Europe’s unlikeliest wildlife sanctuary: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/nuclear_power/2013/01/wildlife_in_chernobyl_debate_over_mutations_and_populations_of_plants_and.single.html
..."Chernobyl’s abundant and surprisingly normal-looking wildlife has
shaken up how biologists think about the environmental effects of
radioactivity. The idea that the world’s biggest radioactive wasteland
could become Europe’s largest wildlife sanctuary is completely
counterintuitive for anyone raised on nuclear dystopias. The news
isn’t good for all animals. Many species that like human
company—swallows, white storks, pigeons—mostly left the region along
with the people. Also, small creatures seem to be more vulnerable to the
effects of radiation than large ones. That may be why Chernobyl rodents
studied in the 1990s had shorter life spans and smaller litters than
their counterparts outside the zone. Stag beetles had uneven horns. But
it didn’t affect their population numbers. And because the health of
wild animal species is usually judged by their numbers rather than the
conditions of individuals, Chernobyl wildlife is considered healthy.
According to all the population counts performed by Ukraine and Belarus
over the past 27 years, there is enormous animal diversity and
abundance. The prevailing scientific view of the exclusion zone has
become that it is an unintentional wildlife sanctuary. This conclusion
rests on the premise that radiation is less harmful to wildlife
populations than we are."
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