Saturday, December 30, 2017

Population Oscillations OR Collapsing Ecosystem


Hat Tip: Thanks Dave

The ongoing collapse of King Salmon in Alaska is once again in the news:
Nathaniel Herz (2017, Dec 29). Southeast Alaska’s king salmon are disappearing, and fishermen are grappling with the consequences. Anchorage Daily News. Available https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/12/28/southeast-alaskas-king-salmon-are-disappearing-and-fishermen-are-grappling-with-the-consequences/
...There's some sense that climate change could be causing a "regime shift" and a long-term change in ecosystems, said Peter Hagen, deputy director of a federal fisheries laboratory in Auke Bay, near Juneau.

"There's a whole question: Is this a new normal? And I don't think we've determined that yet," Hagen said.

But Hagen and Adkison, the fisheries professor, both pointed out that salmon have proven to be resilient. Fossil records show that big population changes are typical, Adkison said.

"In the salmon business, we're used to these dramatic fluctuations in productivity," he said. "If I had to bet, I would favor the short-term fluctuation and I would expect them to eventually rebound. But the current numbers are really low."
I've been following the (reported) acceleration of excess mortality events among animal populations. Here is my 2012 post on the King Salmon that "went missing" that year:
King Salmon Missing http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/wsj-alaska-missing-its-king-salmon.html
In 2013 I created a compilation of news headlines and links addressing what I called "anomal anomalies," as documented here in this 2013 post:
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/animal-anomalies-is-fukushima-daiichi.html 

Polar bears, walruses, salmon, sardines, starfish, etc. These and so many other marine and land animal populations experienced precipitous declines due to "inexplicable" wasting syndromes and odd infections that began being reported in great number in 2012.

[when I checked on bee and bat declines I discovered that the Wikipedia article attributes the rapid decline in bats from white fungal disease to 2012 here. In contrast, bee "colony collapse disorder" was named in 2006]

Every animal population imperiled has no doubt suffered in complex ways from human engineering and thoughtlessness, including experiences of habitat loss and rapid deterioration of remaining habitats due to the synergistic effects of countless environmental assaults.

Still, I find it more than coincidental that the acceleration of mass mortality events became markedly evident in 2012.

Fukushima's ongoing and UNPRECEDENTED RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION of the ocean and the general dispersal of industrial pollutants by the Japan's terrible 2011 tsunami ARE STRANGELY ABSENT from most all news coverage of marine welfare.

Yet, ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DATA available, including data generated by the US Geological Survey and the CTBTO, documented widespread fallout contamination in North America.

Scientific models on ocean dispersion predicted a plume of radioactive contamination would reach North America and add to the coastal fallout from precipitation by 2013. This prediction was tested and found to be true in San Diego, CA.

Fukushima's ongoing dissemination of radioactive contamination has lessened since 2012 but it has not ceased.

I'm sure that Fukushima isn't the only source of radioactive contamination from artificially engineered radio-isotopes such as Cesium-137 and Strontium-89 but it is the largest known.

Might it represent a tipping point in ocean life? That question will probably never be answerable empirically because not enough research is investigating impacts.

What is clear however is that the accelerated decimation of animal life on earth will not occur without grave human losses as well. It is my belief that when we destroy the eco-system upon which we depend, we are destroying ourselves.

Unfortunately, our capacity to grapple with the spectre of our destruction is impeded by our capacity to rationalize.

The idea of "population oscillations" is the rationalization deployed most often to account for the dislocations in ecological life observed by scientists and everyday people in touch with their environments.

Populations don't simply oscillate by chance. Numbers drop and decline in relation to the contingencies of system-environment interactions. Precipitous declines typically result from amplifying feedback loops, often resulting from either over-population or some dramatic change in the environment, such as a sudden and unprecedented onslaught of marine contamination.

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2 comments:

  1. The awful reactors at Niigata are scheduled to reopen in 2019. There will be one or 2 major reactor explosions/meltdown events in the USA, as it stands now. 3 were damaged from the unprecedented confluence of several hurricanes last year Europeans are looking at rickety old reactors in Ukraine, that have not been properly maintained because, of the civil war. The war itself could set off reactors or, cause fuel fires.
    Many Belgian and French The awful reactors at Niigata are scheduled to reopen in 2019. There will be one or 2 major reactor explosions/meltdown events in the USA in the next two years, as it stands now. 3 were damaged from the unprecedented confluence of several hurricanes last year
    Europeans are looking at rickety-old reactors in Ukraine, that have not been properly maintained because, of the civil war. The war itself could set off reactors or, cause fuel fires.
    Many Belgian and French reactors are old with structural defects.
    We have little accurate information, of what is going on in the heavily contaminated and, densely populated areas of Tokyo and Yokohama, in Japan.
    Marco Kaltofen has some good analysis, of samples taken from automobile filters and, house filters in Tokyo and Yokohama. They are very high.
    Radionuclide and chemical pollution in Europe and the United States are omnipresent.
    In the US, fewer dangerous-old reactors will be closed, now. Helen Caldicott, in her latest presentation on the medical implications of Fukushima, states that each reactor contains the radionuclide equivalent of a thousand nuclear bombs. Each fuel pool contains the radionuclide equivalent, of thousands nuclear bombs. Over 200 deadly radionuclide's. The predominant ones, like Cesium 137, Strontium 90, Plutonium, Cobalt 60, can poison large land masses, in small quantities. Radioactive Cesium stays in the environment 300 years. A pound of cesium 137, can make an area, the size or New Jersey, uninhabitable.
    When the next wave of Nuclear catastrophes occurs, there will be no turning back. are old with structural defects.
    We have little accurate information, of what is going on in the heavily contaminated and, densely populated areas of Tokyo and Yokohama, in Japan.
    Marco Kaltofen has some good analysis, of samples taken from automobile filters and, house filters in Tokyo and Yokohama. They are very high.
    Radionuclide and chemical pollution in Europe and the United States are omnipresent.
    In the US, fewer dangerous-old reactors will be closed, now. Helen Caldicott, in her latest presentation on the medical implications of Fukushima, states that each reactor contains the radionuclide equivalent of a thousand nuclear bombs. Each fuel pool contains the radionuclide equivalent, of thousands nuclear bombs. Over 200 deadly radionuclide's. The predominant ones, like Cesium 137, Strontium 90, Plutonium, Cobalt 60, can poison large land masses, in small quantities. Radioactive Cesium stays in the environment 300 years. A pound of cesium 137, can make an area, the size or New Jersey, uninhabitable.
    When the next wave of Nuclear catastrophes occurs, there will be no turning back.

    Terry

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  2. Sorry about the previous post. It miscompiled because, of the crappy old device I have to use.
    There has been a very seripus respiratory flu here in the east. I have read about it in the southeast too. The CDC had tainted credibility before, has absolutely no credibility now. Who knows what is going on. My sweet neighbor died. Everybody in town, sick from it. It has been terrifying. Ill for weeks with no respite. It is like sars. I have read anecdotal reports that it maybe a deadly epidemic, being hidden from the public.
    End of 2017 Roundup. It should make politicians and people rally to close a number of reactors. It has not.

    The awful reactors at Niigata are scheduled to reopen in 2019.  Largest reactor complex in the world. They are In a high earthquake area.  The Koreans, are already doing nuclear drills in anticipation of a nuclear event there..  A lot of the Niigata fallout would go to South Korea.

    There will be probably be one or 2 major reactor explosions/meltdown events in the USA next year. Or as it stands, now within the next two years.
    The Gulf of Mexico  jet stream changes are still there. The extraordinary warm temperatures of the Caribean and lower Gulf are still there. Three coastal reactors, were damaged in Texas, Florida, and Georgia, from the unprecedented confluence, of several hurricanes last year.

    Europeans are looking at rickety old reactors in Ukraine, that have not been properly maintained for years. They are not maintained because, of the civil war.  The war itself, could set off reactors or, cause fuel fires. It could happen in any number of ways,  from artillery fire or power outages, for example.

    Nuclear fuel storage depots, and munitions sites with depleted Uranium have already gone up in Ukraine. This caused radiation spikes across Europe.
    Many Belgian and French reactors are cracked and old. Many Belgian and French have structural defects. A German reactor was found to leaking again. The French are not at all accountable for the Plutonium they pipe into the English Channel at LaHague, at their nuclear waste-processing plant.
    We have little accurate information, of what is going on in the heavily contaminated and, densely populated areas of Tokyo and Yokohama, in Japan.  Marco Kaltofen has some good analysis, of samples taken from automobile filters and, house filters in Tokyo and Yokohama. They are very high and yet, Japan is planning on going ahead withe the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and Fukushima, on contaminated soil.
    Radionuclide and chemical pollution in Europe and the United States are omnipresent.

    In the US, fewer dangerous-old reactors will be closed, now because of Trumps new policies. Helen Caldicott, in her latest presentation on the medical implications of Fukushima, states that each reactor contains the radionuclide equivalent of a thousand nuclear bombs. Each fuel pool contains the radionuclide equivalent, of thousands nuclear bombs. Over 200 deadly radionuclide's. The predominant ones, like Cesium 137/134, Strontium 90, Plutonium, Cobalt 60, can poison large land masses, in small quantities.  Radioactive Cesium stays in the environment 300 years. A pound of cesium 137, can make an area, the size or New Jersey, uninhabitable.
    When the next wave of Nuclear catastrophes occurs, there will be no turning back. There will be more highly saturated levels of dispersed radionuclides, than has ever occurred before.

    Terry

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