Nuclear Radiation: Effects, Facts and how we can stop it.

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Nuclear Radiation

The problem of nuclear radiation first starts off with nuclear meltdowns. In a nuclear meltdown, thousands of people could be killed in the explosion, but much more can be killed due to the radiation after the explosion. Also, nuclear radiation comes from microwaves, radio waves, cell phones, etc. This type of radiation is not harmful. It is called "non-ionizing" radiation. But the radiation that comes from nuclear power is called "ionizing" radiation, which has the ability to take an electron from an atom. This is important because it is something that is happening all around the world, not just in one place. This problem is quite big. There is usually a nuclear power plant in most countries, which has the power to have a meltdown, and cause nuclear radiation. Also, most countries are surrounded by natural sources such as rocks, which can produce radium.

Radium decay turns into radon. Radon decays into radioactive particles. If this is inhaled, it could cause respiratory problems.

This happened because of the starting of nuclear power and other sources which we cannot control. We can benefit nuclear radiation by cutting back on the use of cell phones, and microwaves and other things that may produce nuclear energy, rays, power, etc.

This affects everybody because if radiation can come from natural sources like rocks, then everybody in the world is affected in some way, some how. An individual can make a difference by trying to stay away from some of these natural sources which may cause harmful radiation.

This started when man discovered nuclear power and the how the atom works. Once this was figured out, we tried to use nuclear power to the best of our ability. However, there are some consequences, and nuclear radiation is one...