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Radioactive aerosols and rust are spreading across the upper layer of the atmosphere

06.12.2013

 

In summer 2010, devastating forest fires raged in many areas of Russia, including areas that were seriously affected by radioactive contamination in the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986. Green Cross Switzerland has been helping the affected population to help themselves in these areas for many years with the Social and Medical Care Programme. As due to the combustion of contaminated forests, radionuclides could easily spread across large areas via wind and ashes, a hazard expert report on the effects of forest fires in the areas of Chernobyl contaminated by radioactivity was compiled in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Vladimir M. Kusnetsow.

 

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The ten most polluted places of 2013

05.11.2013

 

CH-Zurich, 5 November 2013 – Independent environmental organization Green Cross Switzerland in cooperation with US-based Blacksmith Institute, USA presents a list of the world’s ten most polluted places. These ten sites are spread over eight countries.

 

The latest environmental toxin report shows that the health effects caused by environmental toxins can be equated to some of the most dangerous illnesses worldwide and even surpass them, threatening millions of lives. The World Health Organization estimates that 20 percent of deaths in developing countries are directly caused by environmental effects. It is also believed that almost one fifth of cancer diseases worldwide are linked to environmental toxins. This conspicuously high percentage of assignable cancer deaths is even higher in developing countries. Pollution problems threaten the health of 200 million people worldwide.

 

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Green Cross International’s 20-year anniversary musical: “2050: The Future We Want”

03.09.2013

 

As one of the highlights of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, Green Cross International will present the musical “2050: The Future We Want” in the auditorium of Palais des Nations in Geneva on 3 September, 2013. Under the musical direction of David Gordon and featuring songs by legendary musician Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), an international line-up including youth from around the world will take the audience on a journey to the year 2050. The characters in the musical “2050: The Future We Want” live in the year 2050, when today’s ecological challenges such as climate change, environmental contamination caused by nuclear and industrial technology or water scarcity are overcome and humanity is at peace with itself and nature.

 

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Green Cross Switzerland Calls for Worldwide Withdrawal from Power Generation by Nuclear Power Plants

08.08.2013

 

As an environmental organisation that has focused on the long-term consequences of the Chernobyl reactor disaster for almost two decades, Green Cross Switzerland is profoundly concerned about the extent of land contaminated by radioactivity in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima reactor accident on 11 March 2011. Like Chernobyl, this tragic event in Japan shows that there is no such thing as "zero risk". Where nuclear power is involved, an accident has far-reaching consequences that will last centuries – both for the economy, and for society in the affected region. Nuclear power plants also represent an economic cluster risk on account of the vast quantities of energy that they produce.

 

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People in the contaminated Chernobyl area are struggling with long-term consequences such as depression, anxiety and suicide

25.04.2013

 

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, contaminating large areas of what are now modern-day Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. In addition to radiation exposure and the related cancer risks, the disaster also led to several acute and chronic stressors in people’s lives. Principal among these health effects are psychological consequences, including ongoing psychological stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diminished well-being, manifesting themselves in depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.

 

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