One of the most serious environmental issues that we are facing is overfishing, which is often overlooked. Many people rely on the fishing industry for a job, and many more (one billion people) depend on it for a source of protein, so it is not surprising that our supply of fish is dwindling.
The Bluefin tuna, which has been endangered for several years and has the misfortune to be prized by the Japanese sushi lovers, has suffered a catastrophic decline in stocks in the Northern Pacific Ocean, of more than 96% (“Overfishing causes Pacific Bluefin tuna numbers to drop 96%”, 2013). For a long time, Bluefin tuna have been a worldwide problem. It seems that nobody really wants to stop it, it seems that people put little effort into a major problem. One Bluefin tuna sold in Japan for more than £1m, reflecting the rarity of the Bluefin tuna and the continued demand for its fatty flesh (“Overfishing causes Pacific Bluefin tuna numbers to drop 96%”, 2013). An interesting fact from this newspaper was that “more than nine out of 10 of the species recently caught were too young to have reproduced, meaning they may have been the last generation of the Bluefin tuna” (“Overfishing causes Pacific Bluefin tuna numbers to drop 96%”, 2013). Amanda Nickson, of the Pew Environment Group said “There is no logical way a fishery can have such a
This paper will address how the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant violated the following NSPE Canons of Engineering Ethics: holding the paramount of safety, health, and welfare of the public, and avoiding deceptive acts. The misjudgment and underperformance by the engineers during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake caused a large uproar of
This caused reactors 1 through 3 to go into a meltdown and it created a situation where Japan was on the brink of a major environmental disaster. To fully understand the different events there will be a focus on: factors that caused the meltdown, why this did not impact the other three reactors, the consequences, who is responsible and how these incidents can be prevented in the future. Together, these elements will highlight the underlying effects of this disaster and its impact on the region. ("Fukushima Accident")
Driven by such high prices, many fishermen, chefs and business owners depend on the bluefin tuna industry for a way to support their lives. Respectively so, without sustainable fishing practices and stricter regulations for the bluefin tuna, neither Japan, nor the rest of the world will even have the choice on whether or not eating and fishing bluefin tuna should be an option (Crockett).
Summary The Fukushima disaster was caused by an earthquake and its following tsunami which caused a failure in the backup systems (World Nuclear Association, 2016). The tsunami knocked out the generators that powered the cooldown processes for three of the Fukushima power plants which caused the radiation leaks and other complications. Consequentially, the disaster was initially classified as a level 5 on the INES scale. Further investigation after the disaster was under control changed it to a level 7 disaster, the highest level on the INES scale. The estimated radioactive releases were about one tenth of Chernobyl, the worst nuclear disaster in history.
When an 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on March 11th, 2011, it was the first of a series of horrific events that Japan would be forced to endure. Many homes, families, properties, and belongings were lost on that day. And when the tsunami rolled over the island, many believed that
The Arguments Despite the unparalleled popularity of bluefin tuna in today’s sushi industry, it has not always been this way. Sushi, prior to the mid-twentieth was a luxury food eaten exclusively during special occasions, and Japanese chefs never used to serve bluefin tuna in sushi bars (Kurokura, Takagi, Sakai, Yagi, 2012). The tuna had too strong of a taste for the Japanese palette who preferred milder species of fish, however this all changed post-WWII. Japan underwent a rapid transformation from a war torn state into a global economic power in a matter of decades. By 1980, Japan had become the second largest economy in the world, following only USA (Dicken, 2011). The proliferation of the middle and upper class in Japan equated in a greater demand for sushi in everyday diet. The 1970’s marked a new epoch in sushi culture as the quest for
When the tsunami caused by the Tohoku earthquake caused the reactors to automatically shut down, build-up of hydrogen pressure began inside, and would eventually cause an explosion. The reactors, at the same time, were overheating, and the facility had tried to cool it off with local water. This did not prove to be successful, and the extreme heat, mixed with the high air pressure, set off a series of explosions. The explosions, along with steam leaks from the reactors, sent radiation all over the surrounding area. This had caused the government to issue a twelve mile evacuation radius around the power plant, and no-one was allowed into the area. Today, some parts of Fukushima are opening back up, and are being deemed safe to live in, five years after the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
Serious damage in accidents On 11 March 2011 in Japan, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was seriously damaged by an earthquake and the radioactive substances were leaked to the surrounding. Local people had to evacuate away and up till now they are living under threat.
The U.S. Geological Survey registered the Tohoku Earthquake as a megathrust earthquake.4 Being the largest and most powerful type of earthquake, a megathrust earthquake is one that occurs in a subduction zone, an area where one of the earth’s tectonic plates sinks under another (Fig. 2). Although it takes hundreds
Organization: Monroe’s Motivated Sequence I. (Gain Attention and Interest): March 11, 2011. 2:45 pm. Operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continued as usual. At 2:46 pm a massive 9.0 earthquake strikes the island of Japan. All nuclear reactors on the island shut
The triple bottom line of fishing is influenced by sustainability in many ways. One way is the demand for fish increases with population. As well there are new laws limiting fishing, ultimately forcing once
Globalisation has had a profound impact on the Japanese economy influencing levels of international trade, business operations, financial flows, government policy, labour markets and even environment. This movement has been driven primarily by numerous TNCs, trade liberalization, and the deregulation of the financial system, and numerous strategies adopted by the Government and Economy, resulting in the creation of a 'new' Japan.