Daily Archives: September 2, 2014

Polar vortex is not linked to “climate change”; It IS changing climate.

Climate is a dynamic system. It is adjusting. It is changing. The polar vortex itself is changing climate on the short- term.

“A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that’s because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia.” click here

Climate models are not the reality of neither climate nor changes in climate.


Ebola outbreak to get worse

I recall talking to former CDC waterborne disease expert Dennis Juranek in the 1990s about the first Ebola outbreaks and the possibility of widespread transmission to the US. That was probably over 20 years ago now. Seems like the potential for a widespread outbreak was for all practical purposes ignored until now.

“The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.” click here

Recontamination of household packaged water, rural Cambodia

Emily J. Holman and Joe Brown. Safety of packaged water distribution limited by household recontamination in rural Cambodia. Journal of Water and Health Vol 12 No 2 pp 343–347. doi:10.2166/wh.2013.118

Packaged water treatment schemes represent a growing model for providing safer water in low-income settings, yet post-distribution recontamination of treated water may limit this approach. This study evaluates drinking water quality and household water handling practices in a floating village in Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia, through a pilot cross-sectional study of 108 households, approximately half of which used packaged water as the main household drinking water source. We hypothesized that households purchasing drinking water from local packaged water treatment plants would have microbiologically improved drinking water at the point of consumption. We found no meaningful difference in microbiological drinking water quality between households using packaged, treated water and those collecting water from other sources, including untreated surface water, however. Households’ water storage and handling practices and home hygiene may have contributed to recontamination of drinking water. Further measures to protect water quality at the point-of-use may be required even if water is treated and packaged in narrow-mouthed containers.

Click here for full paper (fee).