29 Sep '14, 12pm

Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia

Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia

Nuclear operators should inform local people when they intend to open up their reactors, and they should only do so at night-time and when the winds are blowing out to sea. On 23rd August, The Ecologist published very clear evidence of increased cancers among children living near nuclear power stations around the world, including the UK. The story sparked much interest on social media sites, and perhaps more importantly, the article's scientific basis (published in the academic peer-reviewed scientific journal the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity ) was downloaded over 500 times by scientists. Given this level of interest and the fact that the UK government is still pressing ahead with its bizarre plans for more nuclear stations, we return to this matter - and examine in more detail an important aspect which has hitherto received little attention: massive spikes in em...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2574389/ra...

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