10,000 baby sea lions dead on one California island — Experts: “It’s getting crazy… This is a crisis… Never seen anything like it… Very difficult to see so much death” — TV: “Numbers skyrocketing at alarming rates” — “Woman is burying the rotting mammals” after digging graves at beach (VIDEOS)

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NBC L.A., Mar 12, 2015 (emphasis added): “The sea lion emergency is back all along the California shore“… [Pups] are washing ashore at a rate so alarming, rescuers said Thursday, this year is the worst yetmore than 1,600 marine mammals [have been picked up].

KTLA, Mar 10, 2015: Stranding numbers for the months of January and February were more than 20 times the average [said NOAA].

ABC 10 News, Mar 14, 2015: Friday, Konnie Martinkis was burying her third sea lion… There were at least five within just more than a football field’s length that were dead… she contacted the city… but it just decomposed as more showed up… she will continue building those graves.

Coast News, Mar 12, 2015: [NOAA] said not to feed it [that] will only prolong the animals suffering.

KABC: Numbers are skyrocketing at alarming rates…Sunday, six sea lions were found dead

NY Times, Mar 12, 2015: “It’s getting crazy,” [Wendy Leeds, animal-care expert at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center] said… Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist with [NOAA said] “We do expect the population to take a drop… probably a really good hit”… Michele Hunter, the center’s director of animal care, said, “It’s very difficult to see so much death.”

Sacramento Bee, Mar 7, 2015: Tens of thousands of pups birthed last summer are believed to be dying on the islands… some [are] desperately trying to climb onto small boats or kayaks… Scientists noted a worrisome anomaly in 2013, when 1,171 famished pups were stranded… scientists blamed the phenomenon on unseasonably cold watersOn San Miguel… Melin said researchers believe “probably close to 10,000 are dead, and we expect more to die over coming months”… the mortality rate is similar on San Nicolas.

Time: Experts at NOAA say that the culprit is rising ocean temperatures [note "unseasonably cold" ocean temps were the culprit during the record strandings in 2013]… a NOAA climate expert said that they do not believe the stranding increase is tied to climate change.

Marine Mammal Center, Mar 5, 2015: It’s clear these sea lions are trying to tell us something. Their very presence here in such great numbers at this time of year is sounding an alarm up and down the coast… it signals something complex happening in our ocean… sea lions are very sensitive to their environment… alerting us to major changes in the ocean… The scene on the Channel Islands this year is grave, worse even than what researchers saw in 2012, before the Unusual Mortality Event in 2013… “What’s scary is that we don’t know when this will end,” says Dr. Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at The Marine Mammal Center. “This could be the new normal—a changed environment that we’re dealing with now.”

LA Daily News, Mar 13, 2015:  “By the end of January, we had as many as we did in (all of) 2013,” [Marine Mammal Care Center's David Bard] said… “We’ve never seen anything like this with back-to-back events that are affecting the same part of the population,” Melin said.

Dr. Melin: “Based on what we are seeing… we should be bracing for a lot more animals

CBS Los Angeles, Mar 9, 2015: [California Wildlife Center’s Jeff Hall] says the event has escalated into a crisis. “I would personally consider this a crisis,” Hall said… The epidemic has prompted a number of volunteers to step forward, including… television personality Kat Von D [who said] “I think there’s a lack of awareness of what’s going on in the environment.”

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302 comments to 10,000 baby sea lions dead on one California island — Experts: “It’s getting crazy… This is a crisis… Never seen anything like it… Very difficult to see so much death” — TV: “Numbers skyrocketing at alarming rates” — “Woman is burying the rotting mammals” after digging graves at beach (VIDEOS)

  • rogerthat

    http://climateviewer.com/2015/03/11/the-real-jaws-4-years-of-fukushima/

    The Real Jaws – 4 Years of Fukushima
    Christina Consolo, March 11, 2015


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Very well written!.. :)


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  • Checkmate

    Dr.GH…Thanks for the info and link. I guess it is the roll of the dice to know your time left on planet Earth…


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  • DrSpindrift

    Collapse of sardine population, everything else follows.
    http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-sardine-crash-20140106-story.html#axzz2pZnDpse5&page=1

    It would seem that the sardine eggs die after being laid:
    http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/f95-154#.VQhIFhCsUYI

    Most commentators suspect environmental pollution, but are unwilling specifically to cite radioactive contamination as a possible factor. Some state that such fluctuations in population have been seen many times before (I guess the same is true for the fluctuation in human popultation). I note a tendency to associate concern over radioactive pollution with environmental extremism amongst academics, and for such views to be ridiculed.

    The nuclear Ponzi scheme is VERY big business. One golden rule: if someone tells you radioactive pollution is harmless they are either medically unqualified, receiving a kickback or both.


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    • So the sardines' eggs are simply not hatching, or they are hatching, dead.
      Still, the derps want to say it's the overpopulation of sea-lions that's killing sea-lions (and brown pelicans, too.)

      Why can they not see that there was a huge disaster/nuclear event that took place, on the Pacific, that continues, even today? Why are (particularly civilians) people so afraid to say, Fukushima? Is it because the facts of this highly-irradiated ocean is too hard to swallow?
      It's got to be the cognitive dissonance.
      I'm okay, you're okay, and if sea-lions are dying, it's their own fault(s). Same goes for those pelicans and the sardines, too. That can't hurt people, can it??

      Gosh.


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        AnneBeck, the scientific community MUST ADMIT the effects of low level radiation, especially on embryos! This is EVERYTHING! Not a meaningful word is issued from the mouth of a scientist unless they understand and admit this!

        Im going to spell it out; POINT ZERO FOUR BECQUERELS PER LARVA!!!

        "Remarkably, the mortality rate of the Koriyama group [.04 Bq per larva] was 53% [in the first generation]… We discovered various morphological abnormalities in the surviving adults… severe and rare abnormalities"

        http://nuclear-news.net/2014/09/26/very-high-abnormality-rates-in-fukushima-insects-eating-radiation-contaminated-leaves/


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Is the ocean life dying from low levels of radiation, which scientists scoff at and say its way below harmful levels?

          "The new study shows that radiation can damage larvae even at much lower concentrations. Otaki and colleagues collected leaves 16 to 20 months after the accident, after short-lived radioactive contamination had decayed, but this time from locations ranging from 59 to 1760 kilometers from the power plant; contamination levels ranged from 161 to 0.2 Bq/kg. They found that as contamination increased, mortality rates and incidences of abnormalities increased. "These results suggest that low-dose ingestion of approximately 100 Bq/kg may be seriously toxic to certain organisms," the team writes in a paper published in BMC Evolutionary Biology.

          http://news.sciencemag.org/asiapacific/2014/09/fukushima-radiation-still-poisoning-insects


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    • They are talking 'recruitment'.

      Not enough sardines are volunteering, that is the only problem.

      (sarc)


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  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Copepods? Generally regarded as the most important animal plankton in the aquatic food web.


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  • Nick

    Today I am convinced more than ever that most humans really don't have a clue as to our biosphere; that it is complicated, delicate, and precious.

    Many have jumped on the Climate Change bandwagon as the cause of many of our world's ills. Sure, the climate can change rapidly and may not return to the present one, but I am not 100% convinced that humans are "responsible" for Climate Change.
    (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/abrupt/data4.html)

    Regardless, nothing you or I do today will alter one iota what changes will come in the next decade….the stage is possibly already set.

    Instead we humans simplify "what is wrong" and tend to villify folks who aren't of the same mindset.

    Carbon is one of the most abundant elements in the Universe. Carbon credits make NO sense in a world increasingly poisoned by awol fission piles and fools' pools.

    To say the sea lions are dying due to Climate Change is patently false and downright devious. We DO NOT know why the surface winds above the Pacific Ocean have changed. For all I know it may, in part, be due to the huge plastic gyre!

    At the very least, all of us need to become cognizant of our toxic loading of the biosphere. Just walking to work ain't gonna "save" the planet.


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    • You cannot burn 1 million years worth of stored carbon each year and not expect to have a consequence, or two, or three maybe even.

      Try burning a million years worth of anything in one year, and Nature will let you know that is not in balance.

      Easy simple logic.

      Nature is all about balance.


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    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Your right Nick, not a clue.
      "Carbon credits make NO sense in a world increasingly poisoned by awol fission piles and fools' pools."

      Makes perfect "cents" to those who grab a little loot to dick around with the nonsense.

      One only needs to explain 'how' to stop using fossil fuel, to understand it is going to cut the throat of the ones promoting the bullshit. They make "cents" on both ends.

      The loser is the little guy, as always. Less income, more tax, more incentive to screw each other over, more inflation, more debt.

      Maybe 1 billion people give a damn, 6 billion do not.

      That is our destiny.


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    • stinkyperfume stinkyperfume

      What would you say if you were mainstream news? Japan appears to me to have KARMA from having killed off so many millions of 6th dimensional beings above humans, that were dolphins so it seems a war of the dolphins against man. If they told the truth, they would probably say we are dying before too long unless were in protected underground cities and bases and this has all been planned out and happened 4 times in earth history before, this is supposed to be the 5th civilization gone to technology gone wrong. The smarter, richer, insiders always protect themselves. I just heard a new one that needed to come out. The ancient aliens in cave drawings were not aliens at all but survivors of nuclear holocaust that lived 60 years in their spaceships until they ran out of supplies, then they landed back on earth and began walking, and found some remaining survivors looking more ragged of course, like typical homeless people because that’s where they went to live, but they were just back to nature and able to draw on the cave walls and live off the nature. It seemed those that found caves did better and maybe that was to avoid the air radiation plumes…I don’t know what they ate but there’s always back to nature survivors. This time, I hear psychics paint a different picture. All mining is going to have to stop and there will be a lot more survivors and new consciousness about not taking too much to oneself on this earth.


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  • Global CO2 Carbon Emissions Time History Of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, by CIRES And NOAA – Reached Record 36 Billion Tons In 2013
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/12/global-carbon-emissions-set-to-reach.html


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Dr. G, I enjoyed your article, as I do all your works.

      The second video showing a computer model of a years worth of carbon is interesting. The short pulses show that the C02 can be reabsorbed quickly. The video looks bad because of the choking smoke like red color. In fact one or two days would see all that red re-absorbed, if there was a reprieve of emissions.

      My issue is this; is someone trying to leverage carbon for profit? Its obvious that exploiter thinking would like to leverage EVERYTHING, including water air and sunshine for profit. Exploiting water for profit has become a normalcy bias, but is sheer craziness

      0.02% of the earth crust is carbon. Carbon dioxide is at 391 ppm, which is 0.0391 percent of the atmosphere. The following four elements make up 90 percent of the mass of living things: Oxygen – 65% Carbon – 18.5% Hydrogen – 9.5% Nitrogen – 3.2% .

      Carbon is what makes this planet an organic living thing. If only we could "leverage" carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen for profit…we would be RICH!! Rich I tell you!! (greedy eyes of Gollum etc)

      But releasing the methane…this is a whole different story


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      • AirSepTech AirSepTech

        Well Code, I have seen insanity directly.

        Various 'entities' would like to 'tax' air. Why? No limit to the harvest, only a power bill. They would like a cut. True story, ask someone involved with 'Air Separation'.

        I need to look at the 400ppm Co2 claim, it is typically 250-300ppm everywhere except very industrial areas. Why would I know? Co2 blocks heat exchangers at cryo temps, destroying air sep plant operations. Monitored 24/7/365, by the minute.

        World is full of some funny bs, specially if it makes money. ;)


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        • GOM GOM

          co2now.org
          climatedepot
          Mauna Loa observatory and so on..

          Last time CO2 @ 400[.26] humans didn't exist. And there are people who think the Internet is somehow not real..


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          • Global Oxygen Levels Are Dropping In Major Cities And Oceans, From A High Of 35% In Geological History; How To Measure Oxygen Levels In Air Yourself
            http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/08/global-oxygen-levels-are-dropping-to-as.html


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            GOM, but that level could come and go in a day or two…


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            • GOM GOM

              Code. Dr.G just posted what I know is hard fact, the O2 levels are dropping everywhere. We could stop all industry right now and nothing would change. Our air is being replaced with CO2, methane, hydrogen sulfide and who knows what. Mostly from Arctic sources and our ongoing stupidity..


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                OK, I agree man should not pollute with Co2. But for clarity, its not ADDED, just displaced, and the video shows how rapidly the earth deals with this…the pulsing of the level is dramatic…the forests are breathing this in and out every day. That video is excellent for getting a feel for this…and look at Brazil and other forests. So its not like a huge poisonous bunch of smoke, or radiation…in terms of visualization. They did, after all, have to change the theme from climate warming to climate change. The solution isnt carbon credits, we have to stop cutting down the trees and burning less wood and oil!


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                • DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                  Man should not pollute with anything above what the surrounding/nurturing biosystem as a whole can neutralise/rebalance..in such a way that it can unhindered continue its path to complexification of life and biodiversity..

                  We fubar everything we touch , refuse to limit our number's voluntarily , even if it is clear as crystal we should do so since nature's way of evolution and selection/balancing are bypassed by our "rational" power's and declare our holy path to follow that of seeking maximum artificial comfort and bling-bling gadget's to hyjack our mind's..combined with maximum destruction force..and maximum pollution..
                  by maximum growth of a toxic activity/economy..that makes equality illegal..by taxcut's for the rich..to keep them in control of that pyramid system..that is carried by evil dumb addict ant's like you and me..

                  Trying to sneake out of the fact that we "displace" someone's shinbone and hammer it tru his nose and calling it a "displacement" like therefore it wont impact breathing or running capability, is a psychological activity..and the only impact on reality it has is postponing a change of behaviour.. and therefore a deadly sin imho

                  The only way to know for sure how litle or big our guilt is in this specifick part of the destruction of the whole..is reversing our polluting part completely..but thanks to the postponers there are already so many tipping point's activated like methane melting it will be difficult to see result's…


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                  • DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                    What forest's ? the 5% we/earth still have ? To suck up all their ancesters while we continue to exterminate them at ungodly rates ?


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                    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                      This was directed at humanity as a whole ofcourse you me not excluded to make sure Code , not to you particular , but i got carried away by the big picture.sorry for eventual sharpness..; :D


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                • The 'pulse' you refer to is Nature TRYING to maintain the balance, but not succeeding, because Nature is getting overwhelmed.

                  The dip each year consists of trees, algae, grasses and other oxygen producers eating CO2, but they are not able to keep up with what humans are belching out, so the total amount of CO2 increases yearly.

                  CO2 acts as an insulator blanket, which causes global warming and more acid everything.

                  The increased CO2 is ACID, so it results in more ACID everything; oceans, air, rivers, soil, rain, etc.

                  Eventually, the CO2 will shift everything into a much more acid condition so that life will no longer be possible, and that is already starting to happen in rivers, oceans, and more.

                  Yes, global warming exists, but so does acification of everything and everyone. Acid is no good for people either. Acid must be buffered by alkaline in the human body. Guess where the alkalinity comes from? BONES…

                  Humans Forecast?

                  more tooth problems, bone problems, fractures, breaks, osteoporosis, etc..


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      • Methane cannnot get out of balance unless CO2 is out of balance.

        Nature cannot keep up with the amount of CO2 being produced, which is why there is a sawtooth pattern to the increase.

        Summer equals green things eating carbon, winter the opposite.

        No way is Nature keeping up. Not one millions years worth of carbon being burned each year.

        The argument about carbon tax is not even worth the time of day.

        Zero carbon, zero nuclear is the solution, and the sooner we get to that, the better chance our kids have and 7 future generations.

        If we keep burning carbon like we have been and increasing it from here, there is zero hope.


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Code they all ready do and it's called a smog test! :)


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  • Not saying or claiming excess carbon is the only problem, but it is one of the things humanity must address or suffer the consequences, which are starting already.


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  • Nick

    How do we know volcanoes won't release (or have–underseas?) vast quantities of carbon-dioxide?

    Are we going to punish them?

    :-)


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  • antipodes

    At a river park today I crossed paths again with a water fowl of some kind (a duck I guess) it's gigantic body badly misshapen, it's slow walk hindered by a grossly awkward limp. Apparently shunned by others of it's kind, obviously unable to fly and even most likely swim. Pondering Fukushima, radiation, or some other man made cause I spread out oats, it gobbles them up, and seems to listen to my apology for what humans had seemingly wrought to it's genetic blueprint. Guess we'll be seeing more of this sort of thing in the future. Acceptance and kindness also seem to be the prescription for such a depressing sight. After all they are living, feeling beings inside deformed and crippled bodies.


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    • SadieDog

      "But the real health and environmental impacts from the Fukushima reactors are nothing compared to the tsunami. Contrary to all the hype and fear, Fukushima is basically a large Superfund site. No one will die from Fukushima radiation, there will be no increased cancer rates, the food supply is not contaminated, the ocean nearby is not contaminated, most of the people can move back into their homes, and most of the other nuclear plants in Japan can start up just fine."
      Yes, James Conca said that.


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  • from a distance from a distance

    Sea Stars and Americium241

    "Over 20 years ago, the US government gave money to researchers to study the impact of long-lived radionuclides, which might leak from Russian nuclear waste in the Arctic. It was determined that sea stars could be bioindicators of 241 Americium."

    "…significant transfer of 241 Am, some transfer of 57 Co and virtually no transfer of 137 Cs to the starfish"

    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/sea-stars-sentinels-for-radionuclides-nuclear-waste/

    credit to http://www.nuclear-news.net who posted this article


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  • rogerthat

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/03/cs-134137-density-of-reactor-1-basement-water-continues-to-increase-since-last-july-1790000000bqm3/

    According to Tepco, Cs-134/137 density of contaminated water that is retained in the basement of Reactor 1 has been increasing since last July. …


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  • rogerthat

    https://www.facebook.com/fukushima311watchdog

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150317_33.html

    … Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (said) … Regarding the radioactive waste that will be generated from decommissioned reactors, he said plant operators are responsible for the waste, and need to secure disposal sites.


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    • rogerthat

      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150317_21.html

      Miyazawa on nuclear waste disposal
      Mar. 17, 2015

      Japan's minister in charge of nuclear plants says he expects utilities to play the central role in the disposal of nuclear waste generated through decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

      Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yoichi Miyazawa also expressed hope that utilities will work to secure necessary disposal sites.

      It is estimated that decommissioning a small-scale reactor will generate about 2,680 tons to 6,340 tons of contaminated equipment.

      However, at present, there are no disposal sites that can store such waste.


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      • rogerthat

        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150317_15.html

        Nuclear waste a challenge in decommissioning
        Mar. 17, 2015

        Decommissioning nuclear reactors takes decades, and generates tons of radioactive waste. But storage sites for such waste have yet to be secured in Japan. …

        The Federation of Electric Power Companies estimates that if all 57 reactors in Japan are scrapped, it would generate about 450,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste. The country has no facility to dispose of such waste.

        Chubu Electric on Monday applied to the government to store waste with very low radiation levels within the Hamaoka plant for the time being. Shizuoka Prefecture officials gave their nod to the plan, but warned that they won't tolerate keeping the waste there forever.

        Scrapped reactor vessels and other types of waste with relatively high radiation levels are to be stored in facilities built 50 to 100 meters underground. But again, there is no prospect of securing sites for the storage.

        Japan's government has also made no progress on finding disposal sites for high-level radioactive waste that's produced during the processing of spent nuclear fuel.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150317_37.html

    Measuring radiation from airship
    Mar. 17, 2015

    … The 14-meter-long unmanned airship has 2 devices on its bottom that measure radiation levels and types of radioactive substances on the ground.

    The craft took off from the university and slowly circled a mountain in the suburbs of Fukushima City to take measurements.

    The group says the system is expected to obtain data more accurately than airplanes because airships can fly lower and more slowly.
    The state uses airplanes to measure radiation from the air.

    The system is expected to show where radioactive substances traveled from and accumulated after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011. The group hopes it will help develop efficient methods for decontaminating mountains. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/manga-meltdown/

    Manga Meltdown
    by Amruta Lakhe March 18, 2015

    Ryan Holmberg was seven when his father, a navy personnel, got posted in Tokyo. For a comic book nerd (Marvel, not DC) to stay in the birthplace of manga, a Japanese comic book art form, was a dream.

    He grew up reading the adventures of Mighty Atom — Japan’s Superman — by Osamu Tezuka and was enamoured by cutting-edge magazines like Garo.

    Holmberg spent 10 years in Japan, but his adopted home changed when the Fukushima nuclear disaster hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

    “I was in Tokyo. The reactors were 300 km away, but there were still talks of evacuation. Until then, the common man in Japan paid little attention to the nuclear industry. After 3/11 though, we were forced to worry about the radiation levels, the detectors we should use and the best way to tape up windows to stay safe,” says Holmberg.

    Then, to cope with the terrible aftermath of the disaster, writers and readers turned to manga.

    Manga contributes to 40 per cent of publication in Japan and spans genres such as action, adventure, sci-fi, erotica, dark comedy, fantasy, and mystery, among others.

    “They find an equally hardcore fan base in 80 year olds, especially baby boomers, as they do in three year olds. It’s obvious why a lot of people took to manga to document the tragedy and cope with the loss of ibasho (sense of belonging) after 3/11,” says the 39-year-old. …


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    • rogerthat

      An art historian, critic and translator of mangas, Holmberg delivered a lecture, “Manga after Fukushima” at the Project88 gallery, Colaba on Friday, in the anniversary month of Japan’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

      Holmberg, a PhD in Japanese Art History in manga of the early ’60s and ’70s, started examining comics being published post 3/11.

      “The very next day, mangas themed around tsunamis and earthquakes hit the stands. But the stories were about parents losing children and how the tsunami destroyed their homes. No one was talking about the meltdown and the radiation. In the face of disaster, researchers and critics realised that manga was being censored heavily.”

      Holmberg’s lecture was richly detailed with examples to illustrate this point. The famous manga Oishimbo (‘gourmet craze’) by mangaka Tetsu Kariya was forced to stop publication after it sent its two protagonists — food writers — to the disaster site in the comic, who spoke of how radiation had impacted seafood, shellfish and sake breweries.

      Similarly, the legendary Hakurya Legend comic by writer Dai Tennoji was stopped after the storyline explored a scam in the power industry that was covering up the accidents that occur inside the plant.

      “These manga opened up discussions about the safety precautions of the nuclear plants. But fearing that it will generate anti-nationalist sentiment, …


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      • rogerthat

        these were stopped,” says Holmberg.

        Many comic books spoke about the meltdown by following the lives of the plant’s janitorial staff.

        “These workers are called hibakushas, which is interestingly also the term used for Hiroshima-Nagasaki victims.”

        A former hibakusha himself, mangaka Tatsuta Kazuto created outrage as he wrote a first-hand account post 3/11, titled Icchi Effu or 1F, exposing workers’ pitiful working conditions.

        Four years after the disaster, not much has changed.

        Mangas about the tragedy of the tsunami still sell. The looming threat of radiation and the possibility of another meltdown are hushed down. “You can rebuild a broken house, there’s a sure sign of hope.

        ''But a nuclear disaster is still a sensitive issue that remains largely untouched,” says Holmberg.

        amruta.lakhe@expressindia.com


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Florida-House-Rejects-Effort-to-Repeal-Nuclear-Power-Fee-296542681.html

    Associated Press
    March 17, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State legislators are refusing to repeal a law that lets utility companies charge for future nuclear power plants. …


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  • rogerthat

    All you need to know about the insanity of nuclear power. If nothing goes wrong, this will cope with the next 100 years. In an unstable world, who can see beyond the next 100 days or weeks or months. 100 years seems as long as time itself.

    But let's assume there are still some humans about and in control in 100 years' time. Then what? Who will build the next sarcophagus to encase the current one, which has ''a height of 110 metres, a length of 165 metres and an arch span of 257 metres''?

    And the next one? And the next one? Give it a rest, you lunatics.

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Chernobyl-Confinement-reaches-final-stage-but-funds-need-boost-17031502.html


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.miningweekly.com/article/qrc-laments-news-of-new-queensland-uranium-ban-2015-03-16

    … Queensland Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham reportedly confirmed that a prohibition on uranium mining would once again be put in place. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://plymouth.wickedlocal.com/article/20150317/NEWS/150319197

    PILGRIM STATION: Nuclear plant gets failing marks

    By Frank Mand
    fmand@wickedlocal.com

    Posted Mar. 17, 2015


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  • rogerthat

    http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001966&cloc=joongangdaily%7Chome%7Cnewslist1

    Korea’s nuclear power plants had almost twelve times more industrial accidents than other kinds of power plants largely due to a shortage of manpower, the government said. …

    The government pointed out that KHNP should hire more workers, provide better conditions for contract workers, set up a mediation committee for them, and install more safety equipment at reactors.

    The Energy Ministry on Monday ordered KHNP to spend 130 million won ($114,900) every year to install and maintain safety fences inside reactor cooling pools, providing new masks for divers, and directly hire divers instead of employing them through suppliers as contract workers.

    The government also ordered the company to provide industrial accident insurance for all temporary reactor workers whether they are hired by suppliers or the KHNP by June.

    KHNP was also ordered to provide better contracts for workers dealing with radioactive waste by the end of this year. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.cibolabeacon.com/news/uranium-industry-workers-seek-compensation/article_23758218-cc9c-11e4-9e68-ff00461d1828.html

    Uranium Industry Workers Seek Compensation
    MORE THAN $2 BILLION IN AWARDS THUS FAR
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    By Rosanne Boyett

    CIBOLA COUNTY –“We see more miners during the summer who are requesting RECA testing than at this time of the year,” noted Michelle Martin, Cibola General Hospital cardio-pulmonary department director.

    Martin, a CGH employee for more than two decades, has served as department director for the past seven years. She noted that a majority of patient services are for electrocardiographs (EKG) and testing miners for federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act eligibility.

    “We get about two miners per day or 10 per week as an average. We only test miners who live in New Mexico. Espanola is also doing the RECA miners’ testing now,” reported Martin at the Feb. 23 CGH board meeting.

    The 1990 federal legislation was enacted as a non-adversarial alternative to litigation for individuals who contracted certain illnesses following exposure to radiation as a result of the United States’ atmospheric nuclear testing program and uranium ore processing operations during the Cold War.

    Congress expanded RECA’s scope of coverage in 2000. …


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    • rogerthat

      In its present form, RECA provides lump sum compensation awards to individuals who contracted specified diseases in three defined populations:
      Uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters are eligible for $100,000 per claim;
      Participants in atmospheric nuclear weapons tests are eligible for $75,000 per claim; and
      Individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site (downwinders) are eligible for $50,000 per claim.

      Earlier this year U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for victims of radiation exposure related to U.S. nuclear arms testing.

      The senators, which included Udall, Heinrich, Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced legislation to expand eligibility to affected individuals in New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Utah.

      The Justice Department reported that residents of the Four Corners Region, which includes portions of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, have filed the majority of RECA claims since the RECA legislation was signed into law.

      The Department has awarded more than 9,400 claims, valued at $500 million, which were filed by Arizona residents.
      Approximately 3,800 of the claims, valued at $350 million, filed by New Mexico residents have been awarded.
      About 5,800 Utah residents’ claims, valued at approximately $330 million, were approved. …


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      • rogerthat

        Nearly 3,300 Colorado residents have filed and been awarded more than $213 million.
        Awards to Native American claimants total approximately $264 million, which is distributed among members of 17 different tribes.
        The Department has awarded more than 2,800 Navajo Nation members’ claims, valued at more than $212 million.
        More than $24 million was awarded to members of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe and more than $9 million to members of the Apache Tribes.

        The Department has awarded more than 3,600 claims, valued in excess of $266 million, that were filed by military veterans, civil servants, and contractors who participated onsite in atmospheric nuclear tests.
        Nearly $100 million of this compensation was awarded following a surge in claims filed in 2011 and 2012.

        The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that it has awarded more than $2 billion in compassionate compensation to eligible claimants under RECA.

        Claims have been approved for 32,000 of the 43,000 applicants since 1990, according to a recent press release. Compensation has been awarded to individuals residing in every state.

        The existing RECA eligibility will expire on July 9, 2022, and claims received after that date will be barred, according to DOJ officials. …


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  • Nick

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2202847024/

    The Fukushima Fiasco was FUBAR from the get go. Massive amounts of radiation has entered the biosphere.

    Absolutely the truth and nothing but the truth, so help us all.


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  • FollowTheMoney FollowTheMoney

    Hi everyone, is it possible radiation from Fukushima is heating the Pacific in any signicant way ?

    Any links to information in this regard would be much appreciated.


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    • As more and more of the Pacific flips over dead and the effects of that life absence will eventually overcome the balances of all interconnected life dependent upon the sea for life. Solar is a very important part of every reproductive option. Having a effect upon the SEA in general SHOULD be a huge warning that all is not well. The activity for just cooling a normal reactor operation is notable. The head in sand refusals to follow with logic and not with politics the event will be the death of a very large number of humans. The temperature of the sea is directly affected by even the smallest changes in the radiological constituents affecting the microscopic life doing the moderation and supplying the food for the next level up.


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      • Politics keep the scientists quiet. Silence on their par keeps the ca$h flowing freely. Men at the top want death. Fukushima is not over yet. Many tons of death are just waiting for the next big Fukup. An Ocean is a terrible thing to waste but it is wasting away. More Horror can manifest if control is not regained of this beast unleashed upon the planet. If politics can kill an entire OCEAN i would suggest fighting the right battles before human numbers drop to guide stone levels. The Common Spent Fuel Storage Unit is looking at you right now…. just waiting to kill. Planet wide the pools of spent and extremely radioactive fuel assemblies can kill off 20 or 30 Earths. Heat from cask farms. Off gassing of every sort at every point along the nuclear cycle adding ever more to the background measurement. If politics is kicking your butt like this what would it take for you to act?


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  • Tandalayo Tandalayo

    It's a 'cluster foxtrot' of lies from Tepco (an American company BTW), denial by the Japanese and Americans…incompetent govts. (worldwide)… THERE IS NO CLIMATE CHANGE…but there is Fukishima…and tons of plutonium are pouring into our beloved Pacific. Tokyo, Honolulu, Los Angeles, SF, and even Seattle and Vancouver need to be evacuated…sent inland…to Colorado, South Dakota.. or eventually …millions will die in insidious death…
    Our lovely sea creatures are at the mercy of the PTB…but they will just head for their 'underground home'…safe?? Can't come out for thousands of years. Yes folks..we've screwed up to the max, so just enjoy the moments you now have..and prep for the long, slow ending of our once amazing, pure world…..


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    • SadieDog

      "The latest find was reported last week by the Federal Attorney General for Environmental Protection (Profepa) near the town of San Felipe. According to the government agency, Profepa inspectors scoured a 75-mile coastal strip after receiving a phone tip March 11. The inspection detected 55 dead dolphins and 4 sea lions, all of which were determined to have died during a span of approximately one to three weeks or more.

      Another zone of mystery surrounds the Laguna Ojo de Liebre, located in the state of Baja California Sur, where 150 dead sea turtles were discovered at the end of January. About two weeks earlier, 14 lifeless gray whales (13 babies and 1 adult) and 16 dead sea turtles were found in the same area. Moreover, 17 perished sea turtles were discovered in the same place in January 2014."


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  • Jebus Jebus

    One would think that with the huge amount of tsunami chemicals washed out to sea, if that was the culprit in this unprecedented Pacific Ocean massive mass animal die off, that the apologists, err, excuse me, the "scientists", would jump on that as the cause, deferring any notion that any manmade nuclear radiation is infinitely more deadly in an aquatic ocean environment…

    It's all internal emitters in the Ocean. Think about it…


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  • starspire starspire

    Today it is the Sunday on Memorial Day weekend. I went to the beach in Malibu — a private beach where there weren't a lot of people, and you can walk under the houses, if you want to. There was a place where the rocks were rough, and the tide was high, and so I proceeded to walk under a house. While doing this, I startled a single sea lion pup about three to four feet long. She was very thin and weakly moved away from me. She stared at me, and then looked out at the ocean, seemingly to decide which was the worse fate. She was tired, and probably couldn't bear the idea of going down those rocks and fighting those waves to get away from me. She just stared out at the abyss, and then I noticed tears falling from her eyes. I'm not making this up. Tears fell from her left eye twice, and she looked very forlorn. It tore my heart out, because I could only imagine how she felt — abandoned by her Mother, betrayed by her Stewarts (us), and destined for a grim life, if any would be left at all.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Bring her some fish!


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