Ground deposition of 137Cs after the Chernobyl accident
The Chernobyl nuclear accident was a devasting catastrophe with effects measurable over a huge distance. This map shows areas that have elevated levels of cesium 137 in Nordic area, in the years after the Chernobyl accident.
13 Feb 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
No shelter - refugees, sanitation and slums
In the face of any calamity we instinctively take refuge under a roof. This is little use against a chemical or nuclear accident, but for many there is no other resort. The number of people currently living in shanty towns is rising in all the big cities of the developing world, where
urban growth is generally uncontrolled. The map shows how small the proportion of city dwellers with improved access to sanitation in many places is, giving an ide...
01 Feb 2006 - by Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The continental scale of the Chernobyl accident
The accident involving reactor meltdown and massive release of radioactivity occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant situated seven kilometres south of the Ukraine- Belarus border, at the confluence of the Pripyat and Dnieper rivers. Radioactive fallout affected not only Ukraine and Belarus, but also nearby Russia and countries as far away as Sweden and the UK.
01 Nov 2007 - by Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal