Microplastics and ocean health.

Two quick n easy films, thought provoking and incorporating two of my favourite interests, diatoms and the microscope.

One salient point drawn from each film:

  • Our salt contains microplastics (remember the blood / brain barrier) that only become visible when examined with a quite simple bench microscope.
  • Every fifth breath we make is supplied by the function of diatoms.

Diatoms appear to be now severely compromised, in my simple google searches its near impossible to obtain up to date information. I’ve read several times that diatom CO2 to O conversion is equivilant to the value of the rain forests for the same task. ie 20% contribution to world CO2 to O.

 

 

Most of the microscope footage is pretty well as you would see it at home with a medium price bench microscope. A spend of say £100-200 for a secondhand ‘scope would do all you want. I use a binocular Biolam obtained from a microscopical society here in the UK thirty years ago and was available as the original user had failing eyesight and had to go into care. I seldom use anything other than low mag for algal samples, diatoms etc say x100, of the four powers available I only use the lower two. Theres no need to buy new.

Note also that diatoms produce a gas DMS that was only in the 1970’s detected by independent scientist James Lovelock as is very important for oceanic weather systems.

 

The other big question I need to find out about is present contamination from nano-particle aluminium, as in the embedded youtube of around three posts ago ‘Lines in the Sky’ professional (retired) fisheries biologist Frances Mangels tells us that nano-particle aluminium is a billionth of a metre ie one thousandth smaller than particles of tobacco smoke. If my reading of this and my arithmetic is sound, we can write this as :-

tobacco particle = 1m x 10 power minus 6 (written 10^-6) ie take off three 0’s for a metre to millimetre conversion which gives 0.001mm ie one thousandth of a millimetre.

nano-particle aluminium = 1m x 10 power minus 9 (1m x 10^-9) will be one thousandth of the above ie 0.000001mm which in my opinion is way beyond what can be detected with an ordinary light microscope.

hint : remember 10^-2 mm is one hundredth ie 0.01mm  therefore 10^-3 is one thousandth ie 0.001mm

In my opinion its always much easier to talk as dec fraction of a millimetre (mm) when dimensions are sub-millimetre. As a practical engineer this is ALWAYS how it would be handled, far less room for error.

Realise that nano-particle aluminium is a far far smaller an aluminium particle that could ever occur in nature and therefore poses threats we would never have dreamed of.

As I write this piece we have an aluminised sky above, a strange grey, yesterday Sat 28 Dec 2019 was a lot of chemtrail over Europe as found on NASA Worldview and when out this morning 0930 yet again there are chemtrails being laid at high alt. Do many register this, anyone question it ???

Disclaimer; please note I am only an interested layman and please fact check whatever views and ideas I write of.

 

DMS: The Climate Gas You’ve Never Heard Of

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoplankton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_the_plankton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algae

 

Freshwater mussel die off.

Blimey, this is worrying. I wonder also how the common earthworm is faring, without it we are snookered. Likewise plankton and remember marine diatoms are utterly essential. I hate to be a doomster but when things ‘get into gear’ re species loss it will all happen frighteningly fast ie a few years. Likewise in my opinion ice loss is being dreadfully under forecast, it seems to my mind laughable when we hear on serious news programmes “Greenland ice could all be gone by the end of the century”, even as a kid I can tell you ice goes a lot quicker than thought credible. More like ten years than eighty, just my guess that’s all.

I wonder if this freshwater mussel die-off is tied into aluminium levels from chemtrail, I also wonder at the diatom and algal populations in the river under question, the Clinch River. These last few days theres been plenty to see on NASA Worldview; but first, mussel die off links ….

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-scientists-huge-freshwater-mussel-die-off.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/12/freshwater-mussels-die-off-united-states/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/14/the-smell-will-knock-you-off-your-feet-mass-mussel-die-offs-baffle-scientists

For Greenland ice melt … https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/greenland-ice-getting-denser-thats-bad/

For Antarctic ice melt … https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/how-antarctic-melting-above-below-ice-sheet/

 

 

 

 

 

 

My heart bleeds for the plight of the Polar Bear …

Most certainly change is afoot, buildings toppling, tundra reduced to a squishy mess, roads disturbed and in some cases unusable.

I’ve refrained from ever posting a picture of the difficulties for Polar Bears, its sort of perhaps a tad comic in the image below but mostly sad that these fine creatures are reduced to scavenging through human cast off junk and detritus to find a morsel. As I’ve said before, a picture of a starving polar bear should be nailed to the forehead of the nasty clown known as d.j.trump so that he can appreciate the subject to which he is an arch-denier ie climate change.

Maybe yes Polar Bears are scavengers, they can drift inward to seek out something from human presence but we all know these fine animals need to be out on the ice and following tens of thousands or millions of years of pre-programmed instinct.

d41586-019-00843-1_16529292 ... polar bears scavenging a rubbish tip. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00843-1
d41586-019-00843-1_16529292 … polar bears scavenging a rubbish tip. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00843-1

However, we must be careful how we interpret a photograph.

Climate change, a laymans guide.

I often feel there is difficulty in finding or locating the latest on climate change ie increasing methane, ice loss, feedback loops etc.

This overview by Sam Carana holds up well, succinct and eminently digestible for the layman; I am a layman.   http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/extinction.html

It illustrates the stacking pernicious influences which in themselves arithmetically ensure sufficiently our downfall and even for this guaranteed scenario Sam Carana plays a light touch re the inevitable compounding and accelerating positive feedback loops that will push us into a whole new series of situations. Its all a quite dire mix, highly ironic as its mainly the consumption of oil and gas from ancient diatoms that has led to our demise, taking away the fundamental first layer of oceanic food chain and 20% of the worlds CO2 >O conversion. And yet no-one has ever seen a diatom with the naked eye.

I think I’m correct in saying it was independent scientist James Lovelock that discovered the gas DMS a product of oceanic plankton and its importance. I suggest read his autobiography, an instructive blend of practical science, talent and an independent thinking mind.

Also …  https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/dms–the-climate-gas-youve-never-heard-of/

Sam Carana in a more recent post highlights the disregard paid by the latest IPCC (Sept 2019) briefing / report in which NO FIGURE IS QUOTED for the effects of subsea methane in its three forms, frozen hydrates, microbial, capped gas deposits. The IPCC are criminal in this neglect. However not as criminal as donald trump in the rolling back and eradication of decades of wise strategies to husband the planet more sensibly; but of course trump would know nothing of the natural world.

 

Greenland ice melt.

I keep it brief, we know fine well what is to happen;  I haven’t the patience nor attention span for a fifteen minute ‘presentation’ or anyone droning on with minutae so to speak.

Its obvious already we are into extreme weather events both in ferocity and frequency,   likewise ice melt is heading in a most awful direction, note undersea ice volume as unseen from sat images will soon in a year or two at most surprise us all. Most arctic ice quite horribly is 0.5 metres or less.

Chemtrails are getting clever too, Tuesday morning last before any visible light from the Sun I could see huge definite parallel trails across the sky, I photographed them too with tripod and timer. Also this morning weather sat revealed huge amount of chemtrails NW of Ireland in the North Atlantic heading towards Ireland and Europe. Remember this most likely I am assuming contains aluminium, barium, strontium, etc in nano-particle form.

Therefore I am mindful to ‘keep it simple’ to live a righteous considerate life, gain pleasure where I can, to help whoever I may and am so sorry we are at such ‘interesting times’.

The real big triggers are ice loss, disappearing permafrost and the dreaded arctic methane (say x120 the nastiness of CO2 in the first five years) which are land based and beneath shallow water ie under 50m water depth of the East Siberian Iceshelf, as illustrated on any map of the north polar region.

For Arctic ice google Prof Peter Wadhams. http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/pw11/

Look also how near un-reported is the loss of diatoms a particular interest of mine, these being the actual originators of 70% of the worlds oil and gas reserves, no-one has ever seen a single diatom with the naked eye yet to my untrained amateur mind the loss of diatoms is directly linked to massive widespread pacific seabird collapse, coral decline and the probable loss of ocean cloud systems and associated generation of DMS and the conversion of or generation of 20% of the worlds oxygen. By diatoms we can also include other marine / water based algae. Plankton is the next level of food chain above algae, both much neglected as a news item for the general public.

We all know as kids how ice melts, we wake up and next morning its all gone.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/greenland-melting-second-time-this-summer-bad/

https://nsidc.org/greenland-today/

 

 

The sadness of Polar Bears …

Harrowing and a topic I have somehow declined to read about to any extent. But heres a digestible account and worthwhile to realise how so screwed up we really are and this is merely the beginning …

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/polar-bears-starve-melting-sea-ice-global-warming-study-beaufort-sea-environment/

My friends the diatoms …

Anyone that knows me knows my interest, fascination and utter respect for diatoms.

Consuming their oil and gas (which provide us with 70% of the worlds reserves) has led to our decline and theirs also. The irony is profound, yet no-one has ever seen a diatom without a microscope. Once seen never forgotten, but a topic badly taught at schools, at our place a small north country Secondary School circa 1969-74 the science teacher had us mostly playing hangman, i think his youth club admin had him otherwise enthralled.

Its my feeling that diatoms are on the wane, that diatoms are not adequetely reported and news of diatoms re scientific workers is woefully behing the curve (downward).

We haven’t got time for peer review and endless conferences overseas … get the bloody findings out into the public domain, we have not the time for surety.

I’m also sick and tired of hearing the lazy term ‘coral bleaching’ when I presume its the absence of diatoms that provide the symbiotic relatonship with Bryozoans ie coral builders and subsequent inhabitants.

https://psmag.com/environment/global-warming-is-putting-phytoplankton-in-danger

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2343/study-shows-oceanic-phytoplankton-declines-in-northern-hemisphere/

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-key-biological-mechanism-disrupted-ocean.html

https://mashable.com/2018/03/16/ocean-acidification-could-hit-base-marine-food-web-diatoms/?europe=true

https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rstb.2016.0397