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Chernobyl in Pictures: Signs of Life After Nuclear Devastation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 30 years after the world’s worst nuclear accident, the area around Chernobyl has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with bison, moose and wolves. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals. “When humans are removed, nature flourishes—even in the wake of the world’s worst nuclear accident,” Jim Smith, a specialist in earth and environmental sciences at Britain’s University of Portsmouth, told Reuters. read more
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