Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Radiation?

Read so much about the hype caused when another one of Japan's nuclear reactor blew up, causing fear of radiation leakage to spread all the way here in Malaysia. Even dad texted me the same thing i read in most facebook statuses. But of course as a student of the sciences, one would point out how acid rains are formed. It's funny how learned people would go warn others of the impending cancer causing, radiation filled, burning acid rain would pour over the hapless citizens of the nearby countries around Japan. To make things simple, i'm going to borrow an excerpt from the so useful Wikipedia....

"The principal cause of acid rain is sulfur and nitrogen compounds from human sources, such as electricity generation, factories, and motor vehicles. Coal power plants are one of the most polluting. The gases can be carried hundreds of kilometers in the atmosphere before they are converted to acids and deposited. In the past, factories had short funnels to let out smoke but this caused many problems locally; thus, factories now have taller smoke funnels. However, dispersal from these taller stacks causes pollutants to be carried farther, causing widespread ecological damage. Also, livestock production plays a major role. It is responsible for almost two-thirds of all anthropogenic sources of ammonia produced through human activities, which contributes significantly to acid rain."

In short, it is a clear NO that the radiation caused by the exposure of the fuel rods at the Japanese nuclear reactor which blew up will NOT cause acid rain which will make your life miserable. So rejoice and pray instead to the Japanese citizens who are the ones suffering the real, direct radiation.

"Acid rain does not directly affect human health. The acid in the rainwater is too dilute to have direct adverse effects. However, the particulates responsible for acid rain (sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides) do have an adverse effect. Increased amounts of fine particulate matter in the air do contribute to heart and lung problems including asthma and bronchitis."

Dear God, heal us all in mind, body and soul...

On a side note, i haven't been feeling too well since yesterday. Stomach was upset till today, had abdominal pains, constantly tired and sore arms. Seriously have no idea what's wrong since i'm taking so much naps to feel better but alas, to no avail. Sigh, hope things will get better soon. Signing off for now.

2 comments:

Jared Vincent said...

actually we're expose to radiation everyday! cellphones... and etc etc... UV rays... lol

KeL VeeN C. said...

yeah, it's just that people are more concerned about short term effects rather than long term ones, in which u highlighted very well :)