Scientists have discovered mutated butterflies in Fukushima, Japan following last year's post-tsunami nuclear disaster.
The Atlantic's Adam Martin passes along the news that the winged creatures are exhibiting "abnormalities in their legs, antennae, and abdomens, and dents in their eyes." Researchers stress that the discovery of the butterflies doesn't necessarily mean human mutations are forthcoming, because "humans are totally different from butterflies and they should be far more resistant."
But this is small comfort, says Martin, because passages from the researchers' own report - which make explicit connections to previous radioactive disasters and related human mutations - suggest otherwise.
"Radioactive mutations are in play in the Fukushima fallout," he writes, "and while they're affecting butterflies now, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll stay relegated to the insect world."
Via The Atlantic.
I predict you will soon see mutations in other creatures as well. For example, an indigenous lizard that will grow to abnormal size and be able to channel energy through its body to devastating effect. This could very well spell doom for Tokyo and the rest of Japan. Now where did I put that BOC album?
If Chernobyl can weather the disruption in the environment, I'm sure Fukushima and the Japanese will be just fine.
"Over the years, as the radioactivity levels decrease, the biological populations have been recovering from acute radiation effects . Following the initial reductions in numbers, some of the populations have recovered and grown because individuals reproduced or because plants and animals migrated from less affected areas. The fact that human activities such as agriculture or industry have stopped, has helped this recovery. Paradoxically, the Exclusion Zone has become a unique sanctuary for biodiversity." http://www.greenfacts.org/en/chernobyl/l-3/3-...
but maybe we are just carrying out momma natures big picture plan of using pollution and radiation to mutate into some glorious new creature and if we have envro consciousnesses we will see the big picture..maybe not
Of course there will be problems. Not as explicit as in the butterflies. More likely we'll see it manifest as more cases of cancer. Cancer can come from genetic mutations and only has to happen in a single cell. Whereas more complex mutations require the same change in a large number of cells.
For fishbone: nature has unimaginable forces at work constantly that would produce power to sustain our lives. The most constant is the oceans. How easy woudl it be to construct turbine towers where the rise and fall of the ocean waves coudl power them. All we as humans has to do is open our eyes and take advantage of what GOD has put here for us.
I wanna know what the mutation is? More legs, eyes what? Do they have teeth and eat meat now? All joking aside it is very disturbing. And all of that radioactive junk in the ocean and coming ashore. There has to be a better way nuclear plants are just to risky. You got to remember the same people who approve and regulate these plants in this country are same people who write budgets, set policy's and govern us. I don't know about you but I have very little confidence there looking out for my best interest.