Last week, I posted on how politics skews the reporting of scientific research, citing the gap between the Chernobyl statistics of the U.N. and Greenpeace (4000 projected deaths, v. 90,000, resp.). But wherever the true number of casualties and lives affected lies, there is no doubt that this was a serious wake-up call to all of us, especially poorly run communist or rogue nations that fail to take safety precautions and maintenance of these facilities seriously.
Today is the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl, and here is an amazing narrated picture show about it. Be sure to hit PLAY after the intro to see the whole thing, or open up the menu.
You MUST also visit Elena’s motorbike ride through Chernobyl to see her pictorial essay of the area – amazing and sobering (click on "The map").