Daily Archives: October 17, 2011

USEPA to assess “spiritual health” in Tribal Risk Screening Tool

EPA Office of Research and Development is apparently moving forward with a Tribal-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (T-FERST), a tool to support early involvement and integration of unique tribal perspectives into cumulative assessments when making environmental decisions.

T-FERST  will consider tribal-specific monitoring or sampling strategies, focusing on plant and animal species used by the tribe; representative dietary data collection; physical AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH; and exposure pathways that take into account cultural activities and appropriate ingestion, inhalation and absorption rates.

Tribal Science Priorities identified by EPA Technical Support Centers include:

 •Asthma

•CLIMATE CHANGE

•dioxin

•ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

•mercury

•mold

•PHARMACEUTICALSAND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS IN WASTEWATER

•WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

•risk assessment

 On Oct 04, 2011, EPA intends to award a sole source purchase order to Pleasant Point Indian Reservation, Perry, ME, for professional services to support a pilot project for the Tribal-Focused Exposure Risk and Sustainability Tool (T-FERST) to develop a tribal environmental assessment roadmap and collect and prepare local tribal environmental data for inclusion into T-FERST. This order will support the Office of Research and Development, Office of Science Policy. 

 R–Notice of Intent to Sole Source for T-FERST Pilot Project
        Sol. #:                   
        Agency:                    Environmental Protection Agency
        Office:                    Office of Acquisition Management
        Location:                  EPA/Headquarters
        Posted On:                 Oct 04, 2011 9:48 am
        Base Type:                 Special Notice
        Link:                     
https://www.fbo.gov/notices/4144f0c39e1fba5fb3f6af8680d76e38

 Slides describing T-FERST

http://www.epa.gov/osp/tribes/NatForum10/ntsf10_4t_Zartarian.pdf

Georgia Water Stewardship Act – find the missing water

The Georgia Water Stewardhip Act (click here), signed June 2, 2010, requires efficient water fixtures in all new residential and commercial construction statewide as well as the installation of efficient cooling towers in new industrial construction. Also, for all new residential and commercial multi-unit projects, sub-metering is required so each unit receives consumption reports and have incentive to practice conservation measures. The bill provisions go into effect beginning July 2012.  

Click here for an article on the proactive approach of Augusta Georgia. 10% unaccounted for water is not too bad for a first assessment….i’ve seen much higher…..

 

Ludecke H.-J. 2011: Long-Term Instrumental and Reconstructed Temperature Records Contradict Anthropogenic Global Warming

Ludecke, H.-J. 2011. Long-Term Instrumental and Reconstructed Temperature Records Contradict Anthropogenic Global Warming. Energy and Environment, Vol. 22, No. 6 (Sept 2011)

EIKE, European Institute for Climate and Energy, PO.Box 11011, 07722 Jena, GERMANY info@cfact-europe.org  moluedecke@aol.com

Click here for the full article (free source).

Abstract. Monthly instrumental temperature records from 5 stations in the northern hemisphere are analyzed, each of which is local and well over 200 years in length, as well as two reconstructed long-range yearly records – from a stalagmite and from tree rings that are about 2000 years long. In the instrumental records, the steepest 100-year temperature fall happened in the 19th century and the steepest rise in the 20th century, both events being of about the same magnitude. Evaluation by the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) yields Hurst exponents that are in good agreement with the literature. DFA, Monte Carlo simulations, and synthetic records reveal that both 100-year events have too small probabilities to be natural fluctuations and, therefore, were caused by external trends. In contrast to this, the reconstructed records show stronger 100-year rises and falls as quite common during the last 2000 years. Consequently, their DFA evaluation reveals far greater Hurst exponents. These results contradict the hypothesis of an unusual (anthropogenic) global warming during the 20th century. The cause of the different Hurst exponents for the instrumental and the reconstructed temperature records is not known. As a hypothesis, the sun’s magnetic field, which is correlated with sunspot numbers, is put forward as an explanation. The long-term low-frequency fluctuations in sunspot numbers are not detectable by the DFA in the monthly instrumental records, resulting in the common low Hurst exponents. The same does not hold true for the 2000-year-long reconstructed records, which explains both their higher Hurst exponents and the higher probabilities of strong 100-year temperature fluctuations. A long-term synthetic record that embodies the reconstructed sunspot number fluctuations includes the different Hurst exponents of both the instrumental and the reconstructed records and, therefore, corroborates the conjecture.

Laframboise, D. 2011: The Deliquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert

The conclusion of this book: almost nothing we’ve been told about the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is true.  Read and decide for yourself.