Three decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident, the home of the shuttered Chernobyl power plant remains more reliant than ever on nuclear power.
When a botched test in the early hours of April 26, 1986, blew apart the reactor’s core and spewed huge amounts of radiation into the atmosphere, nuclear power accounted for about a quarter of the energy mix of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Today, nuclear power produces more than half of Ukraine’s energy — the result of war, politics and economics.
Or, how Ukraine learned to stop worrying and love its nuclear power plants.
Later this year, the largest movable structure on earth—essentially a colossal steel tomb shaped like an oversized airplane hangar—is scheduled to begin its slow journey along a rail system, traveling at a glacial pace of 33 feet an hour. Its destination: the crumbling ruins of Chernobyl’s reactor number four, which, 30 years after the worst nuclear meltdown in history, continues to ooze radiation like a wound that refuses to heal.
The most controversial gold mining project in Central Asia is back in the spotlight again this month. Canadian mining company Centerra Gold has re-launched its public relations campaign in Kyrgyzstan to improve the company’s image over the status of glaciers at the Kumtor gold mine, one of the world’s biggest open-pit gold mines and a flagship project that accounts for 90 percent of company’s profits.
As the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster approaches, Noel Wauchope outlines just a few compelling reasons why the Coalition Government's uranium deal with Ukraine may have further disastrous consequences.
WHAT AMAZINGLY insensitive timing. As the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe approaches, Australia makes a deal (at the Nuclear Security Summit) to sell uranium to Ukraine.
This is such a bad idea for so many reasons — it's hard to know which to pick first!
Economics: simply because uranium exporting is not really economically worthwhile.
Banka, ki bi morala Sloveniji in drugim postsocialističnim državam pomagati pri prehodu v trajnostno naravnano tržno gospodarstvo, ni opravila svoje naloge. Tako meni mednarodna mreža CEE Bankwatch Network po 25 letih delovanja Evropske banke za obnovo in razvoj.
Thirty years after the world's most catastrophic nuclear accident, the abandoned Ukrainian town of Pripyat, home to the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor number four, has been transformed.
From the ashes of the site has emerged a $US200 per person "extreme tourism" theme park.
Each week more than 1,000 tourists are taken through security and radiation checkpoints, before being allowed to walk through the abandoned buildings, including the swimming pool complex, kindergarten and police station.
Corruption, dirty resources and inequality are among the outcomes of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s investments over the past two decades, according to an environmental watchdog.
CEE Bankwatch Network, a Prague-based environmental NGO that monitors the activities of international financial institutions like the EBRD, said the bank has deepened countries’ dependence on unsustainable natural resource extraction and allowed corrupt or undemocratic elites to tighten their grip on societies.