David R. Grimes,physicist and cancer researcher at Oxford University. Thirty years has passed since events in Chernobyl, while Japan marks the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. We need more than ever to have a reasoned discussion on the issues. It is important also to see these disasters in the wider context of energy production: when the Banqiao hydroelectric dam failed in China in 1975 it led to at least 171000 deaths and displaced 11 million people. Our reliance on fossil fuels is particularly costly, not only to the environment but to human health; each year, at least 1.3 million people are estimated to die from air pollution. Shutdown of the plants in Japan has led to not only increased pollution, but rolling blackouts and protests. By contrast, France has for decades produced 75% of its energy through nuclear, and enjoys the cleanest air and among the lowest carbon emissions of any industrialised nature.
World Nuclear News, Geraldine Thomas - Five years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the scientific community is ready to assess what the real health consequences have been and put them into perspective with other risks in our lives, In actual fact the doses that were around Fukushima have been calculated to be around 1 milliSievert to 95% of the population - that's a tenth of a CT scan, that's all. Regarding nuclear power, she proposed the question, "Are we trying to be too safe?"
Zbigniew Jaworowski, Physician, Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Natural Sciences - About 2.3 billion years ago, the advent of an oxidative atmosphere stimulated the surviving organisms to develop efficient defences against the enormous flux of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) produced by metabolic processes. These powerful ancient defence mechanisms also protect against the DNA damage caused by low levels of ionising radiation, which is one of the smallest risks in the environment. The Linear No Threshold (LNT) model of the radiation effects appears inappropriate for the current needs.
Andrew Kenny: Nuclear power has by far the best safety record of any source of energy and presents only one possible danger to the public: radiation. But all people are always bathed in radiation from nature, which is usually thousands of times higher than they could possibly get from nuclear power.