What a meltdown.
Wow, just wow. So you remove the humans from an area – and then animals proceed to thrive in the freed up space? Who would have thought!
On the other hand, during the five minutes of this very recent NYT video
about the wildlife in the hot zones of Chernobyl we learn that there is for example …
• Less biodiversity than expected
• More tumors
• More deformations
• Decline in populations of insects and spiders
• Some birds adapting to increased radiation levels
• Very "hot" mushrooms
• Dramatic color changes in the rings of cut trees starting in 1986
• Abnormal color patterns on bugs
Well, sounds dandy in my book. Therefore, I would suggest for Lewis to permanently relocate to the hot zone in order to prove his point. There are very little human-related distractions there too, so he would find much more time to produce even more flawless pieces of balanced reporting regarding his favorite topics. I would personally volunteer to finance a nice big stick for him to shake at the abundance of wolves that now roam the blooming landscapes of Chernobyl. Further, if Lewis manages to convince a fertile female companion to make the move with him, I will even pay for a second stick in a color of her choice. Be warned though, this pesky radiation thing has a tendency to muck with your offspring so you might want to have an eye on that.