A “polar vortex” dropping over vast areas of the US, dropping temperatures across the Midwest as the East Coast braces for the frosty Arctic blast. “Life-threatening” conditions up to minus 45 Celsius and that’s not even the freighting part. Radiation falling from the sky clinging onto snow precipitation is DOUBLE the normal background amounts in Missouri and Geiger counter readings taken on a beach in San Francisco returned results five times the safe level of normal background radiation, prompting federal officials to launch an investigation. The hot particles are indeed coming down in the precipitation. As plumes of radioactive steam emerging from the crippled reactor number 3 is the likely culprit. No worries as TEPCO is “repairing” the damage with duct tape and wire nets. On the coldest day in America in 20 years Al Gore must be crying Global warming still.
The neurotoxicity of neonicotinoids in humans. European Food Safety Authority ( EFSA) request of the European Commission, looks closer at research published last year in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, blowing wide open the existing recommendations on maximum exposure levels to neonicotinoids. These insecticides acetamiprid and imidacloprid effect on cerebellar neurons obstruct the normal development and function of the human nervous system, as well as damage brain structures and functions associated with learning and memory. Now the EFSA panel is pushing to establish a new regulatory paradigm that would mandate the submission of developmental neurotoxicity studies in conjunction with all applications seeking approval for new chemicals.
- For acetamiprid – the current Acceptable daily intake and Acceptable operator exposure levelof 0.07 mg/kg bw/per day and the Acute reference dose of 0.1 mg/kg bw should be lowered to 0.025 mg/kg bw (per day).
- For imidacloprid, the current Acceptable operator exposure level and Acute reference dose of 0.08mg/kg/bw/day should be lowered to 0.06 mg/kg bw/per day. The current Acceptable daily intake for imidacloprid is considered to provide adequate protection against potential developmental neurotoxic effects.
Concerns identified as regards to the groundwater/drinking water contamination by toxicologically relevant metabolites and the risk assessment for aquatic organisms and rate of degradation in soil. If these are human harming chemicals then what about the bees; an amazing and highly beneficial insect species that quite literally underpins the sustenance of life as we know it. Colony Collapse Disorder going around luckily continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides in Europe. Yet to be seen if it’s strictly enforced with the likes of Monsanto being above the law at least here in the US. Within only 20 minutes of bees’ exposure to neonicotinoids the neurons in the learning centre of their brain stopped firing. Especially impacted brain development in newborns in human children.