Japan Biologist: Radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster is most reasonable explanation for butterfly deaths and abnormalities — “I think maybe this is a very touchy issue, politically”

Published: July 16th, 2013 at 3:04 pm ET


Title: Fukushima offers real-time ecolab
Source: Nature
Author: Ewen Callaway
Date: 16 July 2013

[…] Last week […] biologists studying Fukushima and Chernobyl came together at the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Chicago […]

What Fukushima data do exist are sporadic — and contested. […]

[…] Insects collected in May [2011] showed few problems, but their lab-reared offspring had many abnormalities, such as misshapen wings and aberrant eyespots, and many died as pupae (A. Hiyama et al. Sci. Rep. 2, 570; 2012). Among the September-collected butterflies, more than half of the progeny showed such defects.

[…] “You can come up with alternative explanations, but I think the hypothesis that radiation caused death and abnormalities is the most reasonable,” [Joji Otaki, an ecologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, Japan] says.

Tim Mousseau, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of South Carolina in Columbia […] is heading to Fukushima this week to begin his third season of field work […] His team saw die-offs in some insects and declining numbers of some bird populations […]

For funding, Otaki says he has had to turn mostly to private foundations. “I think maybe this is a very touchy issue, politically,” he says.[…] The Department of Energy has largely stopped funding its research programme in low-dose exposure, and the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have awarded few grants […]

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Published: July 16th, 2013 at 3:04 pm ET


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39 comments to Japan Biologist: Radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster is most reasonable explanation for butterfly deaths and abnormalities — “I think maybe this is a very touchy issue, politically”

  • Birds, bees, butterflies, other insects, bacteria, viruses; it is all the SAME STORY, repeated over and over again.

    Bird Radiation Studies; Chernobyl, TMI and Fukushima; via @AGreenRoad

    Animals And Plants; Low Level Radiation Effects

    Despite all of this evidence, we are supposed to believe that low dose radiation is good for you, healthy in fact. Maybe they are not smiling enough?

    Junk science is as junk science does. Money will buy a lot of 'scientists' for a pre-determined outcome.

    The ABSOLUTE proof and TRUTH is in the plants, animals and insects.

    There is no faking the negative efffects of low dose radiation from Chernobyl, Fukushima, TMI and other nuclear accidents on these living creatures.

    • We Not They Finally

      I dont care how depressing the news is….We must at least understand the truth of what the mark of the beast is…Its Radiation and its results.Yes we are in the last days and that realization is coming to all of us.Its only a matter of time.We are losing: The food chain, Our oxygen,The DNA of all living creatures. mutations and horrors only hinted at but now obvious.

      Hitler was the beginning our current leaders the end.Perhaps somewhere else we have another chance. If Intelligent life in the Universe cares to help us.Otherwise we will suffer our fate.

  • He is lucky that he was not 'disappeared'. Of course, the money dried up.. that is the rule.

    If you talk about the truth, you get no money.

    If you talk about positive aspects of radiation and good 'appearances' of a region, come visit and live here in Fukushima, there is plenty of money.

    And if you are good at shallow nambi pambi 'computer estimates' that sound official, showing there is no radiation at all, you get all of the money in the world.

    Then of course, there is the paid off medical profession, paid to NOT test, paid to refuse to diagnose low dose radiation signs, and paid to tell people it is all about stress, mental problems and not smiling enough..

    If you step outside of this nuclear blue flash neutron radiation line, you are shunned, attacked, and will probably lose your job, just for telling the truth.

    High stakes, and many future generations are watching..

    What legacy will you leave to them?

    • Anthony Anthony

      You nailed it to the floor.

    • We Not They Finally

      The sad truth is that the money is absolutely meaningless in a dying ocean,dying food chain ,dying humanity, and dying and mutating DNA..Maybe if we were truly Gods we might alter the future.But we are not just greedy wealthy powerful humans who have chosen wealth over even their own lives…

      Is there a Hell large enough to take the so called decision makers
      from this stricken planet to their new home…??

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Scientists; cant get funding? Concerned AT ALL for your children? DOE, national science foundation, National Institutes of Health, WHO … what do you think, are they run by corrupt people? All we hear is that these organizations turn a blind eye toward this catastrophe, underfunding, even falsifying reports. YOU CAN HELP! Publish your opinions and findings! Bring this stinking, collapsing edifice down with the thunderous truth. Isnt it about time? Those who keep silent, who support the corrupt system, how can you live with yourselves? Are you an engineer worthy of your title? Join 1900 engineers and scientists, 320 military officers, join the 58 political leaders and many more for 9-11 truth, the kingpin which can help collapse this stranglehold of corrupt power. Are you afraid to stand up for truth, but not afraid for future generations? Help the world, dont enable psychopaths. Whats your answer?

    • We Not They Finally

      We were living in NY during 9-11, where NO planes came down (well, except for the allegedly in tact paper passports??) and 40% of the populace quickly thought that it was "an inside job." So we relate to your passion about that. But since that happened over a decade ago by now (truth is still truth, but the American attention span is nil), we think that educating people about real, ongoing, dangerous health effects of radioactivity is more likely to get them involved. People in this dumbed-down country don't draw connections. So maybe better to focus efforts on telling people, today it's deformed butterflies, tomorrow maybe your own kids.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        I know WNTF, but people are afraid to even say anything…how did THAT happen? Rightio, 9-11. Thats when truth became the enemy of the state. (see Dan Rather and burning tire around neck). Is there value in truth? Finally, it comes down to us, not them…I mean we, not they…I mean…that was their big play, you pull THAT card out from under them and the whole house of cards falls from they, not we…finally

  • razzz razzz

    When you filter out the interference the nuclear industry puts forth, you are left with hard facts that don't support the nuclear industry's own positions about the dangers of nuclear fallout whether from bombs or power plants. The nuclear residues hang around pretty much forever.


    • We Not They Finally

      American really needs large-scale teach-ins, like what happened during the Vietnam War. Radioactivity is complex, but not so complex that the basics cannot be taught and people can know how and why they are in danger — the radionuclides, what they do in the human body, how the measurement systems works, that there are alpha, beta and gamma and each posing different dangers. No education means no public pressure and no protection. Then lies fill the vacuum.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    I live in Blaine Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This summer, same as last summer, very few earth worms lying about after it rains. Virtualy none. Lived at this location 15 years and last summer and this summer are the only ones that have been like this. Generaly they would be all over the driveways and roads. Not last year nor this year. Like I said, almost a complete absence of the little critters. I have also noticed that there are no Monarch butterflies around this year. Damned few bees also. Don't hear many tree frogs in my back yard either. It is heavely wooded and there used to be dozens of them out there. Anyone else notice anything like this where they live?

    • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

      Yes, here in Northern California, living next to beautiful Clearlake. The oldest natural lake in California. This lake is shallow averages about 11 feet and has problems with weeds and algea. Last year the weeds were the worst I ever saw and the Algea/blue green are growing unabated as if they were given a shot of fertilzer. Last year the mosquitoes, flies, birds of all types were just missing. This year they are back with a vengence. Most song birds are still thin in their populations. Last year in our backyard we found some mushrooms and dandelions thet were deformed and growing inside out. This year our garden is much improved with only 1 tommato that looks evil. The numbers of seagul's, Cormorant's are still thin in numbers. This year the Hitch nearly went extint in our lake.

    • We Not They Finally

      Heavy fallout ALWAYS does this. I was raised in New York and in the summer there were ALWAYS caterpillars on the sidewalks and then butterflies in the air. But after Three Mile Island in neighboring Pennsylvania, there were NO MORE. They never returned. Not ever.

    • hbjon hbjon

      What a small world SPS. I used to live in Blaine and get those same worms to take down to the Mississippi to catch my limit of northerns, bass, and everything else. Thanks to Monticello, no fish. Thanks to Fukushima, no worms. Doesn't seem to affect the mosquito population unfortunately.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I, like so may others, have seen only a tiny fraction of the amount of bugs since the meltdowns.

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    Never an apology for lying from the nuclear idiots/criminals.

    Via the New York Times, a reminder to always take officials with a grain of salt when they issue statements denying that the oceans and air are being poisoned:

    The stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has probably been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for two years, ever since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant, Japan’s chief nuclear regulator said on Wednesday.

    In unusually candid comments, Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, also said that neither his staff nor the plant’s operator knew exactly where the leaks were coming from, or how to stop them.

    The operator, Tokyo Electric Power, has reported spikes in the amounts of radioactive cesium, tritium and strontium detected in groundwater at the plant, adding urgency to the task of sealing any leaks. Radioactive cesium and strontium, especially, are known to raise risks of cancer in humans.

    Until recently, Tokyo Electric, known as Tepco, flatly denied that any of that water was leaking into the ocean, even though various independent studies of radiation levels in the nearby ocean have suggested otherwise.

    “Considering the state of the plant, it’s difficult to find a solution today or tomorrow,” Mr. Tanaka said. “That’s the reality we face after an accident like this.”

    • We Not They Finally

      Well, they also announced that they MIGHT have to deliberately dump thousands of tons of contaminated water into the sea, which meant that they had ALREADY done it. And no, it's not "leaks" — it's gushing and spewing and uncontrollable. We need to stop giving them a break on their language. ("Accident" is another word that serves no one but that industry.)

  • razzz razzz

    Nuclear fallout can be very spotty esp. washing out of the atmosphere when it rains helping it concentrate in one area. It could be considered 'temporary' for a certain amount of time maybe a few years as long as you are not downwind from a nuke power plant or any other further continuous exposure (fallout) contamination.

  • We Not They Finally

    And when will they be ready to come clean on PEOPLE deaths and abnormalities?

  • We Not They Finally

    They call this LOW dose exposure? Enough to deform half of what even survived at all? What happened? Some radiation "leaked" onto them?

  • We Not They Finally

    Do they EVER consider that just 1/50-millionth of a gram of plutonium is enough to KILL someone? 1/50-millionth. Sounds really "low dose," doesn't it?

  • Jebus Jebus

    This will be an exponential issue.
    Any species affected by fallout will alter the chain of life above and below it.
    Any species has the potential to cause boom or bust in those dependant on and those that it depends on.
    Each day that circle of low level radiation altered ecosystem is getting larger.

    Like a rash spreading, consuming it's host.

    Normally Mother Nature plays a fairly sane game of roulette.
    Only the strongest, fittest survive.
    A sustainable ecosystem managed by the best fit.

    Not this.

    This is like a massively multiplayer game of roulette, all at once, on one board.

    Unmanageable by best fit by default, Mother Nature only gets to work with what is left, after the chaos subsides.

    The only constant in this equation, is time…

  • nedlifromvermont

    Thanks be to a false nuclear God: Professor Rasmussen at MIT invented "probabalistic" mathmatics to give everyone except John Gofman a false sense of security about the probability of major malfunctions, excursions and loss-of-coolant accidents at nuclear power reactors after TMI, so nuclear crap science could continue its march to profits for the nukers and death and deformity for everyone, including the nukers.

    What beautiful irony. To think my own father used to say stupid things like "everything good and has been done by private capital" Holy shit DAD!

    They were lying. When you said "research shows pot smoking might alter your genes and result in deformed offspring" it was really the asshole nuclearists who were promoting a technology which really did result in mutageneseis and even more horribly, teratogenesis (the begetting of 'monsters'.)

    They should have legalized pot and made nuclear power illegal, back in 1970. That would have been harm reduction.

    But we were all living our lives, oblivious.

    Even Alvin Weinberg, original director at Oak Ridge, said back in 1974 that solar would be a better choice to power the grid, if the cost could be brought down to two and a half times that of coal.

    No shit, Sherlock. It's in Ralph Nader's "Nuclear Menace" from 1974, in the preface!!!

    Crap science, crap industry, crap country … the United States of Child Murderers.

    Now go salute your radioactive flag.

    peace ….

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Nice rant, nedli. +1
      Btw over here the "private capital" just announced yesterday that 20% of their nuclear, coal and gas plants need to be shut down. Why? Because renewable energy became too cheap and is "ruining the business model". 🙂
      Producing renewable energy has finally become cheaper than conventional fossil energy – the final nail in the nucleocrats' coffin.

  • Wooster

    Another one from the "you couldn't make it up" file;

    Japan's nuclear regulator is checking the Japan's 6 nuclear power plants built over faults.

    On Wednesday, experts launched a 2-day examination of faults at the prototype Monju fast breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

    The reactor compound is over 8 faults. One is under the reactor. Experts say shifts could occur if an active fault about 500 meters west of the site moves in an earthquake.

    The team was first briefed on locations of the faults by officials of the reactor's operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

    They then saw where part of the active fault appears in the ground, and scraped the soil to get a clear view.

    In the afternoon, the team was to visit a point where an extended section of the fault beneath the reactor can be observed. (NHK)

  • Fall out man!

    It doesn't take a nuclear accident to see the effects of nuclear contamination on insects (and animals). Nuke plants that are run as well as its possible to run them cause mass mutations in the creatures around them. Cornelia Hess-Honegger is a scientific illustrator who started drawing bugs she found living near nuke power stations. As with any work such as Cornelia Hess-Honnegger's illustrations, the nuke industry has tried very hard to suppress it. No one gets funding to point out the damage the nuke industry does, and its opponents are regularly slandered. Remember, this genetic damage doesn't just happen near Fukushima, Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. This genetic decay happens near ordinary correctly operating nuke plants. They constantly emit radionuclides when functioning normally.

    Here is a link to her web site…

  • nedlifromvermont

    Repubno-demonazis would still be shortened to Nazis …

    … running the United States of Child-murderers …

    Shut this crap industry, based on shitty science, down now …

    Why are you waiting? … ?? … … ??? …

    Oh! … Right. … You sold your souls to corporate child molesters and baby murderers …

    Sucks for us.

    … peace …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    It has begun and the bowls have been poured onto the Earth.

    Nuclear technology must be the Beast.

    Where is Repill when the rampant mutagenic evidence is presented?

    Anton spread the good news….we are all being screwed by our own created by law enforcement collectives.

    We soon will "all" bear the Mark of the Beast!

    The "Mark of the Beast" will be in the form of a tumor, rash, 3 legs, 4 eyes, two heads, deformities of our body and mind and in many new diseases and/or cancers!

    Nuclear = Electricity to cheap to meter! The biggest lie ever told!

    Our Species is now officially… Brain Dead!

    • We Not They Finally

      Yeah, it's a good bet that Plutonium is the anti-Christ. It was not even discovered from Nature. It is MAN-MADE and named after Pluto, God of Death. Interesting that in the bible, Revelation calls the mark of the beast, "The mark of MAN." It doesn't put this horror show onto God.

      I never forgot Al Pacino's line in "The Devil's Advocate" about how the Devil works: "They'll never see you coming." Silent, invisible, odorless, tasteless, untraceable to the source.

      And humanity has dealt with death before, even mass deaths from wars, famines, catastrophes. But mass deformities and slow diseases unfolding before our eyes? And neither predictable nor preventable? Not doable. Economies will collapse and the public morale will go to hell. Then what happens in the panic to get safe food?

      God help us all.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We will eat each other….just like a "pile of maggots" that you might find consuming/teaming on a rotten piece of meat.

    When the rotten meat is gone.. these maggots simply look at each other… and they then start eating each other.

    They know no better and neither do we humans.

    There is a very ancient old religion that worships the Sun…this religion has never gone away.. and it just morphed into a new one now operating here on planet Earth.

    Thus.. these Nuclear "Mini Suns".. should be considered their new temples of worship.. which sadly only promotes death and disease!

    Yes we are all in serious trouble…

  • nedlifromvermont

    Hello again my fellow 'newsers! And thank you to Obewan for the direction into Christian eschatology; kinda reminds of the Hopi concept of the 'gourd of ashes'

    And thank you W.N.T.F. for your tireless contributions!

    But after we vent/rant, we must point to the light that remains: to the good memories we may still make, as we fight the nuclear beast (first this and then on to GMO's etc.); we who are of the light; we, who care enough to share and post our thoughts; and we, who study this nuclear genie, even though it is a giant distraction from other rewarding and valid pursuits;

    We are not dead yet. And the cancer rate is not yet 100%. The truth may start to spill out by the boatload, and swamp our little dinghies of self-righteousness.

    The truth must always remain a matter of perception — how we see it; even though it is truth to us, and still the strongest argument.

    We must hold the heart space for a sickly and dying planet, knowing we are ahead of the curve, and that our best efforts may still never be enough to slay the dying nuclear beast; our efforts will still have been worth it, and after you end up knowing what you know, however you see it, silence on the matter is no longer an option for some of us;

    There is ample support among the ranks of dismayed posters here on enenews; even if we have become the "anti-nuclear porn" site; "excess in the name of truthful disclosure is a sacred honor and a glorious pursuit!" D.Q. de la mancha

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Excellent! Agreed!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Maggots anyone?

    These flies are so jacked up on radiation they are not waiting for any dead food….they are going to eat us humans while we are all.. still alive.

    Maybe they must want to eat more/seek out more radiation contamination…humans are now loaded with it.