Daily Archives: September 16, 2011

Religion is now an issue in climate discourse

Mr. Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News has now made religion an issue in the public discourse on climate and science.

On Sept 2, 2011, Black published an article announcing the resignation of Wolfgang Wagner, editior of Remote Sensing journal, “claiming” that Spencer and Braswell’s recent paper should not have been published. Click here.

Of course, Wagner’s stated opinion was subsequently found to have been swayed by the influence of climate modelers who have a history of trying to prevent publication of the work by Spencer and Braswell. More troubling is that Black emphasized in his article that Spencer is a Christian. It looks to me that Dr. Spencer’s religion is being raised as an issue in order for others to attack him.

So, Mr. Black, perhaps you can write future articles on the religious beliefs of other climate scientists. How about Mr. Kevin Trenberth?  Or Mr. Peter Gleick.  What about each of the members of the National Academy of Sciences? Which of the promoters of global warming follow religions that do not like or simply hate Christians? Who believes atheism? (Yes, atheism is a religious belief as well as any other.) Are there any members of this self proclaimed “climate science” community who are part of the brights-net (www.brights-net.com) who simply will not accept a point of view that differs from pure materialistic naturalism?

Now, the astute reader will realize that all of the questions I am asking in the above paragraph have nothing to do with whether science in question is sound or not. Furthermore, Biblical Christianity is not at war with science as some self-serving academics will argue….after all, science was born and quickly grew in the cradle of Biblical Christianity. (I usually refrain from discussing these issues in this blog because I have another blog for that…however, Mr. Black has now opened what to many will be Pandora’s box.)

My point here, Mr. Black, is that if religious belief is an issue for the science and research done by Dr. Spencer (whom I have not met)…..then let’s hear about the others so that the rest of us can judge for ourselves whether it is relevant to their research claims. And then, what about your religious beliefs (e.g., faith in atheism, perhaps, or do you agree with Dr. Spencer)? What would lead you to raise the issue in the first place in such an article?…..

If religion is so important, then let’s have full disclosure. I have nothing to hide….do you?

The following photo and caption was included in Mr. Black’s article:


 Dr Spencer is a committed Christian as well as a professional scientist.

UN discussion on the “human right to drinking water”

For those interested in the dialog on the “human right to drinking water” within the United Nations framework, click here for a report on recent discussion of the Human Rights Council.

I still argue that framing the issue in terms of a “human right” is heading towards a deadend at best……a government can not bestow “human rights”….

USEPA Advancing Clean Up at 15 Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposing 11 Sites for Action

News Releases from Headquarters

EPA Advancing Clean Up at 15 Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposing 11 Sites for Action

Release date: 09/15/2011

Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 15 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. EPA is also proposing 11 sites to be added to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country with the goal of protecting people’s health and the environment through long-term and short-term cleanup activities.

To date, 1,652 sites have been listed on the NPL. Of these sites, 350 sites have been cleaned up, resulting in 1,302 sites currently on the NPL (including the 15 sites added today). There are 62 proposed sites (including the 11 announced today) awaiting final agency action.

With all NPL sites, EPA works to identify companies or people responsible for the contamination at a site, and require them to conduct or pay for the cleanup. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site. Therefore, it may be several years before significant EPA clean up funding is required for these sites.

The following 15 sites have been added to the National Priorities List:

· Blue Ledge Mine (abandoned mine) in Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Calif.;
· New Idria Mercury Mine (abandoned mercury mine) in Idria, Calif.;
· Armstrong World Industries (ceiling tile manufacturer) in Macon, Ga.;
· Sandoval Zinc Company (former zinc smelter) in Sandoval, Ill.;
· Gary Development Landfill (former landfill) in Gary, Ind.;
· Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Columbus (former pressure –treated railroad products manufacturer) in Columbus, Miss.;
· Red Panther Chemical Company (former pesticides formulation plant) in Clarksdale, Miss.;
· Horton Iron and Metal (former fertilizer manufacturer and metal salvage) in Wilmington, N.C.;
· Garfield Ground Water Contamination (contaminated ground water plume) in Garfield, N.J.;
· Chevron Questa Mine (molybdenum mine) in Questa, N.M.;
· New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination (contaminated ground water plume) in Hicksville, Hempstead, and North Hempstead, N.Y.;
· North Ridge Estates (former WWII medical facility) in Klamath Falls, Ore.;
· US Finishing/Cone Mills (former textile operation) in Greenville, S.C.;
· Alamo Contaminated Ground Water (contaminated ground water plume) in Alamo, Tenn.; and
· Falcon Refinery (inactive refinery) in Ingleside, Texas.

The following 11 sites have been proposed to the National Priorities List:

· Jervis B. Webb Co. (former manufacturer) in South Gate, Calif.;
· Seam Master Industries (adhesive manufacturer) in South Gate, Calif.;
· Continental Cleaners (former dry cleaners) in Miami, Fla.;
· Leeds Metal (former scrap metal facility) in Leeds, Maine;
· Compass Plaza Well TCE (contaminated ground water plume) in Rogersville, Mo.;
· Eighteenmile Creek (contaminated creek) in Niagra County, N.Y.;
· Southeastern Wood Preserving (former wood treating operation) in Canton, Miss.;
· Metro Container Corporation (former drum recycler) in Trainer, Pa.;
· Corozal Well (contaminated ground water plume) in Corozal, Puerto Rico;
· US Oil Recovery (used oil recovery facility) in Pasadena, Texas; and
· Bremerton Gasworks (former gasworks facility) in Bremerton, Wash.

Federal Register notices and supporting documents for the final and proposed sites: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/current.htm

Information about how a site is listed on the NPL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/npl_hrs.htm

Superfund sites in local communities: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/index.htm

Bay-Delta (CA) selenium problem not easily solved

Selenium is naturally occurring and is also present in some wastewater discharges. It is essential to humans at very low amounts but harmful if drinking water concentrations are too high. But like many drinking contaminants, concentrations safe for humans can be harmful to aquatic life as well as bioconcentrate. The San Francisco Bay and Delta has been tackling a selenium problem for many years that will still not be easily solved.

Click here for the Mercury News article. 

Is there truth suppression regarding hyponatraemia?

Is guess there are conspiracy theories in every field….

Shephard, R.J. Suppression of information on the prevalence and prevention of exercise-associated hyponatraemia. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Sep 7. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090194

Click here to obtain the full article (fee).

Abstract: It has been suggested recently that financial links between manufacturers of sports drinks and professional Sports Science organisations in North America have suppressed information on the existence and ways of preventing an epidemic of exercise-associated hyponatraemia (EAH). This article reviews evidence for the prevalence of both biochemical and clinical hyponatraemia. It concludes that a limited number of cases of EAH occur after ultra-long distance events, particularly when performed under cold and wet conditions, and that some eight deaths have been associated with EAH since 1985. However, this information has been widely reported, both in North America and in other parts of the world. Claims of an ‘epidemic’ seem unwarranted, and there is no solid evidence supporting the claim that information has been suppressed because of ties between sports scientists and sports drink manufacturers.