The origin of animals on planet Earth has long been a mystery, however a new study, which examined 650 million-year-old rocks, claims to finally answer the age-old question.
A research team from the Australian National University (ANU) studied ancient molecules buried in the rocks and discovered that a very particular set of circumstances led to the origin of life on our planet.
It all started about 700 million years ago when the world was covered in ice, a period called “Snowball Earth.”
“The Earth was frozen over for 50 million years,” explains ANU Associate Professor Jochen Brocks.
“Huge glaciers ground entire mountain ranges to powder that released nutrients, and when the snow melted during an extreme global heating event rivers washed torrents of nutrients into the ocean.”
This abundance of nutrients triggered the key moment for the development of life on Earth – the rise of algae.
Dr Brocks said this extraordinary algae bloom kicked off a “revolution of ecosystems” which was “one of the most profound ecological revolutions in Earth’s history.”
The extremely high levels of nutrients in the ocean, and cooling of global temperatures, created the perfect conditions for the rapid spread of algae.
This led to a dramatic shift where the oceans went from being dominated by bacteria to a world inhabited by more complex life.
The phenomenon was so critical that humans and other animals would simply not exist had it not taken place, the researchers point out.
“These large and nutritious organisms at the base of the food web provided the burst of energy required for the evolution of complex ecosystems, where increasingly large and complex animals, including humans, could thrive on Earth,” Dr Brocks said.
The research is published in Nature, and the team’s findings will be presented at a conference in Paris next week.
Radiation from the Fukushima power plant has been continually leaking since the meltdown as such a catastrophic level, scientists are claiming days of eating fish from the Pacific ocean are over.According to the founder of Nuclear Crimes, Andrew Kishner, the magnitude of the radiation being leaked into the ocean is being “down played” and is “getting worse”.
Kishner has claimed that TEPCO, the company who is in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted radiation has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean none stop for the past six years.
He also claimed there is an estimated 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water being leaked from the Fukushima plant every day.
Last month Neon Nettle reported that Tepco confirmed its plans to releases radioactive material from the Fukushima plant into the ocean, stating the decision has already been made”.
According to scientist Ken Buesseler, who has examined the contaminated fish, the level of radiation may not be enough to poison humans. However, his claims were immediately contradicted by the scientists who said there was “no such thing” as safe levels of radiation in food products.
However, his claims were immediately contradicted by the scientists who said there was “no such thing” as safe levels of radiation in food products, adding that the days of “eating fish from the Pacific ocean are over”.
The contaminated water is believed to contain traces of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90
The contaminated water is believed to contain traces of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90. But despite efforts from the Japanese government to control the problem, the fish have still been affected by the sheer mass of the radiation spewing into the ocean. Many fish is the region have now tested positive for huge amounts of radiation resulting in the closure of fishing industries.
Many fish is the region have now tested positive for huge amounts of radiation resulting in the closure of fishing industries.
New studies reveal that alarming levels of radiation in fish caught off the northwest coast of the United States and in Canada, which has been traced by to the power plant.
OK that’s enough. This is not right. Perhaps the world should prepare a plan to sink Japan into the ocean. It has no right to poison the world by mishandling this catastrophe. And it is arrogant: Japan steadily declines any help from outside organizations.
Let’s just sink Japan into the Pacific before it causes any more harm to the rest of the planet! (I am being silly obviously and I don’t recommend sinking any nation just yet)
Japan — More than three-quarters of a million tons of radioactive water is about to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean if the chairmen of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have their way, Japanese media reported over the weekend. All they require now is final government approval.
“The decision has already been made,” TEPCO chairman Takashi Kawamura told the media, according to the Japan Times.
As of July 6, about 777,000 tons of tritium-tainted water is being stored in about 580 tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The water, which is constantly injected into leaking reactor No. 1 to cool it since it was damaged by a tsunami in 2011, is then filtered to remove radioactive materials. The complex filtering system can eliminate everything but tritium.
This has left the Japanese government with a problem. They can’t go on filling up tanks forever. Something has to be done with the radioactive water. A government panel is currently coming to a decision on the issue, and simply dumping the water into the sea is an option on the table.
TEPCO chairman Kawamura is just waiting on the green light. “We cannot keep going if we do not have the support of the state,” he told the media.
Kawamura certainly has the support of NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka, who’s been urging the TEPCO boss to make the move. Tanaka has been critical of Kawamura in the past, saying he should be more proactive in his handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
“An operator lacking the will to take the initiative does not have the right to resume operation of nuclear reactors,” he said recently at a special meeting with TEPCO’s top management.
According to the Japan Times, Kawamura “feels emboldened to have the support of the NRA chairman.”
Tritium itself is said to be relatively harmless, and discharge of tritium-tainted water into the ocean is standard operating procedure at nuclear power plants. Oceanographer Simon Boxall spoke to The Guardian on the tritium issue last year, saying:
“In the broad scale of things, if they do end up putting the material in the Pacific, it will have minimal effect on an ocean basin scale.”
But local fishermen say the actual harmfulness of tritium isn’t the issue. What’s paramount is the perception people will have when they hear of hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive water being released into the ocean. In short, such a move would make customers question the safety of their catches, which would thereby affect their livelihoods.
“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, who heads a fishermen cooperative, toldthe Japan Times.
And Aileen Mioko-Smith of Green Action Japan says there is even more to consider here. “They say that it will be safe because the ocean is large so it will be diluted,” she toldThe Telegraph, “but that sets a precedent that can be copied, essentially permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas.”
Furthermore, says Mioko-Smith, those in charge of managing the Fukushima nuclear crisis have had plenty of time to come up with solutions and that the “out of sight, out of mind” approach is unacceptable:
“This accident happened more than six years ago and the authorities should have been able to devise a way to remove the tritium instead of simply announcing that they are going to dump it into the ocean.”
The “decision has already been made” to release radioactive material from the Fukushima plant into the ocean, according to its owners. Fishermen have reacted with fury to the decision, claiming it will devastate their already struggling industry.
Under the plan the radioactive material tritium, which is being used to cool reactors whose cooling systems were damaged in the 2011 tsunami, will be released into the Pacific Ocean.
“I’m very sorry that Tepco has been prolonging making a decision,” the new chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) Takashi Kawamura told reporters on Thursday, reported Reuters. “We could have decided much earlier, and that is Tepco’s responsibility.”
The plan still requires the approval of the Japanese government before TEPCO can proceed.
Some 770,000 tons (metric) of tritium-containing water is currently stored in 580 tanks at the plant, reported the Japan Times. Toxic water at the plant is currently being treated through a processing system that can remove 62 different types of radioactive material, except tritium.
The local fishermen cooperative has hit out at the plan, saying it had not been discussed with local residents.
“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen cooperative, told the Japan Times.
Situated 10 meters above sea-level, three of the nuclear power plant’s six reactors’ cooling systems were crippled by flooding caused by the tsunami, making the disaster the worst since the Chernobyl catastrophe in the USSR in 1986.
When the White House’s top spokesman, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this week that President Bashar al-Assad had committed atrocities worse than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler… Hitler, as the rest of the world knows, gassed 6 million Jews in WWII… And a CEO of a top world airline company claimed one of “his” customers acted “disruptive and belligerent” as he was dragged helplessly, screaming and bloodied by 4 airline thugs, down the aisle of a jet after refusing to give up his seat voluntarily, why should he anyway? He paid for it! Or when world leaders are threatening to nuke each other, not each other personally you understand but the millions of poor innocent people who are governed by these people, well it gives us all an idea, just where the state of our global union is at the moment. Not surprising then, suicide has reached epidemic levels around the world…
As our world appears to head to a mutual assured destruction (MAD) our leaders appear to be lacking in intelligence, commonsense or are just too corrupt to fix anything. Some of you will agree and some of you will say it’s always been like this and you would be correct.
However, it’s when you put the current geopolitics in the same basket as the current geophysics together, we begin to see a very disturbing picture of a disaster coming our way that is unprecedented in its magnitude and size, a disaster which will destroy the planet, very soon and not one politician or world leader can stop it from happening because we have already crossed the point of no return years ago, we as a planet are on death row waiting for sentence to be carried out.
Let us indulge…
WWF: Wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020
It’s already over for many animal species: In just three years’ time the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.
This amazing statistic from The Living Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
By 2050 they will all be gone but don’t worry the world we know won’t be here to witness the event.
The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.
Oceans just as bad
Our oceans are in a similar condition, with the Fukushima accident poisoning the Pacific and the stricken nuclear plant sinking deeper into the ground and no known way to fix the problem, the only option is to wait and see what happens in the next 50 years! It really is that bad.
Warming seas are causing toxic dead zones all over the world’s oceans killing billions of fish, tropical barrier reefs around the world are dying due to the warmth and with massive over fishing we are causing too much stress on the fish which are left, without doubt, we are too far down the line to save our oceans, they too, soon will die just like the fish inside them and the animals on land.
A study by Boris Worm, PhD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, — with colleagues in the U.K., U.S., Sweden, and Panama claims all ocean life will be extinct within the next 25 years. Once again the world we know won’t be here to witness the event
Major quakes up by more than 400% since 1900
Major earthquakes have risen more than 400% since 1900 despite USGS telling us otherwise, in the first 16 years of the 20th century 97 major quakes were recorded on Earth compared to 2, 697 in the first 16 years of the 21st century.
Volcano activity shows a similar spike to the quakes.
Droughts and floods
Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Niger, Kenya and Cameroon are enduring their worst drought in 50 years with millions suffering severe hunger.
In a new phenomenon ”the weather bomb” which drops incredible amounts of water in an area very quickly has wiped out other crippling droughts around the world more or less overnight…
Peru, Colombia, California, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Madagascar, Namibia and Angola, all have had yearlong droughts virtually wiped out this year, overnight, by massive amounts of rainfall often bringing many casualties and damage with it.
With nearly half a billion dead trees in California and Colorado it’s not surprising wildfires are accelerating in the U.S. However, it’s not just America it is a global phenomenon which is rising at an alarming rate just in the last year.
In Florida the first three months of 2017 saw a 250% increase in wild-fires but the new “super fire” are not only destroying millions of acres of bush but appear to be cable of destroying entire cities.
Recently, Christchurch, New Zealand was hit hard by wild-fires with thousands evacuated; Chile had its biggest ever wild-fire with a whole town destroyed.
Wildfires across several states in central U.S. in March, consumed an incredible one million acres killing thousands of calving cattle causing evacuation of thousands.
The monster ‘Blue Cut’ and Sand Canyon fire’s last summer caused the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people and caused devastation on a Biblical scale.
We’re not talking about a few dead fish littering your local beach. Mass die-offs are individual events that kill at least a billion animals, wipe out over 90 percent of a population, or destroy 700 million tons—the equivalent weight of roughly 1,900 Empire State Buildings—worth of animals.
And according to new research, such die-offs are on the rise.
The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to examine whether mass die-offs have increased over time.
Researchers reviewed historical records of 727 mass die-offs from 1940 to 2012 and found that over that time, these events have become more common for birds, marine invertebrates, and fish. The numbers remained unchanged for mammals and decreased for amphibians and reptiles. (See “What’s Killing Bottlenose Dolphins? Experts Discover Cause.”)
Disease, human-caused disturbances, and biotoxins—like the red tides caused by algae that are prevalent along American coastlines—are three major culprits.