Controversy surrounding the true toll and disease burden caused by fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 has resurfaced following the release of a new study.

This publication, which highlights success stories and lessons learned, is aimed at a wide audience. The intent is to further raise awareness of the devastation that an environmental emergency can cause, and to promote advocacy and action in response. It also aims to highlight the strong need to integrate humanitarian and environmental action.

Brahma Chellaney

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The plants in the contaminated area have a mechanism to protect future progenies by blocking transfer of radio-nuclides to the seeds

Since April 1986, scientists got a unique opportunity to study the impact of radioactive contamination on the plants and animals living near Chernobyl.


Contaminated lands, blighted by fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, could be cleaned up in a clever way: by growing biofuels. Belarus, the country affected by much of the fallout, is planning to use the crops to suck up the radioactive strontium and caesium and make the soil fit to grow food again within decades rather than hundreds of years.

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid abnormality in patients treated with high doses of iodine-131 (131I) . Data on risk of hypothyroidism from low to moderate 131I thyroid doses are limited and inconsistent. This study was conducted to quantify the risk of hypothyroidism prevalence in relation to 131I doses received because of the Chornobyl accident.

WHO underestimates Chernobyl, claims Greenpeace

Twenty years ago on April 26, 1986 the biggest nuclear disaster happened in Chernobyl, in what was then the Soviet Union, when a chain reaction went out of control and blew the lid off the reactor. The fallout has been catastrophic, with the resulting

A public prosecutor's office in Paris has ordered an investigation into allegations regarding some French citizens falling ill due to the 1986 Cher