The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly

“To make sure that the nuclear disaster was in fact the cause of the mutations, researchers collected butterflies that had not been affected by radiation and gave them low-dose exposures of radiation and found similar results.

“We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to this species,” the study said.

The results of the study bring up concerns about the larger impact of the Fukushima disaster and the impact it will have on the ecosystem in Japan and nearby areas, as well as what we can learn for future nuclear disasters.

“Our results are consistent with the previous field studies that showed that butterfly populations are highly sensitive to artificial radionuclide contamination in Chernobyl and Fukushima,” the study said. “Together, the present study indicates that the pale grass blue butterfly is probably one of the best indicator species for radionuclide contamination in Japan.”

Source: CNN

mothraBoo-hoo. Geezzz, people. They’re just butterflies!

Republican Moocher. Mooch: to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge:

Share
This entry was posted in Energy, Environment, Fact and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.