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Feb 8, 2012

Chernobyl, TMI and Fukushima Radiation Bird Studies

 

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Fukushima Bird Studies

 

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Study finds Fukushima worse than Chernobyl on bird population — “Dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates and extinctions — Insect life significantly reduced — Shows immediate consequence of radiation

http://enenews.com/new-study-fukushima-hits-bird-population-worse-chernobyl-insect-life-significantly-reduced-shows-immediate-consequence-radiation-dramatically-elevated-dna-mutation-rates-extinctions

 

The nice thing about science is that if you get a certain result from a study, you would be able to duplicate it by replicating the same circumstances that caused the results in the first study. Well, we know have three well known examples of bird populations plummeting after a nuclear accident, with Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima.

 

In all three cases, the same results are being found. How many more times will these types of studies have to be done (with no funding from the nuclear industry) before we learn

 

Not only did the numbers of birds reduce, they also were affected in many ways in a negative manner. Negative effects of radiation on birds included; reductions in longevity and in male fertility, more birds with smaller brains,  “dramatically” elevated DNA mutation rates, developmental abnormalities, elevate cancer rates, extinctions of bird species, higher rates of deaths of young birds.

 

Amateur Videos; not studies   

 

Birds not flying away, radiation sickness, Dec 2012

http://youtu.be/A09aQ1XdWbk

Video of Birds That Don’t Fly, in June 2011 Somewhere in Fukushima, EX-SKF, January 4, 2012:

http://youtu.be/Cf-wi4nnQWY

 

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TMI Bird Studies

 

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“CBC on TMI: Reports of enormous increase in cancer deaths — Infant mortality rates doubled — Birds disappeared — Many mutations observed” (VIDEO)

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdmeNetpUjQ

 

Download the full broadcast here: http://dailysplice.com/directory/CBC-Radio-Listeners-Choice-podcast/episode-160542#

 

Chernobyl Bird Studies

 

http://youtu.be/HIOI5djg1LY

Much greater frequency of mutations and other problems in birds (barn swallows) within contaminated areas - "Directly proportional" to radiation. These birds were not ‘healthy’ or doing well… They had shortened lifespans, higher death rates, fewer young made it from one year to the next, much more disease, tumors, missing digits on feet, deformed feet, deformed beaks, deformity, illness, etc. Genetic diseases were passed on from one bird parent to the next generation and the next.

 

Professor Timothy Mousseau received his doctoral degree in 1988 from McGill University and completed a NSERC (Canada) postdoctoral fellowship in population biology at the University of California, Davis. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

 

Professor Mousseau's past experience includes having served as Dean of the Graduate School (2010-11), Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Educaiton (2010-11), Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-10), as a program officer at the National Science Foundation (1997-98), on the editorial boards for several journals, and on NSF, USGS, and a variety of international grant foundation advisory panels. He has published over 120 scholarly articles and has edited two books (Maternal Effects as Adaptations, 1998, with Charles Fox; Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild, 2000, with Barry Sinervo and John Endler; both published by Oxford University Press). He is currently co-editor (with Charles Fox) of the annual review series, The Year in Evolutionary Biology, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA in 2008, a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009, and a member of the Cosmos Club (DC) in 2011.

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US Bird Studies

 

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http://youtu.be/1hcBGSr9QGk  

There was also a 10 week gap between the time Chernobyl fallout rained down on Northern California and reproductive failure in USA area bird species (via The Institute for Bird Populations).

 

Dr. Dave DeSante is the founder of the Institute for Bird Population in Point Reyes, California. After the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passed over the U.S. West Coast in the spring of 1986 his research uncovered a severe die-off of young birds. 

 

Later, researchers Gould and Goldman duplicated his results with human mortality data from both the U..S. and Germany.  The young, the old, and those with weak immune systems were the main casualties - an estimated over forty thousand in all.

In mid-March of 2011, as the nuclear disaster in Japan deepens by the day, scientific predictions of fallout again crossing the Pacific are being made. 

In this in depth interview EON producers Mary Beth Brangan and Jim Heddle ask Dr. DeSante to explain his findings and their implications for today.

 

HIS STUDY

The Condor, published by the Cooper Ornithological Society, is one of the two most prestigious peer-reviewed ornithological journals published in North America, the other being The Auk, published by the American Ornithologists' Union. DeSante & Geupel (1987) was the runner-up to the 1991 H. R. Painton Award for the best paper appearing in The Condor in the previous four years. DeSante and Geupel (1987) showed that the number of young birds produced in 1986 at the Palomarin Field Station near Bolinas, CA, was 62.3% below the previous ten-year mean and fell well outside the relationship between annual rainfall and productivity established during the previous ten years. The timing of the reproductive failure, its geographical extent in California, and the landbird species most affected are all consistent with the following hypothesis: that the greatly elevated levels of radioactive iodine from the massive April 26, 1986, Chernbyl nuclear plant accident that fell-out over portions of northern California coincident with rainfall on May 6, 1986, were responsible for the landbird reproductive failure by adversely affecting the thyroids and, thus, the development of the young birds during their first nine-twelve days after hatching while they were being fed by their parents in their nests.

 

The major findings presented by Gould & Goldman in Deadly Deceit revolve around statistical estimates of excess deaths following Chernobyl and other releases of radiation, and indicate that low-level radiation from fallout from nuclear testing and from nuclear reactors may have done far more damage to humans and other living things than previously thought. In particular, they show that the arrival of radiation in the U.S. in early May, 1986, from the Chernobyl disaster "was followed almost immediately by an extraordinary force of mortality, amounting to perhaps 40,000 excess deaths in the summer months, especially in the month of May." Also, please note that Chapter 3 of Deadly Deceit, titled "Silent Summer" and authored by Kate Millpointer, is a lay person's account of the story behind DeSante & Geupel (1987).

 

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Jun 4, 2010
"In 1997, Samsø won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. At the time Samsø was entirely dependent on oil and coal, both of which it imported from the mainland.[1]
An offshore wind farm comprising 10 turbines (making a total of 21 altogether including land-based windmills), was completed, funded by the islanders.[4] The people of Samsø heat their homes with straw burned in a central heating system and they power some vehicles on biofuel which they also grow. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass energy.[5] An Energy Academy has opened in Ballen, with a visitor education center.[6]"
Source; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sams%C3%B8#Renewable_energy
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The answers are all around us. It is mostly about will.. We can do anything we set our minds to, as the Samso Islanders did in 1997. It is even easier to do what they did now. 
 If we continue to go down the dirty rat hole of coal, nuclear and oil, we get the same thing that The Penguin got from Batman... in the movie. It is not pretty or nice, as we see from the Gulf Ecological and Humanitarian Disaster that is coming in slow motion... like a car going off a cliff, but slowly, inevitably. 
The Little Island and Its Big, Green Victory 
Green Lifestyle  (tags: danish havenCO2emissionseco-friendlyenvironment,greenlivingconservation ) 
 Simone - 190 days ago - independent.co.uk 
The Danish haven of Samso is one of the world's first industrialised places to become energy self-sufficient - a great boost for a country about to host a summit on climate change. Tony Paterson visits the windy isle.
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