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Lessons From Chernobyl Hampered By Fears Of Litigation
Baverstock suggests that those who benefit from the production of nuclear electricity should finance an independent international foundation to co-ordinate research and provide humanitarian aid to victims such as those affected by the Chernobyl accident. He fears that current efforts are being frustrated in an attempt to avoid compensation claims. (1998-03-27)

Lessons learned from the Fukushima accident
A recent article provides an overview of the impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station accident in Japan in 2011 and subsequent remediation measures, comparing similarities and differences with the lessons learned from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine. (2016-10-25)

Viewing Fukushima in the cold light of Chernobyl
Three research papers on Chernobyl bring a new focus on just how extensive the long-term effects of the Fukushim Daiichi nuclear disaster might be on Japanese wildlife. (2013-08-21)

Learning lessons from Chernobyl
Our response to international disasters needs to be better coordinated, if we are to maximise the benefit to the country affected and the world as a whole, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2001-09-20)

Chernobyl's radioactivity reduced the populations of birds of orange plumage
On April 26, 1986, history's greatest nuclear accident took place northwest of the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl. Despite the scale of the disaster, 25 years later, we still do not know its real effects. An international team of investigators has shown for the first time that the color of birds' plumage may make them more vulnerable to radioactivity. (2011-04-26)

Cutting the cost of fall-out from Chernobyl 15 years after the world's worst nuclear accident
15 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, new thyroid cancers continue to be diagnosed. The accident accounted for the largest group of human cancers associated with a known cause on a known date. (2001-10-23)

Discovery of the secrets that enable plants near Chernobyl to shrug off radiation
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 semimonthly journal. (2010-09-15)

Discovery of the secrets that enable plants near Chernobyl to shrug off radiation
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. (2010-12-08)

Bumblebees exposed to Chernobyl-levels of radiation consume more nectar
Researchers at Stirling University have found that exposure to chronic low-dose radiation, found in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, negatively affects bumblebee energy use by increasing their metabolic rate and food consumption. The preliminary results will be presented on Dec. 12, at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting in Belfast. (2019-12-11)

Journal focuses on Savannah River National Labratory, Chernobyl Laboratory collaboration
Collaborative work between the US Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory and the Chernobyl Center's International Radioecology Laboratory has led to a special issue of the Health Physics Journal entitled, (2011-09-27)

United States And Ukrainian Governments Establish Permanent Chernobyl Laboratory
Last week, during Vice President Al Gore's visit to Chernobyl, the United States and Ukraine signed a joint agreement providing for a permanent laboratory near the site of the nuclear accident. Scientists from the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory will provide much of the expertise. (1998-07-29)

The ecological effects of the Chernobyl disaster
Nearly 20 years ago Reactor number 4 at Chernobyl exploded, sending radiation across a large region of what is now the Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. In the session, (2005-08-08)

At site of world's worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned
In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Oct. 5 have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves. (2015-10-05)

Ukrainian villages still suffering legacy of Chernobyl more than 30 years on
Milk in parts of Ukraine has radioactivity levels up to five times over the country's official safe limit, new research shows. (2018-06-08)

Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl's ecosystems
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 new study. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area. (2014-03-19)

Chernobyl revisited: Virtual issue explores ecological effects of nuclear disasters
The decision of the German government to phase out nuclear power by 2022 has reopened an energy debate that has far wider implications than Germany or Japan, which is still coming to terms with events at the damaged Fukushima plant. (2011-06-07)

Brightly colored birds most affected by Chernobyl radiation
Brightly coloured birds are among the species most adversely affected by the high levels of radiation around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, ecologists have discovered. The findings -- published online in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology -- help explain why some species are harder hit by ionising radiation than others. (2007-07-11)

Chernobyl Animals Highly Contaminated But Undeformed
Wildlife near Chernobyl, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, not only survives, it abounds in the area, now largely abandoned by humans. University of Georgia researchers have found genetic changes but no deformities in several species of fish and rodents examined near Chernobyl in eight expeditions to the area since 1991. (1997-09-12)

Forests near Chernobyl under stress
Pine trees near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine are altering their DNA in response to the huge amount of radioactive fallout from the plant's accident in 1986. Researchers report 30 per cent more methylation in trees grown in contaminated soil - which is a response to stress that prevents the trees' genome from being destabilised by radiation. (2003-09-03)

25 years after the Chernobyl disaster, Fukushima may unravel health consequences of nuclear accidents in the past, present and future
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a comment and editorial published online first by Lancet Oncology describes the known health consequences of this event. The authors point out that there were many obstacles in studying the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and that the Fukushima incident might offer a new, albeit sad, opportunity to more accurately study the health consequences of a major nuclear power plant accident. (2011-04-25)

SRNL, Chernobyl Laboratory collaborate on research initiatives
Under a recently signed agreement, the US Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory and the Ukraine's International Radioecology Laboratory will collaborate on radiation ecology research, including projects in the region impacted by the catastrophic accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant 24 years ago. (2010-09-02)

Amorous worms reveal effects of Chernobyl
According to Ukrainian scientists, worms contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl fallout have started having sex with each other instead of on their own. This is one of the first direct pieces of evidence on how wildlife has been affected by radioactive pollution. (2003-04-09)

After Japan nuclear power plant disaster: How much radioactivity in the oceans?
Among the casualties of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan was the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (2011-05-23)

New map for radioactive soil contamination in Western Europe
An international consortium of scientists has refined the map of caesium and plutonium radionuclide concentrations in soils in Switzerland and several neighbouring countries. Using an archive of European soil samples, the team led by Katrin Meusburger from the University of Basel, now at the WSL research institute, was able to trace the sources of radioactive fallout between 1960 and 2009. This study was published in Scientific Reports. (2020-07-16)

International research team finds thriving wildlife populations in Chernobyl
A team of international researchers, including James Beasley, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School Forestry and Natural Resources, has discovered abundant populations of wildlife at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear accident that released radioactive particles into the environment and forced a massive evacuation of the human population. (2015-10-05)

Ecosystems reveal radiation secrets
A new study by Tiina Tuovinen, from the University of Eastern Finland, and her colleagues casts doubt over the validity of models used to assess the impact of radiation on human health. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Hydrobiologia. (2012-07-31)

Chernobyl disaster caused cancer cases in Sweden
A statistically determined correlation between radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident and an increase in the number of cases of cancer in the exposed areas in Sweden is reported in a study by scientists at Linköping University, Örebro University, and the County Council of Västernorrland County. (2004-11-19)

Case Western Reserve University researchers track Chernobyl fallout
More than 20 years later, researchers from Case Western Reserve University traveled to Sweden and Poland to gain insight into the downward migration of Chernobyl-derived radionuclides in the soil. Among the team's findings was the fact that much more plutonium was found in the Swedish soil at a depth that corresponded with the nuclear explosion than that of Poland. (2008-10-01)

Radiation protection expert criticizes comparison of Fukushima to Chernobyl
In the opening editorial to the latest edition of the Journal of Radiological Protection, published today, Wednesday, May 18, radiological protection expert professor Richard Wakeford of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, the University of Manchester, gives a detailed account of events at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, and poses several questions that remain unanswered, several weeks on from the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. (2011-05-18)

Chernobyl, three decades on
The Chernobyl disaster struck 30 years ago today. The devastating radiation spill created a huge radio-ecological laboratory where University of South Carolina professor Tim Mousseau and colleagues have been studying the effects of radiation on free-living organisms since 2000. In addition to cataloging a range of harmful effects that even low doses of radiation have on life, the scientists recently published a meta-analysis examining how a specific pathway, oxidative stress, is a key component of the damage. (2016-04-26)

EARTH: Flames fan lasting fallout from Chernobyl
In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires. (2015-05-21)

Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima
This is the time of year when birds come out and really spread their wings, but since a disastrous day just before spring's arrival four years ago, Japan's Fukushima province has not been friendly to the feathered. And as several recent papers from University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau and colleagues show, the avian situation there is just getting worse. (2015-04-15)

Cincinnati study of Chernobyl residents uncovers new cause of thyroid cancer
Yuri E. Nukiforov led a team of researchers from both Cincinnati University and the University of Munich in identifying a novel oncogene (a mutated and/or overproduced version of a normal gene that alone or together with other changes can convert a cell into a tumor cell) in papillary thyroid carcinomas that developed in patients exposed to radiation at Chernobyl. Their results are published in the January 3 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (2005-01-03)

Fukushima's legacy
Scientists began gathering biological information only a few months after the disastrous 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Results of these studies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation on non-human organisms ranging from plants to butterflies to birds. A series of articles summarizing these studies has been published in the Journal of Heredity describing impacts ranging from population declines to genetic damage. (2014-08-14)

Penn professor to present research on radiation-induced cancer on 20th anniversary of Chernobyl
Virginia A. LiVolsi, MD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will be a key presenter at the (2006-04-12)

Radiation causes blindness in wild animals in Chernobyl
This year marks 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Vast amounts of radioactive particles spread over large areas in Europe. (2016-02-10)

Nuclear radiation affects baby gender
Exposure to nuclear radiation leads to an increase in male births relative to female births, according to a new study by Hagen Scherb and Kristina Voigt from the Helmholtz Zentrum München. Radiation from atomic bomb testing, the Chernobyl accident, and from living near nuclear facilities, has had a long-term negative effect on the ratio of male to female human births. Their work is published in Springer's journal, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (2011-05-26)

Chernobyl follow-up study finds high survival rate among young thyroid cancer patients
More than a quarter of a century after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, many children and teenagers who developed thyroid cancer due to radiation are in complete or near remission, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2013-04-24)

Iodine deficiency, supplements affect thyroid cancer risk in children exposed to radioactive iodine
Exposure to radioactive iodines, mainly iodine 131 (I-131), in childhood is associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer. Importantly, both iodine deficiency and supplementation appear to modify this risk, according to a new study in the May 18 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2005-05-17)

Mailman School PH study finds increase in thyroid diseases risk from exposure at Chernobyl
Persons exposed to radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident as children and adolescents have an increased risk of follicular adenoma or benign tumor of the thyroid gland, according to a Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health study. Results further suggest that age at exposure, history of thyroid diseases and location of residence do not modify its risk. (2008-02-19)

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