One way to understand the urgency about Japan’s ocean radiation dumping is to review conditions of the world’s salt water systems before that nation’s disaster.  In addition to the radiation Japan and other nations had already poured in, ocean waters are clogged with multi-thousand square mile islands of household and industrial garbage, massive oil spills, non-dissolvable plastics that choke sea animals mistaking them for food, medicinal and other industrial chemicals, etc.

 All of these man-made pollutants bring increasing threats of deadly acidity, extremely poisonous to plant and animal sea life.  These induced toxins have attacked coral and algae throughout oceans and seas––vegetation vital for fish survival, and sea water cleansing.  Oceans also now contain the most dangerous faux-plants, Red Tide Algae, an ancient substance that causes brain damage in sea animals and in the people who eat those animals.  Moreover, overfishing has greatly depleted seafood populations.  And, like the rest of earth, the seas are in peril from the overheating caused by Global Warming.

 Undoubtedly, there will soon be a tipping point.  And Japan’s radiation dumping may well be it.  In 2006, Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling presented a  revealing five-part series in The Los Angeles Times called “Altered Oceans.”  They pointed out that human pollution is killing ocean life:  90% of the world’s stock of  tuna, cod and big fish disappeared in the last 50 years;  650 gray whales washed up sick or dead on the west coast of the United States between 1999 and 2006; there are at least 150 oxygen-depleted dead zones around the world; and ocean toxins are now found in this nation’s rivers.
 That was five years ago.  Today, researchers know that these statistics are far, far worse.  In addition to above sources of ocean acidification, BBC News pointed out in 2009 that it is caused by ominous increases in the worldwide burning of fossil fuels.  In 2010, Jessica Marshall wrote in Discovery News that changing ocean chemistries reduce the iron necessary for phytoplankton survival––and phytoplankton is the crucial first in the sea animal food chain.  Also last year, Dr. Carol Turley, head of Britain’s National Oceanography Center, released research on man-made causes of rising ocean acidity with the warning, “We need to start thinking about the risk to food security.”

 Japanese citizens, and their neighbors along the Pacific rim, already think about food security.  But, as taught in online Bible lessons, The Book of Psalms promises that the faithful believer’s security rests in Christ: “Trust in The LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed (37: 3)”; “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass (37: 7).”  Nuclear power is certainly not a devise in which one should trust!

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