January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm (Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: Arkansas, atmosphere, avian, die-off, flight, hazards, mass
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday more than 1,000 dead black birds fell from the sky in Beebe.
Thousands of blackbirds dropped dead on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas in an incident eerily similar to one that occurred at the same time a year ago.
The disturbing deaths in Beebe, a city northwest of Little Rock, were sparked after loud fireworks sent flocks of the small birds into a panic, scientists said. This caused them to collide with each other, as well as power lines, houses and cars.
Officer John Weeks said the first reports of “birds on the streets” came around 7 p.m. as residents celebrated the year’s end with fireworks in their neighborhoods, The Associated Press reported.
Police worked with animal control workers to locate and clean up the bird bodies.
On New Year’s Eve 2010, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 birds died from “blunt trauma” after they were similarly spooked by fireworks.
Eyewitnesses told authorities “the birds were hitting mailboxes, cars, basketball goals, houses, trees,” Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission told the Daily News last January. “The trauma shows that they were in flight when they collided with something that killed them.”
The bird deaths, which were followed only days later by hundreds of more bird deaths in Louisiana, sparked conspiracy theories ranging from the Biblical end of the world to government coverups.
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December 14, 2011 at 11:47 am (Food and drink, Global Events, Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: atmosphere, birds, climate, hazards, migration patterns, nesting, pollution, wildlife
More than 4,000 birds crash-land in parking lot – CBS News.
A surviving grebe huddles in the snow on Dec. 13, 2011 after thousands of the birds crash landed throughout Southern Utah on Monday night. (Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Services)
(CBS News)CEDAR CITY, Utah – Authorities were shocked to find more than 4,000 birds scattered across a local Utah Wal-Mart parking lot on Monday night.
According to CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, witnesses claimed thousands of the creatures had crash-landed in the parking area. At least 1,500 Eared Grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, which slammed into the pavement were dead. Fortunately, Utah Department of Wildlife Resource officials and volunteers were able to rescue up to 3,000 of the large flock.
A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources employee frees some surviving grebes on Dec. 13, 2011 at Stratton Pond in Hurricane, Utah.
(Credit: Lynn Chamberlain,Utah Division of Wildlife Services)
According to The Spectrum, officials think the birds were migrating to Mexico and decided to take a rest in the Wal-Mart parking lot, which they mistook for a large body of water since the Eared Grebes can only take off from water surfaces. Officials suspect the birds didn’t compensate for landing on the hard pavement.
They added to KUTV that a storm in the area probably lead to the birds’ confusion.
“The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water. All the conditions were right,” Teresa Griffin, of the state’s wildlife department, told The Spectrum. “So the birds landed to rest, but ended up slamming into the pavement.”
Officials said to the Salt Lake City Tribune that birds have crash landed there before, but it rarely happens and never in such large numbers.
Officials and volunteers took the survivors to nearby unfrozen bodies of water like Stratton Pond near Hurricane and Quail Lake near St. George.
Article Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57343014/more-than-4000-birds-crash-land-in-parking-lot/
September 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm (Global Events, Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: acid-rain, atmosphere, damage, exposure, fallout, meltdown, radiation, respiratory
Observations Of Fallout From The Fukushima Reactor Accident In San Francisco Bay Area Rainwater.
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Observations Of Fallout From The Fukushima Reactor Accident In San Francisco Bay Area
23 Sep 2011
After the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant was severely compromised and radioactive material was found in the water in many of the surrounding areas, but the extent of this contamination remained unknown. In a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers report that the reactor accident fallout extended as far as the San Francisco Bay area, resulting in elevated levels of radioactive material that were nonetheless very low and posed no health risk to the public.
The researchers collected rainwater samples in Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany, California from March 16th to March 26th and examined them for the presence of above-normal amounts of radioactivity, measuring levels of radioactive isotopes of cesium, iodine, and tellurium. The first sample that showed elevated radioactivity was collected on March 18th, and levels peaked on March 24th before returning to normal.
Funding: This work was supported by the United States Department of Homeland Security , and by the United States Department of Energy. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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July 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm (Food and drink, Global Events, Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: atmosphere, contaminated, foods, meats, produce, soil, Water
AFP: High levels of caesium found in Fukushima beef.
High levels of caesium found in Fukushima beef
TOKYO — More than six times the legal limit of radioactive caesium has been found in beef from Fukushima prefecture, home to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, an official statement said Saturday.
The meat came from one of 11 cows shipped this month to Tokyo from a farmer in Minamisoma city, according to the statement by the Tokyo metropolitan government.
The 11 cows all showed high levels of radioactive caesium, ranging from 1,530 to 3,200 becquerel per kilogram, compared with the legal limit of 500 becquerel, the Tokyo statement said.
It was the first time excessive levels of radioactive caesium have been found in meat, according to a Tokyo official. “All the meat from the cows is kept in the laboratory and has not entered the market,” a separate statement said. But a Tokyo official said five cows from the same farmer in Minamisoma have already been sold into the Tokyo market on May 30 and June 30, with the metropolitan government trying to track them down.
Following the latest inspection results, the government of Fukushima prefecture immediately requested that the city of Minamisoma refrain from shipping cows and beef, a Fukushima official said.
Fukushima prefecture has checked radiation levels of the outer skin of all livestock shipped from areas near the troubled nuclear plant, and the 11 cows had cleared external inspections, Jiji Press said.
The city of Minamisoma lies on the outskirts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has leaked radioactive substances into the environment after the March 11 tsunami and earthquake crippled its cooling systems.
The 11 cows were raised and shipped by the farmer just outside of the 20-kilometre (12-mile) no-go zone around the plant, the statement said.
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