Are nature’s victims of the world’s worst nuclear disaster adapting?
Depending on who you ask, nuclear power is either the savior of humanity, or the creation that will inevitably destroy us all. I, for one, see great possibilities. But whatever your stance may be on the touchy subject, there is no denying that we have had some seriously scary moments with it — both before and after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Back in 1979, there was the Three Mile Island accident in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, and more recently the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan just three years ago. There have been quite a few other misadventures and close calls as well, but the Chernobyl catastrophe remains the worst regarding deaths, subsequent health issues, financial damage and overall long-term ramifications.
In this video produced by The New York Times, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, a biologist from the University of South Carolina, shows us some of the the tragic findings his research has uncovered in the years since he first visited in 1999. What some believed to be an area in recovery, if not completely restored, is in fact, still brimming with what should be intolerable levels of radioactivity for most living things to thrive.
Almost thirty years later, the animals and plant life in the vicinity are still being affected by the aftermath of the disaster in Chernobyl, but they may be adapting.