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Originally posted by rbrtj
reply to post by crazydaisy
NO WATER IN NO WATER OUT?????
Originally posted by JustMike
reply to post by Stratus9
I was watching a video report on NHK TV a while ago. It was a feelgood report, about the blossoms and how beautiful they are, how ethereal they are.
And that got me thinking about the bees. The main pollinators. The bees will be going from flower to flower, collecting nectar as they go, and besides the nectar, they pick up pollen and transfer it to other flowers. And think about it: flowers in the fallout zone that covers so many hundreds of square miles... those flowers will have radioactive fallout. The bees will collect it. The ground water in places is also radioactive, as is the rain... And that means the nectar that these bees collect and take back to the hives for other worker bees to use to make honey -- well, it will be radioactive.
So, the honey that the worker bees make will be as well. And the bees that eat that honey?
What will happen if the bees start dying in huge numbers? Or their behavior changes?
And then of course there are the birds: the small ones that also suck nectar from flowers, larger ones that eat insects that crawl on radiation-polluted ground, birds that eat fish that swim in radiation polluted waters...
I know that we are focused on the people, but without the bees and the natural balance in nature, food supplies will be drastically affected.
The more I think about this disaster, the worse it gets.
Note: Procharmo, you have a U2U...
HIRONO, Fukushima -- As the national government tries to bar people from entering restricted zones near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, some desperate local residents are braving radiation threats and danger to briefly return to their homes in off-limits areas.
A 62-year-old beekeeper from Daisen, Akita Prefecture, entered the prohibited zone and visited a Buddhist temple to get honey bees he had kept there temporarily for the winter. "The danger of radiation crossed my mind, but unless something is done, all the bees will die. For beekeepers, the lives of honey bees are as important as the lives of people," he said. About 20 percent of his 1.4 million honey bees in 70 boxes were found dead.
Originally posted by lernmore
Outflow of highly radioactive water into sea stops: TEPCO
South Korea has aired concern over the radioactive water release as a neighboring country and said Tuesday that Seoul will ask Tokyo to allow it to conduct on-the-spot radiation tests for seawater contamination if necessary.
Boris Preobrazhensky of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a researcher based in Vladivostok, also criticized the dumping of radioactive water, saying it could adversely affect migratory fish in the western Pacific as well as the Russian fishery industry.
Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, expressed regret over triggering concerns among neighboring countries.
''We feel very sorry for causing anxiety among our neighbors. We could not help but resort to the measure, but we will provide full explanations from now on,'' he said at a news conference.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the Fukushima Daiichi power station, began dumping low-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Monday as an emergency step to secure room for the storage of more highly contaminated water.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by TheLastStand
They'll need divers and/or submersible robots to find where the radioactive water is coming from; it isn't on top of the ground or in a concrete pit. It is along the coast, under sealevel, in the bedrock itself. That will take a little more than a trowel to get deep enough inside to form a barrier.
Originally posted by kimar
I'm not sure if this has been posted yet, can anybody confirm this:
It says that Reactors 5 and 6 are at risk of flooding. Oh boy
Edit: I tried posting the video with no luck. Sorry folks.edit on 5-4-2011 by kimar because: video erroredit on 5-4-2011 by kimar because: spelling
Originally posted by rbrtj
reply to post by rbrtj
I wish we would here from Arnie Gunderson www.fairewinds.com...
These results have implications for ecosystems and overall ecosystem functioning. Reduced abundance of pollinators generally affects plant fecundity and seed set, when plant fecundity is pollen limited (Proctor 1996). Likewise, spiders are important predators (Wise 1993), and reductions in abundance can have important consequences for abundance of other invertebrate taxa (e.g. Snyder & Wise 2001). Pollination and predation are considered important ecosystem services (Costanza et al. 1997), and disruption may affect the overall ecosystem functioning, suggesting that the Chernobyl region and its surroundings is a perturbed ecosystem.