The results of Japanese
scientific sushi whale research…
Source: Running ‘Cause I Can’t Fly
Someone knows, and they’re not telling.
To me, the answer is obvious. This is primarily happening on the west coast of North America, nowhere else on this scale.
You need to ask the question – Where did the radiocative water from Japan come?
To the west coast of North America!
To me that is a pretty big clue.
The fruits of my labour…
On Saturday we gained a new little sacolão (fruit and vege store) in the neighborhood. It’s only small, but handy; and only 30 metres (32 yards) from home.
And the good thing is they don’t get their produce from CEASA, the state supplier. With CEASA you can’t guarantee the source. But they get their produce from a smallholder in Teresópolis in the north of the state. They have a choice of organic and pesticide-free veges.
And they’re not expensive.
They already know that I don’t like plastic bags and put the produce in my carry bag.
This morning when I took the photos, there was a big plastic bag of cauliflower trimmings, I asked and was able to take it to add to my compost heap. The bag… well, that will be used to put my recyclable water bottles in for the Tuesday recycle collection.
On with this weeks CTWW.
This week it’s a biggie…
Choose one (or more) of the following activities:
Leaves me breathless just reading it.
The plight of our oceans is disheartening. I have eluded to this in the past. Just because we can’t ‘see’ under the ocean, we seem to forget that is is just as susceptible to pollution and predation as the land.
The ocean is threatened by plastic. Obvious plastic that we can see the plastic strewn beaches, the Pacific gyre are a public disgrace; and the less obvious the micro-pellets from our washing machines that enter the water chain. The ocean also is affected by the run off of pesticides and agro-chemicals from our farmlands. Then there are stupid politicians who make assinine decisions like the Australians to dump millions of tons of waste on coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef. The oceans are subject to warming which is changing habitats, the you have massive problems with radiation from the likes of Fukushima in Japan; already 100% of tuna caught off the American coast have levels above the acceptable limits for consumption.
The oceans aren’t safe for anyone, let alone the fish. The governments have stopped testing (American and Canadian) because the results are just too embarrassing. The latest IPCC report classifies Fukushima radiation as an ‘extinction event’. Oh, don’t get that wrong, it’s not just the fish that are affected, ALL LIFE on the planet will be affected. Cancer/radiation related deaths in babies, new borns and foetuses are already increasing on the west coast of the USA.
Now that’s just a tad more than serious.
Why isn’t this in the news? The governments don’t want you to know.
Furthermore, there are problems with over-fishing serious straining the life-cycles of marine life.
This week there was good news. Japan has been banned from it’s ‘research whaling’ (read commercial whaling in disguise) in Antarctic waters. Japan has said it will bide by the ruling, but are already looking at loopholes like reduced quotas.
Not only the visible portions, but the invisible as well.
Man’s irresponsibility is drawing us closer and closer to our own extinction.
It’s time we woke up!
It’s time we let the governments know!
It’s time we got rid of the incumbent arseholes and their pandering to the corporations.
We need to take the dog by the tail and wake the bloody thing up, because until we do, we’re f**ked!
This CTWW by Small is probably one of the most radical we face; certainly it is the most global.
We really need to educate the masses, because most of the populace is just sitting on its sanctimonious backside saying “oh, it’ll never happen!” They are lulled into complacency by the lack of news, the government’s ‘do nothing’ approach. And, worst of all the blatant bullshit of the deniers!
Well, I’ve got news for them: It is happening, here, it is happening now!
- While I am not perfect, there is plastic in my life, but I go out of my way to reduce it to a minimum.
- I am bound by public transport, no car; no car, less planetary resources used and wasted.
- I will not avoid fish, I consider that fish is an important dietary aspect. I do however, spurn fish like panga produced in the Asian sewer known as the Mekong River in Vietnam.
- I don’t go to the beach, but I am active and vocal in keeping our neighbourhood clean.
- I use products that are non or less toxic where possible.
- I am now shopping at the new sacolão who are supporting fruit and vege with no pesiticides and organic produce (this is a new aspect in my life).
- My pet waste is composted. The worms do a good job.
There you have it, my CTWW.
If you get closer, it looks like this…
Some of those plastic bottles may be yours…
Makes you proud, doesn’t it?
Firstly, I have no net. My ISP went down on Saturday morning. They have a problem.
Not a moan this morning, rather good news.
The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.
It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.
Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it “regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision”.
Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise.
The court’s decision is considered legally binding.
Japan had argued that the suit brought by Australia was an attempt to impose its cultural norms on Japan.
Reading out the judgement on Monday, Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones.
It said Japan had caught some 3,600 minke whales since its current programme began in 2005, but the scientific output was limited.
Japan says it has successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in a world first.
Methane hydrates, or clathrates, are a type of frozen “cage” of molecules of methane and water.
The gas field is about 50km away from Japan’s main island, in the Nankai Trough.
Researchers say it could provide an alternative energy source for Japan which imports all its energy needs.
Other countries including Canada, the US and China have been looking into ways of exploiting methane hydrate deposits as well.
Pilot experiments in recent years, using methane hydrates found under land ice, have shown that methane can be extracted from the deposits.
Offshore deposits present a potentially enormous source of methane but also some environmental concern, because the underwater geology containing them is unstable in many places.
“It is the world’s first offshore experiment producing gas from methane hydrate,” an official from the economy, trade and industry ministry told the AFP news agency.
A survey of the gas field is being run by state-owned Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).
Engineers used a depressurisation method that turns methane hydrate into methane gas.
Production tests are expected to continue for about two weeks.
Government officials have said that they aim to establish methane hydrate production technologies for practical use within five years.
A Japanese study estimated that at least 1.1tn cubic metres of methane hydrate exist in offshore deposits.
This is the equivalent of more than a decade of Japan’s gas consumption.
Japan has few natural resources and the cost of importing fuel has increased after a backlash against nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear disaster two years ago.
Could this be the much needed drift away from nuclear and traditional fossil fuels?
Delegates at a conservation meeting in Thailand are expected to vote on proposals to extend protection to three vulnerable species of sharks.
But campaigners say undue “pressuring” of developing countries could swing Monday’s vote against the ban.
China and Japan are said to be using their trade connections to unfairly influence the outcome.
Japan denies exercising any unfair pressure, saying every delegation should vote based on their own beliefs.
An estimated 100 million sharks are killed by commercial fishing every year, researchers have recently reported.
They blame a huge appetite for shark-fin soup in China and Hong Kong for stimulating the trade.
The proposals at the Cites conservation meeting in Bangkok suggest protecting some of the most endangered species, who are highly valued for their fins.
These include the Oceanic whitetip, several species of Hammerheads and the Porbeagle shark as well as two types of manta ray which are hunted for their gill plates. These are used in some Chinese traditional medicines.
The amendments would not ban the fishing of these species, but would ensure that catches are regulated – meaning that importers and exporters would require permits.
But with support closely divided between those in favour of extending protection and those who want to keep the status quo, some campaigners claim that unfair and underhanded tactics are being used to block the proposal.
“There’s been a lot of shenanigans and pressuring of developing countries,” Dr Susan Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Oceanic trust told BBC News at the meeting.
“It is going to be very close,” Dr Lieberman added.
Dr Lieberman said she believed that China and Japan were responsible for placing undue pressure on nations that do not have any great interest in the shark trade, especially countries in Africa and the Middle East.
She says they are concerned that a successful shark vote could set a precedent for regulating other fish species.
“Japan is not a big player in the shark trade but it is a philosophical issue. They don’t want Cites to deal with fisheries. They just want it off the table. For China, they just don’t want to implement this. ”
One delegate who wished to remain anonymous told BBC News that pressure from China and Japan was the “usual procedure” at these meetings.
The BBC has seen an anonymous leaflet designed to remind delegates that regulating the trade in small number of threatened shark species would be damaging.
“The livelihoods of fishermen would decline,” it says. “No conservation benefits would accrue.”
It is expected that a secret ballot will be called on the shark proposal, according to Dr Colman O’Criodain, who is attending this meeting on behalf of WWF international.
He also feels that China and Japan are bringing undue pressure on developing countries in particular.
“They certainly seem to be twisting arms from the feedback we are getting. They’re saying people have approached them,” he said.
Fine let China use the fish from their own waters. Once they’re extinct there, don’t come looking in our waters.
Ban all exports of shark products to China.
China has to wake up and smell the coffee that their flagrant practices because it’s their traditional ‘medicine’ (which is crap anyway, just superstition) are damaging the planet for the rest of us.
Japan needs to pull its head in too. They are just adding fuel to the fire to protect their own disreputable whaling practices.
Any practice that uses only a part of an animal and discards the rest must be banned.
The world needs to seriously take a stance, you catch it, you use it… all.
The sharks win!
Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.
The body, which regulates trade in flora and fauna, voted by a two-thirds majority to upgrade the sharks’ status.
Campaigners hailed the move as historic and said the vote represented a major breakthrough for marine conservation.
Butterflies yesterday, and again today.
A butterfly study is the first to definitively link Fukushima radiation to physical mutations in any organism
Last March, the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that sent over 45-foot waves of water crashing down on the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. While health officials scrambled to quickly stabilize the situation, it was unclear how much radiation had made it out of the plant—and how it could affect people, plants, and animals who came into contact with it.
Preliminary studies concluded that most of the 140,000 people in the surrounding areas of Fukushima had probably been exposed to relatively low doses of radiation that probably wouldn’t lead to any adverse health effects. But a new study published last week in Nature has shown that the radiation is causing a particularly sensitive population—the pale grass blue butterfly—to develop a slew of uncommon and potentially lethal physical abnormalities.
Researchers collected butterflies immediately following the nuclear meltdown and six months later, both from the surrounding areas of Fukushima and from various other localities in Japan where the butterfly is common. As compared with the butterflies collected from elsewhere in the country, Fukushima butterflies showed some abnormally-developed legs, dented eyes, deformed wing shapes, and changes to the color and spot patterns of their wings, with an overall abnormality rate of around 12 percent.
Mutations included malformed antennae, dented eyes, bent wings, and abnormal color patterns. Photo courtesy of Joji M. OtakiMutations included malformed antennae, dented eyes, bent wings, and abnormal color patterns. Photo courtesy of Joji M. Otaki
While these levels of mutations were still relatively mild, perhaps more alarming were the same data on butterflies collected six months later, in September of last year. The overall rate of similar mutations among these butterflies was around 28 percent, while this number skyrocketed to around 52 percent in the second generation produced from the collected butterflies.
The world still has not been told the whole truth about Fukushima.
If the radiation has affected butterflies, it has affected all life, including humans.
Butterflies have a fast life-cycle, in humans it will take maybe one or two generations before we start to see similar results.
Meanwhile, the governments and vested interests lie through their teeth.
I read today on a blog of a woman (American) who has just returned from Japan having been there as a tourist. “Japan is beautiful.”
You couldn’t drag me screaming to Japan.
Japan is dead. It just hasn’t rolled over yet.
Remember how they likened Fukushima to Chernobyl; “Fukushima is Chernobyl on steroids!” Now does that give you an idea of the enormity of the problem?