Green Cross Switzerland, in cooperation with Prof. Jonathan M. Samet, Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California (USC), presents the first comprehensive report regarding the costs of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The Chernobyl cost report shows the findings of an extensive review of existing literature to obtain a more precise estimate of the financial value of all the negative effects of a reactor accident. This advances the understanding of society’s awareness of the effective costs of nuclear energy, reflecting not only the construction, operation and shutdown of a plant, but also the costs of nuclear disasters. The new report provides an overview of the financial costs of the Chernobyl reactor accident over the past 30 years.


Chernobyl Costs Report 2016 (PDF 744 KB)


A study on the long-term effects of the Chernobyl disaster brings a new perspective on the consequences: In addition to cancer the reactor accident also contributed to non-cancer diseases and neuropsychological effects (Chernobyl-Study 2014) (PDF 1.0 MB)


Chronik 1986 (PDF 64 KB) (PDF 64 KB in German)


Tschernobyl und die Folgen (PDF 2.8 MB in German)


Ernährung in kontaminierten Gebieten (PDF 588 KB in German)


Ernährung in kontaminierten Gebieten (PDF 548 KB in French)


Radiation Hotspots (JPG)

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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