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Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.

Ukraine plans to build world's largest solar farm at Chernobyl

Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, an exclusion zone 1,600 square miles (1,000 sq. km) surrounding the plant still keeps people out because it remains uninhabitable. But Ukraine wants to put the land to work as a solar farm.

Thirty years on, Ukraine mourns victims of Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Chernobyl — The world is still in denial over radiation damages

For people living in Belarus, a country that ended up with 23 percent of its land contaminated with radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, the incident has turned into a fairy tale, and they are living in a fantasy world.

Donors pledge cash to keep Chernobyl safe 30 years after disaster

Kiev - Global donors on Monday pledged additional money to help Ukraine keep Chernobyl safe for generations after causing the world's worst nuclear power disaster 30 years ago.The 87.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine will next week mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.

30 years on, Chernobyl worker remembers disaster aftermath

Ukraine - Igor Magala can still remember the metallic taste he got in his mouth as he drove up to the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the morning of April 26, 1986.

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Kiev - Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

Chernobyl wildfire extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said on Saturday that firefighters have extinguished a forest fire that had burned for four days near the Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Chernobyl wildfire nearly extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Firefighters have nearly extinguished a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986 and hope to put it out fully within two days, the emergency services said on Thursday.

Foreign donors raise 180 mn euros for new Chernobyl cover

London - International donors agreed to pay an extra 180 million euros ($201 million) to fund a new cover for the disused Chernobyl nuclear power plant at a conference in London on Wednesday.

Chernobyl wildfire controlled: Ukraine

Kiev - Firefighters have brought under control a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986, the emergency services said on Wednesday.

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

Kiev - A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world's worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said.

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Ukraine - Ukrainians on Sunday marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, placing wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed.

Scientists record radioactivity spike in Norway’s reindeer

Radioactive dust released during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster is the unwanted gift that just keeps on giving. Unsafe levels were recorded in Norwegian sheep and reindeer.

Op-Ed: Putin replaces ISIS and Ebola as public enemy No. 1

Moscow - Even as there were growing signs of peace in the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the war path as far afield as the Bering Straits and Sweden/Finland.

Radiation damage has affected Chernobyl's ecosystem

A new study has shown that 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.

Fukishima workers begin removing fuel rods

The latest video recordings have shown new leaks in the fuel rods in the Fukushima nuclear pool, but crews were able to begin removing the rods Monday.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster isn't over yet

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant sits in a 1,000-square-mile fenced-off no-mans land near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine. It's a graveyard of unmarked burial sites for machinery used in the cleanup and spent fuel from other nuclear power plants in Russia.

Scary removal of Fukishima fuel rods begins

Tokyo - Pressure to complete the unprecedented work is rising because of fears a new major earthquake could decimate Japan and threaten the U.S. West Coast .

Fukushima hero dies of cancer

Fukushima - The former Fukushima supervisor of damage assessment of the tsunami-devastated nuclear reactor has died of cancer. His decision not to follow a corporate order prevented Chernobyl-like explosions of overheated Fukushima reactors.

Radioactive wild boars found in Italy

Turin - Samples taken from 27 wild boars captured in northern Italy during the hunting season revealed the animals to be radioactive. Traces of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 exceeded the legal limit by 10 times.

Horror film 'Chernobyl Diaries' upsets victim support group

As the horror film "Chernobyl Diaries" hits American and Canadian theatres this weekend, a victim support group has expressed its disapproval.

Green clouds spotted over Moscow spark apocalypse fears

Moscow - On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, fear spread when green clouds were seen in the skies over Moscow. Experts say don't worry, it's only birch pollen.

Photographer returns from Chernobyl exclusion zone Special

Photographer Gerd Ludwig has returned from three weeks inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone documenting the nuclear disaster 25 years later.

Japan raises nuclear crises to highest level, equals Chernobyl

Tokyo - Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission has raised the severity level of the crises at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the highest rating on the international scale. The event is now rated as a Level 7, which equals the disaster at Chernobyl.

Op-Ed: Chernobyl vs. evolution- Lessons from a horror story

Chernobyl - If any good is ever to come out of the Chernobyl disaster, it will have to be in the form of lessons learned. A new study is providing some evidence that the Chernobyl exclusion zone is causing physiological changes in wildlife.
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Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat.  On April 26  1986  this amusement park was being r...
Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, this amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day celebrations when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred.
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The city of Pripyat  a  Ghost Town  now  with a view of Chernobyl in the background. Jan. 20  2007.
The city of Pripyat, a "Ghost Town" now, with a view of Chernobyl in the background. Jan. 20, 2007.
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The 1 000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the  Zone of Alienation.
The 1,000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the "Zone of Alienation."
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A memorial in Chernobyl  Ukraine.
A memorial in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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Entrance gate to the Chernobyl reactor zone. In the background: The sarcophagus built around Reactor...
Entrance gate to the Chernobyl reactor zone. In the background: The sarcophagus built around Reactor #4.
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Chernobyl's nuclear winter
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The Chernobyl reactor #4 building as of 2006  including the later-built sarcophagus and elements of ...
The Chernobyl reactor #4 building as of 2006, including the later-built sarcophagus and elements of the maximum-security perimeter. Photo taken: September 18, 2006.
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Since rising to power in 1994  President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe s longest ruling head...
Since rising to power in 1994, President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe's longest ruling heads of state.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4, where radiation levels remain so high shifts are limited to only 15 minutes per day.
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A panorama view of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant  June 2013. The in-progress NSC construction ar...
A panorama view of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, June 2013. The in-progress NSC construction area is the arch on the left-hand side.
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Children born in the region are said to have a higher rate of birth defects and retardation because ...
Children born in the region are said to have a higher rate of birth defects and retardation because of Chernobyl, a belief supported by many, but not all in the scientific community.
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