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  • Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica: Half-life

    The series Half-life, a partnership between the Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica, explored health and safety conditions for nuclear workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The says it has complied with federal workers’ safety rules since the mid-1990s, but The New Mexican and ProPublica found thousands of lab workers have filed benefits claims for cancer, and hundreds more have died, as a result of work done in the last two decades — a generation in which nuclear work conditions were supposed to be safe. Reporting found these workers face steep hurdles and are more frequently denied benefits than older generations. The Department of Energy has also rarely held Los Alamos contractors accountable for safety issues and has taken steps to limit independent oversight of safety conditions at federal nuclear sites nationwide.
  • America’s atomic vets: ‘We were used as guinea pigs – every one of us’

    Atomic veterans feel abused, neglected and forgotten by the government and a country that exposed them to unforeseen risks. In the decades since the nuclear tests, many have suffered ailments such as cancer and blame the radiation. https://www.retroreport.org/video/atomic-vets/ https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4481099eafd746ff8e79bb13a6596e79
  • Nuclear Radiation and Food Safety

    Although the agricultural products from regions near Fukushima, Japan are still tainted by radiation, the South Korean government is looking to resume imports, adding to the fear of radiation exposure among Korean citizens, Rumors are rife on the internet, amplifying the atmosphere of terror. Our team carried out a full investigation of the actual situation in Japan to help address the widespread fear. The real radiation levels of agricultural products from the 8 prefectures near Fukushima were tested and revealed. The message of the program was that the import decisions of the Korean government has to give top priority public food security
  • Incredible Claims

    Mammograms are painful procedures that have been criticized for false positives and exposing patients to radiation, naturally some women were intrigued by the promise of digital breast thermography. Thermography is non-invasive scan that, according to the manufacturers and practitioners, can detect breast cancer up to 10 years before a mammogram. There’s just one problem: doctors say it doesn’t work. CBC identified over 50 thermography clinics in Canada, many of which claimed their equipment was able to detect breast cancer and save women from having to undergo mammograms. The American FDA had recently ordered Meditherm, a major manufacturers of thermography equipment, to stop making “false and misleading” claims about their products ability to diagnose illness. When we checked with Canadian regulators, both federally and provincially, each said another level of government was responsible for regulating thermography devices. CBC worked for weeks gathering interviews, information and documents related to thermography, all the while Canadian lawmakers stood by their original statements, saying thermography was not their problem. Across the country CBC started airing radio stories on the morning of November 27. By the evening news two provinces (Manitoba and Newfoundland) said they would take action against local clinics, and Health Canada said they were blocking the import of thermography devices into the country.
  • What Killed Arafat?

    This 50-minute film was the result of a nine month long cold case investigation into the suspicious death of Yasser Arafat, Palestine's iconic, revolutionary leader. After obtaining Arafat's entire original medical files, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit, led by producer and reporter Clayton Swisher, crossed continents to track down and interview the French, Jordanian, Egyptian, and Palestinian doctors who had worked to save Arafat's life. Part I of "What Killed Arafat?" was able to easily shatter popular myths about what caused Arafat's precipitous decline from the onset of his illness on October 12, 2004 until his death on November 11th. Testimony from Arafat's doctors conclusively ruled out liver cirrhosis, cancer, even rumors of HIV. The scientific, evidence-based discoveries made in the Part II result from the work performed by a team of forensic pathologists, toxicologists, and radiation physicists from the University Center for Legal Medicine and Institute for Radiation Physics in Lausanne, Switzerland. Working without payment, they agreed to run a battery of sophisticated tests on a large gym bag containing Arafat’s last personal effects. The scientists discovered significant levels of reactor-made Polonium 210 contaminating areas of Arafat's personal effects that came into contact with his biological fluids. When the final results came back in late June, Al Jazeera hosted Mrs. Arafat in Doha to watch the Swiss explain the results on set. Upon witnessing their testimony, Ms. Arafat made a resolute, unanticipated surprise announcement, calling on the Palestinian Authority to exhume her husband's body for testing. Yasser Arafat’s body was exhumed on November 27, 2012 so that the final samples could be retrieved. Whether the causes of Arafat's death are determined to be natural, inconclusive—or even murder—suffice it to say that Al Jazeera’s "What Killed Arafat?" and the resulting investigations and exhumation will have inched the world closer to understanding what did not, and possibly for the first time, what did claim the life of this historic and controversial personality.
  • A Matter of Risk: Radiation, Drinking Water and Deception

    You probably use it every day. And you probably think it's relatively safe. But imagine if your home's tap water was actually: making the plumbing so radioactive it could set off a Geiger counter, releasing a dangerous gas whenever you took a shower or ran a dishwasher, exposing you to a 1 in 400 chance of cancer just by regularly drinking it. And imagine if the people who were supposed to protect you from this situation not only knew about it and failed to do much of anything, but instead spent decades covering it up. That's exactly what the KHOU I-team discovered to be the case for half a million and more Texas consumers during its 12-month investigation into the quality of the state's drinking water.
  • Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed

    This book reveals how the U.S. government consciously looked away as miners, and then the neighbors, were exposed to uranium's dangers as it was mined on a Navajo reservation, in a slow-motion environmental catastrophe that last for decades and continues today.
  • The Radiation Boom

    The reporter provides insight into the medical community's inadequate safety protections. Within these hospitals, the reporter documents the number of patients burned by the radiation of new machines, little government oversight,poorly trained personnel, and outdated equipment.
  • "Fallout: The Legacy of Brookhaven Lab in the Pacific"

    Reporter Thomas Maier reveals how radiation has affected the people of the Marshall Islands. In the 1950s, "Bravo," the "largest hydrogen bomb" detonated by the U.S., covered the islands in "radioactive ash." Only a few years later, Brookhaven National Lab scientists allowed residents to return to their homeland for "scientific and military concerns" despite the potential threat to their health.
  • Recycled Radiation

    Radioactive materials are being found in common consumer items because radioactive devices used in manufacturing and medicine are often mixing with scrap metal for use in large varieties of other products. "Recycled Radiation" outlines the findings from the Nuclear Material Events Database.