Read this Article, then read the one directly beneath it. Has all of the world gone “dumb blonde”? Nothing against blondes of course, but what other explanation can someone come up with? The idiots that be…ask some of the dumbest questions, “if it isn’t climate change….” Climate change? Are you for real?
Unprecedented: ‘Cataclysmic’ mass die-off of birds along entire West Coast — Beaches covered with carcasses — Professor: It’s tragic… We’ve never seen something like this and ignore it at our peril… It’s the canary in the coalmine for us… We’re scrambling to figure out what’s going on with ecosystem (VIDEOS)
Published: January 8th, 2015 at 7:33 pm ET
Statesman Journal (Oregon), Jan 2, 2015: Why is the beach covered in dead birds?… “It was pretty dramatic”… “I’ve never seen that many before”… a mass die-off… has been going on along the entire West Coast… “To be this lengthy and geographically widespread, I think is kind of unprecedented,” [said Phillip Johnson of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition].
The Oregonian, Jan 6, 2015: Dave Nuzum, a wildlife biologist… said his office continues to field calls from concerned beach-goers who come across a grisly scene: Common murres and Cassin’s auklets dead on the beach in great numbers… Oregon is the cataclysm’s epicenter… He doesn’t expect the crush of deaths to let up any time soon… [It’s] up to 100 times greater than normal annual death rates.
CBC interview #1 with Professor Julia Parrish, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, Jan 6, 2015 (emphasis added): This is the worst wreck of cassins auklets that we’ve ever seen on the West Coast… Certainly we are concerned… Is it that there’s less of their food, or perhaps that food has changed its distribution?… How many cassins may actually be suffering in this particular mortality event? We’re working with oceanographers and atmospheric scientists to try and discover whether or not there is something in the environment which is signaling a difference, signaling a change. >> Full broadcast here
CBC interview #2 with Prof. Parrish, Jan 6, 2015: We’re also seeing some adults wash up… The bumper crop [born this year] can’t quite explain that very large difference… We’re easily seeing tens of thousands, if not actually more than that… Normally [it] can exist out in the North Pacific many kilometers from the coastline over the winter. We actually think that the population for some reason has snugged up to the coast… Unfortunately the cassins are the canary in the coalmine for us, so they’re telling us something is going on. To put it mildly, we’re still scrambling to figure out what’s going on with the ecosystem… Of course, everybody always wants to point the finger at climate change. The thing about climate change is it’s a very slow, steady change. >> Full broadcast here
CBC, Jan 7, 2014: More than 100,000 carcasses of the small, white-bellied birds have been found… up to 100 times the normal number are washing ashore in some places… “It’s a tragic event… We have never seen a die-off of Cassin’s like this, so that in and of itself says something” [said Parrish].
CBC News excerpts, Jan. 6, 2015:
CBC: It is a West Coast mystery — a mass die-off.
Prof. Parrish: [It’s] certainly indicating to us that there is something wrong.
CBC: Necropsies show no disease, no viruses, no bacteria.
Parrish: Tens of thousands of birds dead on the beach is something that we just can’t ignore — we ignore that at our peril.
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Scientific Conference: Fukushima a global threat to human health — Radioactivity in food web off Pacific Northwest to “significantly increase” after one year — Salmon forecast to exceed Japan radiation limit — “Major concern for public health of coastal communities” (POSTER)
Published: December 31st, 2014 at 3:51 pm ET
Conference Paper for Society for Environmental Toxciology & Chemistry (SETAC), Dr. Juan Jose Alava & Dr. Frank Gobas, Simon Fraser Univ., published Dec 1, 2014 (emphasis added):
A Marine Food Web Bioaccumulation model for Cesium 137 in the Pacific Northwest — The Fukushima nuclear accident on 11 March 2011 emerged as a global threat to the conservation of the Pacific Ocean, human health, and marine biodiversity… This accident was defined by the [IAEA] as “a major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures”. Despite the looming threat of radiation, there has been scant attention and inadequate radiation monitoring. This is unfortunate, as the potential radioactive contamination of seafoods through bioaccumulation of radioisotopes (i.e. 137Cs) in marine and coastal food webs are issues of major concern for the public health of coastal communities… [R]eleases of 137Cs into the Pacific after the Fukushima nuclear accident are… prone to concentrate in marine food-webs… [A] simulation time dependent bioaccumulation model… showed that 137Cs can be expected to bioaccumulate gradually over time in the food web… Bioaccumulation of 137Cs was characterized by slow uptake and elimination rates in upper trophic level organisms and dominance of dietary consumption in the uptake of 137CS. This modeling work showed… magnification of this radionuclide takes place in the marine food web over time.
Reviewer Comments (Dr. Nikolaus Gantner, Univ. of N. British Columbia): “Excellent abstract and an important contribution to the session in terms of modeling efforts and bioaccumulation. Provides long-term perspective on the issue.”
Dataset for Modeling Work, published Dec 1, 2014:
The Fukushima nuclear accident… emerged as a looming threat to the marine biodiversity in the Pacific Ocean and human health in coastal communities. Assessment of long term consequences… should consider the extent of ecological magnification in food-webs… 137Cs cannot be ruled out as a potential bioaccumulative pollutant in regional food-webs, including… in BC waters. — Objective: To model the bioaccumulation of 137Cs in an offshore food web of the Pacific Northwest … Through the oceanic life stage cycle, Pacific salmon species are likely to deliver Fukushima associated 137Cs to the resident killer whales’ food-web in waters off the Pacific Northwest coast… 137Cs activities significantly increase in the food web after one year… 137Cs activities may achieve levels in upper trophic levels that may pose health risks in wildlife species. A rigorous monitoring program would… improve the ability to forecast 137Cs activities in marine organisms and uptake in human populations that consume sea products.