Ruined amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine

Кто хуже: люди или Чернобыльская катастрофа?

ПОРТСМУТ – Почти 30 лет прошло с момента ядерной аварии на Чернобыльской АЭС и научное сообщество до сих пор спорит о влиянии радиации на экосистему, которая окружает реактор. Недавно, вместе с другими учеными, я изучал животных в зонах отчуждения вокруг АЭС.

Результаты были шокирующими: каким бы ни было воздействие радиации на животных, то казалось, что последствия от человеческого населения были намного хуже. Зона нам предлагает напоминание о том, что простое, физическое присутствие человека в среде обитания является более разрушительным, чем одна из худших экологических катастроф ХХ века.

Мы изучали животных в почти 2,200 квадратных километрах сектора зоны отчуждения в Беларуси под названием «Полесский государственный радиационно-экологический заповедник». До катастрофы этот район был домом для 22,000 человек в 92 деревнях, и землю использовали за ее лесные ресурсы. В первые дни после аварии, жители в области были эвакуированы со своими сельскохозяйственными животными для защиты от высоких уровней радиации.

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