radiation. Caldicott herself notes that only two sources have released more radioactivity into the atmosphere than Fukushima: two decades of nuclear-bomb tests in the 1950s and ’60s, and the Chernobyl meltdown. However, unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima’s reactors were state-of-the-art, well maintained, and employed the latest safety technology. A short, gripping account addresses the disaster—which will cause harm for centuries—and Japanese officials report on the disgraceful response of their government. Several researchers discuss effects of radiation on food, wildlife, cancer incidence, and the nuclear power industry itself. Many want nuclear power abolished, emphasizing that it remains wildly expensive and prone to mishaps. The book’s tone is relentlessly apocalyptic and the essays point to renewable energy (expensive and not environmentally benign) as the solution for the future; readers may want to consult James Mahaffey’s Atomic Accidents as a primer. Graphs, charts, & illus. (Oct.)
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Praise for Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer:
Renowned physician and activist Caldicott presents exhaustive evidence to refute the now resurgent claim that nuclear power is the solution to global warming.
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As Helen Caldicott expertly shows, the nuclear path is strewn with hazards from mining, milling, transport, and power generation, and leaves unsolved the issues of safety, security, and storage.
—Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. Center for Health and The Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

Praise for Loving This Planet:
"The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring high-profile politicians, academics, and celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Bob Herbert, and Lester Brown…Alongside the celebrity sightings runs the thread of a growing urgency to change our energy, environmental, and military policies in the United States and on a global scale. Surprising statistics about nuclear waste storage, rising sea levels, and military spending serve as an alarm, but Caldicott and her collaborators also offer many innovative solutions."
Publishers Weekly

“Without fail, Caldicott asks thoughtful, deeply nuanced questions, and her subjects respond with intense and often personal reflections on many important issues. With a level of intellectual discussion all too absent in our national discourse, this is a worthy collection that educates with each turn of the page.”
Booklist

From the Publisher

Praise for Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer:
Renowned physician and activist Caldicott presents exhaustive evidence to refute the now resurgent claim that nuclear power is the solution to global warming.
Booklist

As Helen Caldicott expertly shows, the nuclear path is strewn with hazards from mining, milling, transport, and power generation, and leaves unsolved the issues of safety, security, and storage.
—Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. Center for Health and The Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

Praise for Loving This Planet:
"The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes featuring high-profile politicians, academics, and celebrities, including Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Bob Herbert, and Lester Brown…Alongside the celebrity sightings runs the thread of a growing urgency to change our energy, environmental, and military policies in the United States and on a global scale. Surprising statistics about nuclear waste storage, rising sea levels, and military spending serve as an alarm, but Caldicott and her collaborators also offer many innovative solutions."
Publishers Weekly

“Without fail, Caldicott asks thoughtful, deeply nuanced questions, and her subjects respond with intense and often personal reflections on many important issues. With a level of intellectual discussion all too absent in our national discourse, this is a worthy collection that educates with each turn of the page.”
Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595589606
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/21/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 246,194
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lannan Award winner Helen Caldicott is a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and was named one of the most influential women of the twentieth century by the Smithsonian Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer (The New Press). She lives in Matcham, Australia.

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Table of Contents


Contributors include:
Herbert Abrams, Stanford University School of Medicine
David Brenner, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
David Freeman, former chair, Tennessee Valley Authority
Arnie Gunderson, nuclear engineer, Fairewinds Associates
Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
Joe Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project
Hisako Sakiyama, member of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission
Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences
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