Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Chernobyl: 20 years on

Radiation will stay in the Chernobyl area for
the next 48.000 years, but humans may begin
repopulating the area in about 600 years - give
or take three centuries. The experts predict
that, by then, the most dangerous elements will
have disappeared - or been sufficiently diluted
into the rest of the world's air, soil and water.
If our government can somehow find the money and
political will power to finance the necessary
scientific research, perhaps a way will be
discovered to neutralize or clean up the
contamination sooner. Otherwise, our distant
ancestors will have to wait untill the radiation
diminishes to a tolerable level. If we use the
lowest scientific estimate, that will be 300
years from now......some scientists say it may be
as long as 900 years.

...from Chernobyl revisited...take the trip.
(That link has been on this page for a long time.)
As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the
world’s worst nuclear disaster, environmentalists
are releasing new alarming estimates of the
future death toll. Scientists are examining the
deadly consequences of the fallout, while
survivors go on living in contaminated areas,
watching their children, born long after the
blast, die.

Something you probably don't know: Private
insurance companies won't insure nuclear power
plants. Government has to do it.

Does that tell you something? It tells plenty
if you think about it.

Please do.

Full article.