Radiation and Cataracts in Birds at Chernobyl

The beloved Christmas Robin is under threat from nuclear cheerleaders such as George Monbiot. Even Sellafield’s Compensation Scehme for Radiation Linked Diseases recognises that cataracts are caused by radiation. Research shows that birds in nuclear contaminated areas are becoming blinded by cataracts. A bird’s eyesight is essential as are cognitive abilities which are also impaired by exposure to man made radiation. A Christmas Wish ….STOP NUCLEAR MADNESS……*NOW*

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Rouge gorge familier - crop (WB correction)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) by Pierre Selim via wikimedia
Very sad. Bird eyes with cataracts:
Bird Cataracts Chernobyl in Mousseau and Moeller, 2013
(k) robin (Erithacus rubecula), significant haze on cornea
Photographs of selected eyes from Chernobyl birds
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From: Mousseau TA, Møller AP (2013) “Elevated Frequency of Cataracts in Birds from Chernobyl” http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066939

Lucky for us some few are still doing serious academic research. If animals can’t see well, with some exceptions, they can’t find food and die, or can more easily be killed by predators. The frequency and severity of cataracts increases with background radiation. In the abstract below “reduced fitness” means they are unfit for survival! Overall, increasing radiation was related to fewer birds, suggesting “effects of radiation on other diseases, food abundance and interactions with other species. There was no increase in incidence of cataracts with increasing age…”. Cataracts in humans at Chernobyl and elsewhere are also discussed:

Mousseau TA, Møller AP (2013) “

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2 thoughts on “Radiation and Cataracts in Birds at Chernobyl

  1. Caroline Hope

    I am glad that research is being done on the welfare of wild animals in the Chenobyl area. There are many reports on wild animals returning to the area but not many, that I know of, on how they are affected.

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