Topic: Chernobyl

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  • In Pictures Companies that have paid big for environmental disasters

    TVA Kingston Fossil Plant (coal fly ash pond)-Dec. 22, 2008: Ash dike ruptured at a waste containment area in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn., releasing 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry, the largest such release in U.S. history, which spilled into the Emory River. Estimated costs to clean are $525 million-$825 million, as cleanup is ongoing. (Source: TVA, EPA)

  • BP oil spill: What we're learning about humans and the sea

    Editor's Blog BP oil spill: What we're learning about humans and the sea

    For centuries, we have treated the sea as limitless resource and a bottomless dump. The BP oil spill may change that.

  • The Monitor's View Why the Gulf oil spill demands more than new regulations

    Just trying to prevent similar human-caused natural disasters with more government rules doesn't get to the deeper need for humans to act even more morally in a complex, high-tech world.

  • Eggs flying in Parliament, Ukraine approves deal for closer Russia ties

    Eggs flying in Parliament, Ukraine approves deal for closer Russia ties

    The Ukraine parliament approved a deal today to extend a Russia naval lease on Sevastopol in exchange for cheaper gas, despite an egg-throwing fracas by enraged opposition members.

  • In Pictures Big Environmental Disasters

    The Dust Bowl. During the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms engulfed the American and Canadian prairie lands. The cause: a severe drought coupled with decades of land misuse that left topsoil susceptible to the wind. The so called "black blizzards" forced hundreds of thousands of people in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Minnesota to abandon their farms, exacerbating the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression. This image shows a dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935.

  • In Pictures Nuclear power around the world

    A tractor plows a field near the steaming cooling towers of Slovakia's oldest nuclear power plant, Jaslovske Bohunice. The plant was built by a Soviet designer and was upgrated with Western technology.

  • Obama advances nuclear resurgence with US loan guarantees

    Obama advances nuclear resurgence with US loan guarantees

    In announcing $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for the first new nuclear reactors in the US in 30 years, Obama is setting the stage for a nuclear power comeback. But many challenges lie ahead.

  • In Pictures Got your red hat?

    German Bundeswehr army soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wear Santa Claus hats as they attend a Christmas celebration at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Dec. 22.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/22

    Young red deer search for food in their snow-covered enclosure at a park in Hamburg, Germany, on Tuesday.

  • In Pictures Some of the world's most polluted cities

    Heaps of rusted barrels for chemical substances and other rubbish may be observed everywhere in Dzerzhinsk, the city of chemical industry. The city was one of the Soviet Union's most important chemical weapons producers, and the Dzerzhinsk's environmental agency estimates that almost 300,000 tons of chemical waste were dumped between 1930 and 1998. The US Blacksmith Institute has named the city one of the most polluted in the world, citing lead, sarin, lewisite, sulfur mustard, hydrogen cyanide and phosgene as the worst pollutants.