Chernobyl disaster: Exclusion zone around plant has become wildlife haven ‘on par with nature reserves’

Oct 6, 2015

PA

By Steve Connor

The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, which was evacuated in 1986 after a devastating explosion and fire, has become a wildlife haven on a par with heavily-protected nature reserves, scientists have found.

A detailed survey of the huge forested area around the stricken plant has revealed that it is teeming with large animals such elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar and wolves despite being contaminated with radioactive fallout

The scientists found no evidence to support earlier studies suggesting that wildlife in the region had suffered from the radiation released after the Chernobyl accident of 1986 which sent plumes of radioactive emissions across much of northern Europe, causing radiation “hotspots” within the exclusion zone.


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3 comments on “Chernobyl disaster: Exclusion zone around plant has become wildlife haven ‘on par with nature reserves’

  • @OP A detailed survey of the huge forested area around the stricken plant has revealed that it is teeming with large animals such elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar and wolves despite being contaminated with radioactive fallout

    While radiation damage to genetic material and cancers in individuals may have a negative effect on populations, the levels of reproduction and absence of negative effects on the environment by humans and their activities, more than compensates.

    There is a similar effect on demilitarised zones in conflict areas, and army firing ranges, where the general absence of large numbers of humans exploiting the environment by farming etc. gives wild life a boost, far in excess of the negative effects of local activities of the few remaining humans – even if they are playing with explosives or heavy vehicles!



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    Cairsley says:

    Thanks for that insight, Alan. The link to the source article is not working for me, but what I read here of it and your brief comment make for some good news about the recovery of nature in that region after that sorry Chernobyl business. We humans are the biggest problem on the planet.



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