30th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident ever

On 26 April 1986, the reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant exploded in Ukraine, near Kiev, releasing large quantities of radioactive particles higher than 500 Hiroshima atomic bombs, spreading over a dust cloud which reached the U.K., generating three tons of radioactive materials.

Over 2500 people lost their lives directly, 93000 cases of derivate cancer, 5000 suicides, and also countless malformations, are the consequence of that radioactive disaster. Indirectly, more than 200.000 people died.

Chernobyl has been closed and dismantling since 2000. In November, an arch-shaped steel structure will be placed over the reactor number four, the one which exploded, and it will protect from any radioactive leakage. Despite all, there is a lack of cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in Chernobyl, even though nuclear security must be an activity field more important than politics.

Three decades without any human

Even though the disaster, the human inactivity of the area have caused a surprising increase of the animal population: there are seventh times more wolves than in closer reserves, elks, wild boars, roes and deers. Even bears.

Analyzing historical data, researchers conclude that the animal population didn’t suffer extraordinary damages, after the first six months of the accident, when the high level of radioactivity damaged the health and the reproduction, but not in the long run.

Today is our planet’s birthday, sad day before knowing that the global temperatures continue to rise.

Today’s Earth Day, when we celebrate the birth of our planet, since the 22th of April of 1970. Then, laws about environment protection were enacted, the first one was named “Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species”.

Nevertheless, bad news on this day, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), confirmed that march of 2016 was the hottest month ever since 1880 when the American agency started working.

In March, we record temperatures in parts of Brazil, east and middle of Africa, south Asia, and north and east of Australia. At the same time, an unusual cold was detected in the northeast of Canada, northeast of Africa and part of the south-middle of America.

The average temperatures of Earth and oceans was about 1,22 degrees centigrade higher to the average of 12,7 of the XX century, accordingly the last monthly report of the Agency. The temperature in march was 0,32 degrees higher than the same month last year. The previous ten months had record temperatures compared to other years.

2015 exceed every temperature average and was the hottest moth ever, although we could surely confirm that 2016 would record this statistic.

Today is the day to pause for thought about the protection we owe our planet which brings us home and life.

Happy 2016 Earth Day!

50% of the Natural World’s Heritage, at serious risk

Dalberg Global Development Advisors’ report, said that every industry related to the exploitation of oil and gas, mining or the massive tree felling around or inside these natural areas, are seriously threatening our Natural World’s Heritage, declared by UNESCO.

114 from 229 spaces are at risk, and 12 of them are located in the European Union. Among this list we can find the National Park of Doñana, Madeira Laurisilva’s Forest, the National Park of Pirin or the Plitvice Lakes.

These areas must receive the utmost protection, and the factors that put at risk their survival should be frustrated. Nowadays, this protection is completely ineffective, commented the general manager of WWF.

He supports the idea of increasing the value of our Natural World’s Heritage and the countless benefits these heritages provide, by setting up real sustainable alternatives and refusing funding damaging industries for the environment.