This is not good news from public relations stand point. Seattle Water Utilities should know better than to allow this situation to develop.
“Tap water in an affluent enclave near Seattle has tested positive for E. coli bacteria for the second time in a week, prompting Washington state health officials to close restaurants on Friday and urge residents to boil water before using it, according to The Associated Press. ” click here
An explanation is a story. It is not causation. By assuming to know the existence and extent of “anthropogenic climate change” in 2013 (along with other presuppositions), the authors have simply concluded what they assumed from the start in a circular fashion. A one year analysis is meaningless given the inherent variability in actual historical global data.
Stephanie C. Herring, Martin P. Hoerling, Thomas C. Peterson, and Peter A. Stott. Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 From A Climate Perspective. Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2014.
Attribution of extreme events is a challenging science and one that is currently undergoing considerable evolution. In this paper, 20 different research groups explored the causes of 16 different events that occurred in 2013. The findings indicate that human-caused climate change greatly increased the risk for the extreme heat waves assessed in this report. How human influence affected other types of events such as droughts, heavy rain events,and storms was less clear, indicating that natural variability likely played a much larger role in these extremes. Multiple groups chose to look at both the Australian heat waves and the California drought, providing an opportunity to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies. There was considerable agreement about the role anthropogenic climate change played in the events between the different assessments. This year three analyses were of severe storms and none found an anthropogenic signal. However, attribution assessments of these types of events pose unique challenges due to the often limited observational record. When
human-influence for an event is not identified with the
scientific tools available to us today, this means that if there is a human contribution, it cannot be distinguished
from natural climate variability.
To say that the generic “climate change” is more of a threat than an incurable infectious disease which has killed thousands and is currently on track to kill many millions more around the world is to be seriously blind.
It reflects the attitude that deaths of people today who they do not see and do not know and seemingly have no value to them are treated like deaths in a video game. Reality has been distorted and replaced by mere possibility and speculation.
“Ebola may be more dramatic, but climate change is a bigger threat to public health. That’s the conclusion of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, publishing since 1840. This week it ran an editorial calling on the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) to declare climate change a public health emergency.” click here
“Samples have shown that the pollutant is spreading towards the dam, with the pesticide metazachlor no longer only in the deepest levels of the lake but also at a depth of 15 to 25 metres.” click here
“Tests of both treated tap water and raw water at the plant have shown no detectable signs of microcystin, the algae-related toxin that fouled Toledo’s drinking water supply Aug. 2-4, water treatment plant worker Jeremy Carter said.” click here