Monday, 30 April 2012

New Zealand: Fukushima decimates muttonbird population

33% of prized bird species disappears after summer near Fukushima 
Those making it back “were in a poor condition” says New Zealand gov’t researcher

29 April, 2012

The Japanese nuclear meltdown may have reduced New Zealand’s muttonbird population.

A study near Auckland has found a third [...] failed to return this summer after spending the southern winter in their northern hemisphere base near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Department of Conservation researcher Graeme Taylor says the birds that did return were in a poor condition. [...]

From Radio New Zealand

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