Frequent Fliers Prone to Risk of 'Radiation Poisoning from Space Solar Flare'

by Tanya Thomas on  November 8, 2010 at 11:30 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
If you're a frequent airline traveler, you are probably at a greater risk of developing cancer due to high radiation levels from the Sun.

Experts have warned that long-term radiation poisoning from 'solar space storms' or flare activity from the Sun can cause severe harm.
Frequent Fliers Prone to Risk of 'Radiation Poisoning from Space Solar Flare'
Frequent Fliers Prone to Risk of 'Radiation Poisoning from Space Solar Flare'

Researchers found passengers faced the "hazard" of space radiation, which created unhealthy levels of exposure while flying at "typical cruise altitudes" of 40,000 feet.

NASA scientists believe the earth is facing danger from a once-in-a-century 'solar flare', a disturbance on the Sun's surface that could cause geomagnetic storms on this planet.

Scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxon found aircrew were 'the major occupation group' most exposed to the Sun's radiation with passengers also at risk from the phenomenon.

"There is an increased risk of cancer. People would be sensible to think about kind of work they do, how much flying they do and what risk that poses. I don't think that is unreasonable," the Telegraph quoted Mike Hapgood, the head of the Laboratory's Space Environment Group, as saying.

Lloyds of London, the insurance market, published the study.

Source: ANI

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I wish to advise you of my new, peer-reviewed, paper in the Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.

By going to the link below you may read the editor's introduction to the paper Introduction to “Human Resource Responsibilities: Frequent Flyer Radiation Exposure.” Look down about 5 articles from the top of the list.

The paper itself is also available in this "online first" version prior to its publication in the next issue. Unfortunately Springer wants $34 to read it.

Basically, it makes the case that there are almost half a million business frequent flyers who exceed the radiation exposure permitted legally from ground-based business, industrial and medical sources because of their exposure to high levels of cosmic radiation in aircraft. It outlines some of the risks, particularly for pregnant travelers and points to the potential issues of liability for employers who fail to warn their staff about this issue.

A Google search on my name and "radiation" will pull up many references that will establish my bona fides in this area. I also serve as a radiation consultant to the New York Times.

Robert Barish, PhD

drsunflare Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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