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Friday, August 22, 2014, 15:00 - 16:00

Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife
Timothy A. Mousseau
Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 The triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo in March 2011 forced 160,000 people from their homes, destroyed livelihoods and businesses, prompting hundreds of people to commit suicide, and left a legacy of contamination and liability that will take decades to resolve.

 One area where there has been little research and even less coverage is on the effects of high dose radiation on wildlife. Professor Timothy Mousseau is one researcher who has spent a considerable amount of time studying how wildlife copes after radiation disasters, both at Fukushima and Chernobyl, the world’s two worst nuclear catastrophes.

 Currently Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, Mousseau recently served on the National Academy of Science committee to examine the incidence of cancer near nuclear power plants.

 His research is mostly focused on the how animals and plants adapt to changing environments with a special focus on radiation adaptation. Since 2000, Professor Mousseau, along with other colleagues, has studied the impact on birds, insects, plants and microbes, with more than 60 scientific publications since 2005.

 In recent times he has travelled to Fukushima and examined the impact of the high levels of radiation found around the Fukushima plant. His findings show that radiation does indeed impact on wildlife and plants after prolonged exposure, with significantly lower numbers of species and less biodiversity. That said, some findings from both Chernobyl and Fukushima will surprise.

 Come and listen to Professor Mousseau discuss his long years of research at Chernobyl and more recently at Fukushima and explain his findings on an area that has received little attention.

 Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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