PACIFIC OCEAN MORTALITY LINKED TO FUKUSHIMA
As tonnes of radioactive water continue to spew out of Reactor Number l at Fukushima, there’s no argument from the scientific community about the spread of these poisonous substances across the Pacific Ocean.
More research into whether Fukushima radioactive pollutants are responsible for warming seawater temperatures which are proving disastrous to sea lion pups, seabirds, dolphins, turtles, and sea stars, demonstrates an alarming picture.
Millions of sea stars up and down the west coast of North America have died, reduced to mounds of white goo. Sea stars it turns out, are sentinels for radionuclides- nuclear waste. 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.
The study was to assess the extent to which sea stars ( and other similar species) accumulate radioisotopes and can be used as bio-indicators of released radioactive wastes. Yet in spite of this evidence, the US government has made no connection between the massive loss of millions of sea stars and the spread long living radioactive isotopes from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean.
Results of experiments so far have indicated that sea stars can accumulate diverse radionuclides making them “ very effective bioindicators of any released radionuclides from disposed radioactive waste.”
As one scientist is reported saying :- “ I was surprised to see not only how many individual sea stars were dying, but also how many different species. Later, I learned the entire western U.S. was actually affected – that was very shocking.”
Earlier this year, dead sea stars washed up on the coast of Wales. Thousands of sea stars washed up on a stretch of a Welsh beach. Between 2008 and 2012, Sellafield a nuclear reprocessing site, close to the village of Seascale on the coast of the Irish Sea in Cumbria, England had legally spewed 13 trillion becquerels into the Irish Sea by pipeline.
The world experienced record breaking ocean temperatures in 2014, and for the first time, these increases were NOT due to El Nino. And although it is extremely difficult to reach definitive conclusions about the cause (s) of the astonishing increase in seawater temperatures – the lack of any major research into the impacts of Fukushima radioactive pollutant releases on the Pacific Ocean are nothing short of a crime against nature.
As one scientist says:- “Fukushima makes the Pacific Ocean a radioactive garbage dump.”
As if the evidence of warming seawater temperatures which could be attributable to Fukushima radiation spreading across the Pacific Ocean, some experts are saying that the major drought in California could also be due to Fukushima. A high pressure weather ridge may link drought to a radioactive Pacific Ocean.
Yoichi Shimatsu, former editor of the Japan Times Group, has visited Fukushima since the disaster and reported about it extensively. He argues that since the Fukushima meltdown, there have been too many freakish weather trends and events to blame on anthropogenic global warming alone.
“ The avoidance of any mention, much less research, into radiation effects on weather, is leaving North American communities unprepared and defenceless against the lethal onslaught, which has probably already doomed many marine and coastal species while contaminating the food supply for the human population.
Another observer notes that Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater, which have created a high pressure ridge off the west coast and influenced the climate in North America.
“ The contaminated water will not move out for many years, but decay heat release will continue, so look for Pacific sea surface temperatures to keep increasing and the California drought to continue.”
Ocean currents and air currents are changing and we have no way of knowing whether the Australian coastline is impacted by Fukushima.
Just in case you may think this post is not relevant to Australia, particularly the east coast which is the other side of the Pacific Ocean, warming seawater temperatures off south-east Australia are through the roof.
Around four times the global average.
The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage cannot be protected unless scientists, governments, mainstream media, commercial fishermen, tourism, conservation groups and other entities relying on a healthy Reef are made aware of the global risks of ongoing releases of radioactive pollutants from Fukushima continue.
The public has a right to be informed about the real extent of damage which Fukushima has caused and continues to cause to life on earth.
Sue Arnold, Editor.