By Tracy W.
The Fukushima disaster - the beginning of marine ecocide on a planetary scale? It has already contaminated the Pacific Ocean, the biggest body of water on the planet.
I've avoided writing about the Fukushima disaster because it is so overwhelming from so many points of view that it is difficult to find the words. Some generations had to live through wars and witness the genocide of millions. But never anything like this, a case of ecocide on a global scale.
Russia and other countries have been dumping nuclear waste in the Baltic, the British have done in the Channel, and the Mafia uses the Mediterranean for covert dumping of toxic waste. But people still consider them limited localized events. They shouldn't, but they do.
However, the case of Fukushima is different. The never ending (and there is really no end in sight) radioactive poisoning of the Pacific Ocean can severely damage, mutate, and even destroy much of the marine life on Earth. There is only one ocean on the planet.
Japanese people have already suffered the effects of radiation in the aftermath of this disaster. The radioactive plume reached the American west coast early on, and now continues to spread all over the planet.
The United States and the European Union are busy with comparatively minor issues, and they have irresponsibly turned their eyes away from this ongoing disaster that is much more urgent than the issues that absorb their governments at this time. They should have been at the forefront from the very start of the Fukushima disaster demanding immediate mitigation of the damage. They have the technology to help. Why haven't they done so? Why haven't they told the Japanese government that this is not a contained Japanese problem, but it is affecting all of us - our air, our food, our health.
In the meantime Japan - in one of the most bizarre acts ever - ordered the suspension of imports of wheat from the US out of fear that it may contain GMOs. GMOs should be the least of their worries when their children are breathing and eating tiny pieces of radioactive fuel rods in their environment.
Japan children ingesting pieces of radioactive fuel rods -http://enenews.com/japan-kids-swallowing-pieces-of-fukushima-fuel-rods-expert-mystery-black-substance-very-likely-contains-concentrated-unburned-nuclear-fuel-video
Fukushima Daiichi has “contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet” — Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life — Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb testshttp://enenews.com/radio-fukushima-daiichi-has-contaminated-the-biggest-body-of-water-on-the-planet-whole-pacific-ocean-likely-to-have-cesium-levels-5-10-times-higher-than-at-peak-of-nuclear-bomb-tests-audio
Japan Gov’t: It’s “inevitable” that Fukushima radioactive water will be dumped in Pacific Ocean — “Tepco has no choice”http://enenews.com/japan-govt-its-inevitable-that-fukushima-radioactive-water-will-be-dumped-in-pacific-ocean-tepco-has-no-choice
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Ecocide: any extensive destruction of the natural environment and disruption or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory to such an extent that the survival of the inhabitants of that territory is endangered. Ecocide can be irreversible when an ecosystem suffers beyond self healing. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecocide
Link to this post - http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/07/fukushimas-ongoing-ecocide-of-pacific.html