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  • Story of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in Numbers 30 Years Later

    04/25/2016 7:26:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS via Daily Sabah ^ | April 25, 2016 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: — More than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion): The amount of money being spent by an internationally funded project to build a long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl's exploded reactor. Once the structure is in place, work will begin to remove the reactor and the...
  • Belarus ignoring risks of farming near Chernobyl?

    04/25/2016 5:50:54 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 27 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | April, 25, 2016
    On the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning "Stop! Radiation," a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits.
  • Terrorists have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb warns UN atomic…

    03/25/2016 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:38 EST, 25 March 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Terrorists have the “means, knowledge and information” to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against “nuclear terrorism”. “Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Mr. Amano told AFP. “Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.” […] “Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive] any big city in the world into panic,” Mr. Amano...
  • Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left

    10/07/2015 7:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 10/07/2015
    Wolves are seven times as common in the Chernobyl area than they were (Image: Sergey Gashchak) The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves in the region – and wolves are seven times as common. Some 116,000 people fled the radioactive fallout from the reactor after it exploded in 1986, and another 220,000 were resettled after that, vacating a zone covering some 4200 square kilometres split equally between Belarus and Ukraine. “Whatever negative effects there are...
  • Nature thrives in Chernobyl, site of worst nuclear disaster

    10/05/2015 8:35:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-5-2015 | KATE KELLAND
    Oct 5 - Some 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident blasted radiation across Chernobyl, the site has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with elk, deer and wolves, scientists said on Monday. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals. "When humans are removed, nature flourishes - even in the wake of the world's worst nuclear accident," said Jim...

    04/29/2015 10:32:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 29 Apr 2015
    Emergency services were battling on Tuesday to prevent Ukraine’s largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. Earlier, the interior ministry had warned that high winds were blowing the fire in northern Ukraine towards Chernobyl, where in 1986 a reactor fire led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
  • The Woman Who Ate Chernobyl's Apples

    04/22/2015 7:10:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 135 replies ^ | Dan Nosowitz
    For the past couple of years, a young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has been making strange, dangerous videos in and around one of the most infamous nuclear zones on Earth—the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Nothing is too radioactive or risky for her. She has shown herself getting injected with the radionuclide technetium, eating radioactive apples from a tree in Chernobyl, being chased by a possibly rabid fox, and picking up fragments of the nuclear plant’s reactor fuel with her bare hands. When a freakishly large catfish appears on camera, she calmly explains that it’s probably not a mutant—“They are just...
  • Forest Fires Threaten New Fallout From Chernobyl

    04/07/2015 11:39:40 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    The new York Times ^ | 4/6/2015 | RACHEL NUWER
    On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine released a plume of radiation that eventually blanketed an estimated 77,000 square miles of Europe and Eurasia. While the worst of the contamination occurred near the plant — an area still closed to human habitation, now referred to as the exclusion zone — the effects are still seen further afield as well. Radioactive wild boars roam German forests, and radioactive mushrooms grow in Bulgaria. Now, an international team of experts warns that Europe could receive fresh doses of Chernobyl radiation from forest fires.
  • Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

    03/19/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by golux · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 03.19.15 | D. Shukman
    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. The project is to build what is called a New Safe Confinement – in effect, a giant cover, a kind of dome, to fit over the building that houses the reactor that exploded on 26 April, 1986. The radiation immediately above the reactor is still far too intense for the new enclosure...
  • Fun With Conspiracy Theories: Did the Chernobyl Disaster Cover Up Something Even Worse?

    01/28/2015 8:03:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/27/15 at 2:17 PM | Alexander Nazaryan
    Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 14,000-ton military radar installation in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belorussia, has remained a mystery to outside observers, largely because it sits right next to the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station, where a reactor meltdown in the spring of 1986 rendered the surrounding area uninhabitable for the next, oh, several thousand years. Then again, a nuclear wasteland is just the sort of thing to attract a jaded 21st century tourist who doesn’t want to hear about your wild week on Phuket, and the Exclusion Zone has recently seen a drastic increase...
  • Inside Chernobyl (2012)

    11/29/2014 6:26:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    A short film based on current conditions in Chernobyl & Pripyat.
  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Soldiers of the Chelyabinsk Chernobyl

    04/15/2004 11:34:59 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies · 239+ views
    From 100 Worst Catastrophies (Sto Velikikh Katastrof), "Veche" Moscow 1999 pp394-398
    At the end of September, 1957, there was an explosion in one of the most secret facilities of a "city without name". This was kept classified for over thirty years, and was known but to a few who had been in the region during the catastrophy. Nowadays the name of the secret city is known - Chelyabinsk, and the facility where the explosion occurred - Mayak, which at the time was known only by the cover name Chelyabinsk-40. Later the birthplace of the Soviet Union's first nuclear activities was renamed Chelyabinsk-65, and nowadays is known by the name of Ozersk....
  • The women living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland

    11/09/2012 10:25:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    uk telegraph ^ | 6:30AM GMT 08 Nov 2012 | Holly Morris
    Hanna was among some 1,200 returnees, called 'self-settlers’, most over the age of 48, who made their way back in the first few years after the accident, in defiance of the authorities’ legitimate concerns. For despite the self-settlers’ deep love of their ancestral homes, it’s a fact that the soil, air and water here in what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, or Zone of Alienation, are among the most heavily contaminated on earth. Instead, she and her neighbours were relocated to a hurriedly constructed housing project outside Kiev, on land where many people had died in the 1930s...
  • Japan's food radiation limits set too high: Belarusian scientist

    10/13/2011 3:34:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Japan's food radiation limits set too high: Belarusian scientist TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A visiting Belarusian scientist, who has offered advice to residents affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, said Wednesday that he believes Japan's food radiation limits have been set too high and urged the nation to lower them to realistic levels. Vladimir Babenko, deputy director of the Belrad Institute of Radiation Safety in the former Soviet republic, told a press conference in Tokyo that he cannot understand the thresholds designated by the Japanese government for food and beverage products, saying they are much higher than Belarusian standards. Babenko...
  • Radiation in Japan: Chernobyl-Affected Trees from Europe Sold in Japan?

    08/08/2011 9:49:06 AM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | Aug 6, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    From the blog of Dr. Bin Mori, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences;SNIP "I want to tell you how some European countries have been disposing the trees that were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago. Japanese timber trading companies started to buy Norway Spruce [Picea abies, also commonly called European Spruce]- "whitewood" - from Germany, Finland, and Sweden in great quantities, and the import continues to this day. "Compared to Japanese Cedar, Norway Spruce has less knots, whiter color-tone, and best of all it is cheaper than Japanese...
  • Radioactive mushrooms contaminated in Chernobyl disaster seized at British port

    06/12/2011 9:51:31 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A ton of mushrooms containing ten times the safe level of a radioactive metal has been seized and destroyed by health chiefs. The Bulgarian consignment of dried wild mushrooms is thought to have been irradiated by caesium 137 from the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine 25 years ago. It was found by a UK Border Agency team looking for illegal immigrants and impounded before it reached the shops. Levels of radiation are measured in becquerels. The EU sets a maximum limit for caesium 137 in food of 600 becquerels per kilogram – double the level in Japan. But the amount of...
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls Chernobyl Disaster 'Divine Retribution for People's Sins'

    04/28/2011 5:45:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/27/11
    Kiev, April 27, Interfax - Human sins were the reason why the disaster happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "The sin that has infiltrated human nature and pushes people to commit mistakes for the sake of achieving sinful goals. A horrible error was the cause of the Chernobyl disaster," the Patriarch told the believers assembled for the liturgy at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves on Wednesday. "God could have stopped the hand of the operator who made the horrible error while operating the reactor. God let it happen. And many...
  • Twenty five years ago...

    04/25/2011 11:44:12 PM PDT · by djf · 14 replies
    Twenty five years ago, something happened. Actually, it was twenty five years and two days, around Apr 29, 1986. I took the bus to work in downtown Seattle. My normal routine was to buy a paper and read it on the bus. At the bus stop, I sat there smoking and saw a little blurb. It said that radiation monitors at a plant in Sweden had detected higher than normal levels of radiation and triggered alarms. Within a day or so the truth started to unfold, there had been a serious life threatening accident at a nuclear power plant that...
  • Radiation, activists and other hazards

    04/25/2011 5:16:23 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 26 April, 2011 | Gavin Atkins
    Without doubt, Fukushima will also rate as one of the world's worst nuclear accidents, but all indications are that it is not nearly as severe as Chernobyl. The radiation emanating from Fukushima has been considerably lower, while exposures to emergency workers and local populations have been far better managed. Amazingly, despite the devastation of the site, there have been no radiation-related deaths at Fukushima so far, and only two workers have been hospitalised as a precaution. The only people to have perished at Fukushima were a man who became trapped in the console of a crane during the earthquake and...
  • The Only Church Open in Chernobyl Zone Shows The Minimum Radiation Level

    04/21/2011 5:49:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/20/11
    Kiev, April 20, Interfax - During 25 years from the date of Chernobyl accident the radiation level in the area of St. Elijah Church, the only church operating in the exclusion zone, was well below the level across the zone, Chernobyl disaster liquidators state. "Even in the hardest days of nineteen eighty six the area around St. Elijah Church was clean (from radiation - IF), not to mention that the church itself was also clean," president of the Ukrainian Chernobyl Union Yury Andreyev said in a Kiev-Moscow video conference on Wednesday. Now the territory adjacent to the church has the...
  • Japan admits delaying upgrading of nuclear crisis

    04/12/2011 4:35:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Telegaph ^ | 04/12/11 | Jon Swaine
    Japan admits delaying upgrading of nuclear crisis Japan admitted delaying upgrading the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant to the highest possible level, putting it on a par with Chernobyl, prompting calls for "swift and accurate" information about the full scale of the disaster. By Jon Swaine 5:08PM BST 12 Apr 2011 Japanese regulators only yesterday said that the radiation leak from the plant, crippled by last month's tsunami, ranked as a seven – the highest grade – on the International Atomic Energy Agency's accident scale. The new rating, which officials said came after a new assessment of radiation at...
  • Japan: Q+A-How does Fukushima differ from Chernobyl?

    04/12/2011 5:46:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/12/11
    Q+A-How does Fukushima differ from Chernobyl? 6:10am EDT By Mayumi Negishi TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday raised the severity level of its nuclear crisis to put it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the world's worst nuclear power disaster. But for all their criticism of how Tokyo Electric Power Co and Japan's government are handling the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, experts agree with them on one point: Fukushima is not another Chernobyl. "Fukushima has its own unique risks, but comparing it to Chernobyl is going too far. Fukushima is unlikely to have...
  • Mugroot or Wild Wormwood: The meaning of Chernobyl and Bible [Ecumenical]

    04/11/2011 2:20:02 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    Various - Dictionaries/Bible | April 11, 2011
    In the Ukrainian Language, Chernobyl means mugroot or wild wormwood. In fifteen days, it will be the 25th Anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine when that Nucler Reactor Complex caught on fire. From a Christian point of view, there was no word for radiation two thousand years ago. Could wormwood, which is found in the New Testament, be code word for radiation. Here is the passage in question from the book of Revelation/Apocalypse: (NIV) Revelation 8:10-11 When the third angel blew his trumpet, a large star burning like a torch fell from the sky. It fell on a third...
  • Japan may raise nuke accident severity level to highest 7 from 5

    04/11/2011 1:30:40 PM PDT · by TennesseeProfessor · 346 replies · 1+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 4/1/2011
    The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan released a preliminary calculation Monday saying that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been releasing up to 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials per hour at some point after a massive quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11.The disclosure prompted the government to consider raising the accident's severity level to 7, the worst on an international scale, from the current 5, government sources said. The level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale has only been applied to the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. The current provisional evaluation of 5 is at the...
  • UPDATE: News Brief: 3/18/11, 10 AM EDT [Fukushima-MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub]

    03/18/2011 9:30:46 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 13 replies
    MIT NSE ^ | 3/18/11, 10 AM EDT | mitnse
    Spraying of spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 is still underway. Visual inspection of Unit 4’s pool showed water in the pool, and so efforts have been temporarily focused upon Unit 3. While efforts at using helicopters to dump water onto the pools had been largely unsuccessful , army firetrucks used in putting out aircraft fires have been employed with some success. The elite Tokyo Hyper Rescue component of the Tokyo fire department has arrived on scene and is conducting missions of roughly two hours in length, during which they spray the pools for 7-8 minutes, wait for...
  • Endgame for Japanese Reactors (Will have to use Russian solution)

    03/17/2011 10:39:24 AM PDT · by milwguy · 127 replies
    me | 3/17/2011 | milwguy
    The media as usual is Waaayyy behind the curve. To anyone with a basic understanding of what is going on in Japan, it is obvious containment has been lost at a minimum of three reactors, #1,#3, and #4. The ability to restore electricity and cooling (doubtful due to the damage of the explosions) to the reactors does not change the fact that radiation is leaking from the site in vast quantities. The Russians in sense had an easier problem to deal with because the reactor blew up, spewing a lot of the fuel asemblies and radioactive stuff hundreds of meters...
  • Ann Coulter: A GLOWING REPORT ON RADIATION (Shine Your Light!)

    03/16/2011 3:12:40 PM PDT · by Syncro · 150 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | March 16, 2011 | Ann Coulter
    A GLOWING REPORT ON RADIATIONMarch 16, 2011 With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer. This only seems counterintuitive because of media hysteria for the past 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine. As The New York Times science section reported in 2001, an increasing number of scientists believe that...
  • Putting Chernobyl in Perspective

    03/17/2011 8:55:57 AM PDT · by Valpal1 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 3-17-11 | Josh Gilder
    In fact, fewer than 50 deaths could be directly attributable to radiation from the disaster, almost all of them among rescue workers who had been exposed to massive amounts of radiation on the disaster site at the time of the fire and its immediate aftermath. In addition, nine children in the area died of thyroid cancer that is thought to have been caused by radioactive contamination, but even among the nearby population, there was neither evidence of decreased fertility nor of congenital malformations that could be attributed to radiation exposure.
  • The Future of Nukes, and of Japan

    03/16/2011 2:38:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2011 | HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR
    You can't beat for drama the struggle of Japanese operators to manage the emergency cool-down of nuclear reactors in the tsunami zone. For the things that matter most, though—life and safety—the nuclear battle has been a sideshow. Hundreds were feared dead when entire trains went missing. Whole villages were wiped out with the loss of thousands of inhabitants. So far one worker at one nuclear plant is known to have died in a hydrogen explosion and several others have exhibited symptoms of radiation poisoning. As for environmental degradation, video testifies to the brown murk that the tsunami waters became when...
  • Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

    03/13/2011 7:16:37 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | March 14, 2011 | William Tucker
    The containment structures appear to be working, and the latest reactor designs aren't vulnerable to the coolant problem at issue here. Even while thousands of people are reported dead or missing, whole neighborhoods lie in ruins, and gas and oil fires rage out of control, press coverage of the Japanese earthquake has quickly settled on the troubles at two nuclear reactors as the center of the catastrophe. Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), a longtime opponent of nuclear power, has warned of "another Chernobyl" and predicted "the same thing could happen here." In response, he has called for an immediate suspension...
  • Pray for Japan: But We Still Need Nuclear Power

    03/12/2011 7:49:18 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 19 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | March 12, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    It is very easy to get caught up in our day-to-day frustrations. Is it raining on a weekend? Did you get passed over for recognition at work? Did the waitress accidentally give you a cup of decaf coffee? If you take a step back though, you can see the true horror of our existence. At any moment the forces of nature could end your life and the lives of your loved ones. That is an existential threat we all live with, but choose not to dwell upon until we must. The people of Japan feel this threat more keenly today....
  • April 26, 1986...25 years since Chernobyl

    02/02/2011 7:09:42 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 13 replies · 1+ views
    2/2/2011 | Self
    We always observe significant anniversaries, and this April 26th marks the 25th year of the ongoing nuclear disaster that began on that date in 1986 at the Lenin Nuclear Power Station, Chernobyl, in the Urkraine. The World did not find out about what really happened for some time, and the first indications that something had gone terribly wrong was when nuclear power stations all over Europe started experiencing radiation alarms from the plume of radioactive debris that Reactor 4 was spewing out like a volcano. I've been re-reading Gregori Medevedev's outstanding book "The Truth About Chernobyl" and the details of...
  • Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl' (scientists providing technical assistance)

    01/16/2011 5:57:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/16/11 | Con Coughlin
    Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl'By Con Coughlin 5:23PM GMT 16 Jan 2011 Russian nuclear scientists are providing technical assistance to Iran's attempts activate the country's first nuclear power plant at the Gulf port. But they have raised serious concerns about the extensive damage caused to the plant's computer systems by the mysterious Stuxnet virus, which was discovered last year and is widely believed to have been the result of a sophisticated joint US-Israeli cyber attack. According to Western intelligence reports, Russian scientists warned the Kremlin that they could be facing "another Chernobyl" if they were forced to comply with Iran's...
  • Need FR Help: Anyone Have Knowledge Of Nuclear? Know About "Criticality Accidents - Excursions"

    11/27/2010 10:04:54 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 40 replies
    Need some help from a Nuckie. Am former reporter who has been to Chernobyl twice (no radiation problems, but could read without a nightlight for a few weeks....) Need someone who can shed light (sorry about pun) on the concept of Criticality Accidents, AKA Nuclear Excursions, such as killed Louis Slotin 65 years ago. These accidents have happened a number of times. The fisionable materiel does not explode as a nuclear bomb does, but achieves criticality, so a huge amount of radiation is released. Can anyone speak knowledgedly on this issue?
  • Russian Fires Raise Concerns About Radioactivity

    08/19/2010 10:20:15 AM PDT · by I Hate Obama · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2010 | Michael Schwirtz
    MOSCOW — As if things in Russia were not looking sufficiently apocalyptic already, with 100-degree temperatures and noxious fumes rolling in from burning peat bogs and forests, there is growing alarm here that fires in regions coated with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 24 years ago could now be emitting plumes of radioactive smoke.
  • Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number

    08/04/2010 6:23:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Aug 4, 2010 | Jennifer Viegas
    Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number By Jennifer Viegas Radioactive wild boars are on the rise in Germany, where they have attacked and frightened residents, even snarling traffic when they gang up on roadways, according to Spiegel International Online and numerous other media reports over the past couple of weeks. Their radioactivity stems from Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, which happened way back in 1986, but contaminated much of Europe. Apparently the nuclear contamination is still detectable in some animals, including Germany's wild boars. The Spiegel report mentions that German government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive wild...
  • A Quarter Century after Chernobyl- Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

    08/04/2010 7:48:29 AM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 30 July 2010 | Charles Hawley
    As Germany's wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007. It's no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents...
  • Louisiana Spill: Big Oil's Chernobyl?

    04/30/2010 5:18:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies · 2,100+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: The administration has banned new offshore drilling until the Gulf oil spill is investigated. Was its heart in it anyway? It seems environmental concerns apply only to certain forms of energy. No one pays much attention to the aquatic "dead zones" that have appeared off our shores at the mouths of our rivers due to agricultural runoff created by mandates for corn-based ethanol. Ethanol is green energy, good energy — never mind that such biofuels drive up food prices, increase hunger around the world and damage the environment in their own way. The explosion that blew apart an oil...
  • Nuclear Energy: Safe, Clean and Efficient – Leave Chernobyl in the Past

    11/27/2009 8:28:29 AM PST · by staffjam · 5 replies · 376+ views ^ | 27/11/2009 |
    As oil prices continue to hover in the high $70’s and many market commentators express their beliefs that cheap oil is a thing of the past, we find ourselves looking at the Alternative energy options and if any are a near/mid term replacement for fossil fuels. Solar, Wind and Biofuels have promised so much in the past but really aren’t delivering and will not do so for some time. Even though it’s unpalatable to some the only real alternative we have is Nuclear Energy. But is it safe and have we learned our lessons after Chernobyl? Read the full article...
  • Ukrainians, Belarusians Mark Chernobyl anniversary

    04/27/2009 12:56:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 378+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 2009-04-27
    Ukrainians and Belarusians are marking the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster by commemorating those who died and objecting to plans for new atomic energy stations. The explosion of a reactor at the plant in then-Soviet Ukraine spread a cloud of radiation over much of Europe, forcing evacuation of swaths of countryside. Thirty-one people died of radiation illnesses in the two months after the blast, and there is debate over how many eventually will fall victim. Concern is particularly high for workers sent in to clean up after the blast. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko laid a wreath...
  • Chernobyl Today[Warning-Heavy Graphics]

    03/25/2009 8:43:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 59 replies · 3,576+ views
    Grcade ^ | 28 Sep 2008 | BLH
    So heres my trip to Chernobyl in pictures.The trip was booked with I just emailed, and got in touch with the guy who runs the whole place, Sergei. Really, really helpful guy who talked me through the whole process and answered numerous dumbass emails i sent him. You can book everything through them, from the flights (cost me about 500 euro) to hotel (160 euro for 2 nights), to a pickup at the airport and dropoff when leaving ($40 each). First off we need to give props to our guide, Yuri. Yuri has worked in the zone for...
  • Director of Children of Chernobyl Succumbs to Illness

    09/22/2008 1:26:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 114+ views ^ | September 22, 08 | staff
    Rabbi Yossie Raichik, who as director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl project oversaw the rescue of thousands of children from the dangers of radioactive fallout, succumbed Sunday to complications from a lung infection. He was 55. Raichik’s passing came as a shock to the tens of thousands of friends and admirers worldwide who took to reciting Psalms in the past week as the rabbi awaited a lung transplant at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital. The son of Rabbi Shmuel Dovid and Leah Raichik – who were sent to Los Angeles as emissaries of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn,...
  • Silent spring

    07/25/2008 2:12:31 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 41 replies · 194+ views
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | June 2008 | Lauren Monaghan
    Deep in the radioactive bowels of the smashed Chernobyl reactor, a strange new lifeform is blooming. TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO, on 26 April 1986, reactor No 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in Ukraine, blew apart, spewing radioactive dust and debris far and wide. Ever since, a 30 km 'exclusion zone' has existed around the contaminated site, accessible to those with special clearance only. It's quite easy, then, to conjure an apocalyptic vision of the area; to imagine an eerily deserted wasteland, utterly devoid of life. But the truth is quite the opposite. The exclusion zone is teeming with wildlife...
  • Jon Voight - from Hollywood to Chernobyl and Sderot

    05/18/2008 6:38:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 120+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 18, 2008
    If Jon Voight ever decides to give up acting, he could easily sign on as a Nefesh B'Nefesh emissary. Unlike many celebrities, who parachute in for quick, superficial jaunts through Israel, the 69-year-old Academy Award winner speaks of the country with the passion and knowledge of an insider. And despite focusing his week-long visit on some of the grimmer realities of life here, Voight, who is not Jewish, remains fervent in his enthusiasm for what he terms a "miracle in progress." "My business is story telling, and this is such a great story. To think in my lifetime that the...
  • Ukraine marks 22nd anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe

    04/27/2008 9:21:59 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 16 replies · 134+ views
    AFP ^ | Apr 26
    KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine paid homage Saturday to victims of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, a "planetary" drama as Kiev called it, 22 years after the world's worst nuclear incident. Overnight, some hundred Ukrainians including President Viktor Yushchenko and other top state officials laid wreaths at the monument to the victims of Chernobyl in Kiev and lighted candles during a religious service held for the tragedy, the presidential press service said. In Slavutich, a small town 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the wrecked nuclear power station, where most of its personnel live, an overnight vigil was due to be held....
  • Chernobyl to be covered in steel

    09/17/2007 2:39:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies · 123+ views
    The authorities in Ukraine have approved a giant steel cover for the radioactive site of the world's worst nuclear disaster - Chernobyl. Ukraine has hired a French firm to build the structure to replace the crumbling concrete casing put over the reactor after the 1986 accident. The casing project is expected to cost $1.4bn (£700m). It will take five years to complete and the authorities say they will then be able to start dismantling the reactor. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko hailed the project: "Today is probably the first time that we can openly look into the eyes of the national...
  • Chernobyl Gets $507-Million Pledge to Reseal Reactor

    08/08/2007 2:38:56 AM PDT · by Republicain · 7 replies · 479+ views
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is pledging hundreds of millions to Ukraine in order to build a new sarcophagus to encase the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The current cement and concrete shell has deteriorated to dangerous levels. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has pledged $507 million to Ukraine to help it build a new protective shell over the nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986. The cover currently in place, erected shortly after the world's worst nuclear accident, is now crumbling. The money will go toward the construction of a more secure and permanent shelter to encompass...
  • Chernobyl birds are better off drab and lazy

    07/11/2007 1:45:21 AM PDT · by Gondring · 8 replies · 533+ views
    news @ ^ | 11 July 2007 (online) | Louis Buckley
    Chernobyl birds are better off drab and lazy Species able to invest in cell defence suffer less from radiation. Migratory birds such as swallows seem more vulnerable to radiation.Tim Mousseau Birds with bright plumage have suffered most from radiation around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, scientists have discovered. Species that lay large eggs or travel long distances are also more susceptible to radiation. All of these traits require large quantities of the antioxidant molecules that protect cells. Investing in them leaves birds with fewer to counter the effects of radiation, say the researchers behind the discovery. Timothy Mousseau, of the University...
  • Chernobyl Incident Had Fewer Long-Term Health Impacts Than Expected

    04/09/2007 2:03:03 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies · 884+ views
    Science Daily ^ | April 9, 2007
    A new study has found that risks from radiation exposure to people involved in the Chernobyl incident may be much less significant than most of us think. The research, published online in BioMedCentral Public Health, compares the health risks from radiation exposure following the Chernobyl incident with the more common risks of air pollution, passive smoking and obesity. All of the risks studied showed a relatively small increase (around 1%) in mortality rates. Dr Jim Smith from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, who carried out the research, said, “The perception is that there are big risks to public health...