News Archive

Archived news articles, 12 June 2013 – 5 October 2015, covering Chernobyl, Pripyat and radiation from around the globe (dead links removed).

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  • Wild mammals ‘have returned’ to Chernobyl

    Removing humans from what is now the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor has allowed wildlife to return, researchers say.

    5 October 2015 – Victoria Gill, BBC News

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  • Wildlife thriving around Chernobyl nuclear plant despite radiation

    High numbers of elk, deer, boar and wolves show long-term effect of world’s worst nuclear accident is less damaging than everyday human activity, say scientists.

    5 October 2015 – Adam Vaughan, The Guardian

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  • Experiencing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant nearly 30 years after the disaster

    In the beginning of September 2015, I had the rare opportunity to attend a first-of-its-kind vocational training program hosted by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

    28 September 2015 – Lucas W Hixson, Enformable

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  • Radiation Impact Studies – Chernobyl and Fukushima

    Some nuclear advocates suggest that wildlife thrives in the highly-radioactive Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, animals like it, and not only that, a little radiation for anybody and everybody is harmless and maybe good, not bad.

    23 September 2015 – Robert Hunziker, Counter Punch

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  • France Nears Completion of Chernobyl Steel Confinement Structure

    Two French companies have finished the construction of a steel structure, which is part of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) project, over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

    8 September 2015 – Sputnik News/li>

     

  • From Three Mile Island to Fukushima Daiichi, a look back at what we’ve learned

    Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Fukushima Daiichi. These three sites have been the setting for the most major reactor accidents in world history and have become synonymous with some of our worst fears involving nuclear power gone wrong.

    6 September 2015 – Steve Brachmann, IPWatchdog

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  • Safi elevates in Chernobyl

    Italian-based Safi has been awarded a contract to build a special industrial elevator for use at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the Ukraine aheads of its dismantling.

    4 September 2015 – Euan Youdale, KHL

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  • Chernobyl project moves forward

    The two parts of the arch that make up the New Safe Confinement have been assembled. The operation involved aligning – down to the millimetre – 243 connections along the 260m width of the shelter, a giant structure made of steel and which is said to weigh five times as much as the Eiffel Tower at 30,000 tonnes.

    1 September 2015 – Sandy Guthrie, Construction Europe

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  • Ukrainian rescuers keep extinguishing smoldering fires in Chornobyl Puscha

    A wildfire between the former villages of Kovshylivka and Buda Varovychy in the exclusion and mandatory resettlement zone of the Chornobyl NPP (the Chornobyl Puscha) was still being extinguished on Monday morning.

    17 August 2015 – Interfax-Ukraine

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  • Fire in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Likely Caused by Arson

    A recent fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone could be a case of arson, Ukraine’s emergency service official told journalists Monday.

    11 August 2015 – SPUTNIK

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  • Why Is Nagasaki Thriving While Chernobyl Remains Abandoned?

    Thirty years after, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are bustling cities. Thirty years after Chernobyl, abandoned city. What’s the difference?

    11 August 2015 – Big Think

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  • Chernobyl exclusion zone on fire again

    As many as 32 hectares of new wildfires have been registered in the exclusion zone close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, report Ukraine’s emergency services report. Firefighters are battling new fires that have flared up in the Kiev region.

    The fires started in three locations close to the villages of Zamostye and Kovshilovka in the Ivankovsky area. As of 7am on Sunday, the fires have been reportedly localized, with firefighters continuing to extinguish burning dry grass and forest cover.

    9 August 2015 – Russia Today

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  • Your Fear Of Radiation Is Irrational

    Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. It’s 10 am on a Wednesday in early March, cold and snowy – but not in the entrance to the main gallery of what was once a gold mine. Togged out in swimming trunks, flip-flops and a bath robe, I have just squeezed into one of the carriages of a narrow-gauge railway that’s about to carry me 2 km into the heart of the Radhausberg mountain.

    4 August 2015 – Mosaic Science

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  • Greatest Impact Of Nuclear Disasters Is Psychological, Not Physical, Studies Find

    In major nuclear accidents, the greatest health risk to people is mental problems, including depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, rather than physical harm from radiation leakage, studies have found.

    4 August 2015 – Jim Algar, Tech Time

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  • Chernobyl Confinement arch joined together

    The ‘western’ and ‘eastern’ halves of the arch of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have been joined together, SSE ChNPP, the state company tasked with managing the plant, said on 24 July.

    28 July 2015 – World Nuclear News

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  • Chernobyl: A Vacation Hotspot Unlike Any Other

    In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the reactor at Chernobyl exploded during a routine maintenance test, setting off a shining plume of smoke that made the sky glow for miles. Residents in the area would later describe the rainbow light from the deadly explosion as the most sublime vision they would ever see. Within minutes, workers battling their way through fires, burning asphalt, and a crumbling reactor were exposed to more radiation than any body can take in a lifetime.

    19 July 2015 – Ava Kofman, Vice

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  • Chernobyl: inside the nuclear disaster exclusion zone

    Almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which turned the area around the plant into a no-go zone, scientists are involved in a unique experiment in how nature copes with radiation.

    15 July 2015 – Tom Clarke, Channel 4

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  • Your Fear Of Radiation Is Irrational

    Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people-but an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.

    14 July 2015 – Geoff Watts, Gawker Media

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  • Higher Radioactivity Detected at Chernobyl Amid Forest Fires

    Wildfires in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have led to higher levels of the radioactive isotope caesium-137 in one of the fire sites, according to measurements taken by Ukraine’s nuclear inspectorate.

    2 July 2015 – Sputnik News

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  • Beauty in ruins: abandoned places in Europe and Asia – in pictures

    The ghost town of Pripyat, near Chernobyl, and derelict sites around Europe and central Asia became evocative locations for urban explorer David de Rueda on a six-week tour discovering hidden relics of the recent past – as part of Nikon’s Project Spotlight: Abandoned Places.

    30 June 2015 – The Guardian

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  • New wildfire sends smoke billowing over Chernobyl exclusion zone

    A wall of smoke was seen rising over the exclusion zone around the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Tuesday as Ukrainian emergency services scrambled helicopters to extinguish a wildfire.

    30 June 2015 – Russia Today

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  • Fire in Chornobyl exclusion zone spreads on 130 hectares

    Dry grass and reed are reported to have caught fire in a Chornobyl forest in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone on Monday, June 29, according to Ukraine’s State Service for Emergency Situations.

    30 June 2015 – Charter97

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  • Forest fire hits destroyed Chornobyl reactor’s exclusion zone

    Fire has engulfed a large section of the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chornobyl plant in Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday.

    30 June 2015 – CTV News

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  • Radioactive waste repository opens in Chernobyl exclusion zone

    The centre will house thousands of sources of radiation waste, bi-products of construction, engineering and many other industries for up to 50 years.

    17 June 2015 – Euronews

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  • EU Disburses $20Mln for New Nuclear Waste Repository in Chernobyl

    EU has allocated around 17.6 million euro for the construction of a new nuclear waste repository at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

    16 June 2015 – Sputnik News

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  • ‘The Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Directors Explain How to Shoot in a Nuclear “Dead Zone”

    Holly Morris and Anne Bogart’s documentary centers on women living in the area surrounding the nuclear accident.

    10 June 2015 – Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Igor Kostin, photographer who captured the Chernobyl disaster, dies at 78

    Ukrainian Igor Kostin, who took the first pictures of Chernobyl nuclear plant after it exploded in 1986, has died in a car accident in Kiev.

    10 June 2015 – AP, The Guardian

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  • Striking photos from the villages surrounding Chernobyl, taken by people who still live there

    Photographer Thom Davies, who is also a trained geographer and ethnographer, has been working to understand and document this community since 2008. As part of his studies, Davies gave people who lived close to the Exclusion Zone disposable cameras and asked them to document their everyday lives in their extraordinary surroundings.

    2 June 2015 – Christian Storm, Business Insider

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  • 15 Haunting Photos From Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

    Nuclear fallout is, very fortunately, a foreign concept for many of us. The idea of an exclusion zone is just that: an idea — not something we’ve ever had to deal with first-hand. Urbex and 500px Prime photographer Iain Bolton, however, has seen it first hand.

    31 May 2015 – DL Cade, The Huffington Post

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  • Chernobyl: Poignant self-portraits from the disaster-hit town photographer left as a baby

    The images of Pripyat were recorded by Alina Rudya, a photographer born in the Ukrainian town left abandoned following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

    Alina, who now lives in Berlin, Germany, first visited her hometown of Pripyat in Ukraine back in 2012, and now she’s working on a project to document the area.

    Alina looking out the window of her old apartment on Lenin Street - Copyright Alina Rudya/Guzelian

    29 May 2015 – Simon Hamalienkon, The Mirror

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  • What’s the most radioactive city?

    Ionising radiation is a fact of life for us all, but for some cities it’s a daily source of worry – and not just the ones near Chernobyl.

    15 May 2015 – Jessa Gamble, The Guardian

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  • New blood test quickly reveals severity of radiation injury

    A novel blood test could greatly improve triage of victims of radiation accidents by rapidly predicting who will survive, who will die, and who should receive immediate medical countermeasures, according to scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    13 May 2015 – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Medical Xpress

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  • Like the canary in a coalmine, birds tell real story of Fukushima

    On April 28, two days after the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a forest fire near the retired nuclear power plant threatened to send radioactive particles into the air.

    7 May 2015 – Nolan Peterson, The Daily Signal

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  • Like the canary in a coalmine, birds tell real story of Fukushima

    Like a canary in a coalmine, birds are a good indicator of the quality of an environment. A study has found that Fukushima prefecture has not been friendly to our feathered friends since that fateful day four years ago, and things are not getting better.

    5 May 2015 – Karen Graham, Digital Journal

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  • Radiation levels normal in Chornobyl zone

    Radiation was at a safe level on Monday evening in Kyiv and in the Chornobyl exclusion zone, Ukraine’s state emergency situations service has reported.

    5 May 2015 – Interfax

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  • Ukraine Is Risking Another Chernobyl

    In 1983, the Soviet Union inaugurated two nuclear reactors in what is now Ukraine. One of them, unit four at Chernobyl, experienced an explosion and fire three years later that released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere — a catastrophic accident whose effects are still being felt far beyond Ukraine’s borders. The other reactor, unit one at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Station, remains in operation, though all indications suggest that it should be retired.

    4 May 2015 – Iryna Holovko, The Moscow Times

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  • Chernobyl: The Last Lament

    In June 2014 I was given the rare opportunity to visit one of the most fascinating yet dangerous places I´ve ever been to. The numerous picturesque places within the exclusion zone oppressively reveal the decay of a once thriving city.

    Armed with a geiger counter and a Blackmagic Cinema Camera I not only collected footage of impressive places, but also met two resettler for an interview. The result is a 10 minute documentary with an artistic approach.

    Chernobyl: The Last Lament from Jan Fabi on Vimeo.

    4 May 2015 – Jan Fabi

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  • ‘No one tells us the truth’: Locals near Chernobyl fear radiation, Kiev says fire put out

    Ukrainian firefighters have said flames in the forests around Chernobyl’s exclusion zone have been put out and there is no radiation threat. However, locals recall the 1986 catastrophe and fear that just as then officials are concealing the truth.

    2 May 2015 – Russia Today

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  • Russia Gives 10 Mln Euro to Secure Chernobyl’s Crumbling Sarcophagus

    The Russian government allocated an additional 10 million euros for the construction of a new sarcophagus over the destroyed fourth power unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as stated in a decree published on Thursday, April 30.

    30 April 2015 – sputniknews

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  • Chernobyl Children: what makes Ukrainians born in 1986 different?

    Olga Zakrevska is a professional photographer, running her own studio in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. She was born on April 11, 1986 in Prypiat, a town nearest to the Chernobyl plant where many of the staff lived. Her father was a young nuclear energy expert.

    27 April 2015 – Kateryna Khinkulova, euronews

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  • Smoke from Chernobyl fire could spread radiation far and wide

    Smoke from burning forests in the Chernobyl exclusion zone is capable of spreading contaminants across great distances, even after the fire has been stopped, ecology experts told RT.

    29 April 2015 – Russia Today

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  • Forest fire breaks out near Chernobyl nuclear plant

    A fire has broken out in woods near Ukraine’s disused Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of a meltdown in 1986.
    Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said about 400 hectares of forest was alight in the exclusion zone around the plant.

    28 April 2015 – BBC News

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  • Chernobyl Children: what makes Ukrainians born in 1986 different?

    Olga Zakrevska is a professional photographer, running her own studio in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. She was born on April 11, 1986 in Prypiat, a town nearest to the Chernobyl plant where many of the staff lived. Her father was a young nuclear energy expert.

    27 April 2015 – Kateryna Khinkulova, euronews

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  • Ukraine marks 29 years since Chornobyl nuclear disaster

    Ukrainians marked 29 years since the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, laying wreaths and candles near the plant where the works to lay a new seal over the reactor site have been delayed.

    26 April 2015 – Kyiv Post

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  • Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl’s wildlife

    Automatic cameras in the Ukrainian side of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have provided an insight into the previously unseen secret lives of wildlife that have made the contaminated landscape their home.

    26 April 2015 – Mark Kinver, BBC

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  • Chernobyl – 29 Years Since Nuclear Disaster

    The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred 29 years ago Sunday near the town of Pripyat in what is now northern Ukraine.

    25 April 2015 – The Moscow Times

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  • Chernobyl 29 Years Later: What’s Left And Who Comes Back

    A comparatively unknown region of the Soviet Union encompassing parts of Ukraine and Belarus shot into the international spotlight April 26, 1986, when Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, sending massive amounts of nuclear radiation into the environment.

    25 April 2015 – Dennis Lynch, International Business Times

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  • Life goes on in Chornobyl’s exclusion zone, 29 years later

    A sign warns: “Beware of wolves! Don’t walk around the power plant zone and move only in shuttle buses!” The sign is posted on a fence around a workers’ smoking zone, some 50 meters away from a construction site and the forbidding concrete sarcophagus that covers Reactor #4 of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power.

    25 April 2015 – Olena Gordiienko, KyivPost

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  • YouTuber Bionerd23’s Videos Of Pripyat And Chernobyl Are The Coolest Things You’re Not Watching

    For two years now, mysterious videos of Pripyat, Ukraine — the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster — have been appearing on YouTube. This might not strike you as particularly unusual; after all, it’s possible these days not only to visit Pripyat without fear of radiation, but even to take a guided tour into it.


    25 April 2015 – Lucia Peters, Bustle.com
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  • Chernobyl arch faces €265m funding gap ahead of disaster’s 29th anniversary

    World must plug funding gap for massive 100-metre steel arch being built to contain remaining radioactive waste at the site.

    24 April 2015 – Arthur Neslen, the guardian

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  • Holiday in the death zone: How nuclear disaster-hit Chernobyl now has TEN THOUSAND tourists a year

    Dark tourism is on the rise, with perhaps the best example of such a phenomenon being the ever-increasing interest in Chernobyl as a holiday destination.

    21 April 2015 – Katie Amey, Mail Online

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  • From Deepwater to Chernobyl: counting the casualties

    When environmental disasters occur, it’s difficult to quantify the human health impacts. From corporations withholding information to pinning down cause and effect, victims face an uphill battle on accountability.

    20 April 2015 – Ruby Russell, dw.de

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  • The Chances of Another Chernobyl Before 2050? 50%, Say Safety Specialists

    And there’s a 50:50 chance of a Three Mile Island-scale disaster in the next 10 years, according to the largest statistical analysis of nuclear accidents ever undertaken.

    17 April 2015 – MIT Technology Review

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  • It’s hot: Chernobyl now a tourist zone

    Today, the number of tourists seeking to head deep into Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, a 30-kilometer radius of contaminated land around the power plant, supports several tour firms.

    14 April 2015 – Anita Isalska, CNN

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  • Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to Officially Shutdown

    The State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine issued a permit for the completion of the Chernobyl NPP decommissioning and dismantling activities of the first three units.

    10 April 2015 – Sputnik News

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  • Living and working in Chernobyl: Fascinating insight into the lives of those who work and live in the exclusion zone

    Almost 30 years on from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, almost 7,000 people are still working at the power plant.

    31 March 2015 – Mail Online

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  • Chernobyl: Containing the world’s worst nuclear accident

    Rising above the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident is the spectacular sight of the largest moveable structure ever created on land.
    The complex of nuclear power plants at Chernobyl has dominated this corner of northwest Ukraine for decades but the new construction towers over it all.

    18 March 2015 – David Shukman, BBC News

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  • Environment minister proposes using Chornobyl NPP exclusion zone for country’s economy

    Ukraine’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Ihor Shevchenko has proposed taking measures to use the territories of the exclusion zone of Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP), which are not dangerous, for the country’s economy.

    13 March 2015 – Charlotte Boitiaux, Interfax.com – Ukraine

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  • Four years after Fukushima, ‘new Chernobyl’ fears unfounded

    Fukushima and Chernobyl – names now synonymous with one thing: nuclear catastrophe. But, as Japan marks the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on Wednesday, French experts say the two events are far from being on the same scale.

    11 March 2015 – Charlotte Boitiaux, France 24

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  • 6 Famous Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities

    Abandoned ruins are usually associated with ancient cities like Pompeii or Machu Picchu, but many 19th and 20th century settlements were also left to rot after natural disasters, wars or economic depressions forced their residents to flee.

    10 March 2015 – Even Andrews, History.com

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  • 3 Abandoned Places That Are Likely Damaging Our Earth

    A place, once bustling and booming with life, becomes thoroughly vacated. Whether due to financial reasons, legal issues or something else, amusement parks, properties and even entire towns sometimes become abandoned.

    22 February 2015 – Catherine Gill, Care2

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  • Radium: Dealing With the Fallout of a Post-Nuclear World

    The full consequences of radioactive leaks can take years, sometimes decades, to fully manifest in our foods, fish, and produce that people eat every day. Living in a post-nuclear world means that we have to deal with both the literal and figurative fallout from disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima.

    19 February 2015 – Will Schmidt, Tech Cocktail

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  • Soviet subs risk ‘slow Chernobyl’ in Norway

    Nils Bøhmer, a nuclear physicist and chief executive of the Bellona Foundation, told Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper that several ships and submarines deserted in the Barents and Kara Seas could start to leak radioactive waste within as little as ten years.

    17 February 2015 – The Local

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  • Wildfires Could Make Chernobyl More Radioactive

    Nearly three decades later, the area is long devoid of permanent residents. But as much as nine percent of the radioactive cesium released into the air following the explosion remains in the soils and vegetation surrounding the decommissioned plant. Forest fires frequently break out and climate change could mean they become more frequent and more intense.

    10 February 2015 – Laura Dattaro, VICE News

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  • Max Levchin on Fleeing Ukraine After Chernobyl Disaster

    The PayPal co-founder speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang about leaving Ukraine after the disaster at Chernobyl on Studio 1.0.

    5 February 2015 – Bloomberg Business

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  • Sundance 2015 review: The Russian Woodpecker – paranoia and prophecy from a Chernobyl soothsayer

    In a documentary unlike any other at Sundance, Chad Gracia follows Ukrainian artist Fedor’s attempts to unmask a Chernobyl cover-up – and to deliver a warning as Putin heads to the brink of civil war.

    30 January 2015 – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

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  • IFFR presents: Nuclear Waste

    Sergiy and Sveta live in Chernobyl. He drives trucks for a company that processes radioactive waste, she works at a launderette. Their lives have a certain rhythm. Every day they meet in a room for a standard ritual. Effective, austere, yet also moving fiction.

    Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (1974, Ukraine) is filmmaker and screenwriter for TV films.

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  • Photo book ‘Silent Witnesses’ – Three Decades After Chernobyl’s Nuclear Disaster

    Almost three decades ago the biggest nuclear disaster ever took place when one of Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors exploded. During the last few years, Hans Wolkers and Daan Kloeg, photographers, journalists and scientists, documented the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. They visited the area around the exploded reactor multiple times and photographed the lasting impact of the disaster. They also talked to scientists, eye witnesses, and people that still live in their radioactive homes.

    03 February 2015 – Hans Wolkers & Daan Kloeg

    Image: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com

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  • Explore the World’s Most Morbid Tourist Attractions

    It may seem strange that someone would want to visit the site of a mass execution, natural disaster, or nuclear meltdown. However many tourists travel to such destinations around the globe every year. Why they go is anyone’s guess—is it from a desire to honor the dead, learn from history, or simply morbid curiosity?

    23 January 2015 – JORDAN G. TEICHER, wired.com

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  • Matching the facts with perceptions: nuclear energy

    I’ve always been on the opposing side of nuclear energy. Similar to most of the general public, I thought that nuclear energy would be too risky for an acceptable path towards acquiring clean energy. After watching documentaries on nuclear energy, reading about radiation and learning about different green energy sources, I’ve begun to question my position on nuclear energy.

    22 January 2015 – Troy Wilkinson, Collegian Central

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  • Film composer Rob Teehan lends his unparalleled skills to several upcoming films

    “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” is highly anticipated documentary film that follows three women in their attempt to hold onto their roots and their home, despite the fact that over 160,000 people were evacuated from the area after Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4 exploded in 1986, and it is still considered the most toxic place on earth.

    15 January 2015 – EIN News

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  • NI 1985/1986 state papers: NI Chernobyl disaster response ‘was confused’

    A lack of co-ordination in reacting to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Northern Ireland is revealed in newly declassified files.

    30 December 2014 – BBC News, Éamon Phoenix

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  • Ukraine turns off reactor at its most powerful nuclear plant after ‘accident’

    Ukraine shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant today – for the second time in a month – because of an apparent electrical malfunction.

    28 December 2014 – The Independent, Oliver Carroll

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  • Chernobyl’s giant shield takes shape

    As this stunning time-lapse video shows, engineers have made huge progress on the construction of Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement, an immense shield that will replace the infamous reactor’s crumbling sarcophagus.

    16 December 2014 – The Engineer, Jon Excell

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  • Poroshenko Vows to Complete Delayed Construction of Chernobyl Sarcophagus

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to complete the stalled construction of a protective cover over the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

    14 December 2014 – Sputniknews.com

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  • Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away

    Scientists have captured what is believed to be the first photographic evidence of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).
    Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, recorded the images.

    28 November 2014 – BBC, Mark Kinver

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  • Drone Films Chernobyl’s Lost Radioactive City 28 Years On

    Drone videos are the new GoPro videos which were the new time lapses which were the new, well, videos, we guess. Where do selfies fit? Everywhere and nowhere. But anyway, while we’re overladen with fuzzy flying film these days as the price of personal drones tumbles, in the hands of a pro, and with a subject of genuine interest, it can still produce magic.

    This striking video of the lost Ukrainian city of Pripyat, abandoned due to radiation from the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, was made by freelance filmmaker Danny Cooke while working on CBS News’s 60 Minutes.

     

    24 November 2014 – Matt Hill, GIZMODO

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  • Chernobyl’s “invisible” danger

    Bob Simon visits Chernobyl 28 years after the nuclear meltdown and finds out why this ghost town is still dangerous.
     

    23 November 2014 – 60 Minutes Overtime/li>

     

  • The ultimate security blanket

    Almost three decades after the catastrophe that wrecked it, a proper tomb for reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is nearing completion.

    22 November 2014 – The Economist/li>

     

  • A Time for Revisiting Real Fears

    In the late 1970s amateur radio operators began hearing raucous bursts of electronic chatter flooding the airwaves and interfering with normal operations. Cutting across the high-frequency bands, the staccato signals resembled a rapidly chopping helicopter blade or the steady fire of a machine gun. Some thought the sound was more like a woodpecker, and that was the name that stuck.

    17 November 2014 – The New York Times, George Johnson

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  • UGA researchers investigate effect of nuclear exposure on Chernobyl wildlife

    Specifically focusing on wolves on the Belarus-side of the affected area, Associate Research Scientist Stacey Lance and Assistant Research Scientist James Beasley of UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Lab are heading a team to determine how much radiation the wolves are exposed to.

    13 November 2014 – The Red & Black/li>

     

  • First Bicycle Trip to Exclusion Zone – Chernobyl

    Let’s start from beginning. On a beautiful day in April we decided to go to place where no other bikers have been for almost 30 years – Ukraine’s Chernobyl region, a radioactive exclusion zone. Maybe you remember 1986 when the city was evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The zone has been closed until this time.

    6 November 2014 – Share the ride, Bartek John/li>

     

  • Chernobyl projects make progress

    Construction of the central used fuel storage facility (CSFSF) has started at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
    Meanwhile, governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will take a decision on a proposal for additional bank contributions for the completion of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) on the site of the 1986 nuclear accident.

    4 November 2014 – World Nuclear News

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  • EBRD mulls further €350m to safeguard Chernobyl

    The directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) are recommending a €350m (£274m) increase in the bank’s contributions to complete the safe confinement of the Chernobyl reactor.

    3 November 2014 – The Construction Index

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  • Linthwaite photographer Chrissy Eastwood wins British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) award for poignant pictures of Chernobyl

    A grandmother’s fascination with derelict buildings led her to the nuclear ghost city of Chernobyl – and national recognition.

    Mother-of-four Chrissy Eastwood, 55, took photographs which saw her highly commended in the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) 2014 UK Student Awards.

    3 November 2014 – Huddersfield Examiner, Linda Whitwam

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  • Radiation Exposure Linked To Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

    International Team Studied Children and Teens Exposed After Chernobyl.

    For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of nearly 12,000 people in Belarus who were exposed when they were children or adolescents to fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

    27 October 2014 – University of California San Francisco, Laura Kurtzman

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  • Chernobyl “landmark” as safety hood in place

    Work on a huge shelter to contain the radioactivity at the site of the deadly Chernobyl nuclear disaster passed a “landmark” moment on Friday.

    Effectively the New Safe Confinement NSC is a tough shell around the remains of the nuclear reactor in Ukraine which was destroyed in 1986.

    27 October 2014 – Energy Live News, Vicky Ellis

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  • New Chernobyl sarcophagus will be two years late – nuclear security chief

    Construction of a second sarcophagus over the fourth power unit destroyed at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear plant in the 1985 meltdown will last for two years beyond its scheduled 2015 completion date, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) nuclear security department chief Vince Novak has told the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

    24 October 2014 – FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE

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  • Norway sheep radioactivity levels increase

    69 sheep farmers in Oppland County’s Gudbrandsdalen have to delay sending their animals to slaughter due to excessive radioactivity this year. The corresponding figure for 2013 was two.

    21 October 2014 – The Foreigner, Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson

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  • Sex and drugs and radiation: Dare-devil ‘stalkers’ illegally enter Chernobyl’s Dead Zone

    A teenager in green and black paramilitary gear is speaking Russian in a hushed, low voice. An overgrown graveyard is barely visible off to the right of him. Traditional Ukrainian cloths hang on a few crosses. A white stork passes overhead. “This should be the cemetery,” he says. He puts away his GPS. He holds his hand-held Geiger counter up over a mound of dirt that covers radioactive machinery; the beeping goes wild and the numbers shoot up. 1.1.7, 1.1.8, 1.1.9. “This is beyond the scale,” he says, half-scared and half-thrilled. He moves away from the spot. The carcass of Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4 punctuates the distance.

    20 October 2014 – The Independent, Holly Morris

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  • Funding woes delay new Chernobyl cover

    The casing around the ruined nuclear reactor at Chernobyl is crumbling, causing a renewed radioactive contamination risk. A new cover for the site is under construction – but the project is running out of funding.

    15 October 2014 – dw.de, Jens Thurau / sgb

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  • Ukraine Postpones Construction of Chernobyl Sarcophagus

    Ukraine has been forced to push back the commissioning of a new cover for the Chernobyl nuclear plant back two years because it has run out of money for the project, a Ukrainian official said.

    The so-called New Safe Confinement, whose construction began in 2010, will be completed in 2017 instead of 2015 as originally planned, Volodymir Holosha, the official who is overseeing the government’s effort in Chernobyl, said in comments to Ukraine’s online news website Segodnya.ua on Wednesday.

    15 October 2014 – The Moscow Times

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  • Radioactive reindeer: Mushrooms blamed for Cesium spike in Norway

    ​Unexpectedly high levels of radioactivity have been found in Norway’s reindeer this autumn – almost 30 years after a radioactive cloud spread in the atmosphere of the country following the Chernobyl tragedy, say the country’s scientists.

    In September, scientists from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) marked a sudden record in radioactivity levels: up to 8,200 becquerels per kilo of Cesium-137, a radioactive element, were found in reindeer in Jotunheimen a mountainous area in central Norway.

    6 October 2014 – Russia Today

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  • The Myth of an Untouched Chernobyl

    Chernobyl’s desolation is ruin porn’s hallowed ground. But photographer Darmon Richter says the image of an abandoned Soviet city, untouched since its nuclear disaster, is a carefully-constructed facade, a powerful and profitable myth perpetuated by the moneymakers of dark tourism.

    1 October 2014 – GIZMODO, Robert Sorokanich

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  • Surviving Chernobyl: Engineer recalls the terrifying ordeal he endured to help contain the nuclear disaster of 1986

    Anatoli Gubariev was an engineer in one of the fire departments sent to put out the fires raging in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

    30 September 2014 – Daily Online, Jamie Frier

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  • THE STALKERS

    A teenager in green and black paramilitary gear is speaking Russian in a hushed, low voice. An overgrown graveyard is barely visible off to the right of him. Traditional Ukrainian cloths hang on a few crosses. A white stork passes overhead.

    27 September 2014 – roadsandkingdoms.com, Holly Morris

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  • Fascination With Chernobyl Inspires Surreptitious Visits

    KIEV, Ukraine—Dmitry was a child when he first heard stories of a mysterious place called Chernobyl, not far from his home in Chernihiv. Something strange and dreadful had happened there: an explosion, an evacuation, poisoned water, poisoned air.

    17 September 2014 – National Geographic, George Johnson

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  • Ukraine Needs Aid to Finish Chernobyl Cover and Prevent Ecological Disaster

    The greatest threat to Europe amid instability in Ukraine may not come from a prolonged conflict in the country’s restive east, but a failure to complete construction on a new sarcophagus over the still-hot Chernobyl nuclear power plant due to a lack of funding.

    German news agency DPA on Tuesday cited unidentified German officials as saying Ukraine needs an additional 615 million euros ($796 million) to complete construction of the new sarcophagus, which is currently only about halfway done.

    16 September 2014 – The Moscow Times

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  • Peculiar Books Reviewed: Grigori Medvedev’s “The Truth About Chernobyl”

    Days after the Chernobyl plant melted down General Tarakanov, aware of the extreme importance of clearing the reactor roof of radioactive graphite ahead of the weather, began accepting offers of robots from other nations to do the job.

    5 September 2014 – Huffington Post, Brian Troutwine

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  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    Tests by the state government of Saxony show that more than one in three wild boars gave off such high levels of radiation, thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl, that they were unfit for human consumption.

    1 September 2014 – The Telegraph, Justin Huggler

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  • A Haunting but Gorgeous View of Chernobyl by Filmmaker Christiaan Welzel: Beautiful Ghost

    Christiaan Welzel and his wife Kseniya have trekked across the world adventuring for the majority of the last eight years. They decided to start exploring places that were extremely hard to get to like Antarctica or various ghost towns, but they finally decided on traveling to Ukraine where Kseniya is from. It was in April of last year, days before the 27th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, when months of preparations finally came to fruition and they headed off to Chernobyl.

    29 August 2014 – Fstoppers

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  • Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents will affect small mammals for a long time to come

    Ionising radiation reduces litter sizes and the size of the brain and inner organs, renders animals blind and affects reproduction. University Lecturer Tapio Mappes, with funding from the Academy of Finland, is researching the impacts of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear accidents on wild animals.

    29 August 2014 – Healthcanal

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  • Foundation for Chernobyl cover
    The last cubic metre of concrete needed for the foundation of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) at Chernobyl has been poured, State Specialised Enterprise Chernobyl NPP said on 15 August.

    18 August 2014 – World Nuclear News

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  • EU assistance to Ukraine in the last ten years
    Perhaps you’ve encountered the well-publicized idea that Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear disaster of 1986, has become a kind of ‘wildlife haven’ as a result of its abandonment by humans. A slew of new research reveals the deleterious effects of radiation on Fukushima’s ecology.

    15 August 2014 – CITYLAB, Laura Bliss

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  • EU assistance to Ukraine in the last ten years

    After the Chernobyl nuclear accident and particularly after independence in 1991, Ukraine received significant technical assistance from the European Union. Radioactive waste management, spent fuel management, decommissioning and remediation assistance are summarized here

    14 August 2014 – Nuclear Engineering International, B. Batandjieva-Metcalf, B. Farrar, P. Daures and E. Maierr

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  • Retrieving solid waste from a legacy building at Chernobyl
    The Industrial Complex for Solid Radwaste Management (ICSRM) was constructed by NUKEM Technologies at the Chernobyl plant site. As part of the project, a retrieval facility for solid low-, intermediate- and high-level waste was designed, supplied, installed and commissioned, which also included reconstruction of the existing storage building – 8 August 2014, Ronald Rieck and Ingo Bauer, Nuclear Engineering International
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  • Biosphere reserve for Chernobyl
    Ukraine expects to prepare soon a draft presidential decree on establishing a biosphere reserve in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

    Andrey Mokhnik, Ukraine’s minister of ecology and natural resources, announced progress with preparations for the decree at a briefing with local media on 5 August – 7 August 2014, World Nuclear News

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  • Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening
    More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds – 31 July 2014, Mizuho Aoki, The Japan Times
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  • Belarus: Blueberry with hint of radiation
    All the berries in the markets are compulsory checked for radiation, says Elena Mahnovetskaya, an expert of Sanitary and Veterinary Service in Moscow. However, we come across cases of radiation background quite often; it is prohibited to eat those berries – 23 July 2014, Fresh Plaza
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  • Before and After the Worst Nuclear Disasters in History
    There are few sources of energy as fickle and destructive as nuclear power.
    When contained and kept under control, it can be a relatively clean way of powering thousands of homes. When an accident happens, the aftermath can be deadly and destructive long after the initial incident – 15 July 2014, Sylvan Lane, Mashable
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  • Ukraine to turn Chernobyl into ‘biosphere radiologic reserve’
    The site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history will be turned into a “biosphere radiologic reserve,” a Ukrainian minister has announced. The plan comes as a result of EU demands to expand reserve territories in the country – 15 July 2014, RT
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  • Eduard Shevardnadze helped change the world
    EDUARD SHEVARDNADZE had been foreign minister of the Soviet Union for less than a year when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in April 1986, sending radioactive contamination into the atmosphere. Winds carried radioactive materials over Sweden and stoked international fears. At first, the new Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, was silent, and Soviet authorities covered up the scope of the disaster. But later Mr. Gorbachev admitted what happened, and the experience gave rise to his policy of glasnost, or openness – 7 July 2014, The Washington Post
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  • Chernobyl’s Radiation Seems to Be Robbing Birds of Their Sperm
    New study could shed light on how nuclear disasters affect birds. Over two years, the researchers used mist nets to capture 566 male birds from 46 passerine species. They sampled eight study sites in Chernobyl and the surrounding forests, with background radiation levels ranging over three orders of magnitude, from levels lower than those that occur in Central Park to ones hot enough to cause fatal cancers – 26 June 2014, Rachel Nuwer, Audubon magazine
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  • Satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl
    Two Japanese satellites will take photos of the damaged Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power plants and monitor them, including radiation levels – 19 June 2014, sbs.com
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  • Ukraine crisis raises risk for nuclear reactors
    Ukraine’s volatility exacerbates the risk for the country’s 15 Soviet-style nuclear reactors, warn German experts. They demand more attention for the country where the world’s worst nuclear accident took place – 10 May 2014, Michael Knigge, dw.de
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  • Chernobyl: Ukraine’s nuclear time bomb still ticking
    While the current political tensions in Ukraine continue to threaten stability in the region, an even larger spectre looms in Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

    Nearly three decades later, recovery from the disaster continues, with construction currently under way on an immense shield designed to entomb the radioactive remains of the reactor that exploded all those years ago – 17 May 2014, Jan Villalon, The Sydney Morning Herald

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  • Watch Lynx Cavort in Chernobyl’s Radioactive Exclusion Zone
    The Eurasian lynx vanished for nearly a century from most of Europe, but it has made a big comeback in the radioactive exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in northern Ukraine. For years, the big cats with tufted ears left only occasional signs of their presence in the zone: tracks the size of wolves’ but without claw marks, scratches left on tree bark – 16 May 2014, Mary Mycio, Slate
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  • The Animals of Chernobyl, 15 May 2014, The New York Times
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  • Forsmark: how Sweden alerted the world about the danger of the Chernobyl disaster
    The alarm sounded at Forsmark, Sweden’s second largest nuclear power plant, when one of the employees passed one of the radiation monitors on his way back from the restroom. When it showed high levels of radiation coming from his shoes, staff at first worried an accident had taken place at the power plant. However, a thorough scan discovered that the real source of the radiation was some 1,100 kilometres away in the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl – 15 May 2014, European Parliament News
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  • What does the crisis in Ukraine mean for the world’s worst nuclear disaster?
    Cleanup efforts are inching forward at Chernobyl, but political instability has raised questions about its future – 8 May 2014, Amar Toor, The Verge
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  • Chernobyl’s sarcophagus, redux
    To contain the radiation, the ruined reactor was hastily entombed. Several months after the accident, the destroyed reactor was completely covered with a concrete and steel shell called the sarcophagus. Authorities declared it would last “for eternity.” – 5 May 2014, Dan Drollette Jr, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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  • Clean Up Chernobyl, Get A Lada
    The first crews to clean up Chernobyl were called ‘liquidators’ and they received many, many benefits for their incomprehensibly dangerous work. Here is a very cruel, very Soviet description of one of those benefits explained by a liquidator at the site in 1986 – 29 April 2014, Raphael Orlove, jalopnik.com
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  • Chernobyl: Capping a Catastrophe
    Against the decaying skyline here, a one-of-a-kind engineering project is rising near the remains of the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster.

    An army of workers, shielded from radiation by thick concrete slabs, is constructing a huge arch, sheathed in acres of gleaming stainless steel and vast enough to cover the Statue of Liberty. The structure is so otherworldly it looks like it could have been dropped by aliens onto this Soviet-era industrial landscape. – 27 April 2014, Henry Fountain, New York Times

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  • Chernobyl then and now: 28 haunting images from nuclear disaster
    April 26 is the day the world commemorates the worst-ever nuclear disaster. Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl power plant blew up, RT remembers the tragedy and takes a look at the changes that time has wrought to the fallout zone – 26 April 2014, Russia Today
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  • Chernobyl’s Bugs: The Art And Science Of Life After Nuclear Fallout
    If you stare at one of Cornelia Hesse-Honegger’s watercolors long enough, you’ll notice something’s a little bit off with the insects she depicts. There’s a bent antennae or a crumpled wing—the deformities make it clear to the viewer that this bug is not “normal” – 26 April 2014, Helen Thompson, Smithsonian.com
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  • Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary with call for greater support for recovery efforts
    25 April 2014 – “This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General – 26 April 2014, UN News Centre
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  • Chernobyl – how many died?
    It was 28 years ago today that Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine ruptured and ignited, sending a massive plume of radiation across Europe. Jim Green assesses the scientific evidence for how many people died as a result of the catastrophe – 26 April 2014, Jim Green, The Ecologist
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  • Chernobyl: 28 years on
    The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 26, 1986 released large amounts of radiation into the environment, in Ukraine and across Europe. Decades on, problems continue to haunt the site – 26 April 2014, Sonya Angelica Diehn, DW
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  • Chernobyl 28th Anniversary: Birds Adapt to Long-Term Radiation Exposure
    Birds in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl are adapting to – and may even be benefiting from – long-term exposure to radiation – 26 April 2014, Lydia Smith, International Business Times
     

    Birds Adapt to Long-Term Radiation Exposure

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  • Pripyat residents still grieve for homes they left behind
    Natalia Nikolaychuk cannot say the name of her hometown without starting to cry, and simply refers to it as “the other life.”

    Pripyat, a city where thousands of Ukrainian families once happily lived, has turned into a ghost town after it was evacuated in 1986 after an explosion at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the deadliest civil nuclear disaster in history – 25 April 2014, Daryna Shevchenko, Kyiv Post

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  • Ukraine, Russia Hostilities Endanger Chernobyl Cleanup
    A $2.1 billion construction project to cap the still-leaking Chernobyl nuclear power plant could be delayed for another two years because of escalating hostilities between Ukraine and Russia – 23 April 2014, Elizabeth MacDonald, Fox News
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  • The Massive Russian Radar Site in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
    When you are in the middle of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and your tour guide asks, with just a hint of guile, if you would like to see the Russian Woodpecker, you might think that you will finally be afforded a glimpse of one of the area’s fabled mutants, an irradiated avian with a beak the size of Finland – 18 April 2014, Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek
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    • The Chernobyl factor in the Ukraine crisis
      Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March, Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine’s acting foreign minister, cited the “potential threat to many nuclear facilities” should events deteriorate into open warfare – 17 April, Bennett Ramberg, Business Daily
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    • Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy
      Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s worst nuclear accident. With North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear strikea aimed at South Korea, Japan and the United States, the geography of Chernobyl’s impacts and the lessons learned are worth repeating to each generation – 14 April, Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, National Geographic
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    • Putin and Russia should pay Ukraine for Chernobyl
      While Moscow tries to focus attention on the unpaid natural gas bills of the new Kiev government, the world should be making Russia pay to complete the restoration of the Chernobyl area. Russia has left the bankrupt Ukraine to pay for cleanup and maintenance of an exclusion zone around the 1,004-square-mile site – 12 April 2014, Robert Weller, Allvoices
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    • The hubris of Fukushima and Chernobyl
      A new, 300-page UN report says that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to cause radiation-related cancers on anything comparable to the scale of what followed the Chernobyl meltdown – 11 April 2014, Dan Drollette Jr, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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    • Chernobyl cap could be casualty of Ukraine crisis
      Construction of the coated steel, climate-controlled sarcophagus was begun in 2010 to cover the site of the infamous 1986 meltdown, scene of the worst nuclear accident in history. But finishing the $2.1 billion project requires money and, likely, stability from the Ukraine government and international backers – 9 April 2014, Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News
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    • World Needs to Get Ready for the Next Nuclear Plant Accident
      Three major atomic accidents in 35 years are forcing the world’s nuclear industry to stop imagining it can prevent more catastrophes and to focus instead on how to contain them, Russian news agency RIA reports – 4 April, Yuriy Humber, Bloomberg
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    • Fukushima meltdown unlikely to lead to large number of cancers – UN scientists
      Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown in March 2011 is unlikely to lead to a large number of people developing thyroid and other cancers like after Chernobyl in 1986, U.N. scientists said on Wednesday.While some children – fewer than a thousand – might have received radiation doses that in theory could increase the risk of thyroid cancer, the probability of that developing also remains low, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said in a new study – 2 April, Fredrik Dahl, Reuters
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    • First half of Chernobyl cover on the move
      The first half of the Chernobyl arch has been assembled. It is now being gradually moved to make way for construction of the other half – 1 April, World Nuclear News
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    • Chernobyl veterans awarded increased compensation
      Chernobyl nuclear disaster veterans in Moscow will receive additional compensation in April, and many more people will be designated as veterans following a decision by Russia’s Constitutional Court, Russian news agency RIA reports – 1 April, The Voice of Russia
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    • Ukraine-Russia Tension Hampers Chernobyl Cleanup
      The tensions between Russia and Ukraine have begun complicating the ongoing cleanup at the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters – 27 March, Steve Herman, Voice of America
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    • Work on Chernobyl cover continues despite funding concerns
      As preparations begin for first arch skid it is clear that Chernobyl new safe confinement project is running out of money – 27 March, Will Dalrymple, Nuclear Engineering International
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    • Fukushima Radiation Decontamination Effort Suspended Indefinitely
      Fukushima Daiichi ‘s radiation decontamination effort was suspended today at the crippled nuclear power plant. Malfunctions in the water purification process dumped untreated water into tanks containing thousands of tons of partially purified water, according to Japanese news media reports – 20 March, Alan Milner, Liberty Voice
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    • Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly
      It wasn’t just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi – 14 March, Rachel Nuwer, smithsonianmag.com
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      Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

      Fallen trees in Chernobyl’s infamous red forest. (Photo: T.A.Mousseau & A.P. Møller)

       

    • Chernobyl and Fukushima Radiation Reduces Animal and Plant Numbers, Diversity, Lifespan, Fertility, Brain Size, Increases Deformities and Abnormalities
      For the past 15 years, Mousseau and another leading biologist – Anders Pape Møller – have studied the effects of radiation on birds and other organisms. Mousseau has made numerous trips to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Fukushima – making 896 inventories at Chernobyl and 1,100 biotic inventories in Fukushima as of July 2013 – to test the effect of radiation on plants and animals – 13 March 2014, Washington’s Blog, Global Research
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    • Ukraine to serve as deposit for western waste?
      In light of the Ukrainian events numerous articles about the interests of the EU and the USA in Ukraine have emerged. One of these interests, according to some data, may be disposal of nuclear waste on the land that has survived the Chernobyl tragedy – 11 March 2014, Maria Snytkova, Pravda.ru
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    • Ukraine Crisis Overshadows Past Meltdown
      New elections have been called for and several other members of Yanukovych’s government have been removed from their posts by opposition leaders in the parliament. Troubles in the Ukraine predate this current crisis, however. The country is also home to the most significant nuclear accident in history, the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant – 23 February, Christopher Spencer, Liberty Voice
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    • Decommissioning of Chernobyl units approaches
      Work could soon start on decommissioning units 1 to 3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine after a project to put the units into care and maintenance was approved by a state review authority – 19 February, World Nuclear News
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    • ‘Top Gear’ Went to Chernobyl for One of TV’s Most Tasteless Ever Hours
      I’m a fan of Top Gear. I know I’m female, and this is wrong, but I like cars and the trio makes me laugh. But last night’s episode was one of the most tasteless things I have ever watched on television – 17 February,
      Caroline Frost, Huffington Post UK
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    • Vipiemme Solar seeks building power plant near Ukraine’s Chernobyl
      Vipiemme Solar of Italy is seeking to build 0.5-MW solar power plant in the area around Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry reported Thursday – 13 February, UKRAINIANJOURNAL.com
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    • Heritage at Risk : Protection Status for Chernobyl?
      “Are you crazy?!?” Immediately followed by “Why?!?” were usually the first responses I received, after telling people I had toured Chernobyl and Pripyat during my May 2013 trip to the Ukraine – 3 February, Heritagedaily
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    • Chernobyl ventilation stack removed
      An old ventilation stack shared by units 3 and 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been dismantled. Its removal will allow a giant protective structure to be installed over the damaged reactor building in Ukraine – 10 January, WNN
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      Workers on the roof of Chernobyl unit 4 place a cap over the ventilation shaft following removal of the stack shared with unit 3 (Image: Ukrtransbud)

      Workers on the roof of Chernobyl unit 4 place a cap over the ventilation shaft following removal of the stack shared with unit 3 (Image: Ukrtransbud)

       

    • Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement Pictures
      The New Safe Confinement will have a height of 110 meters, will be 165 meters long, and have a span of 260 meters and a lifetime of a minimum of 100 years – 31 December, Nuclear Street News
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    • Yanukovych: state and society to put out efforts to show gratitude to Chornobyl clean workers
      Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said that the state and society should put out large efforts to show gratitude to Chornobyl clean workers in the future – 14 December, Interfax Ukraine
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    • Villagers Hunt ‘Chernobyl Wolves’ After Attacks
      Police and hunters have started a special operation to catch “hardened wolves” from the Chernobyl exclusion zone that attacked villages in the Gomel region of Belarus – 13 December, The Moscow Times
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    • The arch being constructed around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has been touted as one of the biggest engineering projects of all time
      The $2 billion New Safe Confinement (NSC) project stands 360 feet tall – high enough to house the Statue of Liberty. At 843 feet wide, it is big enough to accommodate three A380 airplanes with ample room to spare – 11 December, Sourceable, Justin McGar
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    • Burying the horrors of Chernobyl
      Extraordinary images of giant steel arch which will shut off radioactive site as countryside remains desolate 27 years on – 30 November, Daily Mail, Hayley O’keeffe
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    • Building Chernobyl Disaster’s New Safe Confinement ‘Unprecedented in History Of Engineering
      Three decades later, the Chernobyl disaster may just be a memory to some, but the radioactive mess it created continues to threaten the health of Ukrainians. The New Safe Confinement, a giant arch that’s being built to cover the current containment structure, is slated to be one of engineering’s biggest feats ever, with the aim of reducing the risk of radiation-related illness at its source – 30 November, International Science Times, Ajit Jha
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    • Chernobyl’s arch: Sealing off a radioactive sarcophagus
      Work began in recent days to remove, bit by bit, the giant chimney protruding from the Chernobyl nuclear power station. It’s one small part of a mammoth engineering project, now nearing completion, designed to slash the risk of another major release of radioactivity – 27 November, BBC, Nick Meo
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    • ‘It was like a science-fiction movie’: Chernobyl – site of the world’s worst nuclear accident revisited
      Ever since he risked his life to fight the nuclear fires at Chernobyl, Anatoli Gubariev has dreaded a new catastrophe in the ruins of reactor No 4.- 7 November, The Independent, Nick Meo
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    • Ukraine: Workers Removing Parts of Chernobyl Plant
      Workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have begun dismantling a ventilation stack that has filtered radioactive gases from the reactor that was destroyed in an accident in 1986 – 4 November, The New York Times, Henry Fountain
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    • Dismantling of the iconic chimney begins
      October 31, 2013 the first block of Ventilation Stack (VS-2) of ChNPP 2 generation has been dismantled. Weight of the dismantled block is 33 tons. The block is located at specially prepared site where it will be fragmented to move it in Unit 3 Turbine Hall for temporary storage – 31 November, CHNPP
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      The first block of the ventilation Stack has been dismantled

      The first block of the ventilation Stack has been dismantled

       

    • After disaster, when is home too dangerous?
      What is home? Would you stay if you were asked to leave? Photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart spent time with those who have stayed or tried to stay in Chernobyl and Fukushima — two places ravaged by nuclear catastrophes and lingering radiation. Here are a few images from his just-published e-book, “Would You Stay?’’- 31 October, The Washington Post
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    • Russian Judge Probed for Awarding Damages to Chernobyl Vets
      A Russian judge is facing eight years in jail for awarding compensation to people involved in the cleanup of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, investigators said – 28 October, RIA Novosti, Vitaly Ankov
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    • Why Can People Live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Now, But Not Chernobyl?
      Today, over 1.6 million people live and seem to be thriving in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, yet the Chernobyl exclusion zone, a 30 square kilometre area surrounding the plant, remains relatively uninhabited. Here’s why – 27 October 2013, Gizmodo
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    • Live feed from the New Safe Confinement (NSC) construction site
      A live feed from the New Safe Confinement (NSC) construction site is now available – 24 October 2013, CHNPP
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    • Chernobyl-doctor-turned-mayor offers his Japanese town to get children out of Fukushima
      MATSUMOTO, Japan — A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Today, as mayor of a central Japanese city, he’s trying to avoid a repeat of his own history – 22 October 2013, Washington Post, Associated Press
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    • Fear vs. Radiation: The Mismatch
      Leading health scientists say the radiation from Fukushima has been relatively harmless, which is similar to results found after studying the health effects of Chernobyl. With all that evidence, why does our fear of all things nuclear persist? And what peril does that fear itself pose for society? – 21 October 2013, New York Times, David Ropeik
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    • Tiny Bit Of Spent Nuclear Fuel Found Near Chernobyl
      There may be no better evidence of this than a YouTube video produced by Carl Willis, a nuclear engineer with a delightfully disconcerting hobby: poking around radioactive sites with a Geiger counter and documenting his encounters. In a video from 2011, Willis explores Chernobyl’s Number 5 reactor, eventually finding a “hot spot” he traces down to a tiny speck no larger than a grain of salt – 18 October 2013, The Huffington Post, Ryan Grenoble
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    • After Chernobyl – A Project by Michael Forster Rothbart
      If you worked at Chernobyl, would you stay?
      To the world, Chernobyl seems a place of danger, but for locals, Chernobyl is simply a fact of life.
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    • Chernobyl fuel transfer milestone
      The transfer of undamaged used fuel to an on-site interim storage facility from units 1 to 3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has now been completed – 2 October 2013, World Nuclear News
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    • First stage of Chernobyl sarcophagus completed
      An international team of engineers has completed the first building stage of a protective sarcophagus in Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear meltdown. The 5,300 ton ‘New Safe Confinement structure’ shell is being built 200 meters from the existing sarcophagus – 30 September 2013, rt.com
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    • Chernobyl: Facts About the Nuclear Disaster
      In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) exploded, creating what has been described as the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen – 25 September 2013, livescience, Marc Lallanilla
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    • Ukraine Spends Over $66M on Chernobyl Plant Every Year – Report
      Maintenance of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, costs Ukraine some 50 million euros ($66.7 million) a year, the station’s head said Wednesday – 18 September 2013, RIANOVOSTI, Grigori Vasilenko
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    • A Primer On The Dangers Of Nuclear Power
      Almost everything is at least slightly radioactive, and there’s no truly safe level of radiation. But some radiation is more dangerous than others – 13 September 2013, Mint Press News, John Nordin
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    • Chernobyl firm strikes deal with Rolls Royce to bring nuclear reactors to Britain
      Russia’s state-owned nuclear power giant moved a step closer to bringing its technology to the UK after striking a deal with Rolls-Royce.6 September 2013 – This is Money – Peter Campbell
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    • Not so blindingly obvious – Birds live with cataracts in Chernobyl
      CATARACTS are relatively common in people who live to a ripe old age. They are sometimes seen in animals that live in zoos as well, but in the wild they are almost unheard of – 7 September 2013, The Economist
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    • The Obstacle Course Where DARPA Will Test a New Breed of Robot Heroes
      As the Chernobyl and Daiichi Fukushima nuclear disasters illustrated in unnerving clarity, mankind commands technology capable wreaking destruction we can’t clean up without putting people’s lives at risk. That’s why DARPA is hosting the DARPA Robotics Challenge, in hopes of jump starting development of tomorrow’s mechanical first responders – 29 August 2013, GIZMODO, Andrew Tarantola
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    • Chernobyl Vanishing Chernobyl: Aerial photos show how devastated town in radiation disaster zone is being reclaimed by nature
      Devastated by the worst nuclear disaster in history, Chernobyl is now a barren ghost town slowly being forgotten. These astonishing aerial photographs of the former power plant and the neighbouring city of Pripyat show how they are becoming hidden from view as the surrounding forest closes in. Following the disaster – which occurred during a systems test on April 26, 1986 – the Ukrainian government evacuated 350,000 residents from Chernobyl and Pripyat – 27 August 2013, Daily Mail, Anthony Bond
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    • Chernobyl to be monitored from space
      Kiev – Ukraine and Japan on Monday agreed to launch a joint satellite project to track the state of crippled Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear plants, sites of the world’s greatest nuclear disasters – 26 August 2013, News24, AFP
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    • Viewing Fukushima in the cold light of Chernobyl
      The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster spread significant radioactive contamination over more than 3500 square miles of the Japanese mainland in the spring of 2011. Now several recently published studies of Chernobyl, directed by Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina and Anders Møller of the Université Paris-Sud, are bringing a new focus on just how extensive the long-term effects on Japanese wildlife might be – 21 August 2013, University of South Carolina, Steve Powell
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    • Japan’s Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant Could Become Tourist Attraction (In 23 Years)
      The town of Pripyat, Ukraine was built in 1970 to house workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power station and their families, but it was abandoned in 1986 after a “routine experiment” went terribly wrong. Chernobyl’s fourth reactor exploded, sending plumes of radiation equivalent to 400 Hiroshimas into the sky. It was the worst nuclear accident in history, but two years ago the town of Pripyat reopened as, of all things, a tourist attraction for intrepid visitors who signed waivers exempting the tour operator from all responsibility in the event they later suffered from radiation-related health problems – 20 August 2013, International Business Times, Mark Johanson
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    • Chernobyl’s legacy recorded in trees
      Exposure to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl accident had a lasting negative legacy on the area’s trees, a study has suggested – 9 August 2013, BBC.co.uk, Mark Kinver
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    • Chernobyl’s new shell
      Construction is underway on a new protective shell to contain radiation at the destroyed nuclear power plant, Chernobyl. A meltdown at the plant in April 1986 produced radioactive clouds that floated over much of Europe – 7 August 2013, www.dw.de
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    • Chernobyl’s new protective shell taking shape
      The new protective shell over the damaged Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Chernobyl is starting to take shape. But, it’s not meant as a final solution for the site and financing for the project remains uncertain –
      5 August 2013, www.dw.de, Eugen Theise & Markian Ostaptschuk
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    • Russian nuclear ambition powers building at home and abroad
      Backed by President Vladimir Putin, state-run atomic energy company Rosatom is redoubling its efforts to sell to developing countries such as China, India, and Vietnam.
      Now a player in almost every global tender, it is marketing the legacy of the former USSR’s own nuclear disaster, at Chernobyl in 1986, as a lesson learned in nuclear safety –
      22 July 2013, Swissinfo.ch, Alissa de Carbonnel
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    • Fukushima offers real-time ecolab
      The 1986 meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in Ukraine had been a missed opportunity for researchers to gather data on the ecological effects of low-level radiation, she says. Independent scientists didn’t gain access to the area for a decade – 16 July 2013 – Nature – Ewen Callaway
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    • Ukraine, NATO Carry Out Radioactive Cleanup
      Kiev and NATO have launched a joint project to rid Ukraine of radioactive waste left over from the Soviet era, Ukraine’s envoy to the North Atlantic alliance said on Thursday – 11 July 2013, RIA Novosti
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    • Experts study Chernobyl roof collapse
      For 27 years, forests around Chernobyl have been absorbing radioactive elements. A fire would send them skyward again – a growing concern as summers grow longer, hotter and drier – 10 July 2013, World Nuclear News
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    • Watching for a radioactive forest fire
      For 27 years, forests around Chernobyl have been absorbing radioactive elements. A fire would send them skyward again – a growing concern as summers grow longer, hotter and drier – 8 July 2013, ABC Environment, Jane Braxton Little
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    • Second arch section for Chernobyl cover
      A steel arch weighing 3800 tonnes is being lifted at the Chernobyl site in Ukraine, the second such milestone for the New Safe Confinement project – 12 June 2013, World Nuclear News