Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 2456–2459 | Cite as

Comment on The human sex odds at birth after the atmospheric atomic bomb tests, after Chernobyl, and in the vicinity of nuclear facilities, Hagen Scherb & Kristina Voigt Environ, Sci Pollut Res (2011) 18:697–707

  • François Bochud
  • Thomas Jung
Letter to the Editor

Scherb and Voigt (2011a) examine the sex ratio, also called sex odds, defined as the ratio of live births of boys and girls in the period 1950 to 2007. They observe its annual values for different regions and countries and examine their year-to-year variation with regard to two major radiological events: the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (PNTBT) and the Chernobyl accident. It also presents results of a non-peer-reviewed study (Kusmierz et al. 2010) on the sex ratio at different distances from Swiss and German nuclear power plants (NPPs). The main conclusion Scherb and Voigt draw from their results is that the international consensus on the health effects of ionizing radiations is underestimated by several orders of magnitude. The authors also wrote the editorial in the same issue of the journal (Scherb and Voigt 2011b) and took this point further by announcing that there are “one million missing children across Europe and parts of Asia after Chernobyl till to date.”



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Radiation PhysicsLausanne University HospitalLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Div. Effects and Risks of Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation, Dept. Radiation Protection and HealthFederal Office for Radiation ProtectionOberschleissheimGermany

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