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  • Health risks of the releases of radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors

    Earlier this week the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization modeled how the dispersion of radioactive plumes from the Daiichi reactors would reach the west coast of North America. Read more »

  • Small Modular Reactors

    Some proponents of nuclear power are advocating for the development of small modular reactors as the solution to the problems facing large reactors, particularly soaring costs, safety, and radioactive waste. Unfortunately, small-scale reactors can’t solve these problems, and would likely exacerbate them. Read more »

  • Thorium Fuel: No Panacea for Nuclear Power

    A factsheet by IEER and PSR outlining the proliferation, waste, and technical problems with thorium-powered reactors. Read more »

  • Existing Subsidies and Incentives for New Nuclear Reactors

    A fact sheet on the current subsidies and incentives for new nuclear reactors. Read more »

  • Climate Chaos: How Coal Accelerates Climate Change

    The United States generates almost half its electricity by burning coal -- an outdated, toxic technology that spews pollutants into the air. Coal's carbon dioxide pollution is a major contributing factor to climate change. Coal also emits a host of toxic "conventional pollutants" -- mercury, nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and others -- that inflict severe damage on the body's major organ systems. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet: Vector-Borne and Water-Borne Diseases

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. As the climate changes, vector-borne and water-borne diseases spread. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet: Heat's Deadly Effects

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of "extreme heat events" or heat waves. Read more »

  • Climate Chaos: Health Implications of Climate Change

    As we continue to burn fossil fuels, the atmosphere warms, and world climate changes. Higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels lead to more frequent heat waves; more frequent intense storms; increased flooding; in some places, increased drought; loss of shoreline and greater risk from storms in coastal and low-lying areas. These bring increased risk of disease, injury, nutritional deficit, and death. Read more »

  • Consequences of a Single Failure of Nuclear Deterrence

    Only a single failure of nuclear deterrence is required to start a nuclear war, and the consequences of such a failure would be profound. PSR Senior Scientist Steven Starr, February 2011. Read more »

  • Why Medical Students Should Care About Nuclear Weapons

    When public health crises occur, whether they be the unexpected side effects of a medication, a grave natural disaster or an epidemic, doctors are looked to as leaders and advocates for treatment and future prevention. In the event of a nuclear explosion, doctors would be the vanguards of the emergency response. Read more »

 

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