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Fukushima update 4-2-15- time for Japan to give up?

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The first two reports below indicate that coping with the situation at Fukushima Daiichi, 4 years into the disaster, is beyond the capacity of Japan alone. Surely it's time to declare an ongoing international catastrophe, and bring international aid and resources to the situation. Please sign and spread the first petition above.

The third report documents Prime Minister Abe's astounding admission that he lied to the International Olympic Committee when he assured them Fukushima was under control. Perhaps Japan might now withdraw as host of the 2020 Summer Games! Please sign and spread the second petition above.

The last report talks about the crashing of the Pacific food chain, with resulting die-offs of birds and mammals. It's hard to know how much radioactivity has to do with the death of small fish that bigger animals rely on, but surely it can't help. The Atlantic, which is subject to similar toxins and weather impacts, doesn't have this sort of dieoff. Please sign and spread the third petition

Peace, Carol Wolman Richard Lloyd Parry Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant

The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed. In a stark reminder of the challenge facing the Japanese authorities, Akira Ono conceded that the stated goal of decommissioning the plant by 2051 may be impossible without a giant technological leap. "There are so many uncertainties involved. We need to develop many, many technologies," Mr Ono said. "For removal of the debris, we don't have accurate information [about the state of the reactors] or any viable methodology for that. But two hundred years ago, nobody would have imagined mobile phones -- they wouldn't have imagined that you could communicate with someone far away with that small device. I believe human beings have the capability to develop technologies where they are necessary. It may take 200 years, but I would say our target is 30 to 40 years."
NHK 'Nuclear Watch' transcript, Mar 31, 2015 (emphasis added):
NHK: The people trying to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been hit by setback after setback"
and faced accusations of misconduct. It's lost them a lot of public trust"
Naohiro Masuda, president of Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Company:
We have no idea about the debris. We don't know its shape or strength. We have to remove it remotely from 30 meters above,
but we don't have that kind of technology, it simply doesn't exist...
We still don't know whether it's possible to fill the reactor containers with water.
We've found some cracks and holes in the three damaged container vessels, but we don't know if we found them all.
If it turns out there are other holes, we might have to look for some other way to remove the debris.
NHK: Asked [about the gov't target to begin by 2020], his answer was surprisingly candid.
Masuda: It's a very big challenge. Honestly speaking, I cannot say it's possible.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Abe stated he only wanted to "improve the atmosphere" by commenting "contaminated water situation is under control".

NBC San Francisco, Mar 17, 2015: [S]cientists are taking a closer look at rapidly declining oxygen levels in oceans" In California, this has meant a huge free-fall in populations of important bottom feeder fish" Francisco Chavez [with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said,] "I think there are a slew of surprises ahead."

East Bay Express, Mar 18, 2015: In 2013, the sardine biomass was estimated to be about 725,000 tons" In 2014 [it was] down to 406,000 tons" there is no doubt that the population is severely depressed" sardines have declined to their lowest level in six decades" it's unclear whether fishing is a significant cause for the collapse"

Tillamook Herald, Mar 13, 2015: Dr. George Hemingway, retired Oceanographer, Marine Educator, and chair of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council will present a lecture entitled Warming and the 2014 Anchovy Bloom" Dr. Hemingway will go on to discuss subsequent developments in the Pacific, including the current crash in the food web, which has led to significant mortality of birds, sea lions and other marine life.

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