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Radiation risks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant ‘no longer negligible’

The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,” according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against “risky behaviour,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves. Background After the radioactive cloud emanating from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached […]

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How Much Radiation is ‘Safe’?

Government and industry officials often assess the potential danger of our exposure to radiation, whether from cell phones or nuclear reactors, in terms of how it compares to radiation from other sources–but that method overlooks the cumulative effects of radiation. While it’s true we are bombarded with low levels of radiation every day–from the soil, […]

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A Guide to Terminology about Radiation Exposure

Sometimes it must seem as though reports on releases of radioactive materials from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami are going out of their way to confuse people. Some reports talk about millisieverts while others talk about rem or becquerels, when what most people really want to […]

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