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US agency CDC had predicted COVID-19. Ebola, SARs were nature’s alarm bells. Yet, human greed and narrow parochial goals suppressed those warnings.
The coronavirus epidemic is a crisis for public health, economy and even for China’s upper ranks. But that doesn’t make it a catalyst in the mould of Chernobyl.
Tehran’s responses to the incident was similar to that of Moscow’s after Cherbnobyl — denial, grudging acknowledgment and an apology. But Ali Khamenei is not Mikhail Gorbachev.
The partial meltdown and release of radiation in 1979 at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is an enduring symbol of all that can go wrong with American nuclear energy.
Ukraine has grossly mismanaged Chernobyl in the last quarter of a century, but it has been honest about its condition and needs.
On 26 July, a large group of experts published a paper attributing a radiation cloud that spread over Europe in 2017 to an undeclared accident in Russia.
The biodiversity in the Chernobyl exclusion zone shows wildlife is more resistant to radiation than previously thought.