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Fukushima: Many Experts Believe That Dangerously High Levels of Nuclear Fallout and Radiation Are Still Blanketing the West Coast of America

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By Alexander Higgins – “While the mainstream media long ago moved on from covering the nuclear disaster in Japan, a number of independent journalists and scientists have been warning that the disaster is far from over.

In fact, many experts are suggesting that dangerously high levels of nuclear fallout and radiation are still blanketing the western coast of the United States.

One year later and the problems just keep getting worse…

An independent reporter, EnviroReproter out of Los Angeles CA., has conducted over 1,500 tests in the Los Angeles area since the disaster occurred.

In his latest set of readings, he tested a sampling of rain water that was composed primarily of sea mist. The levels of radiation that he detected were over five times the normal background radiation levels in Santa Monica CA.

Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear power industry executive, is claiming that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is 10 times worse than the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in the former Soviet Union.

He says that Chernobyl was a single reactor running at only 7 percent when it ruptured, while Fukushima had three reactors operating at 100 percent capacity. Fukushima also had seven other nuclear reactors with spent fuel pools that were damaged.

In an interview he gave to ChinaDaily.com, Gunderson warned that nuclear fallout was making its way into the food supply of the world.

“Large cesium deposits (are also being found) on the bottom of the river bed that gets picked up by weeds and seaweed in the ocean that then gets eaten by other fish and mollusks and work their way up the food chain,””

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Now they tell us: Radioactive Iodine from Fukushima Found in California Kelp – “Kelp off Southern California was contaminated with short-lived radioisotopes a month after Japan’s Fukushima accident, a sign that the spilled radiation reached the state’s urban coastline, according to a new scientific study. Scientists from California State University, Long Beach tested giant kelp collected in the ocean off Orange County and other locations after the March, 2011 accident, and detected radioactive iodine, which was released from the damaged nuclear reactor. The largest concentration was about 250-fold higher than levels found in kelp before the accident.” Read more.

Fukushima Has Potential to Destroy the World And Our Civilization – “Experts are now coming forward with their opinions on the real implications of the Fukushima disaster. More and more scientists continue to report that Fukushima has the potential to make Chernobyl look like a drop of water compared to a massive lake. For starters, experts are admitting that the nuclear fallout is already near or above Chernobyl levels. Then there is the acknowledgement that the levels of cesium at the plant is 85 time more than that contained at Chernobyl. On top of that, there is the major problem of the plutonium Mox fuel. Now, a former UN Adviser, has come forward to warn that Fukushima has the potential to ‘destroy the world, the environment, and our civilization.'” Read more.

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Deaths of Millions of Bats in North America Linked to Killer European Fungus

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By Margaret Munro – “The death of millions of bats in Canada and the United States has been traced to an ‘invasive’ pathogen from Europe, which may have been carried into North America on someone’s shoes.

An international experiment, run on bats that hibernated in a bio-safety lab in Saskatchewan, has provided the strongest evidence yet that the bat killer is a fungus from Europe.

‘And it’s a reasonable hypothesis that it came in on someone’s shoes,’ says biologist Craig Willis, at the University of Winnipeg, who led the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More than 90 per cent of bats have been wiped out in colonies in eastern Canada and the U.S. as a result of white nose syndrome, which is caused by the fungus.

‘It’s very bad news,’ Willis says of the syndrome that was first seen in North America in 2006 in a New York cave popular with tourists. The quickly spreading fungus has decimated colonies in the eastern U.S. as well as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.” Read more.

Flashback: ‘Startling’: Up to 6.7 Million Bats Now Dead of ‘White-Nose’ Fungus in Canada and the United States – “U.S. scientists are estimating that between 5.7 million and 6.7 million bats in Canada and the United States have succumbed to white-nose syndrome, a fungus spreading in eastern North America. The mortality figures were released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ‘White-nose syndrome has spread quickly through bat populations in eastern North America, and has caused significant mortality in many colonies,’ said Dr. Jeremy Coleman, co-ordinator of the U.S white-nose syndrome program. ‘Many bats were lost before we were able to establish pre-white-nose syndrome population estimates.’” Read more.

Fist-Fight Ready: Iran Defiant as US Navy Deploys 2nd Aircraft Carrier to the Persian Gulf

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“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia’s coast and in the Gulf of Aden, she said.

The warships also patrol the Gulf’s strategic oil routes that Iran has threatened to shut down in retaliation for economic sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic because of its nuclear program, which the West suspects aims to develop nuclear weapons.” Read more.

Ahmadinejad: Iran Can Withstand Oil Embargo ‘For Years’ – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for several years, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. ‘[Western powers] want to impose sanctions on our oil and we must say to them that we have that much saved that even if we didn’t sell oil for two to three years, the country would manage easily,’ Ahmadinejad said during a visit to Hormuzgan province. On Monday, the U.S. said that time is not infinite for nuclear talks between Iran and the West – five days before a planned round of talks was set to begin.” Read more.

Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Punch the West in the Mouth – “… Ahmadinejad also accused Western countries of being solely interested in plunder, Fars reported. ‘Whoever wishes to abuse Iran’s rights, the young … will punch them in the mouth to the extent that they won’t be able to find their way home,’ he said. The United States and its allies hope sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors will force Tehran to abandon what they believe to be a push for nuclear weapons… Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. However, in early March, the head of the IAEA said there were indications that Iran was engaged in the development of nuclear weapons.” Read more.

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