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Novozybkov is an agricultural and light industrial city of about 50,000 people, just 160km east of Chernobyl. The Bryansk town remains the most contaminated town in the Russian Federation: the area proclaimed unsuitable for human habitation is marked 1km west of its city boundary. "Midnight in Chernobyl" author Adam Higginbotham speaks about how radioactivity spread across Europe, while former Nuclear Disarmament senator Jo Vallentine shares some stories of how people have been locally affected, and not least of all, how the globally performed Elm Dance (music by Ieva Akurātere) came into being as a Deep Ecology response to environmental grief, and an intention to heal.
(Photo: Novazybkkov, Archicon.rf Creative Commons 4; Map CIA 1996)
All live musical performances are included in our podcasts with the express permission of artists, who reserve all other rights in their music. All music used in our podcasts is licensed under an APRA Community Broadcasting license agreement.
In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.