Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

(Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times Virginie Sanial, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, samples groundwater beneath beaches in Japan. Virginie and her team found contaminated sands are releasing radionuclides into the ocean. (Matt Charette/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been flowing into the ocean since an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown of its three reactors in 2011. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Japan’s Kanazawa University have discovered a new way cesium is traveling from the power plant site into the ocean and to groundwater miles … Continue reading Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

ALL EYES ON THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE AS MAJOR GEOLOGICAL EVENTS TRIGGER CONCERN

by Terence Newton, Staff Writer  Waking Times  It’s well-known that the world’s billionaires are spending a good chunk of their loot on preparations for the end of the world as we know it. They’re building luxury underground bunkers, stocking up on military-style hardware, buying up the world’s most precious farmland, and banking seeds to restart society after an inevitable and severe civilization crash. Given recent events catastrophic events including three devastating Atlantic hurricanes, serious earthquakes in Mexico, and apocalyptic wildfires in Western United States, it would be a matter of basic prudence for the common person to consider putting in at least basic provisions to … Continue reading ALL EYES ON THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE AS MAJOR GEOLOGICAL EVENTS TRIGGER CONCERN

One Margarita, Please—Hold the E. Coli-Soaked Lime Garnish

  Bad news, margarita drinkers: That lime wedge the barkeep so kindly garnished your salt-rimmed glass with is killing you! The good, the bad and the ugly things we learned about our bodies today by Jeff Gross Well, maybe not killing you, per se, but it is dancing with the girl it done brought, and in many cases, that girl might be E. coli, norovirus or any number of contagious bacteria and viruses. Food scientists from Clemson University (via the Daily Mail) studied service workers whose hands had been contaminated by E. coli. They found that these workers transferred the food-poisoning causing bacteria to wet lime or lemon wedges … Continue reading One Margarita, Please—Hold the E. Coli-Soaked Lime Garnish

The Tree Guardians of Kyoto

An 800-year-old camphor tree grows on a moss-covered slope at Shoren-in, Kyoto, Japan, 2017. The Japanese monastic tradition of forest stewardship goes back centuries. By Winifred Bird, Photographs by Jean Chung The stone wall that runs along the lower boundary of Honen-in temple, on Kyoto’s hilly eastern edge, marks a striking boundary in this ancient center of Buddhist practice. To the right, a jumble of clay-tiled roofs, garden walls, and alleyways falls to the basin where the heart of the city sprawls gray and low. To the left, beyond the wall, a mass of wild camellias, bamboo fronds, oak trees, and pine … Continue reading The Tree Guardians of Kyoto

Kidney disease linked to air pollution

There is no safe level of air pollution, according to a new study. LIU LIQUN / GETTY Even low levels of particulate matter correlate with kidney damage, writes Dyani Lewis. by DYANI LEWIS is a freelance science journalist based in Hobart, Australia. Next time you go for a jog with traffic roaring past, spare a thought for your kidneys. A US-based study has found that breathing fine particles of pollution – such as those found in car exhaust – increases the risk of developing kidney disease. The World Health Organisation estimates that air pollution is responsible for around seven million premature … Continue reading Kidney disease linked to air pollution

How We Cope with the End of Nature

HOMELESSNESS WITHOUT LEAVING HOME: The Australian droughts of the early 2000s inspired scholars to coin the term solastalgia to describe the distress of a changing environment.Wikimedia As our environment crumbles, we seek solace in animatronic moose. BY STEPHEN MARCHE Solastalgia is the definitive disease of the 21st century but only a few even know its name. The symptoms include an underlying sense of loss, a vague sensation of being torn from the earth, a general out-of-placeness, homelessness without leaving home. You have probably felt it without knowing what it was. Solastalgia is the unease we inflict on ourselves as we create … Continue reading How We Cope with the End of Nature

TOXIC CHEMICALS IN TATTOO INKS LINKED TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times Tattoos are more popular now than ever before. While they tend to signify our rebellious nature, those who ink themselves up still may want to know the very real health risks involved in embedding potentially toxic chemicals under their skin. It is estimated that some 80 million people in the U.S. today are tattooed, and simultaneously, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory illnesses are also widespread. There are a number of links between tattooing oneself and chronic health issues, and while many doctors may recognize this in their patients, there is little public awareness of this connection. … Continue reading TOXIC CHEMICALS IN TATTOO INKS LINKED TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS