Open Peer-Review Provides a “Check” on Premature Announcements; but may Encourage “Stealing” of Ideas

Everyone involved in research wants to be the first to discover something. The pressure is so great especially at research universities where students typically never get to see their professors outside of class. Once someone thinks they have discovered something for the first time they want it published as soon as possible in a “peer-reviewed paper. That’s what is expected by the University Administration. It’s how they keep their job and eventually get tenure.

Open-peer review before publication sounds good and would help to prevent premature announcements of scientific findings that are later proved incorrect (as discussed in this article).

However, there is a danger. Having had research “ideas” stolen by other professors at a public institution I can certainly say it does happen. Would “open peer review” encourage this? I tell students that in academia “No everyone is operating out of the same rule book.” And because of this research ideas (and associated data) are a precious commodity that researchers must learn to protect, even if they end up being incorrect. Otherwise, they won’t be doing research for very long.

“The team involved has been criticised for publishing results before they were peer reviewed. But this is what science is: debate, discussion, deliberation.” click here for news article

PEX Plumbing Releases Contaminants, Causes Odor

Kelley KM, Stenson AC, Dey R, Whelton AJ. Release of drinking water contaminants and odor impacts caused by green building cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) plumbing systems. Water Research. 2014 Sep 10;67C:19-32. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.08.051.

Green buildings are increasingly being plumbed with crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) potable water pipe. Tap water quality was investigated at a six month old plumbing system and chemical and odor quality impacts of six PEX pipe brands were examined. Eleven PEX related contaminants were found in the plumbing system; one regulated (toluene) and several unregulated: Antioxidant degradation products, resin solvents, initiator degradation products, or manufacturing aides. Water chemical and odor quality was monitored for new PEX-a, -b and -c pipes with (2 mg/L free chlorine) and without disinfectant over 30 days. Odor and total organic carbon (TOC) levels decreased for all pipes, but odor remained greater than the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) secondary maximum contaminant level. Odors were not attributed to known odorants ethyl-tert-butyl ether (ETBE) or methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE). Free chlorine caused odor levels for PEX-a1 pipe to increase from 26 to 75 threshold odor number (TON) on day 3 and affected the rate at which TOC changed for each brand over 30 days. As TOC decreased, the ultraviolet absorbance at 254 nm increased. Pipes consumed as much as 0.5 mg/L as Cl2 during each 3 day stagnation period. Sixteen organic chemicals were identified, including toluene, pyridine, methylene trichloroacetate and 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol. Some were also detected during the plumbing system field investigation. Six brands of PEX pipes sold in the USA and a PEX-a green building plumbing system impacted chemical and drinking water odor quality.

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Associated Press Fact-Check Finds Mr. Obama’s UN Speech Inaccurate

“An Associated Press fact-check on President Obama’s climate change speech to the United Nations Tuesday accused the president of clearly spinning the facts and distorting the truth about America’s response to global warming.” click here

World Bank Declaration on Carbon Pricing is Misguided, not Practical

Signatories to the World Bank statement do not have the best interest of their own countries in mind when they sign such an agreement. This is political grandstanding intended only to intimidate and bully the US and other countries who realize that such a approach will not have the effect its advocates claim.

“The declaration, released by the World Bank the day before Mr. Obama’s speech at the United Nations Climate Summit, has been signed by China, Shell, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola. It calls on all nations to enact laws forcing industries to pay for the carbon emissions that scientists say are the leading cause of global warming.”

The President has failed to generate support for this proposal because (1) the idea of a global price on carbon is not practical, and (2) Mr. Barack Obama does not know what he is talking about.

Daily water allocation on the horizon in California

“But do you know your drought number?”

“The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probably should. Not knowing could cost you money. As California’s severe drought moves into a fourth year, state and local water agencies are working on something called “allocation-based rate structures,” a kind of precursor to water rationing that’s all the rage in Sacramento and in some areas such as Santa Cruz, Irvine and Santa Monica.”

Having no water is a problem a drought number will not solve. click here

Global Warming Alarmists are Slaves to Character Assassination

Excerpt from Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Merchants of Smear by Russell Cook, Section 9. Conclusion (page 16):

“For about two decades we’ve been told the science behind human-caused global warming is settled, and to ignore skeptic scientists because they’ve been paid by industry to manufacture doubt about the issue. “

“The truth, however, has every appearance of being exactly the opposite: A clumsy effort to manufacture doubt about the credibility of skeptical climate scientists arose in 1991 with roots in Al Gore’s Senate office; it gained effectiveness and media traction after Ozone Action took over the effort and drew attention to the “reposition global warming as theory rather than fact” memo phrase (which they never showed in its full context); and the effort achieved its highest success after being heavily promoted by the “Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter” Ross Gelbspan, who never won a Pulitzer, never displayed any investigative prowess in this matter, and never proved that any skeptic climate scientist had ever knowingly lied as a result of being paid illicit money.”

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“Earth Worship” at the Heart of Global Green Agenda

” “The Religions of the Earth Multi-faith Service” paid homage to Mother Earth by asking worshippers to pile stones on the altar to confirm their climate commitment. Over a thousand concerned religious activists filled the pews, praying for and at times seemingly to the earth, beneath two giant sculptures of feathered phoenixes that soared overhead in the huge gothic worship space.” click here

“Gaia worship is at the very heart of the Global Green Agenda. Sustainable Development, Agenda 21, the Earth Charter, and the Global Warming theory are all part of the Gaians mission to save “Mother Earth” from her human infestation. Gaians have succeeded in uniting the environmental movement, the new age movement, Eastern religions, the United Nations and even the leaders of many Christian denominations behind this vile new form of paganism.” click here