Meltdowns are considered hypothetical events – Chernobyl and Fukushima are real


Thirty years after the Chernobyl reactor disaster and 5 years after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, meltdowns continue to be viewed as hypothetical events by professionals. However, a reactor accident has tragic and far-reaching consequences lasting centuries. It creates challenges that are almost insurmountable by businesses and society in the affected contaminated region. At the Green Cross information event, nuclear experts from Japan, Russia and Switzerland will talk jointly for the first time about their experiences and discuss today’s view of generating energy with nuclear power plants.


As an environmental organisation dealing with the long-term effects of the Chernobyl reactor disaster for two decades, Green Cross Switzerland, in cooperation with scientists, is gathering facts promoting a worldwide exit from nuclear power. Beginning with Prof. Jonathan M. Samet, who jointly with national Green Cross organisations published a study in 2013 about the neuropsychological long-term consequences in the Chernobyl area and presented the Fukushima report in 2015, to nuclear engineer Prof. Dr. Vladimir M. Kusnetsow, under whose management a risk analysis of the effects of forest fires in the Chernobyl areas contaminated by radiation and other expert reports were established, and to Naoto Kan who will talk about the Fukushima crisis during his time in office as Japan’s Prime Minister.

A flyer with a description of the speakers can be downloaded here (PDF) (800 KB) in German


Green Cross Nuclear Energy Event now on YouTube


The Green Cross Information Event concerning insights derived from the Fukushima nuclear disaster at the ETH with Prof. Dr. R. Richard Ernst, Naoto Kan, Dr. Stephan Robinson and Prof. Dr. Vladimir Kusnetsow on 30 January 2016 can now be seen on YouTube.


Environmental Reports


Since 2007, the yearly environmental toxin reports published by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute have been instrumental in increasing public understanding of the health impacts of toxic pollutants and their sources.


The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 describes known environmental toxins and points to their industrial applications and most frequent health effects. In addition, the Report identifies the ten most important sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances. It also shows that the health impacts of industrial pollutants measured are roughly equal to those of the three major global infectious diseases AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


The Environmental Toxin Report 2011 is based on the estimated number of people affected by the sources of pollution, as well as the number of locations, identified worldwide, where environmental toxins occur in concentrations that are detrimental to health. Reports on the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and the worst pollution problems were issued in the years 2008 and 2010. The environmental report published in 2009 contains case studies concerning successful remediation projects.

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