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  •  Hi Joieau, (2+ / 0-)
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    raoul78, duhban

    This is a fact (data) based description of the distribution of radionculides sourced from Fukushima in the north Pacific Ocean. Good science takes time.

    The data we do have suggests that the risk associated with exposure to seawater and seafood on the west coast of North America is small.  The data forms my opinion on this.  If alarming levels of radioactivity would find its way into the food chain in the future I would change this opinion based on that data.  I wrote this and previous diaries because family, friends and others were asking me about a plume of highly radioactive water "destroying" the west coast.  Many in the public watch poorly conceived animations or see figures with a red plume washing our shores and assume that biologically lethal radiation levels exist.  This is not so. This is unlikely to be so in the future.

    A responsible approach to this disaster is to monitor levels of radioactivity in the marine environment, as highly trained oceanographers are doing. Special attention should be payed to isotopes that biomagnify as those are the radionuclides most likely to pose a threat to higher trophic level marine species and potentially humans.

    @JayTCullen http://web.uvic.ca/~jcullen

    by MarineChemist on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 09:02:41 AM PST

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    •  What will be 'destroyed' (1+ / 0-)
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      atana

      by ocean contamination - in the north Pacific, in the Gulf of Mexico, in the North/Irish Sea, etc., etc., are fishing industries that have provided humanity with mega-tonnage of nutritious seafood for many generations. The world's going to miss that food source, and the economic value on many levels it has traditionally provided. Japan is a nation that's going to feel this most accutely, no amount of lies and face-saving will change that.

      There will always be people who will gladly eat seafood whether or not it's radioactive, covered with sores and cancers from dioxins or PCBs or Correxit, 'slightly muddy' due to crude petroleum content, weighted down with mercury and heavy metals, poisoned with toxins more deadly that cyanide, or just full of shit [e.coli]. Don't know and/or don't care what's in it, and don't pay any attention to folks like you trying to convince folks like me that internal radiation exposures are harmless.

      Non-human fish-lovers won't change a thing, of course. The oceans' webs of life will eventually adapt to whatever new reality exists. Or not. The tuna will probably be relieved, anyway.

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