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Effects of ionizing radiation on wildlife: what knowledge have we gained between the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents?

Beresford, Nicholas A.; Copplestone, David. 2011 Effects of ionizing radiation on wildlife: what knowledge have we gained between the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents? Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 7 (3). 371-373. 10.1002/ieam.238

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Abstract/Summary

The recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have raised questions over the effects of radiation in the environment. This article considers whatwehave learned about the radiological consequences for the environment from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine, in April 1986. The literature offers mixed opinions of the long-term impacts on wildlife close to the Chernobyl plant, with some articles reporting significant effects at very low dose rates (below natural background dose ratelevels in, for example, the United Kingdom). The lack of agreement highlights the need for further research to establish whether current radiological protection criteria for wildlife are adequate (and to determine if there are any implications for human radiological protection).

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1002/ieam.238
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.3 - Deliver effective advice, models and applied science ...
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 1551-3777
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access article - click on the Official URL link for full text
Additional Keywords: radionuclides, Chernobyl, wildlife, radiation protection, chronic exposure, effects, radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 08 Aug 2011 10:09
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/14645

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