Nuclear industry publishes coffee table book featuring images of butterflies at nuke plants (PHOTO)

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 5:27 am ET
By
Email Article Email Article
30 comments


Title: Beautiful and harmless in nuclear plants
Source: The Hindu
Author: R. Prasad
Date: October 8, 2012

7 EDENS AND 70 FAIRIES; Published by Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Mumbai

[...] when the colourful photographs of butterflies are printed in a 24×30 cm size, and brought out as a book, the effects get pronounced. [...]

Having shot the butterflies in the exclusion zones that surround each nuclear power reactor, the book begins by explaining in brief the characteristic features of the zone of every reactor. A few photographs that go along with the text give the readers an idea of how verdant these zones are.

These pages on the exclusion zones are sure to surprise many readers as nuclear power plants, by default, are assumed to be barren lands bereft of any fauna and flora. To that effect the book goes beyond the primary objective and dispels such notions.

Fukushima Butterfly (Bottom)

[...] the coffee-table book is a must have for every nature lover [...]

True, the book, which has been produced through funding provided by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), does not in any way mention the presence of butterflies near the plants as a proof of low radiation emissions let out by the nuclear plants. It will also be wrong to assume that the sole intent of NPCIL was to drive home this message. But in the light of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe, many readers are bound to think otherwise. The wrong association is bound to be reinforced by those who have read reports of scientists finding severe abnormalities in butterflies — adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) — collected from near Fukushima nuclear power plants after the catastrophe. [...]

See also:

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 5:27 am ET
By
Email Article Email Article
30 comments

Related Posts

  1. Bloomberg: Mexico abandons plans to build 10 nuke plants — Fukushima causing nations around world to reconsider energy future November 4, 2011
  2. “I’m definitely against nuclear power plants” says boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko: “Fukushima will be there for 1000s of years — They cannot clean it up just like that” March 2, 2012
  3. Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant — 6,500 square feet — “Partial failure of the wall slabs” (PHOTO) February 13, 2013
  4. Scientists: “The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life” — We have to rethink exposure levels from nuclear plants November 18, 2012
  5. French nuclear giant Areva temporarily shuts down 2 uranium plants in wake of Fukushima September 15, 2011

30 comments to Nuclear industry publishes coffee table book featuring images of butterflies at nuke plants (PHOTO)

  • Geesh, I had a short conversation today with 2 college/university educated professionals about radiation & the effects it can have on the DNA of living beings, & both basically tried to brush that off by saying there is no direct link between radioactive isotopes in the environment & people coming down with cancer.

    It's a intellectual war out here where the burden of proof is put upon the constituent, while the employees of the employer shuffle around the core issues to ensure the continuation of of said employment that keeps the world going round 7 round. 1 professional said they were receiving chemo therapy & that it was no big thing, while the other basically insisted that he couldn't do a good job unless he nuked (scan) my daughters face with new technology that prevented problems from pulling wisdom teeth.

    Really, come on. How many billions of people on this planet & now we can't live with direct sonar going into our skulls for a picture to pull out a tooth???????


    Report comment

  • Other thing, the whole process of doctors choosing to rely on X-rays in my opinion exploits the system. It's just another means to filter funds away from other research or technologies, & serves to silence truth based on patents that lay dormant as cure alternatives that we the masses, may never know about. Yet, they the masses choose to ignore what they learned in school.

    Call it public Russian Roulette.


    Report comment

  • & of course, the burden of proof is placed squarely on me to produce written/readable documentation on the fact that isotopes cause mutations in the human DNA. That's also to not mention that radiation can kill you.

    So, crazy mom is crazy while those who serve the public are not.


    Report comment

  • Thus, butterflies can co-exist peacefully with a nuclear site on a clear day, while the rest of us can stand in awe.


    Report comment

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you're apparently having fun this morning. BTW. Did you mention to your friends, there's no connection between lung cancer and cigarette smoking? Before you ask the question, make sure you stand back a few yards and they're not sipping coffee…


      Report comment

      • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

        The government and tobacco companies have know for years that cigarettes are loaded with isotopes from all the testing fallout.

        The companies even knew how to was over 90% of the chemicals away, but it would have ionized the nicotine thus making it harder to absorb into the blood stream.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yFHKE3kRDA

        http://www.epa.gov/radiation/sources/tobacco.html


        Report comment

      • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

        Brilliant observation, Aftershock.

        Half of them would probably run out of the room shrieking if they were forced to inhale a single molecule of cigarette smoke, yet they'll try to explain how safe minute amounts of radiation are.


        Report comment

        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          you're too much fun ForwardAssist! Love the shrieking thing! Takes real courage overcoming double-standards in ones thinking…


          Report comment

          • Radio VicFromOregon

            Let's not forget for us older folks that doctors use to do billboard, radio and television ads as spoke people for various cigarette manufacturers. The doctors were promoting smoking as good for nerves and relaxation. The ads were taken off the air sometime in the mid sixties. Just as one of those funny connection things, we were also all practicing drills where we would climb under our little desks at school, cover our heads with our little skinny arms and close our eyes real tight. This was so we could survive a nuclear detonation in case of a nuclear war.


            Report comment

  • JustmeAlso

    http://www.npcil.nic.in/
    ''myth: nuclear energy is dangerous''
    How to put a spin on the safety myth!
    Let the people of Chernobyl and Fukushima and the whole globe know the real dangers of nuke power!

    Nuclear safety is a myth!!


    Report comment

  • Mack Mack

    "Mutant Butterflies Found After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster In Japan"

    "Researchers in Japan say they have found evidence that radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident has caused the mutation of dozens of butterflies.

    Features such as stunted wings, irregularly developed eyes, disfigured antennas and different color patterns found in butterflies from irradiated regions have led scientists to say they have found evidence to suggest a link between the genetic mutations and the radioactive material that was leaked into the environment last year."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/fukushima-mutant-butterflies_n_1777180.html


    Report comment

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    The book title: "7 EDENS AND 70 FAIRIES" – may as well go for the biggest lies possible. Fairy tales, of all things, wow!

    The article title: "Beautiful and harmless in nuclear plants". Subliminally the word "in" disappears for a reader – this is serious spin. Nasty stuff.

    For some reason, I keep finding fresh examples of nuke industry spin, censorship and propaganda today. Here's an account of one I hadn't seen before:

    http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Everyone%20Else/pages-11/Japanese-seismologist-feels-vindicated-by-Fukushima-disaster-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side-2011-11-22.html


    Report comment

  • arclight arclight

    this one from the daily mail uk, in depth piece..

    Butterfly studies demonstrate how radiation effects are passed on to later generations

    "..It said that ‘artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No 1)
    nuclear power plant caused physiological and genetic damage’ to pale
    grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan.
    ‘Sensitivity (to irradiation) varies between species, ….. Abnormalities such as unusually small wings were found in
    12 per cent of the total. But the rate rose to 18 per cent in a second
    generation produced through mating among the butterflies collected and
    some even died before reaching adulthood…….."

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/14/butterfly-studies-demonstrate-how-radiation-effects-are-passed-on-to-later-generations/

    of course they are trying to show a response to the masses of butterfly data on the web

    "Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has spent 20 years travelling around the world, mostly in Europe, capturing and studying over 16,000 insects, many living in the vicinity of nuclear power stations, or other artificial sources of radiation. Her conclusion, not surprisingly, is that exposure to radiation increases the chances of deformity."

    loads more info on cornelia here
    http://enenews.com/photographer-ray-like-image-shows-radioactivity-spreads-body-fukushima-wildlife-photos/comment-page-1#comment-240903


    Report comment

  • or-well

    I'm the Ugly Butterfly.
    No one took MY picture,
    nor any of my relatives
    in the zone restricted.

    I don't begrudge the others fame,
    in fact, I'm quite delighted;
    at least we have SOME place to live.
    I hope SOME won't be gene-blighted.

    Perhaps the beauty of the best
    will stir some human hearts,
    perhaps they'll ask why they're bereft
    of my kind in their parts.

    I'd gladly go and be dissected
    for my sad mutation,
    to show how we are being affected
    by nuclear radiation.

    The bees agree and so do bugs
    that feed on poisoned plants,
    We ALL can't be swept under rugs
    despite pro-nukers rants.

    All, scroll down arclights second link
    from post @ 9:40 above for the older
    post arc provided on that thread.


    Report comment

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Brilliant..a perfect documentation of the effects of radiation.
    I assume they will also publish a book of their own mutated children.
    Ya..let them sit down..check the mutations in detail.
    They have saved biologists..endless hours.

    It will surely be an in-industry favorite.
    May they fondle it..


    Report comment

  • @ Many Moons, I think it's going to be an uphill battle in many degrees to get educated persons involved to participate in the dismantling of the over use of radiological technologies, as somewhere along the way many have seemed to have lost their social, ethical & common thinking caps along the way. Unfortunately, these people have been indoctrinated into a certain lifestyle & ideology that makes them right to their opinions, or to the opinions of those they follow in terms of educated guesses, assumptions &/or risks to those teachings. For many, it means money in the bank so to rock a boat or two would only push the instigator to the outside of the club, & not to a place where people who live in comfort want to be.

    When you're deemed uneducated, or separated from the 'know' due to income level, personal status &/or by economical circumstances you're not seen as a equal & therefore, what you say becomes moot as the majority barrel forward with their conceptions of what they think is right.

    At any rate, this is not you typical Fukushima video on the net, but at least I'm still trying to keep the subject out there, & even if I don't get many hits today, I'm leaving a legacy as a reference point for future discussions.

    Fukushima – Life on the Fly 23

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKVc8kZywrQ&feature=plcp


    Report comment

  • michellemamarn

    Well, here is the "why" behind releasing this coffee table book in India right now…http://www.deccanherald.com/content/284797/india-australia-begin-n-cooperation.html Media spin- in advance.


    Report comment

  • ML

    Will some botanist in this community publish the quintessential companion book to 7 Edens and 70 Fairies? Market it as such. Maybe it will outsell 7 Edens.


    Report comment

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    Admin, may be enenews should publish an anti-nuclear coffee book to counter blance!?


    Report comment