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2011-04-12 13:35:00

Japanese authorities have raised the nuclear crisis rating to the highest level of seven. The new decision reflects the amount of radiation leaked at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The last time level seven was applied was during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where 10 times as much radiation was emitted. Japanese Prime Minster Naoto Kan said radiation leaks at the plant were starting to decline. Kan said in a news conference that The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will...

2011-04-05 12:27:00

KYIV, Ukraine, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 26, 2011, Ukraine observes the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster that remains the worst nuclear catastrophe in contemporary history, which affected the very attitude to the nuclear power worldwide. The consequences of this accident are still fresh in the memory of the European population according to the survey conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group conjointly with First International Resources on Feb. 21 through...

2011-04-05 10:37:00

KYIV, Ukraine, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Europeans supported cutting down investments into nuclear energy, according to the results of a survey conducted by Benenson Strategy Group together with First International Resourcesin late Feb. through the first half of March, 2011. The relevance of the survey on prospect of nuclear energy is increasing due to the recent developments at Japan's Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant and forthcoming 25th anniversary of Chornobyl disaster. The...

2010-12-15 04:36:00

KIEV, Ukraine, December 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The exclusion zone of Chernobyl nuclear power plant can be included into the official tour program of Euro-2012 in Ukraine. This was announced today by the Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Vitaliy But, during a signing ceremony of a joint action plan for EURO-2012 between the Ministries of Emergency of Ukraine and Poland. Earlier this week, the Minister of Emergency situations of Ukraine, Viktor Baloha, stated that the exclusion...

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2010-12-13 11:55:00

The Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday that Ukraine plans to open tours of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that took place nearly a quarter of a century ago. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, spewing radiation over a large swatch of northern Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.  Related health problems still...

2010-09-15 19:04:01

Scientists are reporting discovery of the biological secrets that enable plants growing near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to adapt and flourish in highly radioactive soil "” legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. Their study, which helps solve a long-standing mystery, appears in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Martin Hajduch and colleagues note that plants have an unexpected ability to adapt to an environment contaminated with...

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2010-08-20 12:40:00

Scientists found a way to help predict which species are likely to be most affected by radioactive contamination. The scientists in Chernobyl said that the secret to a species' vulnerability lies in its DNA. The research helps to reveal which species are most likely to decline or become extinct in response to other types of environmental stress. Professor Tim Mousseau from the University of South Carolina and Dr. Anders Moller from the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris France...

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2010-08-08 17:25:00

Experts said Friday that fires sweeping across Russia are threatening to re-release nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster into the air, but not in levels dangerous to human health. According to Philippe Renaud, head of the environmental radiation laboratory at France's IRSN nuclear safety institute, radioactive cesium 137 from the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is locked up in the trees and dead leaves in the forest in certain areas of Russia, Ukraine and...

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2010-04-27 07:00:00

On the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says that the nuclear site remains a serious threat--one that requires additional funding to deal with, according to comments he made on Monday. "We have seen now that the funds we expected to spend are not enough. Additional needs could total about 400 million euro (5.3 million USD)," Yanukovich told Thomas Mirow, the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), according to...

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2009-03-18 13:40:56

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant more than 20 years ago still haunts wildlife near the region of the disaster, researchers said on Wednesday. In a recent study, researchers found that numbers of bumblebees, butterflies, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates were still far below normal levels in areas affected by the blast in Ukraine. "Ours was the first study to focus on the abundance of animal populations," Anders Moller, a researcher at the National Center for Scientific...


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