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Stories by John Wendle

Damaged Bears Find Solace in Rehab

Watch how Carpathian brown bears, scarred by the practice of training bears to dance for entertainment, are being given the chance to live out their lives in an environment tailored to creature comfort.

July 20, 2017 — John Wendle and Andrew Golden

Containing Chernobyl for the Next 100 Years

Thirty years after Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, the building built around the site has reached the end of its expected life span. The New Safe Confinement is a gigantic steel arch that will fit over the old protective shell—the “sarcophagus” built by the Soviet Union soon after the explosion. The new arch will slide into place sometime in 2017, preventing the spread of radioactivity.

April 21, 2016 — John Wendle