- After the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded in 1986, humans evacuated the area.
- In the absence of humans, animals have returned to the region.
- Trees are growing back, though they are very deformed.
- Local animals stuck in the area are as healthy as animals in clean areas.
- Mice introduced to the area did not fare as well as local mice.
- Only one mouse was found with cancer-like symptoms.
- Ample evidence of DNA mutation was found, though none of the mutations affected the physiology or reproduction of the animals.
- According to one scientist, the benefits of removing humans has outweighed the harm of radiation.
- James Lovelock, an environmentalist, wonders if small amounts of nuclear waste should be in tropical forest to protect them from greedy investors.
My $0.02: Wow. Humans are worse than a nuclear blast for wild life. Without man continually ruining the region, animals have been able to adapt and come back in full force. I can't agree with the idea of introducing nuclear waster to a region since it so negatively affects animals currently living in the region, but the story does emphasize the negative role people have on a region.