Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
Campaign Material and Research




IPPNW's top priority medical issues


Nuclear famine: climate effects of regional nuclear war
Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People at Risk? 2013.[PDF]
Executive Summary [PDF] and [website]
Powerpoint created by Ira Helfand for presentation in Astana, Kazakhstan, 2014. [PPT, English 5MB]
User-friendly PPT for non-expert presenters 2013 version in English [PPT, English 5MB]
User-friendly PPT for non-expert presenters 2013 version in Spanish - 2013 [PPT, Spanish 5MB]
Nuclear winter - still possible but preventable: Alan Robock at TEDxHoboken [link]

Health impacts of an expanding uranium mining industry
IPPNW International Council resolution. 2010. [PDF]

Study on the health status of indigenous people around Jadugoda Uranium mines in India [PDF] and [website]

"When the dust settles" International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) and Pax Christi. 2011. [VIDEO]

Use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in radiopharmaceutical production
Fact Sheet [PDF] and [website]

Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons


**** NEW ONLINE RESOURCE**** IPPNW's campaigner's kit, Banning Nuclear Weapons: The Humanitarian Facts. 2014. [website]

IPPNW's summary of the humanitarian impact [website]

CNN Opinion: No such thing as a safe number of nukes. Ira Helfand and Alan Robock. June 20, 2013. [PDF]

The Wider Impact: The Long Term Effects on Health, Environment and Development. 14 minute audio recording from the international Conference on the Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Ira Helfand. Oslo, Norway, March 4-5, 2013.
[mp3] [PDF of transcript] [Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website]

Nuclear Weapons: Catastrophic Impacts on Health. 15 minute audio recording from the international Conference on the Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Sir Andy Haines. Oslo, Norway, March 4-5, 2013.
[mp3] [PDF of transcript] [Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website]

The Medical, Environmental and Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War.
14 minute video. IPPNW and PSR. Ira Helfand. 2013. [website]

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Weapons Test - Humanitarian Consequences. 17minute video from webinar sponsored by Breaking the Nuclear Chain, an initiative of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), IKV Pax Christi, and Peace Boat. Ira Helfand. 2012. [website]

Catastrophic Humanitarian Consequences. 28min video. 2012. [website]

Catastrophic humanitarian harm. ICAN. August 2012. [ICAN website for PDF]

One Day in Hiroshima - An Oral History. Nano Kamada, MD. 2007. [PDF 4.4MB]

Medical consequences of nuclear weapons


Nuclear Famine: Climate Effects of Regional Nuclear War. 2012.
Report [PDF], Fact Sheet [PDF], [website],and media coverage [PDF]

Hambruna Nuclear: Mil Millones de Personas en Riesgo. 2013. (Spanish translation of the 2012 Nuclear Famine report) [PDF]

An Assessment of the Extent of Projected Global Famine Resulting From Limited, Regional Nuclear War, Ira Helfand, MD. 2007. [PDF]

Powerpoint: Climate and health effects of regional nuclear war: How sudden global cooling could produce a "nuclear famine" [PPT]

Accompanying script for the powerpoint presentation [PDF]

Additional scientific papers by climate scientists [website]

Zero is the Only Option: Four Medical and Environmental Cases for Eradicating Nuclear Weapons. 2010. [PDF] Translations: Japanese, Swedish

Medicine and Nuclear War: Preventing Proliferation and Achieving Abolition.
L. Forrow, V. W. Sidel, and J. E. Slutzman. 2007. [PDF]

Projected Casualties Among U.S. Military Personnel and Civilian Populations from the Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Hard and Deeply Buried Targets. 2005. [PDF]

The US and Nuclear Terrorism: Still dangerously unprepared. Ira Helfand, Andrew Kanter, Michael McCally, Kimberly Roberts, Jaya Tiwari. August 2006. [PDF]

Nuclear Terrorism: Effects of a Nuclear Explosion in a Populated Area - New York City, New York. 2004. [PDF]

The Threat of Low-Yield Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons to Civilian Populations: Nuclear “Bunker Busters” and Their Medical Consequences
Special Report. Victor W. Sidel, MD; H. Jack Geiger, MD, MSHyg;
Herbert L. Abrams, MD; Robert W. Nelson, PhD; and John Loretz. 2003. [PDF]

Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear testing, and Depleted Uranium Weapons: Medical Consequences and Implications for NPT Compliance. This was a presentation at the 2003 NPT PrepCom. May 2003. [PDF]

World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet No. 257, updated January 2003. [PDF]

Depleted Uranium Weapons and Acute Post-War Health Effects: An IPPNW Assessment. March 2001. [PDF]

WHO Guidance on Exposure to Depleted Uranium For Medical Officers and Programme Administrators. Prepared in collaboration with United Nations Joint Medical Staff. World Health Organization 2001. [PDF]

Bombing Bombay? Effects of Nuclear Weapons and a Case Study of a Hypothetical Explosion. MV Ramana. 1999. [PDF]

Crude Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and the Terrorist Threat - IPPNW Global Health Watch Report Number 1. IPPNW. Gururaj Mutalik. Frank Barnaby. Peter Taylor and David Sumner. 1996. [PDF]

World Health Organization. Effects of nuclear war on health and health services, 2nd edition, 1987. [PDF]

World Health Organization. Effects of nuclear war on health and health services, 2nd edition, 1987; Annex 3: Biological effects of nuclear war, acute effects of radiation; the LD-50 value. [PDF]

Proceedings of the First Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Airlie, VA. 1981. Topics covered at the first IPPNW Congress included predictable and unpredictable effects of nuclear war; the role of physicians in the post-attack period; social, economic, and psychological costs; and what physicians can do to prevent nuclear war. [PDF]

Transcript of IPPNW telecast on Soviet National Television. June 24, 1982.This unprecedented roundtable discussion about the medical consequences of nuclear war was broadcast in its entirety on Soviet television and was seen by millions of Russians. US networks refused to show it to an American audience. [PDF]

Excerpts from Last Aid: The Medical Dimensions of Nuclear War. Edited by Eric Chivian, Susanna Chivian, Robert Jay Lifton, John E. Mack. New York: W. H. Freeman and Co. 1982.

Excerpt from Plutonium: Deadly Gold of the Nuclear Age. Cambridge, MA: International Physicians Press. 1992.

Excerpt from Nuclear Wastelands: A global guide to nuclear weapons production and its health and environmental effects. Edited by Arjun Makhijani, Howard Hu, and Katherine Yih. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 1995.

The following articles have appeared in journals and IPPNW publications from 1962 to the present [chronological order].

Getting to Zero Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project. [PDF OF HANDBOOK] [WEBSITE]

Transparency = Security. US bipartisan statement supporting the new START Treaty. PSAonline.org. June 24, 2010. [WEBSITE]

Talking Points on a Nuclear Weapons Convention for the 2010 NPT. IPPNW. May 2010. [PDF]

10 Arguments for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. May 2010. [PDF]

Securing Our Survival (SOS). The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. The updated model convention on the prohibition of the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons and on their elimination. 2007. [PDF]

Understanding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. MAPW. September 2007. [PDF]

Summaries of presentations from "Nuclearisation in Europe and the Middle East - from threat to preventive action." PSR / IPPNW Switzerland. March 22-25, 2007. [WEBSITE]

De-alerting Nuclear Weapons: Stepping Back from the Brink. 2004. [PDF]

De-alerting Nuclear Weapons: FAQs. 2004 [PDF]

Nuclear Weapons Convention Monitor. Updating the debate on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. June 2002. [PDF]

Instead of Nuclear Weapons. New Views on Human, Global and National Security
Report from an International IPPNW and Peace Researchers Seminar.
Moscow. March 25, 2002. [PDF]

Nuclear Weapons Convention Monitor. Updating the debate on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. April 2001. [PDF]

Nuclear Weapons Convention Monitor. Updating the debate on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. April 2000. [PDF]

Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons. Authored by Robert D. Green. Published by the Middle Powers Initiative. Revised Edition with a New Foreword by Jayantha Dhanapala, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs. 1999. [PDF]

Nuclear Energy and Chernobyl

"Lessons From Fukushima and Chernobyl for U.S. Public Health." The publication includes chapters on radiation and health, nuclear reactor accidents, evacuation concerns, and spent fuel problems. Spring 2011. PSR. [PDF]

"Nuclear Power Fact File." Downloadable posters on nuclear power in 27 languages. By the German affiliate of IPPNW, Eurosolar - the European Association for Renewable Energy, and WISE International - World Information Service on Nuclear Energy. [WEB LINK]

Literature Review: Health Effects of Chernobyl 20 years after the reactor catastrophe. German Affiliate of IPPNW and German Society for Radiation Protection (GfS). Sebastian Pflugbeil, Henrik Paulitz, Angelika Claussen. [PDF]

Chernobyl Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment
Alexey V. Yablokov, Vassily B. Nesterenko, Alexey V. Nesterenko. Consulting editor Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger 2009. [72MB PDF via google]

Increased Incidence of Malignancies in Sweden After the Chernobyl Accident—A Promoting Effect? Martin Tondel, Peter Lindgren, Peter Hjalmarsson, Lennart Hardell, and Bodil Persson. 2006. [PDF]

Increased Incidence of Malignancies in Sweden After the Chernobyl Accident—A Promoting Effect? Martin Tondel, Peter Lindgren, Peter Hjalmarsson, Lennart Hardell, and Bodil Persson. 2006. [PDF]

Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts
and Recommendations to the Governments of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The Chernobyl Forum: 2003–2005. Second revised version [PDF]

The Other Report on Chernobyl (TORCH). An independent scientific evaluation of the health and environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with critical analyses of recent reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). April 2006. [PDF]

Nuclear Energy Time Bomb: Twenty Years After Chernobyl. By Ronald McCoy April 7-9, 2006. [PDF]

Opening remarks from conference in Bonn, Germany. Nuclear Energy Time bomb: Twenty Years After Chernobyl. By Ronald McCoy. April 7-9, 2006. [PDF]

Literature Review: Effects of the Chernobyl Catastrophe. By Alex Rosen
Heinrich-Heine University. Düsseldorf, Germany. January 2006. [PDF]

The Chernobyl Disaster: A Human Tragedy for Generations to Come. By Mycle Schneider. [PDF]

The Chernobyl Catastrophe - Consequences on Human Health. By Greenpeace. 2006. [PDF]

Abstracts: Health of Liquidators (Clean-up Workers), 20 Years after the Chernobyl Explosion. November 12, 2005. Conference organized by PSR / IPPNW Switzerland. [PDF]

Rethinking Nuclear Energy and Democracy After September 11, 2001. Published by IPPNW. 2004. [PDF]

Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Reactor Crisis in Fukushima, Japan 2011

Medicine and Global Survival Special Edition. 2011. [PDF]

The purpose of this digest is to help amplify sound medical understanding of the crisis unfolding at the nuclear power stations in Japan. The links to news, commentary and analysis draws mainly from IPPNW affiliate experts in nuclear power, radiation and humanitarian disasters. The complete archive can be found at a special section of the IPPNW Peace and Health Blog.

For more information about the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), contact John Loretz, Program Director, IPPNW, 66-70 Union Square, #204, Somerville, MA 02143; 617.440.1733