Title: World News – Fewer female birds after Chernobyl, study finds; same true at Fukushima?
Author: Miguel Llanos
Date: Apr. 19, 2012
Scientists are focusing on Japan’s Fukushima area after a study published this week found an alarming development at another nuclear disaster site — Chernobyl.
The proportion of female birds has fallen off since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, the study found [...]
[Study co-author Tim Mousseau, a University of South Carolina biologist is] expecting even worse results at Fukushima. [...]
Mousseau interviewed by msnbc.com
- “The Chernobyl zone is a population sink, or an ecological trap, that brings in new birds each year but these birds suffer lower survival”
- “In the more contaminated areas, most birds were yearlings, suggesting that survival rates were significantly lower in these areas than in clean ones”
- [At Fukushima] “our expectation was that it would take many years and many generations of exposure for the cumulative effects” to show as they have in Chernobyl
- “However, once we started our field work we realized that contamination levels were much higher than expected, even in July when we did our surveys and it is likely that doses to these birds were very high in March and April when many of the birds were arriving to the area to initiate breeding”
Read the report here
Published: April 20th, 2012 at 12:29 am ET