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Norway's wildlife still plagued by radiation

April 11, 2016 | Comment icon 19 comments



Reindeer are one of the worst hit species. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Alexandre Buisse
30 years on, Scandinavia is still suffering from the after-effects of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Authorities in Norway have reported that some of the local wildlife - in particular the reindeer - are still showing signs of radioactive contamination well above the legal limits imposed by the EU more than three decades after the Chernobyl disaster spread deadly radiation across the continent.

A particularly bumper mushroom crop this year is believed to have further exacerbated the issue because the reindeer have been ingesting even more contaminated vegetation than usual.
Among those worst affected by the disaster are Norway's indigenous Sami people who have long relied on reindeer meat for sustenance. Some of the herders have taken to feeding the animals uncontaminated food in an effort to tackle the problem but it could still be years before the reindeer are completely free of the radiation originally spewed out by the disaster.

"There’s a real sadness there," said photojournalist Amos Chapple. "These people had always lived at one with nature, and suddenly in the days after Chernobyl, they woke up to their completely pristine landscape being one of the most contaminated places on the planet."

Source: Wired | Comments (19)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Princess Serenity 6 years ago
Maybe PETA can start a class action suit against Russia for the animals. They've tried odder things that that, so why not. I'm sure some lawyer would want the press. You mean The Ukraine. Chernobyl is in The Ukraine but outside the city of Pripryat.
Comment icon #11 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Similar scenario in some areas in South Germany. Especially wild pigs glow with levels up to 10.000 becquerel per kg, the maximum permissible value for wild pig meat to be traded and eaten is 600/kg. Wild berries and mushrooms are still affected as well.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mr Supertypo 6 years ago
good news, less deer's killed this year. Outlaw deer meat because of contamination, IMO.
Comment icon #13 Posted by preacherman76 6 years ago
good news, less deer's killed this year. Outlaw deer meat because of contamination, IMO. Id way rather be shot than radiated.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DarkHunter 6 years ago
To put some perspective on these radiation numbers the reindeer this year are about 8200 becquerels/kg. It takes about 77 million becquerels to reach 1 Sv of radiation. 1 Sv of radiation increases a person's risk of cancer at some point in their lifetime by 4%. To have a 4% increase of cancer you would have to eat 9390 kg of the reindeer meet.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Harte 6 years ago
Id way rather be shot than radiated. I take it you wear a lot of sunblock? Seriously, where's a whit of evidence that these animals are suffering themselves from radiation? You'd rather be shot than irradiated? You got a death wish? You can live a full and normal life after being irradiated. Ever had an x-ray? Harte
Comment icon #16 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 6 years ago
Id way rather be shot than radiated. There is something called background radiation, which you are being subjected to all the time, no matter where you are. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Background_radiation So better get out you gun then, because you are getting irradiated right now !
Comment icon #17 Posted by toast 6 years ago
To put some perspective on these radiation numbers the reindeer this year are about 8200 becquerels/kg. It takes about 77 million becquerels to reach 1 Sv of radiation. 1 Sv of radiation increases a person's risk of cancer at some point in their lifetime by 4%. To have a 4% increase of cancer you would have to eat 9390 kg of the reindeer meet. Math and evaluation by TESCO or so, right?
Comment icon #18 Posted by DarkHunter 6 years ago
Math and evaluation by TESCO or so, right? I must be missing something cause I fail to see how TESCO applies to any of this.
Comment icon #19 Posted by toast 6 years ago
I must be missing something cause I fail to see how TESCO applies to any of this. Thats why I wrote "or so".


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