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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:32 AM
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Chernobyl 25 years later: Many lessons learned - by Mikhail Gorbachev
This was published shortly before Fukushima,
in the March issue of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:
http://bos.sagepub.com/content/67/2/77.full

Chernobyl 25 years later: Many lessons learned
Mikhail Gorbachev

The catastrophic accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine was one of the worst man-made disasters of the twentieth century. Two and a half decades later, the nuclear accident offers many lessons for preventing, managing, and recovering from such a horrible event, as well as specific lessons for the further development of nuclear power.

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... The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident is an important historic milestone to remind ourselves of this solemn duty. Furthermore, it is also the perfect time to address four key and related issues:

Prevention

First of all, it is vitally important to prevent any possibility of a repetition of the Chernobyl accident. ...

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To end the vicious cycle of poverty versus safe environment, the world must quickly transition to efficient, safe, and renewable energy, which will bring enormous economic, social, and environmental benefits. As the global population continues to expand, and the demand for energy production grows, we must invest in alternative and more sustainable sources of energywind, solar, geothermal, hydroand widespread conservation and energy efficiency initiatives as safer, more efficient, and more affordable avenues for meeting both energy demands and conserving our fragile planet.

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Author biography

Mikhail Gorbachev former President of the Soviet Union, was awarded the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War. Today, as the Founding President of Green Cross International (Global Green USA being the US affiliate among its 32 national chapters), he heads the international Climate Change Task Force and guides Green Crosss practical work in healing Chernobyls wounds.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:47 AM
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1. The BBC made an excellent account a few years ago:
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:38 AM
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2. I haven't seen that - looks good - thanks. nt
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:47 AM
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