A group of Gulf War veterans who have DU fragments still in their bodies continue to be medically followed by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Depleted Uranium Follow-up Program to determine whether there will be long
-term health effects. As of early 2007, only subtle but clinically insignificant changes in kidney function have been observed. One common observation is a persistent elevation in the amount of uranium measured in the urine more than 16 years after exposure. This reflects the continued presence of embedded DU in wound sites and its ongoing low-level mobilization and absorption to blood.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by signalfire
That was within the last 7 years. The military has been firing into Barking Sands for decades. Radiation levels don't just suddenly go from 0.002 to "suicide" levels overnight. Even a massive release such as Fukushima doesn't drive levels up to dangerous levels immediately. As you said "radiation is cumulative".
I've sent a request to my friend that still lives and works there that will put an end to this once and for all. He will take background levels for me by early in the week and send me the numbers. Or isn't that going to be good enough? Let me guess, there's no way to prove that he is really there, right? I'll have him take pics of the rad meter sitting there getting a reading with something that proves that he's in Hawaii as well.
The latest Hawaii rainfall study shows that our island's annual rainfall totals have dropped between 5-to-8 percent per decade over the past 30 years.
The effects can be seen from the relatively minor, such as residents unaccustomed to the humidity complaining about the weather and having to use their fans and air conditioning more often, to the more consequential, including winds being too weak to blow away volcanic smog.
Over the past decade, the five major companies that dominate the world seed industry have starkly increased their operations in Hawaii, where they have long tested experimental biotech crops. Rushing into a void created by the collapse of the islands' sugar cane and pineapple plantations, the firms are buying and leasing prime farmland to, in large part, grow corn seed.
It's not cost effective to continue to grow pineapples in an area where rainfall is dramatically decreasing.
Same with the radioactivity. We know from the article I linked that the winds are no longer blowing it away because they're not blowing away volcanic dust.
Hawaii does produce higher quality fruit though, and continues to produce pineapple for a specialty market.
As been pointed out the southerly and light winds are a seasonal and regular occurrence in a tradewind weather regime. But there are indications that there is a more easterly trend over the past 30 years or so.
Background levels on Oahu at the airport have been 1 microrem/hr. On the neighbor islands it's up to 2 microrem/hr.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by akalepos
Rem, Rad, Millirem, etc are all units of measure just like foot, and meter are. The only difference is that they measure radiation, instead of length or width, or something you can see. The words aren't being used to downplay exposure at all, they're being used to bring to light the truth of the levels (which have been blown so out of proportion it isn't funny).