Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Study Finds Adverse Impacts of Prenatal EMF Exposure

I came across this interesting study on prenatal EMF impacts:
Yanfeng Ren, Jianping Chen, Maohua Miao, De-Kun Li, Hong Liang, Ziliang Wang, Fen Yang, Xiaowei Sun and Wei Yuan (2018) Prenatal exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic field and its impact on fetal growth. Environmental Health 201918:6 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-019-0447-9
Here are the findings from the abstract:

Compared with girls with lower prenatal ELF-MF exposure, girls with higher exposure had a lower birth weight, thinner skinfold of triceps, abdomen and back, and smaller circumference of head, upper arm and abdomen in all three ELF-MF matrices. The differences were statistically significant for birth weight and most other growth measurements (P < 0.05). These measures had no significant difference between higher and lower prenatal ELF-MF exposure in boys except back skinfold thickness. 
Prenatal exposure to higher ELF-MF levels was associated with decreased fetal growth in girls, but not in boys.
Read the entire open access article here: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-019-0447-9

I was struck by the finding that smaller head circumference in females correlated with higher exposure during pregnancy.

I was reminded of the findings by Moller and Mousseau that Fukushima and Chernobyl birds have smaller heads than birds from lower radiation zones (e.g., see their study here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016862).

Research by Moller and Mousseau is addressing ionizing radiation but non-ionizing radiation may also be dangerous, especially to developing beings as suggested by the Ren study cited at the top of this post.

I wonder what the 5G network will do?

In 2015, an "international appeal" was made to the UN by scientists concerned about the impacts from 5G's non-ionizing radiation:
International Appeal: Scientists call for protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic field exposure (December 2015) European Journal of Oncology Volume 20(n. 3/4):pp. 180-182 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298533689_International_Appeal_Scientists_call_for_protection_from_non-ionizing_electromagnetic_field_exposure
Apparently their appeal was disregarded.

Funny that we never seem to consider that we might need to save our own species.....

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fukushima Daiichi Webcam 1 and Plant Conditions

To be honest I've been lax in checking the Fukushima webcams recently as the beginning of the semester has been very busy.

However, today I checked and was surprised to see more steam visible than ordinary on the unit 1 webcam, as indicated in the screenshots below:

I don't know why the emissions are up near unit 1, but given they seem to be coming from beside the building (rather than from within it) I wonder whether the its an effect of the ice wall.

The latest IAEA inspection in November of 2018 emphasized the ice wall, as excerpted from the press release here:
IAEA (2018, November 13). IAEA Team Completes Fourth Review of Japan's Plans to Decommission Fukushima Daiichi.https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-team-completes-fourth-review-of-japans-plans-to-decommission-fukushima-daiichi

In its Preliminary Summary Report delivered to Japanese authorities today, the team acknowledged a number of accomplishments since the 2015 mission, including:  
The repair of subdrains and construction of the frozen soil wall around reactor Units 1-4, which have reduced groundwater ingress into the reactor buildings. 
The construction of storage and processing facilities for the safe management of solid radioactive wastes. 
Improved site working conditions including a reduced need for full protective gear, and real-time radiation monitoring easily accessed by the workforce. 
Progress towards the removal of spent fuel from Units 1-3 as well as remote investigations of fuel debris by robots.

The team encouraged Japan to continue carrying out and enhancing its strategy for safely decommissioning and managing radioactive waste, and identified water management as critical to the sustainability of the overall project.

The very informative website SIMPLY INFORMATION offers background on unit 1 here: http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=19