Radiation pollution – a continuum

In previous posts, I have touched on issues ranging from: the management of radioactive substances, mobilisation mechanisms and transportation of radioactive substances, along with several case studies. Hence in this post I will consolidate some of this information with relevance to the pollutant transfer continuum! Potential pollutant source Natural sources (that also happen to be non-point) Radon-222: […]

Consuming radiation – Radiation pollution and the food chain

Consuming radiation - Radiation pollution and the food chain

The Fukushima nuclear disaster delivered massive amounts of radioactivity into the sea, and radioactive isotopes soon made their way into the marine food chain.     Radioisotopes released into the atmosphere from the Daiichi nuclear power plant fell into the ocean Water used to cool reactors flushed radioisotopes fell into the sea Microscopic marine plants […]

Rethinking radon – radioactive spas

Rethinking radon - radioactive spas

I came across an interesting article on ABC News titled, “At a German Health Spa, Radiation Is King”. This led me to come up with a post on the therapeutic functions of radioactivity, and for us to rethink radiation as something beyond a source of pollution and harm to humans. In Germany, hundreds of elderly […]

Radon pollution… right at home

Radon pollution... right at home

“You can’t see, smell or taste radon in your home. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.”  From the case of Singapore in my previous post, let’s move into something a little more intimate to all of us… radiation pollution at HOME! What is radon? Radon is a radioactive, colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas, and […]

The animals of Chernobyl – Thriving or dying?

As mentioned in my previous post, Chernobyl is now home to many animals species. This also ties back to my point made in a post early on that we should not only be concerned about the impacts of radiation pollution on humans, but also to the larger environment around us. Hence this post is dedicated […]

Case Study: The women of Chernobyl’s toxic wasteland

Case Study: The women of Chernobyl's toxic wasteland

I’ve always been a fan of TED Talks because the speakers always touch on such interesting topics! So I was really excited when I came across this. It talks of a small population of elderly woman who remained living in Chernobyl after the nuclear disaster. The severity of the disaster at Chernobyl is well documented, […]

Transboundary Radiation Pollution

With reference to an article by Helmut (2011) from the Fordham Environmental Law Review, I will be touching on the issue of transboundary radiation pollution.  “An accident at a nuclear power plant could release highly radioactive materials into the environment. Since radioactive pollution can travel through the air, infiltrate waterways, or disperse into the sea, opportunities abound […]

Waste Management – Repository sites and threats to water bodies Pt. II

Waste Management - Repository sites and threats to water bodies Pt. II

Picking up from where I left of in the previous post, I highlighted the role of water in the risk of radiation pollution of water bodies. With reference to the pollution transfer continuum, water may both be a mobilisation mechanism by dissolving radionuclides, and also a transportation mechanism by carrying these dissolved radionuclides into larger water bodies via groundwater […]

Waste Management – Repository sites and threats to water bodies Pt. I

Waste Management - Repository sites and threats to water bodies Pt. I

My previous post touched on geologic disposal of radioactive wastes and substances. Continuing from there, I will touch on disposal in repository sites, where not only natural but man-made barriers are utilised in ensuring the isolation of these substances. Additionally, I will also introduce one consideration – water – that is crucial in ensuring the […]

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