Introduction

Radiation takes many different forms in our natural environment. Light and heat radiation are produced by the Sun, ionizing radiation is produced by some minerals in the Earth. Despite these different forms of radiation, most people are concerned about one type — that produced by nuclear energy and artificial radioactive materials.

The book Radiation, People and the Environment provides a comprehensive look at this form of radiation, called ionizing radiation.

Produced by the IAEA in close co-operation with the UK National Radiological Protection Board, the book provides a broad overview on the subject of ionizing radiation, its effects and uses, as well as the measures in place to ensure it can be used safely.

It also discusses the benefits and risks of practices that use such radiation in medicine, industry and energy production and considers some topical concerns about environmental pollution, waste management, emergencies and transportation safety.

Radiation is indeed part of our everyday life, both from natural and artificial sources. Radiation, People and the Environment strives to demystify the underlying science and improve public understanding of radiation, its use and the related issues confronting our society.

 

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