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I would think that 6000 atoms per square meter is quantitative. Now more information is wellcome, but since it was not an article for general public consumption, there is no reason for the original article to deal with the rest of the data you ask, and I dont't expect gmoke to be in a position to give them.

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by Antoni Jaume on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 07:00:04 AM EST
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To boot, the unquantified statements without explicit comparisons come up in a context that is the opposite than what ormondotvos appears to have sensed when speaking of propaganda and scaremongering: they say "at these levels, it is unlikely that this is going to cause measurable health consequences" and what was found "should be reduced by river and stream dilution" (not mentioning that local accumulation is also a possibility).

The key points of the story are: short-halflife Iodine-131 can be used as a marker for the spread of Fukushima fallout globally (it decays so fast that even Chernobyl or nuclear test Iodine-131 is undetectable, not to mention natural sources); and the fallout also included longer-halflife Iodine-129, which accumulated after the previous fallouts. But to me there is little that is new in this, other than the quantification for one given spot.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 07:19:05 AM EST
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Incidentally, I just read a related news.

Back in 2007, I wrote about the first major study by Germany's Federal Office for Radiation Protection establishing a statistically significant link between nuclear plant locations and child cancer rates. At the time, the study-makers were perplexed that a health effect arose at general radiation levels orders of magnitudes below where one would expect it.

Now there is a suggestion that the phenomenon might be related to transient events: the escape of radioactive isotopes (in particular Iodine-131, but also noble gases) in gaseous state during the refuelling of the reactors. But data for analysis is hard to come by: the linked taz article (in German) mentions a request to the controlling ministry for half-hourly radiation measurements at one plant, but they only got data with quartal(!) resolution.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 03:50:43 PM EST
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I quote:

"hat tip treehugger.com

We need a zero emissions society and culture, especially where such long-lived pollutants are concerned."

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Fri Apr 6th, 2012 at 10:59:56 PM EST
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In what way is that a reaction to anything I said, or a justification of anything you said?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 7th, 2012 at 01:58:36 AM EST
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