Green at the "Melbourne's GPO in March 2011
|Alma mater||"University of Wollongong|
|Known for||Australian coordinator of the Beyond Nuclear Initiative|
James Green is the national "anti-nuclear campaigner with "Friends of the Earth Australia and Australian coordinator of the "Beyond Nuclear Initiative. Green is a regular media commentator on nuclear waste issues. He has an honours degree in public health from the "University of Wollongong and was awarded a PhD in "science and technology studies for his analysis of the "Lucas Heights research reactor debates.
Jim Green and Peter Karamoskos (a nuclear radiologist) say there is growing scientific confidence in the "linear no-threshold model for ionising radiation, which is supported by the 2006 report of the Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionising Radiation (BEIR) of the US National Academy of Sciences. The BEIR report comprehensively reviewed available data and concluded that:
The balance of evidence from epidemiologic, animal and mechanistic studies tend to favour a simple proportionate relationship at low doses between radiation dose and cancer risk... The risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and… the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.
According to Green and Karamoskos, the alternative view, that low-level radiation is harmless, is limited to a small number of scientists "whose voice is greatly amplified by the nuclear industry". In Australia, for example, "uranium mining and exploration companies such as Toro Energy, "Uranium One and "Heathgate Resources have sponsored speaking tours by scientists who claim that low level radiation exposure is not only harmless but actually good for you".