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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...

2013-04-26 16:20:51

KYIV, Ukraine, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to minimize the economic losses from the disaster which may reach USD 180 billion in 2015, it is important to come up with a comprehensive development program for the regions affected by the Chornobyl Nuclear Power plant explosion in 1986. Such statement was made by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych during his visit to the plant in Chornobyl on the 27th anniversary of the nuclear disaster. Construction of a new safe...

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...

Fukushima Radiation Has Affected Butterflies
2012-08-14 08:42:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, according to a new study out of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. An increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident were found by the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports. Laboratory experiments exposed the link between these...

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...

Fukushima Radiation Levels Below Reference Level
2012-05-24 13:42:40

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that radiation levels in Japan's Fukushima district are below the reference level for public exposure in all but two areas. The WHO said in its report that the town of Namie and Itate village, which are located 12 to 18 miles away, were most affected. These towns had doses of radiation levels that reached 10 to 50 millisieverts (mSv). Neighboring towns reached 1 to 10 mSv, while other areas were as low as 0.1 to 10 mSv, according to...

Radioactive Kelp From Japan Found On The West Coast
2012-04-11 05:20:14

As the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan suffered a meltdown after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the surrounding areas became contaminated with radioactive particles. Now, as other items and debris from the earthquake are being washed up on the West Coast´s shore, some of these radioactive particles have been found in giant kelp along the shore. According to a recently published study, radioactive iodine was found in kelp samples from beds along the west coast from Laguna...

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....

Image 1 - Researchers Assess Radioactivity Released From The Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Facility
2011-12-07 09:09:22

With news this week of additional radioactive leaks from Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged from the facility in the first four months after the accident and draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean. The study, conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist...

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...