posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 04:24 PM
This isn't exactly news, as it was published in March;but I couldn't find a thread about this study, so here it is. I posted it in the Science board
to accentuate it's scientific significance, although I picture it would fit in Fragile Earth as well.
LONDON (Reuters) - Radiation has affected animals living near the site of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear disaster far more than was previously thought,
a study showed Wednesday, challenging beliefs that local wildlife was on the rebound.
The study showed that numbers of bumble-bees, butterflies, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates were lower in contaminated sites than other
areas because of high levels of radiation left over from the blast more than 20 years ago.
The findings challenge earlier research that suggested animal populations were rebounding around the site of the Chernobyl explosion in Ukraine, which
forced thousands to abandon their homes and evacuate the area.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I've been wondering how life has been treating the creatures at Chernobyl - it occurred to me that I had no idea at all. The article states that
there has been a lack of studies on this subject as well: this particular study was lead by Anders Moller, a researcher at the National Center for
Scientific Research in France. At any rate, seems life over there is not too bright (unless you observe it through a radiation detector).
The article I initially read contained a photo from 1989, property of corbis.com, of a deformed calf. A small warning is in order, it's not too
pretty - but to me it gave at least some illustration of what's going on, even though the photo appears to be 20 years old. Couldn't find other
from article on MosNews
[edit on 25-6-2009 by scraze]