Fukushima radiation a “major threat” to survival of baby birds — “Immediate and worrisome” impacts on marine wildlife discussed — More damage to come as radioactive material biomagnifies in food chain

Published: September 18th, 2014 at 10:02 am ET
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Ecological Indicators, Volume 43, August 2014 (emphasis added): Excerpts from Reduced vitamin A levels indicate radionuclide exposure in Streaked Shearwaters following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident

  • Exposure to radiation reduces levels of antioxidants [that] can cause teratogenic or mutagenetic effects… distributions of Streaked Shearwaters from Mikura Island (MKR) during the post egg-laying period coincide with the Fukushima nuclear plume while the breeding colony on Birou Island (BRU) [approx. 600 miles from Fukushima Daiichi] lies outside the affected zone… fledglings from MKR [approx. 100 miles south of Tokyo and 250 miles from Fukushima Daiichi] displayed significantly reduced vitamin A levels… these depletions most likely result from radiation exposure due to the Fukushima nuclear accident, implying that the risk of radionuclide contamination is considerably elevated for Streaked Shearwaters on MKR, where more than 60% of the world’s population breeds. While additional negative impacts are expected due to delayed effects of radionuclide transport via biomagnification in the food chain, this study highlights the potential immediate and worrisome consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident for marine wildlife.
  • Average fledging mass from MKR in 2011 was also approximately 13% lower than reported for the same location in 1985 and 1990… findings suggest that in 2011, newly fledged chicks from both MKR and BRU were in relatively poor condition, both relative to previous years and compared with adults [from the Awa Islands off Japan's west coast]… there was likely reduced food availability to chicks at both MKR and BRU islands.
  • Vitamin A levels in chicks from MKR were significantly lower and less variable than those observed at BRU… The influence of radionuclide contamination on vitamin A stores in birds is also documented… Adult shearwaters on MKR likely feed chicks from [areas] within the Fukushima nuclear plume, during the chick-rearing period… reduced vitamin A levels observed at MKR are, at least in part, associated with indirect exposure to radionuclides through contaminated food sources.
  • Our findings suggest that birds from the world’s largest Streaked Shearwater colony experienced significant exposure to radionuclide-contaminants during 2011. The long-term persistence of radionuclides at shallow depths also means that Streaked Shearwaters will likely continue be subjected to long-term, chronic exposure to radionuclide-contaminated water during the breeding season in years to come… initial and continuing exposure may pose a major threat to fledgling survival and ultimately the viability of this population. Moreover, the delayed and chronic effects of radiation exposure on adults are cause for additional concern as seabirds are often slow to recover from perturbations as a result of deferred reproduction, low fecundity, and reliance on high adult survivorship to maintain populations.

See also: NOAA to analyze radioactivity levels in sooty shearwaters

Published: September 18th, 2014 at 10:02 am ET
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139 comments to Fukushima radiation a “major threat” to survival of baby birds — “Immediate and worrisome” impacts on marine wildlife discussed — More damage to come as radioactive material biomagnifies in food chain

  • We Not They Finally

    "While additional negative impacts are expected due to delayed effects of radionuclide transport via BIOMAGNIFICATION in the food chain…"

    One of the most critical areas needed for public education!


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    • OldFool

      One picogram Sr-90 is about 5.2 becquerels. One picogram of Cs-137 is more than 3.2 becquerels. Considering the fact that the TEPCO leach rate numbers could be wrong by more than 7 orders of magnitude, and that the amount of water daily going into the Pacific is probably far more than the fantasy 300-400 ton number they pulled out of thin air – it is surprising things have not gotten worse than this. But don't worry – the ramp up in the Sr-90 release has only just started.


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  • bluetick

    this is no big deal to the top powers. one species is not even a drop in the coffee cup.. We / they have been knocking of thousands of species , matter of fact we are in a extinction event right now!!!

    perfectly coincides with "satanists now handing literature about being a devil worshiper in elementary schools" crazy world we live on…1950 , 1850 you would have been skinned alive!


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  • rogerthat

    don't fuss, some "expert'' will pop up any time now to tell us biomagnification can be avoided by looking at the world through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars for 10 minutes each day


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I took a long walk along the river last evening.
    I searched the sky and trees for nesting birds.
    I listened for the sweet song of sleep in the rushes.

    In the distance of a mile and a half ..along banks full of cottonwoods …4 birds.


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    • Most of the MANY birds here in the trees have died. There are basically a bird here and there now. The science is deafening in places their calls used to be multiples of melodic songs. Sad how the world is dying and basically no one cares…This is one reason besides constant pain,why I am not a very nice guy anymore…


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      • West Aussie West Aussie

        Onto, lots of people care. It's just that we are so isolated from each other and the madding crowd that we often feel like we are all alone. We feel powerless because of our isolation and that is just a statement of fact. Not because we are all suffering from mental illness because we wont run with the herd as so many would have us believe.
        The herd is a collective dumb animal that's only motivation is survival through sacrifice of the weaker amongst them and I want nothing to do with it on that level. No large crowds for me.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Heart, I understand how discouraging it is when you see local wildlife populations threatened, odd mutations in helpless animals, and such. Most of our mourning doves and stellar jays are about 1/2 their normal size where I live.

      Yesterday, I took a drive through the Yolo Bypass, a large wetlands area in the Central Valley, between Sacramento and Woodland. It was encouraging to see dozens of great snowy egrets in the rice paddies and sloughs. They were especially numerous near the Sacramento Int'l Airport.

      Thankfully there are at least pockets where the wildlife doesn't seem so severely affected.

      Am very concerned though as everywhere I've lived, during my entire life (I'm almost 59 y/o), I've always been able to go outside and hear bird songs everwhere. It was always very cheering to me. Now I rarely hear the sounds of birds in the morning.

      The silence is deafening.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Just read Onto's reply. Yes, the silence is deafening. Saw so many dead birds this spring and summer, broken egg shells with no baby bird chicks, that it was terribly discouraging.

        Have never, ever, seen so many dead birds.

        The other day I was driving on the freeway, and a very large bird dropped from the sky like it had been shot. Like it just dropped dead in flight. I'm not sure what it was, but it landed right in front of me on the freeway. Needless to say it was very startling.


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          It looked like a large raven or dark colored bird of prey, not quite large enough to be a vulture.


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        • Toxins in the nervous systems of the birds are simply shutting down their ability to fly, they shudder, flop over and die, or die in flight and drop. By the millions these occurrences have been happening since the Gulf Spill. The combination of that and FUKU has basically destroyed many bird species. The ravens here have disappeared, also a endless amount of squawking black birds in the pine trees everywhere. We have one lone female left feeding in our birdie buffet, but all the birds here do not migrate anymore, they remain due to the only food supply, and water/bath remaining in this entire area. I am experimenting with edible beetle bug production so far so good, the local sand lizards are getting pretty good sized now! And FYI folks, bugs are the food wave of the future, IF there is one!

          http://modernfarmer.com/2013/06/small-scale-insect-farming/


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Yes..HoTaters.
        It's encouraging to here that other areas are not as affected at the present time.

        I'm a bird lover.
        It is said that before women started wearing 'feathers' in their hats ..the sky would darken as the birds lifted ..from the trees at dawn..in a cacophony of sound.

        My bedroom is situated at tree level..to be awoken by their morning song.

        And it is basically silent ..for the single male now and then.
        A few doves in passing..5 crows..(whom I despise).


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      • The new normal.. a few dozen seems good.

        There used to be tens of thousands.

        Where the sky or ponds are now filled with 50,000 geese and ducks, there used to be millions.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.. Don't mind if I'm a bit distraught ..aye?


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    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      If i would not be choking..i would be wheeping..


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      • Much weeping and gnashing of teeth… Much weeping: Cs137 becoming crystals of Ba137 with a random flash of X rays, in your flesh…

        Gnashing of teeth: St90 heat decay for 64 hours while it transmutes to Zr90 in your teeth…


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        • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          How contaminated does one has to be to feel the heat.. in the teeth…yikes.. imaging many litle soldering iron's..homegrow sheeple tongue for dinner..yummy..you are what you eat they say.. 0.o


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          • DID, GOOD question! I have spent loads of time on that very thing. The most obvious ones being those who have been the closest to Chernobyl. BUT…There are other factors. Basically you are what you eat exactly. So how much St90 & Cs137 do you need to feel the decay heat? The EV is 200k for the decay. SO even the tiny pieces will heat for that 64 hours. IF and I do mean IF the Yt90 in in amounts that will simultaneously decay bond to Zr90, the heat in a tiny sized particulate, will in effect get rather warm.

            What worries me the most however, and I WILL caution this is speculation… Is there is any dimensional trans mutational size change? Atomic mass does not change, however there MAY be a dimensional change in SIZE! To explain: Ba137 electron scans show the lattice this material suddenly becomes, ok enter carbon cage molecules and their effects on dimensional displacement of as a crystallographic matrix, and all bets are off as to weather the change will in effect get LARGER from cage carbon activity in the mix of ELEments. So NOT to speculate I CAN say in all reasonable science theory the stuff in sea water WILL do this Bucky ball dance with disaster! Rapid rise in sea levels anyone. Please anyone with a brain out here to help me verify this… help me!!! PLEASE!


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            • PlowboyGrownUp

              Would it not take a large number of particles to cause pain and/or mechanical damage due to volume change if volume change is the case?

              Just looking for the less evil possibilities…
              According to readings, we who grew up during the atmospheric bomb testing had some S90 in our bones. But now you have made me recall times when there were sudden sharp pains here and there, maybe teeth too.


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              • Yes those pains had both my wife and I in for dental work in 1988/89 from being born to Rocketdyne, then again in 2008/09 from the bigger ache of TMI, next we will feel the pain of Chernobyl in our ever enlarging bits of St90 crystals, soon to decay into Yt90 heat for 64 hours, and add to the Zr90 even more. In 2038 should anyone be alive then, the St90 chunks will be unbearable on conversion I am sure for anyone that accumulated 28 to 30 years both ELEments.

                The random sharp pains may be accumulated nuke junk converting indeed. Another "mystery" solved perhaps? The one about roving pains.


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            • PlowboyGrownUp

              " all reasonable science theory the stuff in sea water WILL do this Bucky ball dance with disaster!"

              OK, will the bucky ball effect lessen the potential for damage to the human body due to the radioactive particles being bound up in the compound lattice? Will they pass through the digestive tract more readily than isolated particles?


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Am trying to remineralize my teeth with homemade toothpaste. Can use Cal/Mag powder for part of it. Mixed with organic coconut oil, which is said to draw toxins from the body. To this you can add baking soda, food grade diatomaceous earth (make SURE it's food grade), and essential oils. Clove oil, a little tea tree oil, lavender oil, are all good choices. The essential oils need to be GRAS (generally regarded as safe) food grade oils.

            There are people who have been doing this who swear it can heal decay in the teeth and remineralize the teeth, as long as the tooth decay isn't too advanced.

            Many recipes are available on the web. Am thinking using the homemade toothpaste along with a heavy metals chelation protocol would be a good idea for all of us.

            Coconut "oil pulling" can also remove toxins from the body and supposedly the teeth. It also makes the teeth whiter looking.


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  • Sol Man

    I love the creatures of life and am worried about all. It makes no difference, though. The bottom line is the genomes ch-ch-ch changing beyond their ability to function for any species any longer. I can't think of a solution out of this life force forsaken event.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sol Man, I just looked at hundreds of pictures of deformed children, from all over the world. Some of the malformations are just shocking and very heartbreaking. Have to wonder how many of these horrific deformities are due to the effects of radiation or other messed-up things we've done to the environment, our earth.


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  • Shaker1

    I think that we need to push congresspeople both here and in the US and Japan to propose a law that will force all these people furthering their careers or personal fortunes from the radioactive side of the Fukushima and its aftermath be required to do some time in service of cleanup of the site. The only exemptions would be those who can exhibit decided opposition to nuclear power and its processes.

    One wonders at this point in the series of events which comes first, the chicken or the egg.

    Well, folks, in this life despite our wondering or contemplative mind, it's the egg. These studies that state what is obvious and utterly predictable (albeit with some statistical reservation) lend little more than declaring that they've found the egg and it is now hatched into a deformed chicken. A bit more work through this, and a bit more reasonable opposition (they are supposedly trained to be reasonable men and women, right?) may have made what they're doing unnecessary.


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  • dunkilo

    Rose,I too am seeing the effects on nature in SE Va. Saw 1 deformed slug all summer,Very few earthworms.Deformed leaves on 1 tree,Im looking for more….
    Please take peace in knowing what we know….this life this "world"is not the end.
    Love to all


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  • Sickputer

    Seven million of the 20 million mutton birds (sooty shearwater) disappeared in 2011-2012 during their trip to Japan and back to the Maori islands off New Zealand.

    I wonder what their numbers are now. The nuclear poisons flowing out into the Pacific Ocean filters down the coastline as well as into eastern currents. Close to the island that the fledglings are trying to build strength to fly to New Zealand.

    Somebody should check the blood of the heavy consumers of the birds. Almost exclusively the Maori tribe as they are the only humans allowed to legally harvest the tender chicks in late spring.


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    One thing about "wildlife biologists" that stands out clearly is their myopia.
    This is why an ecological perspective is a must, if species-specific studies are to be put into proper context.

    One time, I walked into a lab at an ivy league graduate school in the US, to find a wildlife biologist working on disections of 30 or 40 woodchuck corpses, spread on disection trays all over the lab tables.
    I asked this guy what he was doing.
    He told me he was disecting a single gland from each animal, and weighing them to determine their relation to body mass, or some such nonsense.
    I saw red.
    Here was this guy, a so-called "wildlife biologist", who, for the sake of his piss-ant MA or PhD, had "sacrificed" all these wild animals in order to rip out one gland and weigh it!
    I believe the only words I could muster in the moment, before I fled the grisley scene, were:
    "And you call yourself a 'wildlife biologist'."

    These are the kind of people we are dealing with here.
    These are not "big picture" sorts of people.

    The bad news about Fukushima is going to come out of such labs, where people who are focused on the furtherance of their petty careers, study their own personal choice of wildlife species.
    The wildlife they capture to weigh and measure.
    The wildlife they band, tag, and track.
    And sacrifice.
    The wildlife they pretend to care about.
    They may not get the "big picture" cause of all this destruction.
    But they most surely know the result. ;)


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  • dosdos dosdos

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2547056/fukushima_radiation_damages_rice_genome.html

    An article showing that Fukushima's rice crop has been genetically damaged, just as rice from Fukushima has been given the green light for harvesting, consumption, and export.


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  • Scary. Rice can soak up from 1% Cs collide water as much as 3k Bq/kilo… We still have pre FUKU rice stored in the stash. It is now 4 years old basically. Not sure how long it will keep.


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    • visibletotheeye

      I have two pre-fuku cans of Silver salmon left…I cant quite bring myself to eat them. Oyyyy.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Onto, you can add a little food grade diatomaceous earth to your rice. As long as it's kept cool and dry, it can keep indefinitely. Brown rice is a little bit more tricky, but it can be done.

      The DE keeps the grain/rice dry, and also has the added benefit of keeping out insect pests.

      Store your rice in glass jars with airtight lids if possible.

      And be sure to use food grade DE, be careful about your sources. Also, make sure you don't breathe the dust from the DE, as it's a silicate and you don't want it in your lungs. Safer than talc (also made from DE) but you don't want to inhale it, just the same.


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  • truthseek truthseek

    Threat to baby birds,
    but humans are safe,
    don't worry be happy.
    WTH?


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I have a big beautiful 16 point buck that has been living near my house for the past few weeks. I noticed yesterday he has a baseball size tumor growing out from the bottom of his jaw. :-(


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  • Crickets Crickets

    And, still, most people don't seem to care. This must mean that they either don't understand the truth, they don't believe the truth, or they simply believe that the most important thing in the world is their paycheck and remaining ignorant is worth the risks that it will bring.


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  • Crickets Crickets

    Yesterday, while looking out my window and seeing the visible costs of "progress" and considering the invisible costs, like radiation, I asked myself what would I be willing to forgo in order to live in a world that was environmentally pure, close to the way it was before we started screwing it up. The water is contaminated. The atmosphere is contaminated. The food chain is contaminated. The forests have been decimated. Sometimes I wish we were given the choice to start over. Are all these machines, trinkets and conveniences really worth the cost of the environment we depend on?


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    • or-well or-well

      Replay

      NEED

      I've known those in large homes,
      those in basements rented,
      those who've lived on the glide
      and those by Life dented,
      been to celebrations wet with champagne,
      and ones with few beers held outside in the rain,
      known kids whose play is lost in confusion
      in a welter of toys, amassed in profusion,
      and ones whose toys are sourced at Goodwill -
      of them all, whose play is most thrilled?
      The ones joined at play by loving caregiver,
      not ones abandoned to TV babysitter,
      and the happy folks – big-careered, well-invested?
      No more likely than those of possessions divested.
      We know what makes happy. It's not stuff or need,
      false and implanted by society
      nor using our level of energy.
      Its doing something truly worthwhile,
      sharing what makes us humans smile,
      what binds us together as we naturally incline,
      not pulls apart as the Elite define.
      I could go on but I'll just say thanks
      that we don't need electricity and no stinkin' tanks
      for human happiness or peace in the soul,
      we need basic needs met and to see our kids grow.

      or-well


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    • J.

      Cricket: I truly think you've touched on the way of thinking needed to bring about deep and lasting change. Most of us are sick in the head with viral affluenza, and it starts in childhood. It is so hard to recover.


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    • PlowboyGrownUp

      It started with agriculture long ago, when somebody or a group gave up stone age hunting and gathering and concentrated on farming. Down through the ages we had the other "ages".
      Actually the stone age hunter/gatherers were still in the southwest North America until around the middle of the last century, although some of them had taken up farming. They had the best life IMO.
      Anybody who will read the book "Grandfather" will gain much. By Tom Brown,Jr.


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  • or-well or-well

    Replay
    June 26, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Bird Song

    Once we were dinosaurs stomping around,
    knocking big trees flat on the ground,
    giving big rocks a boot for a mile
    as Jurassic mosquitoes made us quite riled.
    We had teeth as long as a cutlass
    and toenails that could rip you gutless,
    we could smell much in our big sinuses
    and had lots of room in our skull cavities.
    All in all, more plusses than minuses
    as no one questioned our depravities.
    Stupid cosmic collisions and changing weather -
    now all we've got is evolved feathers!
    We have to fight worms for Goodness' sake
    to feed our young their daily intake!
    We're cute little birdies that chirp and tweet
    and kids think it fun how we hop on our feet
    and who objects as with song we Sun greet?
    Oh yum we get seeds and bugs to eat
    and sometimes at feeders we get a treat.
    So what's the problem? Why not let us live?
    We help control insects and joy to you give.
    Can't you leave us some homes, not poison our food,
    what have we done lately that you find so rude
    our habitat everywhere you must denude?
    Why do you kill us by enfeebling our brood?
    The Sea, the Land, the Air is a mess -
    can't we even have Trees to build a few nests?
    You'll know when the Sky is empty and quiet
    we've gone extinct and by your own fiat
    other species will follow, even ones of your diet.


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  • Nick

    This isn't the ONLY reason why our world seems mute when it comes to all things Fukushima…but I am increasingly shaking my head at it:

    Climate Change Freaks who embrace(d) nuclear energy.

    Notice how some folks get all worked up about human-induced climate change, but remain absolutely silent about nuclear power and the FD-NPP fiasco?

    In my mind, making carbon the enemy is possibly the stupidest thing humans decided to FOCUS on, whilst ignoring the increasingly toxic loading of the biosphere by ionizing radiation.

    Wall Street wants carbon-credits. Where are the atomic-fission-pile credits?

    How is it that we have ample public debate about climate change/global warming/carbon as the enemy but zilch on all things nuclear?

    Well, face it, we are SUPPOSED to focus on climate change and gloss over the fact that many carbon-as-enemy freaks also are proponents of nuclear energy.

    Methinks this possibly explains the stifled discourse on our nuclear infested decaying biosphere.

    Suffice it to say, I just can't (never have) get worked up over climate change. It ain't gonna kill us. Wayward toxins are, with nuclear fission pile crap being close to the top of the list.


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    • vital1 vital1

      It is my view that the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster + all the worldwide nuclear reactors are causing massive climate change, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.

      Fukushima is releasing and has released large amounts of atmospheric radiation, by some estimates equal to thousands of nuclear bombs.

      This nuclear war study indicates ozone damage.

      Extract:

      “In addition, the ozone layer, which protects the surface of the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation, would be depleted by 40% over many inhabited areas and up to 70% at the poles.”

      Article: More articles and research documents here.

      http://sccc.org.au/extreme-uv-levels-in-summer


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    • name999 name999

      nick, lots of false arguments and strategies to pull people off the real problems and get them opposing each other…same old same old…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    These people are very good at what they do..obviously.

    They all knew the dangers in the original spec designs/lifetimes/expiration dates and that these Nuclear Power Plants were going to start failing.

    Manmade machines will always break down.. :(

    It's only a matter of time now!


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  • dosdos dosdos

    The best definition of Baaaah…

    "Ah get born, keep warm, short pants, romance,
    Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed, try to be a success.
    Please her, please him, buy gifts, don't steal, don't lift,
    Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift.
    Look out kid, they keep it all hid.
    Better jump down a manhole, light yourself a candle,
    Don’t wear sandals, try to avoid the scandals.
    Don’t wanna be a bum, you better chew gum.
    The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles."


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  • As I have moved to a place more more in true with nature, and have grown a large garden that is providing all our food except occasional land animal meat, and take wonder in how well things work and how amazingly complicated tasks can be carried on my bio organisms. It is amazing to watch it in person. Red fox and otters frolicking in the area, Prarie dogs knocking on the window to say hi, a charm of gold finches taking up residence. And all the usual other suspects.

    Too bad we as a species are responsible for fucking all this up on our watch.


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  • Dick Shenary

    Nick – How is it that we have ample public debate about climate change/global warming/carbon as the enemy but zilch on all things nuclear? It wasn't always like this. For twenty-five years before Fukushima, global warming was the unwanted step-child. GW was denied, joked about, and ignored until Fukushima. Suddenly the nuclear industry (governments) discovered that the unwanted step-child was just the right answer to help spur a financially sinking industry. Now suddenly global warming will require a new generation of much safer and smaller modular nuclear power plants therefore debate about GW is now welcomed. We are being conned again and the slogan CO2 releases so small they will be too cheap to meter will be heard all over the land. History may not repeat itself, but the echoes are amazing. Also Nick it is climate change that is currently kicking the worlds ass as the radiation from many sources continues to climb and our answer to this dual mess is to build more nukes and export more oil and gas. My species is clearly far too stupid to control much of anything including nuclear power plants.


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    • vital1 vital1

      The 1000 nuclear reactors around the would + Fukushima are causing climate change because of Krptom-85 releases.

      "Krypton-85 and other ionizing isotope contamination in the upper atmosphere has changed the upper atmosphere dynamics, and is creating extreme seasonal Northern Hemisphere UV and weather events. There are ~1000 nuclear reactors around the world. This includes nuclear power plants,research and military reactors. All these reactors release krypton-85 as part of their normal normal operations. The Fukushima nuclear disaster released enormous amounts of krypton-85. Krypton-85 releases change the atmospheric electric conductivity, ion current, and the Earth’s magnetic field!"


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    • name999 name999

      DS, the ascendance of Ronald Reagan in the 80's. In a book I am reading called HEALTHY COMPUTING by Dr. Ronald Harwin and Colin Haynes, the focus is on the onslaught of computer related injuries and that Management in huge corporate workplaces asserted that the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that was disabling mostly women earlier on, was a form of mass hysteria and people trying to get money. They write (pg. 52), "The Reagan Administration's cutbacks to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) made it even more difficult during the 1980's to assemble the information we so desperately need. In contrast, the Australian government immediately set up a task force on RSI and has made great progress in tackling this problem".

      Our Democracy has been sabotaged and completely penetrated by military corporations.


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  • NRC is promoting "we observe our employee, therefore nuke is safe 'in a community'"

    I had this to say

    Those consideration alone with not allow nuclear to "operate safely in the community".

    They should all be far away from communities, all the Mark 1s should be shut down, and a direct cost analysis compared to Solar PV with all outyears costs including on the nuke ledger should be forced, including competitive bids for solar farms with or without storage as needed by the load profile and other RE sources.

    Nonwithstanding, there are multiple instances of drug and alcohol abuse within the industry, including a worker at Kewaunee pounding beer in containment while on duty.

    Mixing humans and criticality reactions is wrong on such a basic level. Thank you.

    http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2014/09/18/in-nuclear-power-plants-behavior-is-under-observation-2/


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  • Dick Shenary

    For you Japanese readers – Remember the Buddha taught – Control is just an illusion. And where do we need absolute control that is long lasting? Perhaps NPPs come to mind. And now TEPCO has shown us and the world how correct the Buddha was.


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  • Dick Shenary

    Much blame to go around though – We can start with the British and the fire inside the reactor at Windscale in 1957, followed by Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, and finally the crown jewel of nuclear accidents Fukushima. Many of the governments of the world continue to insist that this technology is safe. It may be adequately safe but clearly not for long periods of time. When will we wake up to this?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    "When will we wake up from this?"

    Ergo: These people are very good at what they do.. :(


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Nuclear "out of control" core meltdowns are not unlike "out of control" wildfires and they are going to do what they are going to do.. :(

    They all cost massive tax dollars, but eventually the "out of control" wild fire will go out when it's ready to go out and all on it's own.

    This will not happen with Nuclear "out of control" core meltdowns..at least not in our lifetimes! :(
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2760465/Crews-battle-control-wildfire-California-blaze-threatens-2-000-homes.html


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  • FXofTruth

    The best way to STOP nuclear power dead in it's tracks is to do one simple requirement. So simple that it is TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE for any nuclear power plant to produce any of it!

    What is that one elusive thing that not a single power plant EVER has been able to produce?

    A profit.

    You can kill the ENTIRE industry by pulling ALL Public funding to keep these failures financially afloat. Who ever heard of a "for profit business" cannot be ALLOWED to lose money because the Public has to FUND it and is LEGALLY REQUIRED to stop it from happening, WTF?


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  • KANYUN

    And what do little birdies do?

    Transport seed complete with a starter fertilizer √
    Poop creating natural intense fertilizers √
    Pollinate trees and plants √
    Feed people √

    I can think of a corporate sector that would jump for joy at the demise of birdies. DNA pedophiles, thieves of nature for pervert copywrong.

    Lets do bumblee bees as well. What do they do?

    Pollinate the crops that you eat √
    Pollinate the trees that give you fruit √
    Provide powerful immunity boosters for your body √
    Provide honey to give natural sweetness to foods/drinks √
    An intense and powerful wound antibacterial shield √

    These free life forms are an abomination to drug sorcerers and DNA pedophiles. They care not for natures joys.

    Corporations are the carrion of earth.


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  • This study reveals truths hidden amid the lies – 1) there was far more radioactive release into the marine and air environments than admitted by ALL governments; 2) the release is having detrimental effects both terra genetically and mutagenetically on complex animals, meaning the gene line has been effected: 3)the current mass die-offs in the Pacific of several species of various types from bacterias to whales will also have these terra- and muta- genetic effects: 4) if such studies can stay visible, it will become harder and harder for governments and industry leaders to continue to think from the erroneous theory that low level radiation is harmless to life.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima radiation damages rice genome
    Sept 18 2014

    "Research on the biological effects of radiation near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site finds a powerful response in rice seedlings, writes Gregory McCann. The discovery will do nothing to boost consumer confidence in resumed rice exports from the Fukushima region.

    A study in the American Genetic Association's Journal of Heredity examines the detailed genetic alterations of the all-important young rice plant when exposed to low-level radiation – that emitted by the Fukushima nuclear plant a year after the disaster."


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The bonnie swallows return to signal the planning of the rice..
    I'm heartbroken.


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  • curly

    Pacific Power makes it possible for their customers to choose the source of their electricity. Do other power companies offer this option? If I am using electricity that is not from a renewable source, I am supporting npp's. I'm going to have to make sure that Pacific Power doesn't consider nuclear power to be a renewable source. It seems to me that everyone opposed to npp's would choose a renewable source for their electricity. Just a small step in the right direction although more expensive. If every enenewser (including lurkers) stopped using nuclear and other non renewable sources for their electricity it would be a drop in the bucket but a positive step. Just think if all the crazies got together and one day a month used no electricity or any fossil fuels. Think bottom line. What if each one of us could convince the city we live to use only renewable energy?


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  • Nick

    I remember when solar systems for electricity and hot water were deemed quaint quirky and worse.

    I live in a county that has a vast amount of both now and the trend keeps going up. Wind is also becoming a major player.

    I suggest a social media storm that trashes all things nuclear.

    We have no business as a species to be producing toxins that will destroy the biosphere for the rest of time. Therefor it is time for a major paradigm shift to renewables and energy efficiency everywhere.

    Nuclear technology has it's tentacles everywhere and it is a pipedream to wish it go into the dust bin of history.

    The problem is RADIATION is invisible. That is the only reason we have split the atom such a vast scale to date.

    To make radiation visible to the sleeping masses will take an effort
    that must not falter.

    ANYONE who earns their livelihood from ANYTHING nuclear will have to become vilified, ostracized etc.

    Obviously that is also a pipedream, but we owe it to our planet to
    do nothing less.


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  • ftlt

    Bird populations are know to take a big hit from nuclear releases. I would expect a drop observed in populations from this and other factors

    I must say, I have not noticed the hit where I am in California as there is much water near to where I am. It probably attracts birds from the less well watered areas in the state of California.

    I would think, the drought will soon have a big impact of birds that stay and pass through the state.

    Winter flooding of the rice by-passes/lands and other agricultural fields have been banned this winter. This will certainly have an impact on the Pacific Flyway migratory bird population too.

    El Ninos are known to hit seas bird populations as well. So, the warming of the oceans and their acidification will not be good for sea birds.

    Birds populations are a good indicator of environmental problems, As things go to hell in a hand basket, expect to see fewer of our feathered friends.


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    • name999 name999

      ftlt, already been seeing this huge loss in the number of birds around. Remember "birds of a feather flock together"? There are lots of solo birds and small groupings, but not the robust populations of the early 20th century.

      Here at Enenews, we are birds that flock together, gratefully.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    …the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 nuclear accident at Fukushima


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    • SadieDog

      "Associate Professor Alistair Poore from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of NSW said the balls were probably a rare type of living green algae, which has only been seen a handful of times around the world. "


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sadie Dog, we used to have those things in Humboldt County, California. The eel grass would get torn up by its roots, and would tumble in the surf. It would get tangled up with grasses, fishing lines, and twigs, whatever was around.

      Maybe that's what they're seeing in Australia?

      It certainly is peculiar.


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