Title: Beautiful and harmless in nuclear plants
Source: The Hindu
Author: R. Prasad
Date: October 8, 2012
[...] 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.
[...] 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. [...]
- Japan Times: Study finds 'abnormalities' in 52% of second generation offspring from butterflies collected May 2011 -- Unusually small wings, premature death
- Biologist on Mutated Butterflies: Study is overwhelming in its implications for humans -- Japan Researcher: Insects were believed to be very resistant to radiation -- Irregularly developed eyes, malformed antennae, much smaller wings (PHOTO)
- Comparison image shows severe mutation of Japan butterfly's stump-like wings (PHOTO) -- Reporter: "Scary" that humans could be affected by mutations too
- More images of deformed butterflies after Fukushima -- Wings folded over, rumpled, much different sizes (PHOTOS)
Published: October 13th, 2012 at 5:27 am ET