Fukushima conference in Vancouver examines local and global concerns
On March 11, from 9 am to 5 pm, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings) hosts The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster—One Year Later.
This conference features a group of Canadian and U.S. physicians and experts who will share information on what is known about radiation exposures from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the local and global health, environmental, and economic impacts seen over the past year. Highlighted topics of discussion will be the need for improved monitoring and disclosure, and the role of nuclear power in the world’s future energy needs.
"This is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Routine reporting of elevated radiation levels was suspended during the early days of the crisis", says Tim Takaro, associate professor in SFU's health sciences faculty. "Although information about Fukushima is largely absent from our news media, suggesting that the danger is over, we know that efforts to contain the four troubled reactors—at least three of which sustained explosions—continues. Without reliable data regarding the amount of radiation released into seawater and the atmosphere, and the resulting concentrations in our food chain, we are ill-equipped to predict the long-term consequences."
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster—One Year Later is organized by Physicians for Global Survival (Canada) and cosponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, SFU, UBC's Department of Pediatrics and School of Population and Public Health, and Next Gen University in consultation with the Fukushima Medical University.
For more info, check out the Physicians for Global Survival website.