Tag Archives: Illinois

Another real climate crisis, August 9, 1934

“On this date 85 years ago, temperatures in the Chicago area were well over 100 degrees, there was a worldwide drought and farmers were unable to survive the heat, drought and insect plagues.” click here

Just how hot was it in Chicago?

“On July 29, 1916 the average afternoon temperature in the Midwest was 98 degrees. The Chicago Tribune thought it was hotter than hell.” click here

The Chicago Tribune fails to do its homework

“The Chicago Tribune says that Rock River flooding is caused by “climate change” – and is “only going to get worse.” ” click here

Do standards protect residents from wind turbine noise, Illinois?

“Schomer testified he’s spent over 50 years working as an acoustician, dedicating the last decade to researching wind turbine noise. He currently serves as the Emeritus Chairman of the Acoustical Society of America.

Project opponent Ted Hartke asked Schomer whether the current noise standards would fully protect residents near the proposed wind farm.

“I don’t feel [the standards] are adequate for that purpose,” said Schomer.” click here


Chicago Climate Charter misguided, political posturing

This sort of effort is not based on the best available science but is simply political posturing. Such politically motivated efforts undermine efforts to solve real-world problems resulting from changes in climate.

“Ten more cities have signed on to the Chicago Climate Charter, a now 67-city pact to fight climate change in the face of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.” click here

Arsenic and Prostrate Cancer in Illinois

Studies such as this are not new. They can be alarming in their presentation but the ecologic study design does not allow for definitive conclusions. Expect to see more studies like this published and played up in the media this year as arsenic is one of the more popular contaminants to report on in an election year. No one wants arsenic in their drinking water so it is a good media attention grabber even if it adds little to our understanding.

Bulka CM, Jones RM, Turyk ME, Stayner LT, Argos M. Arsenic in drinking water and prostate cancer in Illinois counties: An ecologic study. Environmental Research. 2016 Apr 29;148:450-456. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.04.030.

BACKGROUND: Inorganic arsenic is a lung, bladder, and skin carcinogen. One of the major sources of exposure to arsenic is through naturally contaminated drinking water. While positive associations have been observed between arsenic in drinking water and prostate cancer, few studies have explored this association in the United States.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between inorganic arsenic concentrations in community water systems and prostate cancer incidence in Illinois using an ecologic study design.

METHODS: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency data on arsenic concentrations in drinking water from community water systems throughout the state were linked with county-level prostate cancer incidence data from 2007 to 2011 from the Illinois State Cancer Registry. Incidence rates were indirectly standardized by age to calculate standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) for each county. A Poisson regression model was used to model the association between county-level SIRs and mean arsenic tertile (0.33-0.72, 0.73-1.60, and 1.61-16.23ppb), adjusting for potential confounders.

RESULTS: For counties with mean arsenic levels in the second tertile, the SIR was 1.05 (95% CI: 0.96-1.16). For counties with mean arsenic levels in the third tertile, the SIR was 1.10 (95% CI: 1.03-1.19). There was a significant linear dose-response relationship observed between mean arsenic levels and prostate cancer incidence (p for trend=0.003).

CONCLUSIONS: In this ecologic study, counties with higher mean arsenic levels in community water systems had significantly higher prostate cancer incidence. Individual-level studies of prostate cancer incidence and low-level arsenic exposure are needed.

Crestwood, Illinois to pay $50,000 to settle state penalty

“Crestwood would pay a $50,000 fine to settle claims that polluted well water was used by residents for about 20 years.” click here