Water is Life

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From Spam's link above:
"The region is provisionally protected until 2024. But Mueller said the pace of Arctic warming argues for permanent status as a Marine Protected Area connected to Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere’s north coast."

Ummmm... seems the minimum arctic ice was years ago...Oh well, that's U.N. truedoh! paid for global warming state news for you...

 

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Think blue — it's Water Day
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:Mar 21, 2021 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • comment bubbleJoin the conversation
People sit on the banks of the river Yamuna — half covered with foam caused by pollution — on the eve of World Water Day in New Delhi on March 21, 2021.
People sit on the banks of the river Yamuna — half covered with foam caused by pollution — on the eve of World Water Day in New Delhi on March 21, 2021. PHOTO BY AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES /Toronto Sun
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Without water, there is no life.

The CN Tower and the city’s iconic “Toronto” sign in Nathan Phillips Square will be lit up in blue Monday to mark World Water Day.


“While access to clean water is a core part of the Canadian identity, it’s not a reality shared equally around the globe,” said Brian Johns, CEO of the charity, Water Ambassadors Canada. “Today, one in 10 people lacks access to clean drinking water and 2.3 billion people lack access to basic sanitation.”

A lack of clean water is the number one cause of death and disease in the world, added Johns.

“But the good news is that addressing this global challenge is simple: give people the basic tools they need to access and maintain clean water,” he said.

In addition to those in Toronto, landmarks across the country will be lit up in blue, including Vancouver City Hall, Calgary Science Center, Charlottetown City Hall, London City Hall and the Winnipeg sign at The Forks.

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Water Ambassadors Canada has worked in 20 countries for two decades on water problems.

“Even during a global pandemic, there’s still a lot of ways people across Canada can help,” Johns said.


“While our volunteer trips to partner countries are on hold, we’re still connecting our in-country partner teams with the financial and material resources they need to keep water flowing.”

The organization provides filters and stations to purify water, chlorinators to treat contaminated water, and helps build wells and repair existing ones.

Water Ambassadors Canada is now working to raise $100,000 to fund new water projects around the world.
 

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Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea after treatment
Author of the article:Reuters
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Yuka Obayashi and Aaron Sheldrick
Publishing date:Apr 13, 2021 • 9 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
This picture taken on March 10, 2021 of the coast of Futaba town, in Fukushima prefecture, shows the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
This picture taken on March 10, 2021 of the coast of Futaba town, in Fukushima prefecture, shows the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. PHOTO BY KAZUHIRO NOGI /AFP via Getty Images
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TOKYO — Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move China called “extremely irresponsible,” while South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador in Seoul to protest.

The first release of water will take place in about two years, giving plant operator Tokyo Electric Power time to begin filtering the water to remove harmful isotopes, build infrastructure and acquire regulatory approval.


Japan has argued the water release is necessary to press ahead with the complex decommissioning of the plant after it was crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It says similarly filtered water is routinely released from nuclear plants around the world.

Nearly 1.3 million tonnes of contaminated water, or enough to fill about 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools, is stored in huge tanks at the plant at an annual cost of about 100 billion yen ($912.66 million) — and space is running out.

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“Releasing the … treated water is an unavoidable task to decommission the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant and reconstruct the Fukushima area,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said of the process that will take decades to complete.

The decision comes about three months ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, with some events to be held as close as 60 km (35 miles) from the wrecked plant. Former Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013 assured the International Olympics Committee in pitching for the games that Fukushima “will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

Tepco plans to filter the contaminated water to remove isotopes, leaving only tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen hard to separate from water. Tepco will then dilute the water until tritium levels fall below regulatory limits, before pumping it into the ocean.

Tritium is considered to be relatively harmless because it does not emit enough energy to penetrate human skin. Other nuclear plants around the world routinely pump water with low levels of the isotope into the ocean.


The United States noted that Japan has worked closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency in its handling of the site.

“In this unique and challenging situation, Japan has weighed the options and effects, has been transparent about its decision, and appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on its website.

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Japan’s neighbours reacted strongly, however, with both China and South Korea calling for more consultation on the plan.

“This action is extremely irresponsible, and will seriously damage international public health and safety, and the vital interests of people in neighbouring countries,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

South Korea’s government summoned Japan’s ambassador to Seoul to protest at the move.


“The decision can never be accepted and would not only cause danger to the safety and maritime environment of neighbouring countries,” a senior official told a briefing after vice-ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

“It was also made unilaterally without sufficient consultations with our country, which is the closest neighbour to Japan,” Koo said.

At a briefing in Tokyo later in the day a government official told reporters that Japan had consulted neighbours.

Taiwan has also expressed concern.

Fishing unions in Fukushima have urged the government for years not to release the water, arguing it would have a “catastrophic impact” on the industry.

A Scientific American article reported in 2014 that when ingested tritium can raise cancer risks, while some experts are worried about other contaminants. The water currently contains significant amounts of harmful isotopes despite years of treatment, according to Tepco.

“My concern is about non-tritium radioactive contaminants that still remain in the tanks at high levels,” said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

“These other contaminants are all of greater health risk than tritium and accumulate more readily in seafood and sea floor sediments,” added Buesseler, who has studied the waters around Fukushima.

The Japanese government has been keen to stress the filtering and dilution processes. A senior government public affairs official emailed media outlets on Monday to request the term “contaminated” not be used in reporting, arguing it was misleading.

Fishing communities and others suffering reputational harm from the release will be compensated, Tepco said.
 

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Tonnes of dead fish wash up on shore of polluted Lebanese lake
Author of the article:Reuters
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Alaa Kanaan
Publishing date:Apr 30, 2021 • 2 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Dead fish are seen floating in Lake Qaraoun on the Litani River, Lebanon April 29, 2021. Picture taken April 29, 2021.
Dead fish are seen floating in Lake Qaraoun on the Litani River, Lebanon April 29, 2021. Picture taken April 29, 2021. PHOTO BY MOHAMED AZAKIR /REUTERS
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QARAOUN — Tonnes of dead fish have washed up on the banks of a lake on Lebanon’s Litani river, engulfing a nearby village in a pungent smell, in a disaster blamed on polluted waters.

Volunteers collected rotting fish carcasses near the Qaraoun lake on Lebanon’s longest river, the Litani, where activists have warned for years of water pollution caused by sewage and waste.


Piles of garbage drifted in the lake near the dead fish. Swarms of flies spread near the reservoir and thousands of fish were decomposing in already dirty waters.

“This phenomenon appeared on the shore of the lake several days ago,” said Ahmad Askar, a local activist. “The fish started floating up, and in abnormal quantities…It’s unacceptable.”

At least 40 tonnes have turned up dead in a few days, numbers which Askar and fishermen in Qaraoun described as unprecedented. They called on the Litani river authority to find the cause and go after anyone dumping wastewater into the lake.

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The river authority said this week that the fish were toxic and carried a virus, urging people to avoid fishing all along the Litani due to “an aggravated disaster that threatens public health.”

The pollution prompted a ban since 2018 on fishing in the reservoir, which was created in 1959 with a large dam to collect water for hydropower and irrigation.

Last month, volunteers removed clumps of sticky tar from some beaches along the Lebanese coast after an oil spill which environmentalists warned would harm marine life.

Ecological disasters are the last thing Lebanon needs as it suffers through an alarming financial collapse and the aftermath of a huge explosion that devastated Beirut port last August.
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Don't live in parching hot deserts if you want water. Move to areas where there is water. Idiots.
 

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Etobicoke creek mysteriously turns bright blue
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:Apr 30, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Tom Riley Park in Etobicoke.
Tom Riley Park in Etobicoke. PHOTO BY CITY OF TORONTO /(toronto.ca)
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An Etobicoke creek has turned the colour of a Banff lake.

The creek in Tom Riley Park has curiously become a bright blue.


But it is unclear how the stream in the Dundas St., W. and Islington Ave park turned blue

“At this time city staff are unable to determine why the water was blue,” spokesman Deborah Blackstone said. “The city is currently investigating the situation. City staff conducted a visual inspection by walking the creek located in Tom Riley Park and observed no blue colouration.”

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City staff is still actively looking into the initial report to determine the source,” she said.

“As no active spill was observed during the investigation, the city is unable to comment if the water was dangerous at this time. Further investigation is taking place,” Blackstone added.
 

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ODDS AND ENDS: Unfortunate mascots and other offbeat offerings
Author of the article:Eddie Chau
Publishing date:May 01, 2021 • 17 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
Little Mr Tritium was a mascot used to promote Fukushima wastewater dump. It was quickly scrapped.
Little Mr Tritium was a mascot used to promote Fukushima wastewater dump. It was quickly scrapped. PHOTO BY SCREENSHOT /YouTube/Japanese Government
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JAPAN WISELY SCRAPS A RATHER UNFORTUNATE MASCOT

Sometimes not even a cute mascot can win over a crowd.


The Japanese government had hoped that Little Mr. Tritium, a cute animated character, would help win people’s support for the release of more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the infamous Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, The Guardian reported.

While the water will reportedly be thoroughly treated before being released into the sea, the H20 will still contain tritium, a hydrogen isotope. Mr. Tritium is modelled after the isotope, complete with pink cheeks and big green nose.

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The cute character appeared briefly in online promotional material on the reconstruction company’s website, which angered residents of Fukashima, who felt Mr. Tritium trivialized the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The agency behind the character’s creation pulled all promotional material featuring it a day after it was released. The company stated it created the character to explain the release of the isotope into the Japan sea as a standard nuclear plant practice.

Japanese officials say tritium is only harmful to people in large doses and that treated water poses no risk to them.
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Chemical cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka, fouling rich fishing waters
Author of the article:Reuters
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Waruna Karunatilake and Alasdair Pal
Publishing date:Jun 02, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
This handout photograph taken and released by Sri Lanka Air Force on June 2, 2021 shows smoke billowing from the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl which carrys hundreds of containers of chemicals and plastics, as its towed away from the coast of Colombo, following Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's order to move the ship to deeper water to prevent a bigger enviromental disaster.
This handout photograph taken and released by Sri Lanka Air Force on June 2, 2021 shows smoke billowing from the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl which carrys hundreds of containers of chemicals and plastics, as its towed away from the coast of Colombo, following Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's order to move the ship to deeper water to prevent a bigger enviromental disaster. PHOTO BY SRI LANKA AIR FORCE /AFP via Getty Images
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COLOMBO — A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sank off Sri Lanka’s west coast, its navy said on Wednesday, and tonnes of plastic pellets have fouled the country’s rich fishing waters in one of its worst-ever marine disasters.

The government on Wednesday suspended fishing along an 80-km (50-mile) stretch of the island’s coastline, affecting 5,600 fishing boats, and hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to clean affected beaches.


The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl, carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid along with other chemicals and cosmetics, was anchored off Sri Lanka’s west coast when a fire erupted onboard after an explosion on May 20.

Flaming containers laden with chemicals tumbled into the sea from the ship’s deck as emergency crews sought to contain the blaze over the ensuing two weeks.


The craft began to sink early on Wednesday, and a salvage crew tried to tow the vessel to deeper water away from the coast, Fisheries Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said in a tweet, but the attempt was abandoned after several hours.

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“The towing of the fire-engulfed X-Press Pearl ship was stopped due to the rear end of the vessel hitting the sea bed,” navy spokesman Captain Indika de Silva told Reuters.

Photos taken by the country’s air force showed the charred wreck of the ship spewing white smoke as it listed to the right and began sinking, and part of it soon touched the seabed, just 22 metres (73 feet) deep in the immediate area.

The navy was preparing to deal with an oil spill after the ship sank, Silva added.

“The ship has dealt a death blow to our lives,” said Joshua Anthony, head of a region fishing union. “We can’t go into the sea which means we can’t make a living.”

The MV X-Press Pearl had left the port of Hazira in India on May 15 and was on its way to Singapore via Colombo.