Animal life thriving around Fukushima

Science Daily  January 6, 2020
Using a network of remote cameras placed along a gradient of radiological contamination and human presence, an international team of researchers (USA – University of Georgia, Japan) collected data on population‐level impacts to wildlife (that is, abundance and occupancy patterns). They found no evidence of population‐level impacts in mid‐ to large‐sized mammals or gallinaceous birds, and show several species were most abundant in human‐evacuated areas, despite the presence of radiological contamination. These data provide unique evidence of the natural rewilding of the Fukushima landscape following human abandonment, and suggest that effects of radiological exposure in mid‐ to large‐sized mammals occur at individual or molecular scales, and do not appear to manifest in population‐level responses…read more. TECHNICAL ARTICLE

Fukushima, Japan map (stock image). Credit: © Blackosaka / Adobe Stock

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