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A tree grows in Chernobyl

The world's worst nuclear accident created a wasteland 20 years ago. Today, the area attracts eco-tourists and there's talk of people returning to live within 15 years.; Trees and plants were killed outright by radiation and it seemed as if nothing would grow again in their place. But the abandoned

Chernobyl 20 years on

Meet the helicopter pilot who spent months flying through radioactive dust; the engineer who saw the first three men die; the family evacuated with 40 minutes' notice... Two decades after the world's worst man-made disaster, Adam Higginbotham enters the 30km exclusion zone.

20 Years On, UN Accused of Ignoring 500,000 Chernobyl Deaths

In a series of reports about to be published, they will suggest that at least 30,000 people are expected to die of cancers linked directly to severe radiation exposure in 1986 and up to 500,000 people may have already died as a result of the world’s worst environmental catastrophe, The Guardian reported Saturday.

Cross-country race in the Red Forest: Pripyat teenagers and the catastrophe

I remember this Saturday, 26 April 1986, very vividly. I was 16 then, a first-year student of the city’s professional school (SPTU). Early in the morning our parents took the train to Vilcha, 45 km far from Pripyat. My sister and I left the flat for out schools.

Chernobyl. During an ill conceived emergency systems test, meant to simulate a loss of power to the reactor from the grid, Chernobyl began to melt down.

The Gamma Cathedral

Discussions on the timescale for building a new set of nuclear reactors to power the future in lieu of oil led me to ponder timescales relating to our existing, shoddy, nuclear infrastructure.

Pripyat Ukraine, Pripyat River, Pripyat...

Ukrainian Prypyat (При́п'ять), Russian Pripyat (При́пять), abandoned city located in the north of Ukraine, near the Belarus border. Outside the city is the Chernobyl nuclear power station, site of the worst nuclear reactor accident in history. See Chernobyl accident.

Cheating Chernobyl

This interview was first published in New Scientist print edition

Pripyat: The city where time stands still

PRIPYAT, Ukraine (CNN) -- The dead city of Pripyat is one lasting legacy of Chernobyl that will forever be a symbol of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster.