29 november, 2007

So long, Incredible Hulk

Takket være drivhuseffekten har den CO2-neutrale a-kraft fået en renaissance, i hvert fald på det konceptmæssige plan. Hidtil har der dog været en større bagdel ved atomkraften: radioaktivitet fra kraftværkernes affald. Radioaktiviteten viser sig imidlertid ifølge ny forskning at være et en del mindre problem, end miljøbevægelsen har givet indtryk af. I en artikel i Der Spiegel ser bladet blandt andet på eftervirkningerne efter de to atombombesprængninger i Hiroshima og Nagasaki i 1945:

Today, 60 years later, the study's results are clear. More than 700 people eventually died as a result of radiation received from the atomic attack:

- 87 died of leukemia;
- 440 died of tumors;
- and 250 died of radiation-induced heart attacks.

In addition, 30 fetuses developed mental disabilities after they were born.

Such statistics have attracted little notice so far. The numbers cited in schoolbooks are much higher. According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, 105,000 people died of the "long-term consequences of radiation."

Especially surprising, though, is that the stories of birth defects in newborns are also pure fantasy. The press has repeatedly embellished photos of a destroyed Hiroshima with those of deformed children, children without eyes or with three arms. In reality, there hasn't been a single study that provides evidence of an elevated rate of birth
defects....

A final attempt to establish a connection is currently underway in Japan. The study includes 3,600 people who were unborn fetuses in their mothers' wombs on that horrific day in August 1945. But it too has failed to furnish any evidence of elevated chromosomal abnormality.

Ovenstående selvfølgelig også positive nyheder, hvis man går og overvejer om man vil atombombe Iran.

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