In October, the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy brought together regional experts, representatives of international organizations and manufacturers of radiotherapy equipment in Vienna for the Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Group on increasing access to Radiotherapy Technology (AGaRT) in low and middle income (LMI) countries. The meeting's 35 participants met to endorse affordable, appropriate and suitable radiotherapy technologies and turn-key solutions for low and middle income Member States, and to discuss the preparation of guidelines for radiotherapy sales and service contracts to guarantee long-term radiotherapy functionality.
Nuclear power has been one of the most pertinent discoveries that humankind has made in terms of peaceful sources of electricity, but also a risk for imminent war. In addition, nuclear power is not seen as a legitimate and renewable source of power, and atomic weapons don’t generate peace, but international tensions. Therefore, negative consequences of nuclear energy and atomic weapons are a source of risk for present day society.
Initially, acquiring nuclear weapons may bring risks of international conflicts. Obtaining nuclear arsenal only unleashes a deterrence policy which states are trying to obtain the best nuclear weapon. Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, nuclear threats have been constant until nowadays. For instance, Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and North Korean nuclear provocations represent an imminent danger for a conflict in a global level where international actors might be involved.
In other hand, nuclear energy requires a high investment and it is sometimes uncontrollable. Nuclear power plants may be a renewable source of energy due to low risks of air pollution, but this project requires a coherent framework which has to focus on an enhanced financing that sometimes may bring errors, unleashed by lack of logistical coordination inside of nuclear power stations. Nuclear accidents, including Chernobyl in Ukraine (1986) and Fukushima in Japan (2011), show that nuclear power is vulnerable due to human errors and lack of decision making in the long term.
Finally, nuclear energy project are only feasible in highly developed nations. United States, Japan, Russia, and China have the resources for financing and maintaining nuclear power stations due to coherent juridical and financial frameworks in this matter which means that nuclear energy is a luxury available for countries with high levels of GDP. In the other hand, developing and poor nations in Latin America and Africa don’t have the willingness for nuclear projects as a consequence of lack of financial resources, inconsistent alliances, corruption, and weak judicial frameworks for green energies.
To conclude, nuclear energy may be a renewable source of electricity but it is only available for rich countries and the threat of nuclear provocations doesn’t shrink the risk of international conflicts, but instead it only enhances them. As a result nuclear power represents a risk for the mankind in general.
But what is more shocking, though it is not adequately realised by laymen, is the disastrous effect of the use of such weapons on the survivors and their unborn children. The radioactive fallout spreads for miles around and causes untold harm to millions of innocent people. The radiation produced by the splitting of the atom causes mysterious diseases and leads to the birth of defective children. In fact, the fall-out from the nuclear tests and explosions in Siberia and the Pacific has already caused a lot of harm, though the Great Powers carrying out these experiments may not admit it. It is known, for example, that nuclear test made some years ago on the distant Marshall Islands affected the health of several Japanese fishermen.