Bird populations near Fukushima more diminished than expected

Birds may have been more greatly and immediately affected by the Fukushima disaster than even scientists anticipated, according to research by a team of scientists comparing effects in Japan with that of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 25 years ago.

Their findings, that the bird community within 15-30 miles of the Fukushima nuclear complex has been greatly diminished by the nuclear accident of March 2011, were published this week in Environmental Pollution.