“The effects of radiation are serious and long lasting. When Wildlife and the Atom was first published it was the only pamphlet to cover the effects of radiation upon our fellow creatures. That was in 1983, before Chernobyl & Fukushima. If we are ever going to stop such disasters from taking place in the future, it is important to learn about the damaging changes which result from them in nature. This is why we are now publishing the second edition to this work. ” Martyn Lowe of Close Capenhurst Campaign
This new illustrated booklet is made freely available online to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster which took place on April 26th 1986.
The fallout from Chernobyl continues to this day and will continue for many generations to come. Humans are not the only victims of nuclear disasters, everything from animal DNA to the natural cycles of forest decomposition is impacted upon in ways that contemporary science does not fully understand. This booklet comprehensively explores the science that is available and it is a sobering read.
This booklet is a revised edition of Wildlife and the Atom that was originally written by Lowana Veal in 1983 for Greenpeace (London).
Now updated with new information.
About the author
Lowana Veal is a biologist and freelance journalist who has been involved in the anti-nuclear movement since the mid 1970s. Besides Wildlife and the Atom, she has recently written Capenhurst; the Facts. She now lives in Iceland, where there are no nuclear power stations.