Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Industry and Business News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

UN health agency upholds research on nuclear radiation

by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) May 4, 2011
The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that independent research on the health impact of radiation must be pursued without being influenced by the nuclear industry.

The WHO's remarks came after a first meeting between the UN health agency's chief, Margaret Chan, and Chernobyl protestors who have claimed the dangers of nuclear radiation were played down because of an allegedly dominant role played by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Chan also pledged that the WHO would look into why the proceedings of a 2001 meeting on radiation and health involving experts from both UN agencies were not published.

"WHO agrees in principle that research should continue on the health effects of radiation and the research should not be influenced by industry," the Geneva-based agency added in a statement.

The health agency reiterated that its cooperation agreement with the IAEA did not stop it acting independently out of its overriding concern for public health.

However, it said it could not impose health safety standards in individual countries.

The group, "Independent WHO" has been campaigning doggedly to raise attention for people affected by the massive radiation leak after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Two workers were killed in the explosion at the now Ukrainian nuclear plant on April 25, 1986, and 28 other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure over the susbequent months.

While tens of thousands were evacuated, fears remain about the scale of the damage to human health, especially for more than half a million rescue workers, known as liquidators, who were sent to secure the power station and decontaminate the area.

The group says a large proportion of then have died or are seriously ill, and underlines that growing children are acutely vulnerable to radiation.

Concern about the safety of nuclear power has been heightened in many countries following the major radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan after it was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami on MArch 11.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Radiation levels in seabed near Japan plant jump
Tokyo (AFP) May 4, 2011
Levels of radioactive substances have jumped in the Pacific seabed off Japan near the nuclear power plant crippled by a massive tsunami in March, according to the plant operator. Seabed samples collected some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant contained 1,400 becquerels of radioactive caesium-137 per kilogramme, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said. ... read more

Radiation levels in seabed near Japan plant jump

UN health agency upholds research on nuclear radiation

Foxconn workers treated like 'machines': labour group

US TV ownership down for first time in 20 years

Emirates lofts satellite to boost military

LockMart Battle Command System Replaces US Army Legacy System

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Integration of MONAX Communications System with Air Force Base Network

Preparations Underway As US Army Gears Up For Large-Scale Network Evaluations

Arianespace to launch ABS-2 in 2013

GSAT-8 put through its paces

Ariane Ariane 5 enjoys second successful launch for 2011

Ariane rocket launches two telecoms satellites

Russia, Sweden to boost space cooperation

GPS Operational Control Segment Enters Service With USAF

Apple denies tracking iPhones, to fix 'bugs'

GPS IIF Satellite Delivered to Cape Canaveral

Japan quake, Mideast turmoil hit air travel: IATA

Korean Air to spend $1.58 billion on passenger jets

Brazil's key airports set to go private

Extreme testing for rotor blades

Intel chip breakthrough a boon for mobile gadgets

China's Huawei sues ZTE for patent infringement

Zeroing in on the Elusive Green LED

Conducting ferroelectrics may be key to new electronic memory

Internet satellite images available to all

Satellites Reveal Tornado Tracks in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama

NASA Mission Seeks to Uncover a Rainfall Mystery

Satellite tracking of sea turtles reveals potential threat posed by manmade chemicals

Slow clean up for Argentina's worst environmental stain

Public will push China on environment: EU climate chief

Chemical in plastic linked to wheezing in childhood

Crude oil chemical linked to heart defect in babies

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement