Nuclear fallout

France's President Emmanuel Macron wears a flowers leis and seashell necklaces gestures as he speaks up on his arrival as the mayor Manihi John Drollet stands next to him at the Manihi Atoll, 312 miles northeast of Tahiti, French Polynesia.

New study on nuclear testing in French Polynesia reveals France’s ‘censorship and secrecy’


More than 400 claims have been filed against the French government for nuclear tests on French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996. Scientists say about 110,000 people have been affected by radioactive fallout.

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Has Kazakhstan forgotten about its Polygon test survivors?

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Cities, Municipal Bonds and a Potential for Disaster

Sunflowers used to clean up radiation

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Radiation, Risk and the “Linear No-Threshold” Model


Chernobyl Cleanup Worker: ‘We Thought We Were Saving a Country’

Twenty-five years ago today, disaster rocked Ukraine when a systems test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to a series of explosions, releasing nuclear fallout into the atmosphere. It was the beginning of a months-long struggle by Soviet authorities to contain the spread of deadly radiation. Thousands of workers joined this fight. Sergei Belyakov […]

Fukushima likely not as bad as Chernobyl, but what does that mean?


Nearly a month into the crisis at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear power plant, perhaps the only thing anyone can be sure of is that we still can’t be sure of anything. And won’t be able to be for weeks, months, or maybe even years.

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Remembering Chernobyl after 25 years

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The nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan is taking place exactly 25 years after the worlds worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Brigid McCarthy reminds us of the scale of that disaster.

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Baby Teeth Project

Commentator Suzanne Elston notes a new study that finds strontium-90 (STRON-tee-um), a carcinogenic by-product of nuclear reactions, is showing up in the teeth of children living near nuclear reactors. An earlier study, conducted during the Cold War which found strontium-90 in baby teeth, was attributed to nuclear test fallout.

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Kosovo Environment

Reporter Drew Leifheit summarizes the first detailed study on the environmental fallout from NATO bombing and refugee migration during the recent war in the Balkans.