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  • Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

    09/17/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | September 16, 2013 | RHITU CHATTERJEE
    How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans. The study used the ear wax extracted from the carcass of a blue whale that washed ashore on a California beach back in 2007. Scientists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History collected the wax from inside the skull of the dead whale and preserved it. The column of wax was almost a foot long. "It's kind...
  • Calif. plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee

    05/24/2013 11:44:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 6:43 PM EDT | Jason Dearen
    A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways died in the state Assembly without a vote Friday. Assembly Bill 521 was before the chamber’s Appropriations Committee, and the panel failed to act on it, effectively killing the legislation for the session. It had previously passed the Assembly Natural Resource Committee. State Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, one of the proposal’s sponsors, was disappointed by the outcome. … AB521 would have required manufacturers to figure out how to reduce 95 percent of plastic pollution along the...
  • Japan may raise nuke accident severity level to highest 7 from 5

    04/11/2011 1:30:40 PM PDT · by TennesseeProfessor · 346 replies · 1+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 4/1/2011
    The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan released a preliminary calculation Monday saying that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been releasing up to 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials per hour at some point after a massive quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11.The disclosure prompted the government to consider raising the accident's severity level to 7, the worst on an international scale, from the current 5, government sources said. The level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale has only been applied to the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. The current provisional evaluation of 5 is at the...