Off Topic The Environmental & Pollution Thread

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  1. chinasaint

    chinasaint Well-Known Member

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    This is my concern, It was first published here a few days ago and I am surprised that the western media are not all over this.
     
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    shoot_spiderman Power to the People

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    According to some ‘experts’ we are already in a period of reducing population increase so it’s not an issue. We’ll top out at about 11 billion which is fine

    Clearly bollocks
    We are the earth’s pandemic

    I wonder if viruses have dissenters in their midst? If so I guess they get overrun by a more dominant strain

    We need to start a vaccination program against the human virus
     
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    chinasaint Well-Known Member

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    Additional information to add to yesterday's news that Japan has now announced it will discharge the wastewater from its nuclear plant into the sea, despite international opposition from its neighbouring countries. I have copied and pasted two articles below.




    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that his government has decided to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater in Fukushima Prefecture into the sea amid domestic and international opposition.

    Suga made the announcement after convening a meeting of relevant ministers to formalize plans to release the radioactive water accumulated at the plant into the Pacific Ocean.

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been generating massive amount of radiation-tainted water since the accident triggered by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami as it needs water to cool the reactors.

    The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said it will take around two years for the release to start.

    The water, according to reports, has been treated using an advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) to remove most contaminants. However, things like tritium, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactors, are hard to filter out.

    The decision comes about three months ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, with some events to be held at venues as close as 60 kilometers from the wrecked plant, which has been struggling to store 1.25 million tonnes of contaminated water. The space of the containing tanks is expected to reach capacity next year.

    Japan had considered evaporating or storing underground tritium-laced water from the plant as an alternative. However, from the perspective of cost and technical feasibility, the Japanese government decided to dilute the contaminated water and discharge it into the sea.

    The plan not only faces strong opposition from the Japanese fishery industry and the public, but also raises concerns and doubts from neighboring countries about possible negative impact on people's health and fishery businesses.

    South Korea on Monday voiced "grave concerns," with foreign ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam saying, "It will be difficult to accept if the Japanese side decides to release the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant without sufficient consultations."




    China expresses concerns over Japan's plan to dump nuclear wastewater

    China has expressed serious concern over Japan's plan to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater from Fukushima Prefecture into the sea, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision to discharge the wastewater.

    The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) responded to the plan by calling for efforts to forestall further harm to environmental protection, food safety and human health.

    IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi made the remarks on Monday while talking about Japan's decision on the treated water with Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna.

    Grossi said the IAEA had taken note of the concerns of relevant parties within the board with mounting global attention to this matter, and the agency will actively advance its work on the assessment and monitoring activities in an impartial, objective and scientific manner.

    Expressing China's support for the IAEA in playing a vital role in the assessment and monitoring work, Wang said it is legitimate for China as a neighboring country, along with all other stakeholder countries, to be involved in the agency's work on this front.

    ROK expresses 'strong regret'

    Right after Suga's announcement, the government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) expressed "strong regret" over Tokyo's decision.

    Koo Yoon-cheol, head of ROK's Office for Government Policy Coordination, said that the government will take every necessary measure in line with the principle of keeping its people safe from the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    U.S. calls it an 'acceptable approach'

    "We look forward to the Japan's continued coordination and communication as it monitors the effectiveness of this approach," said the U.S. State Department in a statement on Tuesday.

    In the statement, the department stressed Japan has weighed the options and effects and has been transparent about its decision. The government "appears" to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards, it added.
     
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