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Radioactivity has no borders via Arabian Gazette

Harun Yahya takes up the case against Nuclear Energy and opines that instead countries should invest in alternative and renewable energy.

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Sadly, it is still impossible to prevent leakage of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The nuclear threat is posing a risk to the whole world, and particularly Japan. That is because radioactivity knows no borders and continues to spread.

To summarize a few of the effects of the incident:

  • Radioactive materials that will continue to pose a danger for 24,000 years have leaked into the sea, soil and air with thousands of tons of water.
  • TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has admitted that radioactive water is leaking into the sea. (300 tons of contaminated water have leaked into the Pacific Ocean)
  • The incidence of thyroid cancer among children in the vicinity has increased 40 times greater than normal.
  • Research has identified more than 120 forms of childhood cancer while normally only three should be expected.
  • 375,000 young people, approximately 200,000 of them children, were tested by the Fukushima Medical University: Pre-cancer abnormalities were detected in 48% of these.
  • Radioactive pollution 100 times greater than normal level has been detected in underground water.
  • 160,000 people have been removed from their homes and are not allowed to return.
  • The Kyodo news agency reported that backwater contaminated by radioactive materials emits 100 millisieverts of radioactivity per hour. The agency stated that this level surpasses the radiation threshold to which a worker at a Japanese nuclear plant would be exposed to in a year.
  • Radiation 2,500 times higher that legal limits has been detected in fish.

As a matter of fact, this data is sufficient to show the scale of the nuclear disaster. However, as the data collected on accidents that have occurred in nuclear plants across the world and their consequences are examined, the extent of the threat on human life and the environmental health will be better understood.

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Dr. Angelika Claussen, a member and current chairman of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) has announced that scientific research conducted around the Krummel nuclear facility has identified an increase in incidences of childhood leukemia and thyroid cancer. Those people who so strongly support nuclear energy should ask themselves whether they would want such a plant in their own backyard.

One of the most important, yet little mentioned risk factors, is radioactive waste produced by the reactors as they operate. It is a known fact that nuclear waste does not disappear, but needs to be stored away for hundreds of thousands of years where it cannot reach people, other living things and plants. Aside from the fact that such waste storage facilities can become a target for terrorist attacks, nuclear energy experts have not yet developed the technology to deal with the waste problem. Many countries therefore use less developed countries as nuclear waste dumps.

Nuclear energy is a path with no end. If the demand for nuclear power plants increases the demand for uranium, which is already quite scarce in nature, it will be used up sooner than expected. With the nuclear waste that results, that very brief period will give way to a very long one of serious scourges in the history of the world.

It is not nuclear power plants that our world needs to meet its energy needs. Nuclear power is a model that will poison all the resources of the user countries. Since Turkey stands in first place in Europe in terms of its solar and wind energy potential, it will have no need for nuclear energy if its existing energy resources – resources that do no harm the environment – are used properly.

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