Daily Archives: July 14, 2015

Another Reckless “Agreement” from the Obama Administration

Except perhaps for illegals crossing the borders, the Obama Iran “deal” ranks highest in actions that will compromise US security in a big way. Willful blindness or intentional? I wonder….

“Late last month, several Middle East policy experts–including prominent former Obama administration officials–warned that negotiations with Iran were heading in the wrong direction. “The agreement will not prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons capability,” they said, and warned that the terms would “fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement.” They suggested that any Iran deal would have to cover five crucial elements–each of which, they suggested, were lacking in the emerging terms of the agreement.” click here

 

Mr. Jerry Brown is many things, but a “climate expert” he is not

I mean no ill-will towards Mr. Brown in saying this. But advocacy by the Vatican to invite Mr. Brown as a “climate expert” is counter-productive. Continuing down this path, the Vatican is heading everyone in the wrong direction.

Pope Francis continues to walk in the footsteps of the Pope Urban blunder, perhaps without even realizing it (click here).

“Pope Francis invited California Governor Jerry Brown to lend his expertise on global warming and climate change to a summit at the Vatican later in the month.” click here

 

Drinking Water Quality in Rural Irkutsk, Russia

Bezgodov IV, Efimova NV, Kuzmina MV. [ASSESSMENT OF THE QUALITY OF DRINKING WATER AND RISK FOR THE POPULATION’S HEALTH IN RURAL TERRITORIES IN THE IRKUTSK REGION]. Gig Sanit. 2015 Mar-Apr;94(2):15-9.

The hygienic analysis of centralized and decentralized water supply in rural population in Irkutsk region was performed. About 403 thousand of the upstaters use water wells, voids and springs. In drinking water there were detected significant concentrations of iron, nitrates, manganese. On the base of the application of risk assessment methodology there was calculated noncarcinogenic risk for adults (HI = 1.2-1.3) and children (HI = 1.1-2.9). Carcinogenic risk for water from groundwater sources supply is 1.56 · 10(-5)-2.1 · 10(-4) for 22.2 thousand of upstaters. There were determined priority carcinogenic ingredients: arsenic (contribution is 56.3-100%) and hexad chromium (contribution is 29.9-35.8%).

Shared Sanitation versus Household Latrines, Orissa, India

Heijnen M, Routray P, Torondel B, Clasen T. Shared Sanitation Versus Individual Household Latrines in Urban Slums: A Cross-Sectional Study in Orissa, India. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2015 Jun 29. pii: 14-0812.

A large and growing proportion of the global population rely on shared sanitation facilities despite evidence of a potential increased risk of adverse health outcomes compared with individual household latrines (IHLs). We sought to explore differences between households relying on shared sanitation versus IHLs in terms of demographics, sanitation facilities, and fecal exposure. We surveyed 570 households from 30 slums in Orissa, India, to obtain data on demographics, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Latrine spot-checks were conducted to collect data on indicators of use, privacy, and cleanliness. We collected samples of drinking water and hand rinses to assess fecal contamination. Households relying on shared sanitation were poorer and less educated than those accessing IHLs. Individuals in sharing households were more likely to practice open defecation. Shared facilities were less likely to be functional, less clean, and more likely to have feces and flies. No differences in fecal contamination of drinking water or hand-rinse samples were found. Important differences exist among households accessing shared facilities versus IHLs that may partly explain the apparent adverse health outcomes associated with shared sanitation. As these factors may capture differences in risk and promote sanitary improvements, they should be considered in future policy.