Nuclear bomb tests contaminate soils, while nuclear accidents and X-rays are a direct threat to our health. At a world summit this week, doctors called for more protection and awareness.
It was a central theme at this year’s world congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) – the consequences of nuclear testing.
The participants gathered in Kazakhstan to see the consequences first-hand at Semipalatinsk – a Soviet-era test site which was active between 1949 and 1989.
Spanning 18,500 square meters, Semipalatinsk saw 472 test explosions during these 40 years – 129 tests were above ground.
Semipalatinsk was closed after the fall of the Soviet Union and its subterranean systems destroyed.
The IPPNW is calling for a swift nuclear disarmament and a continued nuclear phase-out.
But it also says there’s a desperate need for more information to the public.
"We have to tell people: don’t let your child have an X-ray unless it’s absolutely necessary, don’t eat that jam from that contaminated region," Rosen says, "and don’t move close to a nuclear power plant."
Read the whole story at http://www.dw.de/doctors-want-to-see-a-drop-in-radioactivity/a-17888202
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