Flora and Fauna? Response from CTBTO Spokesperson to Bikini Atoll Liaison  Bottom

  • CTBTO's Dr. Annika Thunborg forwarded her response to the concerns of Bikini Atoll regarding the statement made …uclear Testing.

    QuoteDear Bikini Atoll Liaison,

    I am very sorry that my statement about the Bikini Atoll was not sufficiently clear and could be misinterpreted. Indeed, I did not mean any disrespect when I said that the eco system in the atoll has changed and that the flora and fauna look different now than it did before the testing.

    As has been recounted in different scientific articles over the years, the changes in the eco system and the flora and fauna due to the testing have not rendered the atoll less beautiful; indeed, it is as beautiful as it always was. This is one of the wonders of nature, how well nature can change, adapt and mutate even in the most difficult of circumstances.

    I hope this clarifies any misunderstanding. We will take care in the future when we describe the situation in the Marshall Islands so that our comments cannot be interpreted as negative. Indeed, change is a neutral word and not the same as destruction.

    With best regards,

    Dr. Annika Thunborg
    Spokesperson and Chief, Public Information
    Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)


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    "Promoting more information disclosure by the public service, rather than secrecy which may allow corruption to be hidden" - from Nitijela UN Workshop Outcomes Statement, Feb. 17, 2011
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