Effects of forest fires in the Chernobyl region

Devastating forest fires raged in many areas of Russia in the summer of 2010, including some regions with heavy radioactive contamination resulting from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Through its Social and Medical Care programme, Green Cross Switzerland has been providing aid to these areas for many years to help the affected population to help themselves. Because radionuclides generated by the combustion of contaminated wood could easily be spread by wind and ash across widespread areas, a study on the hazards of the effects of forest fires in the radioactively contaminated Chernobyl region was initiated in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Vladimir. M. Kusnetsow.


Detailed information on the analyses that were conducted is available for downloading here.


Link PDF study:

Fire Hazard Assessment for the Forests Located in the Radiation-Contaminated Areas of Bryansk Region of the Russian Federation, Moscow-Bryansk 2011 (536 KB)

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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