In today’s Montreal Gazette, a commentary by Prof. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society (OSS.McGill.ca) (“ He can be heard every Sunday from 3-4 p.m. on CJAD radio” email@example.com )
Twenty-five years have passed since the world was rocked by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine. Given that cancers attributable to the release of radioactive materials have a long latency period, the human toll, aside from the 30 or so immediate deaths among reactor staff and emergency workers, can only be estimated. Some reports predict the fallout could eventually result in several hundred thousand cases of premature cancer, others put the number closer to 30,000. In any case, the use of the term "disaster" is certainly appropriate.
Apparently he doesn’t care what the UNSCEAR, WHO or IAEA say.
Pretty disappointing, if you ask me.
Reports of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) can be found here:
Annex D (“Health effects due to radiation from the Chernobyl accident” - 179 pages) in Volume II of the 2008 UNSCEAR Report "Sources and effects of ionizing radiation" is available here:
I am currently involved in a friendly debate about Fukushima and I am using the premise that " the health effect from Chernobyl shows that the fear of radiation caused more harm than the radiation".
Now, I've heard this many times but that doesn't mean its true.
I seem to recall one of the WHO or UNSCEAR reports coming to this conclusion and i'd like to reference that if it is true.
Quick search and I've come up empty. Anyone have a good reference I could use?