A total of 2,328 doctors were signatories to the full page International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War petition titled Energiewende (Energy Change) published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German broadsheet newspaper, last weekend.
Chernobyl 27 years on.
"Cancer of the thyroid and leukemia were omnipresent in adults and children four years after the catastrophe. The Europe wide consequences of the Chernobyl radiation were calculated with painstaking diligence: 1.6 million additional deaths; and of the 800,000 Chernobyl 'liquidators' more than 125,000 are no longer alive. Many hundreds of thousands of liquidators are seriously ill. The infant mortality rate is higher and birth defects are increasing with every generation."
Fukushima 2 years on.
"Thyroid disorders and growths are present in 35% of children in Fukushima Prefecture, normally at this age would be rare. Thyroid cancers are expected to appear in the years 2014/15. Leukemia sometime later. In December 2011, nine months after the catastrophe, there was an increase in infant mortality in Japan and the birth rate had fallen significantly.
"Worldwide, after Fukushima, there were some 430 nuclear power stations in service. They are the door openers for the nuclear weapons. The next nuclear disaster is only a question of time. The population cannot be protected. Catastrophe plans remain a patchwork. There are no medical cures or medicines against radiation. Only prevention is possible.
"In Germany, following the Fukushima catastrophe, eight nuclear reactors were immediately taken out of service. The last nine must follow quickly."