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Radiation Damage At The Root Of Chernobyl’s Ecosystems
2014-03-19 19:37:38

Steven Powell, University of South Carolina Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a study just published in the journal Oecologia. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area. Tim Mousseau, a professor of biology and co-director of the Chernobyl and Fukushima...

2012-12-05 12:25:18

KYIV, Ukraine, December 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide EUR 190 million for the new sarcophagus and nuclear waste storage facility at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine. This was provisioned by today's agreement between Ukrainian government, state enterprise Chornobyl NPP and the EBRD. The agreement signed on December 4, 2012, amends the original Grant agreement between the parties. This EUR 190 million...

2012-07-27 02:23:57

NEW YORK, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenline, a New York, NY-based non-profit environmental group, deplored Russia's questionable environmental practices, which, according to the group's spokesman Anthony Gould, are damaging the local environment, hurting the health of its people, and effectively locking the country's producers out of the global food market. "At a time when the world is facing food shortages because of a severe drought in the US Midwest and in other regions around the...

2011-12-19 10:00:00

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services....

2011-09-20 13:37:37

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today published Japanese translations of articles from its new special issue on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster. The online Japanese edition features influential writers examining the current and future impact of Fukushima, what might have been done to lessen the scale of the accident, and the steps we need to take both in Japan and worldwide to prevent another nuclear tragedy. Editorial and translation services for the Fukushima...

2011-09-20 11:13:09

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publish special issue on Fukushima When the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11, 2011, the world witnessed the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In a special Fukushima issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published today by SAGE, experts examine the current and future impact of Fukushima, what might have been done to lessen the scale of the accident, and...

2011-06-07 19:12:59

The decision of the German government to phase out nuclear power by 2022 has reopened an energy debate that has far wider implications than Germany or Japan, which is still coming to terms with events at the damaged Fukushima plant. This virtual issue, published by the SETAC journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry adds to that debate by exploring the ecological effects of radiation, using research from the Chernobyl disaster. The issue is a freely accessible resource for researchers...

2011-06-01 09:21:00

TUCSON, Ariz., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Japan's already reeling economy could be crushed by over-reaction to the Fukushima disaster, warns radiation scientist T.D. Luckey in the summer 2011 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. www.jpands.org/vol16no2/luckey.pdf Japan should not repeat the mistake that Russia made in the tremendous unwarranted expense of its reaction to Chernobyl. As Mikhail Gorbachev understood too late, "The nuclear meltdown at...

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2011-05-27 11:27:59

New study challenges belief that exposure to nuclear radiation has no or negligible genetic effects in humans Ionizing radiation is not without danger to human populations. Indeed, exposure to nuclear radiation leads to an increase in male births relative to female births, according to a new study by Hagen Scherb and Kristina Voigt from the Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen. Their work shows that radiation from atomic bomb testing before the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963, the Chernobyl accident, and...

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2011-05-20 12:50:41

National Science Foundation awards rapid-response grants to establish ocean radionuclide levels from FukushimaAmong the casualties of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan was the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.A result of the loss of electricity, overheating at the power plant led to significant releases of iodine, cesium and other radioisotopes to the environment.Japanese officials recently raised the severity of the nuclear power plant incident to...