Atomic safety experts say that a war fought amid nuclear reactors represents an unprecedented and highly dangerous situation. Henry Sokolski, the executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, talked with The World's Carol Hills about the risks.
The $2.2-billion structure has been edged into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck three decades ago.
In the absence of a human population, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has become a de facto nature reserve.
On April 26, 1986, the world suffered its worst peacetime nuclear disaster, when the Soviet reactor at Chernobyl went into meltdown. One survivor talks about how it affected her and her family.
2013 was a mixed bag for the world. Syria's chemical weapons are on the road to being neutralized, but dictator Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Fewer people around the world are going hungry, but many are now overweight or obese. And Japan is still a long way from solving the problems stemming from the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima. All those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
As Japanese officials continue to struggle to contain radioactive waste from the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima two years ago, the situation is not getting any easier. Though they've managed to store millions of gallons of waste-contaminated water, the area remains vulnerable to another natural disaster.
A post-Fukushima effort to crowdsource radiation data in Japan has since become the largest source of radiation data in the country. And it's now set to expand to other parts of the world. Catherine Winter reports from Tokyo.
Forty years ago in Munich, Olga Korbut changed the way Americans watched the Olympics. And the tiny pig-tailed athlete inspired girls around the world to take up gymnastics.
Long time resident Harry Shearer takes a 180 degree shift from his comedy career to write and direct a new documentary about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Scientists have discovered that sunflowers can pull radioactive contaminants out of the soil, and researchers cleaning up the Fukushima site in Japan are putting the flowers to the test.