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Chernobyl Nuclear power plant
“Good evening, comrades. All of you know that
there has been an incredible misfortune – the accident at the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant. It has painfully affected the Soviet people, and
shocked the international community. For the first time, we confront
the real force of nuclear energy, out of control”
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, May 1986
Produce an informative essay illustrated from
website images, in the style of a contemporary newspaper report
using a publishing package such as Microsoft Publisher.
You will need to structure your article using the
type of pollution was created?
What was the scale of the
What are the SOURCE(s),
PATH(s) AND SINK(s)?
What is the history of
nuclear power in the former Soviet Union?
Who was responsible for the
pollution and what was their attitude to pollution?
What were the impacts of the event? –
Social, Economic, Environmental
How was the pollution monitored / managed?
What would be the ideal management
A list of useful websites has been included to
help you with your research. You can also try and find out more from
other sites – think about using some of the Environmental sites such
as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Remember though, all of the sites you use will
have some kind of bias, so make sure you either give a balanced
view or note at the end of the article which way it is biased.
A website showing satellite images of the site before and after the
A comprehensive site offering lots of background information on the
The Ukranian Chernobyl site, full of useful links.
A Belarusian scientist gives his personal recollections of the
secrecy that, in the crucial period immediately following the Chernobyl
accident, left the unsuspecting public exposed to fallout
Internal Soviet documents relating the accident.
Official World Nuclear association site highlighting the Chernobyl
The UN site detailing the disaster.
Maps and images from the area.
Radiation and other health issues in the Chernobyl area.
A New Scientist article looking at current/future policy to prevent
Chernobyl style accidents.