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Sergii Mirnyi : Chernobyl as a Model Case of an Eco-Disaster

Chernobyl represents a unique possibility to study the general regularities of ecological disasters and their consequences. However, until now this potential seems to to have been under-used.

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.

Chernobyl Gets $507-Million Pledge to Reseal Reactor

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is pledging hundreds of millions to Ukraine in order to build a new sarcophagus to encase the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The current cement and concrete shell has deteriorated to dangerous levels.

For Chernobyl birds, color is a curse

Gaudier species seem to be more affected by radioactive fallout. Scientists say that's because they have fewer antioxidants to spare.

Radioactive fallout near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in northern Ukraine has reduced populations of brightly colored birds more than those of their drab cousins, scientists reported this week.

Growing those vividly colored feathers uses up a lot of antioxidants, which are also needed to fight radiation damage.

Contaminated zone near Chernobyl nuclear plant becomes wildlife haven

DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer PARISHEV, Ukraine

Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching. Packs of wolves have eaten two of her dogs, the 73-year-old says, and wild boar trample through her cornfield. And she says fox, rabbits and snakes infest the meadows near her tumbledown cottage.

Chernobyl Zone to Become Park

The deputies at Zhytomir oblast council initiate to create a national natural park in the Chernobyl zone, informed press-service of Zhytomir oblast council.

Zhytomir oblast state administration made a proposal to create a local landscape reserve “Drevlyanskiy” with a total square 40,000 ha in order to preserve variety and beauty of nature in the Chernobyl zone, particularly, in Narodichy district Zhytomir oblast.

ChNPP, Areva NP terminate contract for spent fuel storage facility

ChNPP, Areva NP terminate contract for spent fuel storage facility.

Progress on problems continues 21 years after Chernobyl accident

Despite delays and rising costs, there has been progress in dealing with the legacy of the April 26, 1986 accident that destroyed Chernobyl-4 and contaminated large areas of surrounding regions, Ukrainian officials said this month.

Alyaksandr Milinkevich Goes to Chernobyl Zone

On April 21-25 the chairman of the Political council of the democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich is to carry out a voyage over the regions of the country affected after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Chernobyl March Will Focus On Victims

Aftermath of Chernobyl Disaster
Following the large rally that took place in Minsk on March 25 to commemorate the Day of Freedom (see EDM March 28), plans are well under way for the "Path of Chernobyl" event on April 26, traditionally the largest public demonstration of the season.