Quote:For now, Buesseler’s citizen-science initiative is humming along. Donations from more than four hundred people and a range of organizations, including Lush, have enabled testing at more than sixty sites along the Pacific coast of North America. Inevitably, though, interest will fade again. To keep measurements going during his next stint in the wilderness, not to mention after he retires, Buesseler is working with his Woods Hole colleagues on drones that could automate sample collection, and on isotope-absorbing ankle bracelets for surfers (“So you can see what the surf is like and what the cesium is like off Redondo Beach”). The real challenge, though, isn’t technical; it’s persuading people that we need to know what is in the ocean, and how it spreads, before the next Fukushima. “It is tempting to just run models, but to me that isn’t enough,” Buesseler said. “Let’s get some real data.”
It seems we are being told to "not worry our pretty little(?) heads".