War in the shadow of nuclear power plants. The conflict in Ukraine has shown why nuclear power has no future in Europe

2022 - 03 - 07
Image grab from a video released by Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday Feb 26, 2022 purportedly shows Russian soldiers guarding Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat,  Ukraine, after seizing the compound in the first day of invasion. Credit line: Profimedia

The ongoing war in Ukraine is changing the view on the European energy industry. A few initial days have already seen fighting in the vicinity of two nuclear power plants. Near the decommissioned nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, where the disaster in 1986 occurred, and near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is one of the largest in the world. The latter was even shelled by the Russian army during the fighting.

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Image grab from a video released by Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday Feb 26, 2022 purportedly shows Russian soldiers guarding Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat,  Ukraine, after seizing the compound in the first day of invasion. Credit line: Profimedia
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Three young female aurochs were added to the wild horses in the wetland reserve today

2022 - 02 - 21

As of today, three young females of the bred-back aurochs graze in the wetland reserve on the banks of the River Luznice, southern Bohemia. Conservationists transferred them there from the former Milovice military area, near Prague, where herds of large ungulates have been helping save endangered flower and butterfly species since 2015.

The female aurochs complemented the herd of wild horses which has been occupying the wetland reserve on the banks of the River Luznice …

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Flowers from the Red List of Endangered Species have been helped by the grazing of wild horses and European bison, scientific research has shown

2022 - 01 - 27

In The grazing of wild horses and other large ungulates in the former military area  Milovice, near Prague, has helped increase numbers of rare flowers in the location which are included on the Red List of Endangered Species of the Czech Republic. Over the course of seven years, it has also turned the originally monotonous covers of a few grass species into species-rich flowery meadows. This was shown by research conducted by scientists of the …

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Large herbivores have significantly helped endangered butterflies. Their numbers have risen by hundreds of percent over a five-year period

2021 - 12 - 29

In the past five years, the number of butterflies in the large herbivore reserve in the former military training area of Milovice near Prague has grown significantly. While carrying out regular monitoring, scientists have found out that the number of butterflies has increased from 4,592 in 2016 to 12,506 in 2021. That means an increase by 172 percent. The numbers of the rarest butterfly, the mountain Alcon blue, have even grown by 1,700 percent.

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A tenth large ungulate reserve has been created in Central Europe thanks to the European Wildlife conservation organization

2021 - 12 - 08

The tenth large ungulate reserve in Central Europe was opened today. Conservationists released wild horses into wetland meadows near Nyrany in the west of the Czech Republic. It is the third large ungulate reserve in the region, and the tenth reserve of its type to be created in Central Europe with the involvement of European Wildlife.

“The wetlands are located in the place of a former pond. It is a place of interest for nature …

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