Ct Patriot: From what I know about the laws of nature and creation, not dopey evolution. Is that the natural food chain is quite important to life on Earth. Yes, I am not a scientist , but common sense does have to account for something. I am assuming because it’s way way over there in Japan and that it is not covered on cable is why America could not care less at this point. Maybe some think radiation is good, like we would all get powers like the Hulk? Somehow i do not think its going to play out like that. We need to do something about this, quick fast and in a hurry. Oh wait the NFL is on tonight. Hmmmm Save the world or watch a bunch or abusers of women and children. Tough choice. What do you choose?
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 bio magnifies in food chain
Published: September 18th, 2014
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
- EA levels… these depletions most likely result from radiation exposure due to the Fukushima nuclearaccident, implying that the risk of radio nuclide 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 radio nuclide transport via bio magnification 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.
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