Heavy Water: A film for Chernobyl Produced by Sevent Art Productions A film by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky Poetry by Mario Petrucci "more an art piece than a documentary but is powerfully imagined" - The Telegraph "every frame is a stunning photograph in itself" - The Times "haunting images of the devastation" - Radio Times "this is powerful stuff" - Critic's Choice, Time Out "Both an exquisite indictment of tyranny's disregard for technology, and an articulate elegy for human rights. Magnificent" - The Guardian
English Russia » Lost City of Chernobyl “In matters nuclear one thing is certain: there is no protection in an iron curtain.” A letter in The Times May 3rd, 1986. On the 26th of April 1986 shortly after midnight, to be precise, at 1:23 GMT, there occurred near the Ukrainian town of Chornobyl a tremendous explosion at a huge nuclear power plant, followed by a gradual meltdown of the reactor No. 4. Chornobyl is situated 80 miles north-west of Kiev, the ancient capital of Ukraine and the Soviet Union’s third largest city. It was by far the worst nuclear reactor accident ever, which immediately sent a radioactive cloud across neighbouring Byelorussia, Poland and the Baltic Republics towards Scandinavia.
Nuclear Reactionaries - T. A. Frank Grand old particles: Republican Senators Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee at a 2009 hearing on nuclear power. Photo: Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images. hen the White House released a budget proposal in February calling for $54 billion worth of federal loan guarantees for the construction of nuclear power plants, part of the idea was to woo the other side of the aisle. Congressional Republicans had spent the better part of a year blocking a piece of climate legislation known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, and it was hoped that some nuclear seduction might soften their opposition. Even if the White House had no luck with the GOP, what would be the harm—really—of firing up some new reactors?
It's late and growing colder; darkness gathers in the stairwell, and nothing breaks the silence but the grinding of broken glass underfoot. Outside, the February snow has settled deeply around a Ferris wheel no one has ever ridden; the clock above the municipal swimming pool remains frozen at six minutes to 12. Long after everyone had left, the streetlights still came on every night, and his secret visits to the empty town would frighten Valeri Sluckij a little. But now, at 59, he is used to it: 'It's hard,' he says. 'I spent the best years of my youth here. But you can get used to anything.' Adam Higginbotham: Chernobyl 20 years on | World news | The Observer
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Information Department has released a new report about ongoing work at the facility. In addition to general information, the report provides background radiation measurements at several plant locations. The measurements are (in milli-Sieverts per hour):Administration building - 0.41 mSv/hrVisitor Center near the Sarcophagus (object "Shelter") - 6.93 mSv/hrLocal areas at the Sarcophagus (object "Shelter") - 40.0 mSv/hrPhoto by: Mond Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Current Background Radiation Levels - Chernobyl and Eastern Europe Blog
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My visit to the nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl & Pripyat. Viva Ukraine. : pics A place to share photographs and pictures. Feel free to post your own, but please read the rules first (see below), and note that we are not a catch-all for general images (of screenshots, comics, etc.) Please mark spoilers like this:[text here](/spoiler) Hover over to read.
These photographs of present-day Chernobyl are utterly haunting Even in an orderly evacuation, there are often people who don't want to go for various reasons, or just unruly kids, that might need to be dragged out for their own safety. Most of the news coverage was pretty heavily filtered and censored at the time, so if there were isolated problems, it is unlikely that they'd have been documented well. Of course, given the time elapsed, they may not be blood (all sorts of natural fungus/lichen are rust colored.) Not to be a buzzkill, but I'm guessing that's paint. Or something not at all related to the accident, or evacuation.
Nastassia Astrasheuskaya joined Reuters as a correspondent in December 2010. She was born on Aug. 31, 1989, in the Belarussian city of Mogilev, three years after the nuclear disaster at the Ukrainian Chernobyl, 500 km (320 miles) away. By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - I wasn't even born when Chernobyl blew up, but its deadly legacy haunted my childhood. One girl at my school had six fingers on one hand. 'Chernobyl Baby' Explains Life In A Fallout Zone
WHAT POETRY CAN DO FOR US Resurgence Review, 2004 Philip Gross hears the living voices of Chernobyl. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl Mario Petrucci, Enitharmon, London, 2004. £8.95. resurgence
Mario Petrucci – Interviews Click here for Mario being asked about how he approaches poetry, the 'rules' of poetry, war, science and Chernobyl (Dmytro Drozdovskyi, Ukraine 2006) Click here to read an interview with Melissa Hunt on the nature of poetry for The Loop magazine, March 2008 Click here to read 'Taking the Pulse': an interview for Writewords on Mario's writing practice, April 2005 Click here for Sally Carthew's wide-ranging interview (John Tranter/ Jacket 25) Click here to read Mario's response to the question 'Why do you write?', posed by the Royal Literary Fund, 2009
The Eternities of Poetry An interview with Dmytro Drozdovsyki [Kyiv, Ukraine] How did you start writing? For what reason? What was your road into the Land of Literature? MARIO PETRUCCI
The New Safe Confinement under construction The New Safe Confinement (NSC or New Shelter) is the structure intended to contain the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, Ukraine, part of which was destroyed by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The idea is to prevent the reactor complex from leaking radioactive material into the environment. Originally planned to be in place by 2005, as of 2011[update] the confinement is expected to be completed by the French consortium Novarka in 2015. A part of the Shelter Implementation Plan funded by the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, the NSC is designed to contain the radioactive remains of Chernobyl Unit 4 for the next 100 years. New Safe Confinement
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This paper was prepared for the Eleventh Annual Symposium of the Uranium Institute in London, September 2-4, 1986. PUBLIC OPIONION AND NUCLEAR ENERGY: Sweden after Chernobyl Hans L Zetterberg Sweden after Chernobyl
Chernobyl haunts engineer who alerted world - April 28, 1996 April 26, 1996 Web posted at: UPPSALA, Sweden (Reuter) - Swedish nuclear engineer Cliff Robinson was puzzled when the radiation detector went off as he tried to enter his office at the Forsmark nuclear power plant early in the morning of April 26, 1986. Startled by a second alarm, he checked the radiation levels of a shoe and could not believe his eyes. Readings had soared and there were signs of radioactive substances never seen at Forsmark before. "My first thought was that a war had broken out and that somebody had blown up a nuclear bomb," he told Reuters in an interview.
Background (on) radiation
Europe | Chernobyl 'caused Sweden cancers' More than 800 people in northern Sweden may have developed cancer as a result of the fallout of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, a new study claims. Swedish scientists said the "Chernobyl effect" was the only likely explanation for 849 cancer cases they came across. But their findings met with scepticism from some other experts who think the radiation fallout in Sweden was not likely to cause such a rise in cases. A radioactive cloud swept across north Europe after the disaster in Ukraine. The study monitored cancer cases among more than 1.1 million people exposed to radioactive fallout in northern Sweden between 1988 and 1996. Martin Tondel, a researcher at Sweden's Linkoeping University who headed the study, said that, of 22,400 cancer cases, 849 could be statistically attributed to Chernobyl.
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