“Sea creatures sick, dying or disappearing at alarming rate all along Pacific coast… Some wonder if it’s fallout from Fukushima” — New York Times: “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction” — Study: “We may be on precipice of major extinction event” in marine wildlife (VIDEO)

Published: January 18th, 2015 at 3:21 pm ET


Williams Lake Tribune columnist Diana French, Jan 13, 2015 (emphasis added): Out of sight is out of mind. Those of us living in the Interior might not know or care that sea creatures are sick, dying or disappearing at an alarming rate all along the Pacific coast. There are dying oysters, bleeding herring, melting star fish, hungry Orcas and sick seals. The latest are dead seabirds… Some blame ocean acidification for the devastation, others wonder if it’s radiation fallout from Fukushima. Whatever, it might be helpful to find the cause before all the creatures are gone.

University of California Santa Barbara, Jan 15, 2015: A consortium of scientists, including UC Santa Barbara’s Douglas McCauley, has found that the same patterns that led to the collapse of wildlife populations on land are now occurring in the sea… Their findings are published today in the journal Science… “All signs indicate that we may be initiating a marine industrial revolution,” [McCauley] said. “We are setting ourselves up in the oceans to replay the process of wildlife Armageddon that we engineered on land.”

New York Times, Jan 15, 2015: A team of scientists… has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

Science — ‘Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean’, Jan 16, 2014: Loss of species in marine environments… appears to be increasing rapidly. McCauley et al. review the recent patterns of species decline and loss in marine environments… they note many worrying declines… our effects on marine animals are increasing in pace and impact… today’s low rates of marine extinction may be the prelude to a major extinction pulse… habitat destruction is likely to become an increasingly dominant threat to ocean wildlife [and] is likely to intensify as a major driver of marine wildlife loss. Proactive intervention can avert a marine defaunation disaster of the magnitude observed on land.

University of California Santa Barbara: UCSB scientists lead a team designing a Marine Biodiversity Observation Network to track many species of marine organisms over time… Project partners include… the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Mitigation Monitoring Program… UCSB investigators involved in the project [include] Daniel Reed

University of California Santa Barbara: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Mitigation Monitoring Program is based at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara [150 miles away]. Long-term monitoring and evaluation of the SONGS mitigation projects is a condition of the coastal development permit… Principal Investigators [include] Dan Reed, Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara.

Watch UCSB’s video on the study here

Published: January 18th, 2015 at 3:21 pm ET


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  • rogerthat


    Public may share costs of Germany's nuclear afterlife

    FRANKFURT Jan 19

    … Some politicians fear the utilities may eventually leave the state to shoulder the problem, and that the largest – like the banks judged "too big to fail" – could have to be nationalized…

    Oliver Krischer, parliamentary energy spokesman for the Green Party, noted that Germany's nuclear history was "full of examples of profits being privatized and costs rolled over to the public." …


    • nedlifromvermont

      Let's hope the Germans give us the ugly truth of the "uranium fraud" unblemished … unvarnished …

      after all … we Americans developed the plutonium machines and the enriched uranium bomb in an effort to prevent Hitler from global domination …

      … and in the process we rolled out a program of global species eradication … that Goebbels and Himmler could have barely imagined …

      … so its up to the Germans, freed by us from Hitler, to give the truth unvarnished to the naive, unsuspecting world, about the corruption and species die-offs which our uranium program has unleashed …

      … because we Americans and British and French and Russians are too stupified by our uranium dreams … to speak truth to the matter …

      Come on Germany (and Germans) … BRING IT ON … Give us your uranium truth … even though we may be too stupid or besotted to recognize it when you speak it !!!

      Peace … and Fu** all things uranium … one massive fraud … Oh Yeah!

  • rogerthat

    KX News – The North Dakota Health Department begins hosting public hearings next week on a proposal to allow waste with higher levels of radiation to be dumped in the state…


  • rogerthat


    EXCLUSIVE: Nun, 84, in Brooklyn jail hellhole for activism – NY Daily News

    … At the age of 82, Sister Megan embarrassed authorities by showing just how easy it was to break into a federal facility undetected.

    The Y-12 Nuclear Facility houses 100,000 tons of highly enriched uranium, which is a bomb-grade explosive.
    If a grapefruit-sized chunk of the uranium was dropped onto another chunk from just six feet, the newspaper reports, that it could cause an explosion at least half the size of Hiroshima.

    Sister Megan told the newspaper that she knew she would be jailed for breaking into the nuclear facility but that she believed it was the responsibility of people without children to take the risks that others can't.

    She said: 'The question – how can we overcome the secrecy and blatant distortion of the truth of the horrific risks to planet Earth's survival as we know it as long as we fail to transform the nuclear weapons and energy industries into possible, life-enhancing alternatives, and begin with dismantlement now? We are all equally responsible to stop known crimes, according to our unique gifts and abilities.'

    Other inmates at the federal lock-up where Sister Megan resides include suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Abid Naseer, …

    • TY! "The Y-12 Nuclear Facility houses 100,000 tons of highly enriched uranium, which is a bomb-grade explosive.
      If a grapefruit-sized chunk of the uranium was dropped onto another chunk from just six feet, the newspaper reports, that it could cause an explosion at least half the size of Hiroshima."

      Thank you Rogerthat! I'm always making use of your posts to drive home the reality of nuclear issues to unconcerned people. For example….oh you think Fukushima's invisable radiation is far away and already over with? Well then, how about what's in our own neighborhoods via emissions of 100+ USA *past their life span nuclear power plants*? How's the idea of that grab ya? 🙂 Did you know a grapefruit sized……

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    4 posts off topic…….impressive

  • rogerthat

    Utilities feign interest in CCS to get public bail out

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  • rogerthat

    Guess what? Nobody wants a nuclear waste dump in their backyard.


    … The Department of Industry is attempting to locate a national site for radioactive waste ‘‘created within Australia’’ and ran a consultation period for that search that ended on November 30, 2014.

    Ms Davies said one of the main guides of a national facility was it would be in a location a ‘‘very, very long way’’ from population areas…

  • rogerthat

    Blast from the past:


    Protect and Survive
    This Cold War-era campaign taught households what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. The Protect and Survive booklet was issued to all households in the UK in 1980 and a series of films were produced, like this one below urging viewers to create a "fallout room" in their house. "The longer you stay in your inner refuge, the better your chances are," goes the chilling message…


  • rogerthat


    Agent Orange report comes after years of VA denials
    By Patricia Kime, Staff Writer January 17, 2015

    A new Institute of Medicine report that found veterans were exposed to Agent Orange while flying in C-123 aircraft after the Vietnam War came three years after another federal agency reached a similar conclusion.

    But despite a pronouncement in January 2012 by the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry that these crews' levels of exposure to dioxin were 182 times higher than acceptable amounts, representing a 200-fold risk for cancer, the Veterans Affairs Department refused to acknowledge any link between the veterans' current illnesses and a history of serving on that aircraft.

    Instead, VA public health officials insisted that trace amounts of dioxin on internal aircraft surfaces were not "biologically available for skin absorption or inhalation because dioxin is not water- or sweat-soluble and does not give off airborne particles."

    Meanwhile, since veterans found out in 2011 they may have been exposed, at least 10 with diseases associated with Agent Orange have had VA disability claims denied and some have died — although just how many have passed away as a result of exposure-related illnesses is difficult to pin down, said retired Air Force Maj. Wes Carter, founder of the C-123 Veterans Association…

    • rogerthat

      Carter said that between 1,500 and 2,100 veterans flew the aircraft, used during the Vietnam War to spray the highly toxic defoliant and then kept in service for almost a decade after the conflict. He said his association knows of fewer than a handful of veterans whose claims have been approved, including just one who triumphed without having to file an appeal.

      "[The numbers] are terribly vague. We scattered decades ago, and unlike many Navy folks, had no ship's association to keep us in touch. … We want to simply say that there has been death and suffering," said Carter, a C-123 medical services officer who is among those whose claims were denied.

      VA's fight to deny health treatment and claims to what may amount to a small number of former service members comes as no surprise to veterans organizations and lawmakers who have pushed VA for years to recognize certain environmental exposures.

      Related: Report: C-123 fliers exposed to Agent Orange

      From potential harm posed by depleted uranium, burn pits, tainted anthrax vaccines, anti-malarial medication, the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, an incinerator at Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, and more, VA's approach regarding illnesses related to environmental pollution has been "delay, deny, wait 'til they die," said Rick Weidman, legislative director for Vietnam Veterans of America…

  • rogerthat

    This is simply hilarious:

    Investigation finds problems with Hanford tank farm inventory management
    Tri-City Herald January 15, 2015

    Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/01/15/3361579_investigation-finds-problems-with.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

  • rogerthat


    MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015
    Dying Pacific Ocean?

    Why is TBS Cam View Orange Today?
    Here is a screenshot from late in the evening Jan 16 2015 …

  • Nick

    This thread has a paucity of info related to the post.

    I invite more West Coasters to join in and report their findings.

    The Seattle area is obviously more interested in a game played with a pigskin covered air bladder than they are in the health of the coastal marine ecosystem.

    Simple bird death stats.


    Marine mammals?

    What do you see? (or don't see!)

  • RichardPerry

    Has any one calculated the amount of heat that Fukushima radiation has produced over a one year period, raising the pacific ocean temperature as well as air? With every atom that breaks down a small amount of heat is produced and other bits of energy. The heat per break down is low but the number of clicks that occur and several further caused by it later stack up to huge numbers, the atoms that broke down in 2011 are still breaking down further and will continue as each new atoms has a half life of different lengths.

    • m a x l i

      Short answer (and hopefully I get this right): It is less heat than the heat that would be produced if the 4 reactors were still intact and would be running.

      Running reactors produce energy (or heat) by fission. Virtually all of that energy is warming up our rivers, atmosphere and oceans. The moment you stop fission, there is only decay of fission products remaining. The decay heat is initially roughly 10 times smaller than what the reactor produced before by fission, and furthermore: the decay heat is falling exponentially over days, months and years. (There is a chance of returning fission in the 'blob', but that can't produce more heat than an intact reactor.)

      Therefore I think it's false to assume there would be an unusual bigger-area or even global warming effect caused directly by the radiation let loose after a reactor meltdown. All the 400 running nuclear power plants plus vastly more coal and other power plants are warming our planet far more than the decay heat of the run-away Fukushima fuel does. The problem that matters most, is the many different short-lived and highly radioactive isotopes in the food web of life that don't belong there.

      But! There could be indirect effects: Isotopes + radiation changing the properties of our atmosphere and therefore changing the way our atmosphere is 'trapping' energy from the sun.

  • m a x l i

    Interesting talk in this discussion thread about pipes, chimneys, garbage bins and plutonium disappearing after it is "sped up to the speed of light and beyond its limit". If there are any questions remaining – combomelt already answered all of them.

    Here is an alternative suggestion: We knit a big blanket out of troll hair, throw it over the Fukushima-Daiichi complex, say abracadabra and all our problems will have disappeared into the fifth dimension.

    And @Sam: Your dog has good instincts.

  • WindorSolarPlease



    Thank You Watchman for your video's..Heads Up, Be Safe

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