Gov’t reports “big, big decline” in Alaska caribou — “Mortality very high” after Fukushima releases began — “Low survival rate” for calves also in 2011 and 2012 — Official: “Worrisome” how quickly this happened… In truth, we don’t have an answer why (AUDIO)

Published: July 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET
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Alaska Department of Fish and Game, July 2014: Alaska‘s largest caribou herd, the Western Arctic Herd, numbered about 235,000 animals as of July 2013 […] That’s down from 325,000 caribou estimated in the 2011 census […] The recent census indicates a decline of about 27 percent [actually 27.7%] since 2011. Mortality was very high during 2011-2012 […] In addition to high adult cow mortality during 2011-2012, survival of calves born during 2011 and 2012 was relatively low.

Jim Dau, ADF&G biologist who has worked with the herd for more than 25 years: “The herd size right now, as of 2013, was 235,000 caribou, and that’s down about 27% since 2011 — so, a big, big decline in the last two years.”

Alaska News Miner, May 12, 2014: During 2011-12, there was a high mortality rate for adult cows and a low survival rate for calves […] “I’m often asked, ‘Why the decline?’ In truth, we don’t have data to completely answer that question” [said Dau.]

2011 census data from the ADF&G: [The Western Arctic caribou] numbered about 325,000 animals […] a five percent decline [actually 6.4% — roughly 3% per year] since the last census was completed in July 2009 [348,000 animals], and a continuation of the four to six percent annual decline.

The Arctic Sounder, Dec. 12, 2013: [Dau] added that it’s “worrisome” how quickly mortality rates are changing from year to year. While calf production is up, the calf survival rate is going down, he said. And mortality rates for adults, especially cows, has increased.

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Listen to the KNOM broadcast on the decline here

Published: July 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm ET
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  • Jebus Jebus

    Here's an on topic anonymous quote I found way back and saved.

    It was dated 4/15/2011.

    "Looks like radiology is like psychiatry, the more obscuration the more you get paid with all the euphemisms and lexicons. Science (is) supposed to be about truth and clarity. Can one standardized scale be used for activity and dosage?

    Now that I've thought about it, there are so many measuring units in the various sciences, what is commonsense to the layman is impossible for the professional."

    It was accompanied by this complex analytical gem…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t-9pDKh-Rs

  • name999 name999

    Jebus, the EHM rule this planet. Sad truth.

  • Jebus Jebus

    How many errors can a planet handle?

    • zogerke zogerke

      it all depends on the scale of your perspective.

      perspective of one life- can't handle any errors, really. We die. A few lifetimes? Civilizations fade.

      perspective of millions of years? there you have extinctions and new species development, maybe

      perspective of billions of years? there are no errors, just history….this limited lifespan being (me) prays that Gaia continues to renew herself, with or without US, so life continues.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Which by default, immediately turns into the question:

    How many errors can life handle?

  • "Obviously, Fukushima is a huge problem for the environment, but definitely not the only one." said Jakobi

    BUT…. man made radiation is the ONLY one that trumps all other combinations of harmful contamination surrounding us. GMO's and fracking and oil spills and pollution and nature's changes all have been daunting enough to mitigate.

    Nuclear radiation is an out of control cell mutating "expensive toy" that has undeniable side effects daily and can't be safely *stored* anywhere on this planet.

    And some people wonder why we are together here on ENEWS sharing valuable updates and info regarding current events??????

    WE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE.
    WE WOULD LIKE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF HUMANS AND ALL LIFE FORMS TO LIVE.
    🙂 Simple enough? Let's get to it!

    • Many can start by getting the rad word out
      http://tinyurl.com/fukushimabusinesscard4u

      Future generations thank All who do their part.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      "Stanford Scientist Warns of Sixth Great Extinction Event"

      http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2014/pr-sixth-mass-extinction-072414.html

      Note the emphasis on human activity in the article below. The weather channel currently has a link to a video about this, apparently with an interview with Dr. Dirzo.

      " July 24, 2014
      Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
      Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health. "

      BY BJORN CAREY

      " Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.

      And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to ***human activity***, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of 'Anthropocene defaunation.'

      Across vertebrates, 16 to 33 percent of all species are estimated to be globally threatened or endangered. Large animals – described as megafauna and including elephants, rhinoceroses, polar bears and countless other species worldwide – face the highest rate of decline, a trend that matches previous extinction events."

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        A quote from Dr. Dirzo, from another article on the same project:

        " ' Where human density is high, you get high rates of defaunation, high incidence of rodents, and thus high levels of pathogens, which increases the risks of disease transmission,' said Dirzo, who is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. 'Who would have thought that just defaunation would have all these dramatic consequences? But it can be a vicious circle.'

        The scientists also detailed a troubling trend in invertebrate defaunation. Human population has doubled in the past 35 years; in the same period, the number of invertebrate animals – such as beetles, butterflies, spiders and worms – has decreased by 45 percent. "

  • rogerthat

    http://rt.com/usa/175532-report-us-nuclear-threat/
    ​Fukushima lessons: US nuclear plants ‘must be better equipped for offsite disasters’

    Is this not a risky way to boil an egg? I think we should be told.

    … The authors of the report advise that the US authorities should introduce “emergency response plans, including plans for communicating with affected population.”
    “[It is] necessary to ensure that there are scalable and effective strategies, well-trained personnel, and adequate resources for responding to long-duration accident/scenarios.” …
    …The authors of the report advise that the US authorities should introduce “emergency response plans, including plans for communicating with affected population.”
    “[It is] necessary to ensure that there are scalable and effective strategies, well-trained personnel, and adequate resources for responding to long-duration accident/scenarios.”…
    Things like natural disasters and human errors "have the potential to affect large geographical regions and multiple nuclear plants," …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/07/23/voices/vote-ditch-shields-protecting-nuclear-firms/#.U9ONCULLjao
    Use your vote to dismantle shields that protect nuclear firms from post-Fukushima liability

    http://imgur.com/gallery/IgfNP
    – a year old, but still fresh as a daisy lol

    http://www.capecodbaywatch.org/%3Fp%3D4273
    Post-Fukushima NRC: Why “Flexibility” With Regulations Isn’t Safe

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    My apologies if this was already posted I have been trying to catch up due to computer issues
    Fukushima monkeys show signs of 'blood abnormalities' following 2011 nuclear disaster – Science – News – The Independent
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fukushima-monkeys-show-signs-of-blood-abnormalities-following-2011-nuclear-disaster-9628556.html
    Scientists have found abnormalities in the blood of monkeys living near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

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    Wild Japanese macaques were found to have lower than normal white and red blood cell levels and detectable levels of caesium in their body, all of which could make them more susceptible to disease.

    The new study, published in the journalScientific Reports, looked for signs of radiation exposure in 61 monkeys living in a 43 mile distance (70 kilometres) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    The power plant suffered a meltdown in March 2011 when it was hit by a tsunami, releasing substantial amounts of nuclear material into the area. Some 300,000 people were evacuated following what was the second largest nuclear incident…

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Shoot sorry for the messy post

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Here's another op to have your voice heard , you have until November 24 2014 to write , fax or comment

    I personally would like a postcard made by someone here hint hint ..that we can download and print on card stock ..and blast every office and person that are the contacts here …I do not trust the online comments esp if they are Anonoymous …

    Federal Register | Radiation Protection
    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/25/2014-17252/radiation-protection

    Sorry I didn't open some of it up but there's a lot of info here to digest and discover .

    • we have already been informed by MFX that it is a closed circle, they do not pay any attention to what the public wants or thinks. Like MFX they think everyone except 'insiders' are idiots, or quacks to be ignored.

      That being said, it is important to make your voice heard ANYWAY!

      Speak your truth to power!

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