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25 years on, Chernobyl fallout still an eco-hazard

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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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25 years on, Chernobyl fallout still an eco-hazard


www.rawstory.com

…mammals had declined and insect diversity, including bumblebees, grasshoppers, butterflies and dragonflies, had also fallen (in Chernobyl area). …

Birds living in "hot spots" had five percent smaller brains than those living where radiation was lower ...linked to a lower cognitive ability and thus survival. ...

...Radioactive particles pass from the soil into plants via their roots, into animals that eat the vegetation and into the humans that eat their meat or drink their milk.
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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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Given the Fukushima meltdown - and the dangers of new and more radiation getting into our environment - it makes sense to take a good look at what's happening in Chernobyl, 25 years after the meltdown.

It's not just animals that are affected by chronic, long-term radiation exposure. Humans suffer the same chronic and genetic effects:



Radioactive particles pass from the soil into plants via their roots, into animals that eat the vegetation and into the humans that eat their meat or drink their milk.

Absorbed into the bones and organs, caesium emits alpha radiation, which damages DNA in close proximity, boosting the risk of mutant cells that become tumours -- or, in reproductive cells, are handed on in progeny.


The fallout from Chernobyl spread round the world on atmospheric winds - just like the fallout from Fukushima. From Chernobyl we know there are "hotspots" where radiation is quite high, right next to "clean" areas.



Radioactive dust and ash spewed over more than 200,000 square kilometres (77,000 square miles) after Chernobyl's No. 4 reactor exploded and caught fire on April 26 1986.

Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were most affected, although deposits reached as far north as Scotland and as far west as Ireland, requiring in some places long-term restrictions on cattle grazing.

Contamination, even in the notorious exclusion zone, is not uniform.

Some areas are quite clean. But a few hundred metres (yards) away, there can be "hotspots" -- determined by the winds and rain that deposited the particles, or the leaves that trapped them -- where radiation is far higher.

Today, the main threats are caesium 137 and to a lesser degree strontium 90, which decay slowly in a timescale measured in decades, according to France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN).


Nuclear power, like nuclear weapons including DU weaponry, is not something to be messed with. Given the greedy stupidity shown recently by Tokyo Electric and BP - we shouldn't let any of these guys get their hands on anything dangerous.


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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 01:19 PM
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An update from Fukushima.

Physicist Michio Kaku thinks Japan should bring in the military like the Russians did in Chernobyl, and bury everything. Meanwhile, TEPCO is sending in robots to measure radiation levels.




Robots to gauge radiation in Japan’s quake-hit plant

TEPCO said levels of radioactive iodine-131 in the sea near reactor number 2 had risen to 6,500 times the legal limit on Friday, up from 1,100 times on Thursday.

...The company has also been forced to empty containers with lower-level radioactive water into the ocean, sparking protests from local fishermen and concern in neighbouring countries.



posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 01:33 PM
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I would have preferred if my knee-jerk reaction, namely stating that from day one the preparations for sealing the facility should have begun, had been off-the mark. I am hopeful that the Japanese mega-corporation has much better robot technology than the folks at Chernyobl did at the time.

I wish people weren't so damn afraid of knowing the facts; like they all don't want to spook each other.

The Japanese public seems to have always been more sensitive to the whole issue; hopefully they can muster enough pressure to force their corporate elite to behave honorably. And by honorably, I mean they should accept that public utilities for the public benefit should not value profit and political expedience over risk to the welfare of the host community. This whole MBA "externality" garbage has to go the way of the dinosaur... or we might.
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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 02:05 PM
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Yeah that stuff lasts long. I live around the center parts of southern Finland and it is still restricted how much fish you can eat from the lakes. Something like maximum of twice a week or something. Not a big fish eater so not sure



posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 02:29 PM
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Just be thankful you don't live near a coal power station

Oklahoma Town Fears Cancer, Asthma May Be Linked to Dump Site

lung cancer causes

Cancer: coal's hidden cost

or indeed, use coal for cooking or heating

Coal Is Linked to Cancer in China Province

Even in the worst case scenario, nuclear kills less in decades than coal does every year - and that's without all the other environmental impacts.



posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 03:45 PM
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What's with the fear-mongering? Our choices aren't either-or limited.

Some directions have far greater dangers than others - usually the ones with the greatest potential for profit.






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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 03:50 PM
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I know there was initially a worse radiation leak at Chernobyl,
but Fukushima is a slow burner,wrong words sorry but true.
The global effects could be up there with Chernobyl IMO.

Please take the time to watch this link of a news guy and his driver inside the 20km evac zone,it is chilling IMO.
Add up the rads...over time...horrid for Japan.

www.liveleak.com...

Be aware,constant annoying beeping noise radiation alarm,but vid has subtitles,so turn the vol down.
Look at the size of the area,the abandoned homes and the poor animals.
The zone will be be expanded soon IMO.
More land will be in the zone.

This is a key event in history IMO.

May something good happen to our Japanese brothers and sisters soon.
For they deserve it.



posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 06:33 PM
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Thanks ss - good vid, and I think your take on the situation is about right.

S&



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