Are Humans Really Worse For Wildlife Than Radiation?
A recent study shows Chernobyl has seen a population boom of large mammals, but saying humans are worse for wildlife than radiation is too simple.By Sebastian Martinez, Micheala Sosby | October 11, 2015
Since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster almost 30 years ago, some scientists have argued that human habitation was actually worse for wildlife there than the ensuing radiation.
But there are reasons to believe the reality is a little more complicated. (Video via ABC)
Take wolves, for example. Recent research compared wolf population density in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and in uncontaminated national parks in Belarus. Chernobyl’s population density is seven times larger in comparison. (Video via National Geographic)