The current study investigated the effects of different strength
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure (250 µT, 500 µT, 1000 µT) on the
commercially important decapod, edible crab (Cancer pagurus, Linnaeus, 1758). Stress related parameters were measured (l-Lactate, d-Glucose,
Total Haemocyte Count (THC)) in addition to behavioural and response
parameters (shelter preference and time spent resting/roaming) over 24 h
periods. EMF strengths of 250 µT were found to have limited
physiological and behavioural impacts. Exposure to 500 µT and 1000 µT
were found to disrupt the l-Lactate and d-Glucose
circadian rhythm and alter THC. Crabs showed a clear attraction to EMF
exposed (500 µT and 1000 µT) shelters with a significant reduction in
time spent roaming. Consequently, EMF emitted from MREDs will likely
affect crabs in a strength-dependent manner thus highlighting the need
for reliable in-situ measurements. This information is essential for
policy making, environmental assessments, and in understanding the
impacts of increased anthropogenic EMF on marine organisms.
The operators of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant have
announced plans to build an undersea tunnel to facilitate the release of
more than one million tons of treated water from the site into the
The 1km-long and
eight-feet-wide tunnel will run east from the water container tanks at
the nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, allowing roughly 1.27 million
tons of treated water to be released into the sea, despite opposition
from neighboring countries.
Japan insists that the water, which is
set to be released in two years, is completely safe, having been
thoroughly treated to remove radioactive particles. The containers
include water that was used to cool down the nuclear power plant after
it went into meltdown in the wake of the 2011 tsunami, as well rain and
groundwater that subsequently seeped in.
Temir Sariev, the former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, has been
detained over allegations of corruption and understating the
environmental risk coming from one of the world’s largest gold mines,
which is built into a glacier.
On Wednesday, the
Pervomaisky District Court in the capital, Bishkek, announced that
Sariev would be held behind bars until at least September 30. The
Central Asian nation has been embroiled in a dispute over the colossal
Kumtor Mine, which activists say has sent huge profits overseas at the
expense of the local environment.
In May, government officials
announced they had taken charge of the mine, forcing out Canadian firm
Centerra Gold, which had previously been responsible for digging up
nearly 16 tons of the precious metal each year. The firm has slammed the
move as state appropriation and launched an international legal bid…
… the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) came out with a 5-0 unanimous vote on itsposition on right to repair. (PDF) It’s great news, in that they basically agree with us all:
Restricting consumers and businesses from choosing how they repair products can substantially increase the total cost of repairs, generate harmful electronic waste, and unnecessarily increase wait times for repairs. In contrast, providing more choice in repairs can lead to lower costs, reduce e-waste by extending the useful lifespan of products, enable more timely repairs, and provide economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses.
…Industry body the Paper Cup Alliance says the specialist plants that do
have the technology already have the capacity to recycle all the cups we
throw away – it’s the infrastructure to transport them there that’s
Documents show that DuPont — unlike state
authorities — had known of the danger for decades but continued to
discharge the toxic substance into the environment.
Studies suggest that
high PFAS levels in the area are connected to increased cases of kidney
and testicular cancer. In 2017, DuPont agreed to pay victims $671
million (€554 million) in compensation for bodily harm.