International Business Times Life (And Wildlife) In A Nuclear Wasteland: 28 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster International Business Times CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Almost three decades after the worst nuclear disaster in history unfolded here, this...
Jeremy Wade on RadioActive River: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/videos/will-jeremy-capture-a-legendary-radioactive-river-monster-of-chernobyl.htm
Birds Adapting to Chernobyl's Radiation: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/birds-adapting-chernobyls-radiation
The results reveal that with increasing background radiation, the birds’ overall body condition and antioxidant levels increased, while oxidative stress and DNA damage decreased. However, birds who produce larger amounts of pheomelanin and lower amounts of eumelanin pay a cost: poorer body condition, decreased glutathione, and increased oxidative stress and DNA damage. The two negatively affected birds -- the great tit (Parus major) and the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) -- both produce large amounts of the pinkish pigment in their feathers. Previous lab experiments have shown that, with prolonged exposure to low doses, humans and other animals can adapt to radiation. And that it increases resistance to larger, subsequent doses. This study shows the first evidence that animals in the wild can adapt to ionizing radiation. Here’s the entire list of all 16 birds surveyed were: red-backed shrike, great tit, barn swallow, wood warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, barred warbler, tree pipit, chaffinch, hawfinch, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbird, black redstart, robin, and thrush nightingale.