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InFORM Marches for Science

InFORM scientists participated in the March for Science on April 22nd across Canada, and across the globe. Tens of thousands of marchers in 600+ locations participated around the world to show their support of science and evidence based policy. Here at InFORM, we have seen the power of speculation and conspiracy while we report on measurements. Participating in the March was moving, but this is just a starting point to remind decision makers that basing policy on evidence is a sound way to govern. This week following the March is a week of action and the official March page has ideas to stay engaged.

Here are a few scenes that InFORM scientists saw as they participated in Marches in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, and even in the Celtic Sea aboard the British research vessel, RSS Discovery.

For more about the March, see:

Should we be worried about Fukushima radiation?

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This Jan. 12, 2016 photo, shows No. 3 nuclear reactor, bottom, at Takahama nuclear power station in Takahama town in Fukui prefecture, northwestern Japan. Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor that burns plutonium-based fuel for power generation, first under the post-Fukushima safety rules. The No. 3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., becomes the first one using plutonium-uranium hybrid fuel known as MOX to go back online since the 2011 meltdowns at Fukushima. (Photo: AP)

by Mary Bowerman and Tracy Loew
USA Today
Published 9 Dec 2016

For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States.

The levels are very low and shouldn’t harm people eating fish from the West Coast or swimming in the ocean, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

Continue reading Should we be worried about Fukushima radiation?

Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores

by Tracy Loew
Statesman Journal 
Published 7 Dec 2016

For the first time, seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States.

Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting. Continue reading Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: study

A study has found that the seafloor and harbour near the Fukushima plant are still highly contaminated in the wake of the nuclear accident

Published by PHYS.org
July 4, 2016

Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday. Continue reading Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: study