Chernobyl disaster after almost 23 years

February 18th, 2009

This morning I was having breakfast while watching this interesting documentary about wild life in the Chernobyl area. I still remember those days of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The fear for clouds that could spread radioactivity across Europe. I remember, years later, the news about malformed children and animals and so on. The documentary has been played by Discovery HD Theater channel:

Chernobyl: Life In The Dead Zone: The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident was hastily abandoned by panic-stricken humans over 20 years ago. Only a number of house pets and indigenous wild animals remained. To the surprise of scientists, they not have not only survived, but thrived.

In the documentary they where showing how nature was getting back that area that cannot be populated by humans anymore. Surprisingly, it seems that the suspected genetic mutations have been really rare and many species are not only surviving but increasing in numbers. It seems that the complete food chain has been reestablished. Dears, wolfs, bears and all sort of wild animals of all dimensions are proliferating and taking control of the area, visiting the ruins of houses, schools and so on. I found interesting the story of a cat that was still living by the ruins of a house (where probably its ancestors where living). The cat is now acting as a wild animal, hunting for feeding the kittens. Fighting and strategizing for protecting the kittens from the wolfes. In summary, it seems that mother nature can reestablish life where humans have been able to take life away.

Chernobyl area Spring 2007 - Elena Filatova

Talking about this with a friend he pointed me to this website by Elena Filatova. The website collects pictures of the Chernobyl area taken in the last years. Elena wrote: If I had to express what I do in Chernobyl in a few words, I’d say, from year to year I only observe how world of materials objects dissolve into nothingness.

Artic Sea Ice News Website

February 10th, 2009

Recently I read an article claiming that the ice in the Artic sea has grown really fast this year going back to the level of 1979. And honestly, I felt happy for those poor polar bears that are obliged to swim for many miles for moving from one site to another (with the inevitable lost of many cubs).


Then I discovered this website and thing became a little more clear. In fact after a rapid initial increase, January extent remained well below normal. I would suggest to take a look of the last 30 years trend.