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Channel 4 : Thriving at Chernobyl

A Channel 4 report from the Exclusion Zone.

If you think that it is another superficial report with the familiar angles and a journalist to their background, you are wrong. This is a wonderful report that tells you about the camera-traps in the Exclusion Zone, and the process of installation, Tom Clarke interviewing Sergei Gashchak  from "Chernobyl Center", you’ll see underwater footage of the the famous Chernobyl catfishes. And finally - a little hello from Baba Mania (Maria Shovkuta). Enjoy!

"Almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which turned the area around the plant into a no-go zone, scientists are involved in a unique experiment in how nature copes with radiation..."

Chernobyl Radiation Still Harming Animals

Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News The Chernobyl disaster, a nuclear reactor explosion and subsequent fire on April 26, 1986, which spewed highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere, continues to harm animal populations in the Ukraine, according to a new study.

Study: Chernobyl animals worse affected than thought

LONDON (Reuters) - Radiation has affected animals living near the site of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear disaster far more than was previously thought, a study showed on Wednesday, challenging beliefs that local wildlife was on the rebound.

Chernobyl 'not a wildlife haven'

The idea that the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has created a wildlife haven is not scientifically justified, a study says.

Recent studies said rare species had thrived despite raised radiation levels as a result of no human activity.

But scientists who assessed the 1986 disaster's impact on birds said the ecological effects were "considerably greater than previously assumed".

The findings appear in the Royal Society's journal, Biology Letters.

In April 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded.