Radioactive Guano

Atmospheric a-bomb testing comes back to haunt us. An article in New Scientist describes high levels of radioactive material in sea-bird guano, particularly uranium-238, radium-226, and cesium-137, the last of which does not occur naturally.

Particularly in the arctic, plants eat guano; animals eat plants; humans eat animals; all the while, radioactivity accumulates.

Someday we’ll wake up and realize we have to *live* in our own shit; we can’t just get rid of it. Hopefully that day won’t come too late…

posted at 9:58 am on Monday, January 06, 2003 in Science and Technology | Comments Off on Radioactive Guano

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