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2006-04-21 01:35:00

By Olena Horodetska CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Olga Rudchenko cried every night for eight years, desperate to return home. Now she is happy, living once again in her town, Chernobyl. Rudchenko's family was among 200,000 residents evacuated after an explosion ripped through the Chernobyl nuclear power station on April 26, 1986 in the world's worst nuclear accident. She and her husband, Andriy, defied a government ban and returned 12 years ago to live on contaminated land. "It was a long time ago,...

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2006-04-20 00:00:00

By Jon Hurdle MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania -- Four giant cooling towers loom over the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, reminders of the fears and hopes surrounding an industry that may help cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Two towers stand quiet, idle since a partial meltdown in a reactor almost 30 years ago in the nation's worst nuclear accident. Two others belch steam from an active reactor, providing cheap electricity to 400,000 homes. Unlike the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine -- which will...

2006-04-19 11:50:00

BRUSSELS -- The World Health Organization (WHO) should study how the Chernobyl nuclear disaster affected nations other than Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, a report said on Wednesday, citing a lack of data especially for western Europe. "Although areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were heavily contaminated, most of Chernobyl's fallout was deposited outside these countries," said the report, which was carried out by independent researchers and commissioned by Rebecca Harms, a German member of...

2006-04-18 14:10:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON-- Environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday the eventual death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 cancer deaths attributable to the accident. Based on research by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the report said that of the 2 billion people globally affected by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 would develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 would prove fatal. The Chernobyl Forum, a...

2006-04-18 06:10:54

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years ago could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 extra cancer deaths worldwide, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Based on research by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the report said that of the 2 billion people globally affected by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 will develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 will prove fatal. The...

2006-04-18 08:10:00

LONDON -- The death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years ago could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 extra cancer deaths worldwide, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Based on research by the Balarus National Academy of Sciences, the report said that of the two billion people globally who got touched by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 will develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 will prove fatal. The International Atomic Energy Authority...

2006-04-11 14:55:00

PARIS -- Countries will better cope with fallout from nuclear accidents or radiological terrorist attack if they learn from the Chernobyl disaster and involve local people in dealing with the aftermath, a study said on Tuesday. Governments needed to tackle the economic impact of such disasters too but local associations and residents could help improve responses and give those hardest-hit a sense of regaining control of shattered lives, it said. The report by the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency...

2005-11-01 19:33:16

Paris, France, Tuesday 1 November 2005 - Study results presented at the 13th European Cancer Conference (ECCO 13) have provided further valuable insights into certain genetic mutations which occur in childhood thyroid tumours and their link to both radiation exposure and patient age. The unique circumstances of this study were provided for by the legacy of the radioactive accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in April 1986. Exposure to radioactive fallout led to a large increase in the...

2005-09-06 09:27:38

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - The world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 helped improve nuclear safety by showing the importance of international cooperation, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday. The explosion at a Ukrainian nuclear reactor at Chernobyl spewed a cloud of radioactivity over Europe and the Soviet Union, killing 56 people to date, U.N. agencies said on Monday. Roughly 4,000 would die in total because of radiation exposure at the...

2005-09-05 09:39:07

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - The number of people killed by radiation as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident, is so far 56, far lower than previously thought, the U.N. said on Monday. A report compiled by the Chernobyl Forum, which includes eight U.N. agencies, said the final death toll was expected to reach about 4,000 -- much lower than some previous estimates -- and that the greatest damage to human health caused by the incident was...


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