Neuropsychological long-term consequences of the Chernobyl disaster

In addition to radiation exposure and the associated risks of cancer, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster triggered various acute and chronic stressors among the people living in the area. These health impairments include primarily psychological consequences, such as ongoing psychological stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and diminished well-being, manifesting themselves in depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.


Taking all exposure combinations into account, the authors of the Chernobyl study conclude that, to this day, up to 10 million people have been affected. The present findings on the neuropsychological long-term consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in children, adults and workers consistently show adverse effects.


These are the findings of a Green Cross study carried out under the direction of Professor Jonathan M. Samet, Director of the USC Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California (USC), in cooperation with local partners in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.


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Environmental Reports


Since 2007, the yearly environmental toxin reports published by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute have been instrumental in increasing public understanding of the health impacts of toxic pollutants and their sources.


The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 describes known environmental toxins and points to their industrial applications and most frequent health effects. In addition, the Report identifies the ten most important sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances. It also shows that the health impacts of industrial pollutants measured are roughly equal to those of the three major global infectious diseases AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


The Environmental Toxin Report 2011 is based on the estimated number of people affected by the sources of pollution, as well as the number of locations, identified worldwide, where environmental toxins occur in concentrations that are detrimental to health. Reports on the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and the worst pollution problems were issued in the years 2008 and 2010. The environmental report published in 2009 contains case studies concerning successful remediation projects.

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