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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Water and Politics

Damon's his name, water's his game

Thousands Call for Regional Governments to Save the Mekong

Himalayan dam boom spells trouble

Dam boom is not being analyzed for the biggest threat to hydrological projects of our time: global warming. It's like investing billions of dollars in high-risk, non-performing assets. In the Himalayas, "melting glacier water will replenish rivers in the short run, but as the resource diminishes, drought will dominate the river reaches in the long term.. It is likely that dams will be subjected to much higher flows, raising concerns of dam safety, increased flooding and submergence, or much lower flows, affecting the performance of such large investments.” 

On the Indian subcontinent, temperatures are predicted to rise between 3.5 and 5.5°C by 2100. An even higher increase is predicted for the Tibetan Plateau. Climate change is not just about averages, it is also about extremes. The change in climate is likely to affect both minimum and maximum-recorded temperatures as well as triggering more extreme rainfall events and storms.”

These heavy storms and floods will jeopardize the economic profitability of hydropower projects, as well as the safety of these mountains of concrete.

The sudden bursting of glacial lakes is another major concern for the safety of planned dams, and ultimately the rivers and peoples of the Himalayas. Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are a recent phenomenon. As glaciers in high-altitude regions such as the Himalayas melt, they can form large lakes behind temporary dams of ice and rock. When these moraine dams collapse, millions of cubic metres of water are released, resulting in massive flash floods.

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Hat Tip to China Dialogue  for Turkmenistan begins creating vast lake in desert

Melting glaciers threaten world's water supplies

Angry Delhi residents protest power, water shortages

MP warns against basin water sell-off

Basin Water

files for bankruptcy

Investments In Renewables Spur Business Growth and Green Jobs

NOAA developes first underwater detection system of harmful algae toxins

People & Planet

End of the Line
Last updated: 30th June 2009

The release this month, on both sides of the Atlantic, of the film The End of the Line has stirred renewed public concern over the relentless plunder of the planet’s fish stocks – and has led some food chains and supermarkets to step up their efforts to source their fish products more carefully. (See: End of the Line). It has also coincided with a rash of international meetings and reports on the plight of whales (large and small), and of sharks and tuna species, some of which are already on the road to extinction.

Gone With the Trash

Coyote Valley vital as wildlife corridor : San Francisco

Another bump in the road for bike plan

Do good with only one click

Hunnapuh - Feedback -  22 June

The Ministry of Health, anti-rabies vaccine and Guillain-Barré Syndrome

( Linked to Google Translate : original in Spanish )

Guillain-Barré syndrome after rabies vaccination
http://www.medigraphic.com/pdfs/revmexneu/rmn-2006/rmn063k.pdf http://www.medigraphic.com/pdfs/revmexneu/rmn-2006/rmn063k.pdf

A variety of events are associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), including dif ferent vaccines.
 The use of inactivated vaccines derived from nervous tissue is associated with severe complications neuroparalíticas. Inactivated rabies vaccines obtained from mouse brains of immature (ERI) is currently used in El Salvador due to its low cost. 

Currently available vaccines are used as substrate for virus replication, cell cultures of human origin (diploid cells) or animal (monkey kidney).  These organic products have a power greater than immunogenic preparations in nervous tissue and give virtually no undesirable reactions (local or general allergic reactions), but are more expensive.
We report a case of a girl 13 years of age who developed GBS within six days of complete vaccination against rabies with inactivated vaccine type ERI.

 Then the paper presents the case clinically documented and what's interesting is that at the end of all CONCLUDES : The case presented is a clear example of the presentation of anti-ERI SGB post vaccination, demonstrated by the lack of animal rabies in the contact, the interval between vaccination and the presentation of symptoms and changes after successful treatment. It would be desirable to eliminate the use of vaccines to prevent these complications.
 Logically recommendation was not implemented, resulting not only an event but more as an effect of this failure in health, in which to save a few dollars, they prefer to put at risk the health of the users of the public health system, despite warnings that had previously made various specialists in the area. 

The significance of the coup d'état in Honduras

Demonstrated that behind the governments that are elected by the vote,the real power that are above the law.

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