The Current Effects of Nuclear Testing

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The video above, created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto, chronicles every nuclear test conducted worldwide from 1945 to 1998, from the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test blast near Los Alamos, New Mexico to Pakistan’s Chigai-I underground tests. The video appears like a schizophrenic game of Simon, and as the time continues to elapse, the rate in which blips appear becomes more and more frequent, signifying increases in nuclear testing worldwide.

I do not support the ownership of nuclear weapons, period, regardless of who has them and how “responsible” they may be with them. I find the development of nuclear weapons, as well as the subsequent threatening and careless manner in which they were used, to be one of mankind’s worst sins — a social and political abomination. In 2000, the United Nations published the Report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation to the General Assembly found that the “main man-made contribution to the exposure of the world’s population [to radiation] has come from the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, from 1945 to 1980.” (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation 2000). Each nuclear test “resulted in unrestrained release into the environment of substantial quantities of radioactive materials, which were widely dispersed in  the atmosphere and deposited everywhere on the Earth’s surface” (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation 2000).

Every single one of us living today has been regularly exposed to nuclear radiation from post-World War II nuclear testing, every day we have been alive. That radiation will go on to affect the next generation, and the next, and the next.

This is a product of human ignorance.

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Citations

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. “General Overview of the Effects of Nuclear Testing.” CTBTO Preparatory Commission. The United Nations, 2000. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

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About Robert L. Franklin

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