When will humans be able to return?

The area has accidentally become one of Europe’s largest nature preserves, serving as a clear testament to the detrimental impact of humans on wildlife.

There are ongoing arguments about whether the Exclusion Zone will ever be inhabitable for humans again.

Ukraine’s state authorities said in 2011 that the area could be occupied within 320 years, while Greenpeace and Chernobyl director Ihor Gramotkin both said more recently that it would likely be upwards of 20,000 years.

The long-term success of the region’s ecological recovery won’t be fully understood for many years, but there are already clear lessons to be learnt.

Sources:

  • https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_831699_en.html
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982215009884
  • https://ourworldindata.org/what-was-the-death-toll-from-chernobyl-and-fukushima

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