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What are the major effects of nuclear pollution?

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Nuclear pollution has a wide variety of major negative effects on the environment and humans.  Here are some of the most common issues of nuclear pollution.

Cancer

Nuclear pollution can cause a large variety of different cancers.  This was first noticed when workers at nuclear plants began to contract higher than average amounts of cancer.  The Chernobyl disaster has seen cancer rates of those within the area and their offspring soar.

Contamination

Nuclear waste created from nuclear fission of uranium are unable to be disposed of, and therefore have to simply be contained.  This can lead to contamination of soil, oceans, and the air we breathe. 

Contaminated soil interferes with the normal functions of plants, and can potentially destroy large amounts of the world's crops if pollution continues.

Genetic mutation

As mentioned earlier, nuclear pollution affects not only those individuals within the immediate vicinity, but also their offspring.  Children have been born with numerous physical and mental defects due to nuclear pollution, including having their brains on the outside of their skulls.

The above are simply a few of the disastrous effects of nuclear pollution, and disasters such as Chernobyl provide some pretty awful realities of its effects.  

Here's a video showing some of the awful consequences of nuclear pollution first hand:

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