Fukushima disaster update


This video is called Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood.

Fukushima leak is far worse than Japan is letting on, nuclear experts warn — The Huffington Post: here.

What if the Fukushima ice wall defrosts? Looking at risks of Japan’s experiment — PBS: here.

See also here. And here. And here.

South Korea extends Japan fisheries ban as Fukushima concerns grow — Reuters: here.

Good British berry year


This video from the USA says about itself:

North America and in particular Maine are home to wild blueberries.

This short video shows how the blueberries are harvested and frozen. It also talks about the current and past harvests, as well as the possible health benefits from eating blueberries.

From Wildlife Extra:

Bumper year predicted for autumn berries in UK

Woodland Trust predicts 2013 will be a bumper year for fruiting autumn berries and reveals that last year’s crop was the worst in over a decade, according to scientific records.

August 2013. Early indications from data collected by the public for the Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project suggest that autumn will be late this year, but that the glorious weather in early summer will mean autumn wild fruit crops will flourish, having a positive impact on the UK’s native plant and wildlife species.

2012 was ‘exceptionally poor’

2012′s extremely wet conditions during the summer resulted in late leaf tints, late fruiting and exceptionally poor crops of wild fruit. In fact, last year’s Nature’s Calendar records displayed the lowest fruiting scores since the Trust started collecting records 12 years ago, for 14 of the 16 tree and shrubs species recorded by the project’s volunteers. The Trust is urging the public to record their sightings of this year’s early autumn sightings on its Nature’s Calendar website.

Dr Kate Lewthwaite, Nature’s Calendar Project Manager, said: “Although our records suggest that autumn fruiting will be late this year due to the delayed onset of spring flowering , if the warm weather interspersed with occasional wet spells continues, this should mean the fruiting of shrubs like bramble, rowan and blackthorn, is abundant.

Boost for birds and mammals

“Wildlife species will no doubt benefit from a bumper crop, and finally fruit-eating birds and mammals will be able to enjoy an autumn feast. Last year, birds and mammals suffered some of the poorest fruiting crop in years and this, coupled with the prolonged cold snap in spring, meant that many species had to endure a long period without a decent food supply.

She continued: “In order to better understand the impacts of long-term changing climate on some of the UK’s most-loved native species, we need the public to record their autumn sightings on our Nature’s Calendar website.”

The charity’s Nature’s Calendar project, which has phenology records dating back to the 17th century, allows people to record signs of spring as well as autumn by noting sightings such as fruit ripening, ivy flowering and leaf colouring. The records compiled by the public are used by government and scientists to aid the understanding of how flora and fauna is adapting to the changing environment.

More records needed

The Trust is urgently calling for more citizen science recorders. Crucially, the number of Nature’s Calendar recorders is falling year upon year and the charity needs to maintain a network of recorders in all parts of the UK to help maintain the scientific integrity of the data. Anyone can become a Nature’s Calendar recorder and make a real and valuable contribution to citizen science and the long-term studies into the impact of climate change on wildlife by visiting www.naturescalendar.org.uk.

British fruits timeline