Nearly a quarter century after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, three noted scientists sought to correct assessments which under-reported the consequences of the disaster.
Dr. Alexey Nesterenko (A biologist and ecologist in Belarus)
Dr. Vassili Nesterenko, (A physicist and director of the Institute of Nuclear Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus at the time of the accident)
Dr. Alexey Yablokov (Former Russian presidential advisor)
They compiled all the available research and provide an uprecedented, comprehensively documented examination of both the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants emitted from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant.
They point out errors in methodology, omitted results and gaps in understanding which led to inaccurate assesments on the part of the International Atomic Energy Agency. They show that the effects of Chernobyl are far-reaching and far exceed the previous assessment of 4,000 fatalities. Instead they show the place the number of casualties occurring between 1986 and 2004 at 985,000 (mainly from cancer) and growing.
The team shows proof of worldwide contamination from the 1986 explosion saying emissions were, “hundreds of millions of curies, a quantity hundreds of times larger than the fallout from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Their chapter on public health consequences examines methodology, disability, rapid aging, non-malignant and oncological diseases as well as mortality. Their chapter on the environment covers air, water and soil contamination and the impact of radioactivity on plants, animals and microbes.
The final chapter takes up the issue of how to protect food and people, reduce contaminants, take protective measures and public health recommendations.
This book is available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Chernobyl-Consequences-Catastrophe-Environment-Sciences/dp/1573317578