Forest Fires Are Setting Chernobyl’s Radiation Free. Trees now cover most of the exclusion zone, and climate change is making them more likely to burn. For now, Chernobyl’s forests and grasslands are continuing to process cesium, strontium, and other radionuclides. Even the roots of the contorted trees in the Red Forest are taking up radionuclides, holding and stabilizing them in an ecosystem’s gift to the humans who created these contaminants. That process promises to continue—at least until the August fire season gets underway.
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