Today is Good Friday. Perhaps it’s not much of a stretch to see that nowadays instead of Christ being nailed to on the cross, it’s the earth and its biosphere that is being crucified through the irresponsible use of mutagenic technologies by people. We all have some share in the responsibility for this. Can this too be healed and redeemed?
From Rad Chick via Video Rebel blog:
Photo via Mutation Watch FB page
“Perusing the floral section in the supermarket is usually the first thing on my grocery list these days. For the past 3 years I have documented genetic damage not only plants growing locally in SE Michigan, but in domestic and imported plants, fruits, and produce being sold to the public. Some of my best finds have come from items grown along the Pacific Coast, and this week a recent shipment of spring bouquets and potted plants at Trader Joe’s proved the same is still happening, as I suspected it would.
First, I comb through the bouquets, camera in hand. I look at the most obvious part of the plant, the flower head including petals and center. If I can spot a mutation, I check the stem and related leaves included. I look for color anomalies as well, as we know from past research mutations in color genes is another known effect of exposure
From Richard Chomko, via FB:
Likely thanks to the Fukushima disaster, background radiation levels have about quadrupled here in Vaughan. Geiger counter readings fluctuated, spiking up to .42 micro sieverts per hour. Here the meter shows .16. Pre-Fukushima levels were reported to be about .04. This was on Jan. 11, 2014.
The author reports that this was on a day it was snowing fairly heavily. Suspicion is that precipitation brings the radioactive particles down out of the atmosphere.
Click image to go to Fermi 3 for the source of this and other nuclear cartoons.
“We’ve got 3 reactors, the cores have left the vessel. They’ve burned through the bottom of the vessel. We don’t really know where they are, because the radioactive environment even fries robots that TEPCO’s been trying to send in there. They have been sending very innovative robotic machinery and sensors in there to get a picture, to get a reading, and these things don’t return. We have opened a door to hell that cannot be easily closed – if ever….” — William Boardman, on Reader Supported News.
Although it’s not covered much in the mainstream news, public interest in the problem of continued and possibly increasing radioactive leakage from TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has brought a lot of searchers to the Bovine to read past stories we’ve posted on the subject. And of course it’s depressing to just post news of terrible disasters like Fukushima. One has to wonder whether there isn’t something that could be done to improve the situation, rather than just waiting for the released radiation to kill all life in the Pacific ocean, and rain down over North America. Continue reading
Food for thought, re Fukushima: From Mikkai, on the blog by Jan Hemmer:
“In the report which it submitted to the WHO in 1958, the study group on the mental health issues raised by the use of atomic energy stated that the most satisfactory solution for the future peaceful use of atomic energy would be for a new generation that had learned to accept ignorance and uncertainty as a fact of life to emerge.”
“Is the Commission not concerned at this flagrant collusion between two international institutions, with WHO reports being subjected to censure by the IAEA, which is intrinsically pro-nuclear? Continue reading
From Amy Nicole, on Ultraculture:
Fukushima fish – how bad are they? Photo via Nation of Change. Click to go to source.
“Japanese officials have just admitted the grim truth that since the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and meltdown, 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, plus a huge amount of cesium, as well as strontium—which replaces calcium in bones and stays in the bodies of humans and sea life. Over 300 tons of radioactive water are still leaking into the sea each day. And if that wasn’t enough, reactor 4 is severely damaged and sinking—the removal of the spent fuel rods will be one of the most urgent and dangerous tasks ever undertaken in the history of nuclear energy. A rodent chewed through the wiring recently, causing a power outage which came close to triggering an unstoppable nuclear chain reaction. Continue reading
From Fox News via DProgram:
(AJC) – One legacy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year has already become apparent through a study of butterflies in Japan: Their rate of genetic mutations and deformities has increased with succeeding generations.
“Nature in the Fukushima area has been damaged,” said Joji Otaki, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, who is the senior author of the new study. Continue reading
Finally, some mention in the mainstream media of potential health risk from Fukushima fallout, be it ever so dismissive:
From Michael Platt in the Calgary Sun:
“There’s no need to panic — probably.
But not knowing whether to shrug or cower over radioactive iodine falling on Calgary as a result of a meltdown in Japan last year has Canada’s top nuclear critic wondering why.
“There’s no need to be concerned, but what you should be concerned about is why the authorities are so quick to dismiss it,” says Dr. Gordon Edwards. Continue reading
From Maggie Koerth-Baker on Boing Boing:
Nuclear Aftershocks is a new FRONTLINE documentary, airing tomorrow, January 17, at 10:00 pm Eastern. Maggie watched an advance screener yesterday. Photo via Boing Boing blog.
“About halfway through Nuclear Aftershocks, a new FRONTLINE documentary about the physical and social fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it becomes clear that correspondent Miles O’Brien and his production team are really going to piss some people off. In the best possible way. Continue reading
From Robert Cringely on Cringely.com:
Note — I have written previously about other aspects of this subject here, here, here, and here. I am not by nature an alarmist about nuclear power or even particularly anti-nuclear. But sometimes truth just has to be told.
Photo of Japanese baby being monitored via"I Cringely"
Nobody died following the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. I should know because I was there. But this fact can’t be attributed to any wisdom of the U.S. nuclear industry, but simply to dumb luck. The two TMI reactors were (and still are) the only such devices ever built deliberately on the approach path to a U.S. Air Force base, now Harrisburg International Airport. An extra 18 inches of reinforced concrete was added to the TMI containment buildings to protect them if hit by a fully laden B-52. No other reactors in the USA had (or have) such thick containment vessels. Had Unit 2 been built to the standards of all its sister reactors like Rancho Seco in California, hydrogen explosions would have breached the containment just as they have in Japan and many people would have died just as they will in Japan. Continue reading
Fukushima Japan is not as far away as we sometimes think: