How Many People Died From Chernobyl? Probably More Than A Million

Nuclear industry pundits, propagandists, and astroturfers would like you to believe that the health and environmental effects of catastrophes such as Chernobyl are insignificant. Reality is that the health effects are much larger than the industry and its supporters will admit.

The New York Academy of Sciences published a study by renowned scientists that compiles thousands of studies completed mainly in Slavic that the UN’s groups ignored due to politics and a lack of independence from nuclear industry influence. It’s a landmark work that I recommend everyone interested read.

The authors show that to date more than one million deaths have occurred due to the Chernobyl nuclear radiation catastrophe. This is far more than the tiny numbers claimed by the nuclear industry. Further, the other health effects are enormous. Childhood disease, birth defects, and numerous other health effects have devastated vast areas in the Ukraine and Belarus.

The health effects of Chernobyl and, unfortunately, Fukushima will haunt the world for generations to come.

Here is the PDF of the book for your convenience:

Professor Karl Grossman interviewed the consulting editor, Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger regarding the study on his excellent television program. If you are not up to reading the entire study, I do recommend you watch this video:

4 thoughts on “How Many People Died From Chernobyl? Probably More Than A Million

  1. Sorry to inform you, old chap, that group is largely discredited. Please look at mainstream scientific evidence.

    • Discredited? Perhaps in the talking points of the nuclear industry public relations people… Meanhwile, in the real world, the scientific jury is still out. Unfortunately the scope of the catastrophe is the subject of enormous scientific debate to this day. This book is well respected in the scientific world, whether you personally believe in the findings or not.

    • I tend not to get too hung up on the Chernobyl “body count”. It ignores the economic damage caused, nor the many millions who survived the disaster, but came down with serious health problems (i.e. all those who got cancer from the accident but ultimately recovered). Many of these individuals, including the “liquidators” sent in afterwards and the children of the region now have serious health problems and languish in poverty in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. I know this because we’ve a local charity in Ireland that helps out victims of Chernobyl and brings them over to Ireland for some respite and treatment. If you’ve ever met these children (nearly all of whom seem to have leukaemia, mutations or some other serious health problem) you’ll instantly realise what a huge tragedy Chernobyl was.

      Hence I would argue the whole issue of the “body count” is essentially irrelevant, it’s the living (including those in Japan) I’m more worried about. Of course the fact nuclear energy supporters can so callously dismiss such a huge mass of human suffering, while actively seeking to downplay its scale merely serves to speak volumes about both their compassion…and sanity!

      • Thanks for your comments – so true!

        Here in Japan, too often “nuclear villagers” claim that no one was killed at Fukushima in a sick attempt to trivialize the catastrophe. To date 160,000+ livelihoods have been utterly destroyed by the radioactive poisoning of the land and water. Hundreds died in the rush escape from the fallout. Entire municipalities have ceased to exist. Companies, farms, schools, communities wiped away due to the nuclear radiation catastrophe.

        The vast social and economic costs defy comprehension.

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