RADIOACTIVE WOLVES OF CHERNOBYL – SCARY MUTATIONS
Here is the title of a documentary I spent about an hour watching on-line. It’s very good, beautifully filmed AND accompanied by an intelligent commentary. It was time well spent.
The overall conclusion: All the fauna – with one exception – in the deserted, evacuated area around Chernobyl, Ukraine, is thriving, especially the wolves. They, the pinnacle species there, are reproducing at a fast clip. They show no evidence of genetic abnormality. They look good; they act normal and better.
Other species that did not even exist in the region before the nuclear meltdown of 1986 like it there. They are also multiplying beyond all expectations. There are, for example, bisons and wild horses.
The exception is one species of tiny field mice which are showing a rate of abnormality twice the normal; it’s about 5%. I agree with the commentary that such a high rate would be unacceptable in humans. But the mice are tiny, as I said, and they live mostly right in the ground which is known to be heavily contaminated.
The real conclusion that was pronounced with only half-spoken words: The evacuation of nearly all people from the area around Chernobyl allowed the spontaneous formation of one of the best – or of the best – nature preserves in Europe. That’s radiations notwithstanding.
My conclusion (but I am a nasty old man): The nuclear worst happened in Chernobyl, a disaster, and there were no awful long-term consequences for any creatures health.
Then why is it not the case that those who are terrified of global warming try to slow down the process decisively by advocating the construction of many nuclear power plants? Just asking.