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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Global warming fear preventing Leo DiCaprio from reproducing

Interviewing with an Australian based TV station.





















IF there’s one subject Leonardo DiCaprio avoids talking about, it’s starting a family.
The 41-year-old is one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors again after recently ending his romance model girlfriend Kelly Rohrbach, who he had been dating since June.
The Sports Illustrated beauty joins a lengthy list of beautiful DiCaprio exes, including Gisele Bündchen and Bar Refaeli, and the split has prompted fans to speculate if the star will ever truly settle down — a topic The Revenant actor isn’t keen to discuss.
“Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this?” he asked a Rolling Stone reporter who recently broached the subject. “If it happens, it happens. I’d prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted ... To articulate how I feel about it is just gonna be misunderstood.”
Instead, Leonardo would rather focus on his movie roles and his concerns about climate change and the environment.
The star is currently filming a documentary on the subject, in which he comes face to face with politicians to discuss matters, and during his interview with Rolling Stone he explained how important preserving the environment is.
“There’s no way we’re not hypocrites about this, and there isn’t a couple of hours a day that I’m not thinking about it,” he admitted. “The big question is, is it all too late?” His passion for the environment was one of the reasons he agreed to star as real-life wilderness man Hugh Glass in The Revenant, a role which landed him a Best Actor Golden Globe on Sunday, and he previously revealed he experienced the effects of global warming first-hand while on the snowbound, wintry shoot in Canada and Argentina.
“You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference,” he said. “It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/why-leonardo-dicaprio-avoids-talking-about-fatherhood/news-story/2b7d70ce1e84cc2b0c7b5f5d2dd20eff

Claim: Secondhand smoke makes kids fat and stupid


















































































Second-hand smoke increases fatness, hinders cognition in children
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA AT AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with a larger waist and poorer cognition in children, researchers say.
“The take-home message is that for these children, smoke exposure was connected to two major adverse health outcomes, one above the neck and one below the neck,” said Dr. Catherine Davis, clinical health psychologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Researchers looked at passive smoke exposure in 220 overweight or obese 7-11-year-old boys and girls. They found smoke exposure associated with nearly all measures of adiposity in the children, including bigger bellies and overall fat. “And every single one of our cognitive measures was poorer in the smoke-exposed children,” said Davis, corresponding author of the study in the journal Childhood Obesity.
Percentages of body fat in smoke-exposed children were substantially higher than in their also heavy peers, further amplifying their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more, Davis said. While studies, including Davis’ at MCG, have shown a relationship between overweight and reduced cognitive function, this study found passive smoke had an impact on cognition that was independent of fat or socioeconomic status.
“All the bad things fat does to us, passive smoking makes worse,” said study co-author Dr. Martha S. Tingen, Charles W. Linder, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at MCG and director of the Tobacco Control Program at the Cancer Center at Augusta University.
“And children who were exposed to second-hand smoke scored poorer on all cognitive tests,” shortfalls that can translate to a poorer attention span and lower grades in the classroom and on standardized tests, Tingen said. “We are talking about a recipe for an unhealthy child who becomes an unhealthy adult who cannot reach their full potential.”
Tailored interventions covering nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use in children and their families affected by these adverse health scenarios are needed to prevent adverse outcomes, the researchers said. “Doesn’t everyone want their children to be as smart and healthy as they can possibly be?” asked Davis.
Tingen notes that children typically don’t have options about smoke exposure and parents who smoke are demonstrating a poor health behavior choice that is putting themselves and their children at physical and mental disadvantage lifelong.
To help ensure accurate data, researchers collected both parental reports of their children’s smoke exposure as well as blood levels of cotinine, the major metabolite of nicotine, which is often used as a definitive test of smoking or passive smoke exposure. MCG researchers also assessed levels of physical activity, which can impact fatness, sleep and diabetes risk.
They found surprisingly that passive smoke exposure did not appear to worsen breathing problems, such as snoring and short periods of not breathing while the children slept. It also appeared unrelated – at least at this early age – to prediabetes, insulin resistance and fat around internal organs in the abdomen. Fat around the organs is considered a particularly high-risk factor for vascular disease and diabetes and ultimately heart disease and stroke. However, the larger waist size found in the children exposed to smoke also is considered a risk factor for these obesity-related health problems.
Their findings suggest, that at this age, passive smoke may have more effect on the amount of body fat rather than the metabolic dysfunction, such as diabetes, that fat may eventually cause, Davis said.
Davis noted that 28 percent of the children in the study were already prediabetic, but that the incidence was actually slightly higher in the children who were not exposed to second-hand smoke.
Previous studies, which often relied solely on parent reports of smoke exposure, have produced inconclusive findings about the relationship between passive smoke and obesity. Davis noted about a 25 percent discrepancy in their study between what parents reported and what their blood analysis showed. The largest discrepancy was in parents reporting there was not a smoker in the home while the children’s blood showed smoke exposure. But, there were also 18 children whose parents reported a smoker but the child’s blood held no evidence of exposure.
Adult studies have shown a link between passive smoke exposure and type 2 diabetes. Studies that measured cotinine levels have found associations between passive smoke exposure and worse cognition and sleep.
“If you are breathing in second-hand smoke, it’s almost as bad as if you were smoking the cigarette yourself,” Tingen said. Immediate effects include a lowering of the protective cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, and an increase in the disease-producing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. Researchers are not certain, when or if, the negative effects will be reversed.
About 480,000 premature deaths occur in the United States annually related to tobacco use, with nearly 42,000 of those in nonsmokers due to passive smoke exposure, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://junkscience.com/2016/01/claim-secondhand-smoke-makes-kids-fat-and-stupid/

Ten Years Ago Al Gore Said The World Would End Because Of Global Warming


Watch out world, and we are sorry if you had not realised before reading this, the world is ending today. That’s because today is the day that climate change entrepreneur, and former US Vice President, Al Gore warned us would be the beginning of a global emergency.

Mr Gore told his supporters a decade ago that the world had until 27th January 2016 to end its addiction to fossil fuels or the it would come to an end. Gore did not specify what householders might expect to happen today, but he was clear that this would be the end.

The claim was part of the marketing campaign for his hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth", which he maintains was not a cheap attempt to make money off the green frenzy. Although, by sheer coincidence, it did make him a pile of cash.

Shortly before the film’s release Gore warned today would see "a true planetary emergency." Once again, he offered few details of the problems you might face on your weekly visit to Walmart.
He went on to tell the press: "If you accept the truth of that, then nothing else really matters that much… We have to organize quickly to come up with a coherent and really strong response, and that's what I'm devoting myself to."

Townhall would always warn readers in advance of any impending emergency but on this occasion we feel confident you need not stock up on canned beans. Gore has been making the same claim every week for the past ten years… Which has led us to believe his grim predictions might well be unfounded.

We think you should have a drive in your SUV today to celebrate how great life in America really is. Then crack open a cold beer to offend the health lobby too!
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/andrewalker/2016/01/27/al-gore-end-of-the-world-n2110731

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Study Claims The Air Pollution From Driving Your Car Is Causing Crimes? Can Some One Call The Men In The White Suit?

 



First, researchers said global warming would make people more violent, now they argue being downwind from air pollution increases crime rates. A new study claims that driving your SUV may be causing crime downwind.

Researchers with Harvard University and the University of California, Davis published a study claiming to have “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution causally affects criminal activity.” Researchers claim “ violent crime is 2.2 percent higher” on the side of the Chicago’s I-290 freeway that’s downwind of air pollution.

Researchers, however, admit that increases in crime from air pollution are “modest in magnitude,” but then argue their “back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that the cost of mobile pollution-induced crime in the United States is on the order of $100-200 million annually.”

“This magnitude is comparable to many of the well-studied impacts of traffic on health, and should be considered in relevant cost-benefit analyses,” researchers suggest.

The study builds on a growing body of research suggesting air pollution is driving crime by making people more aggressive and impairing their cognition. Researchers have also claimed global warming will increase crime rates because there will be more hot days — and studies have linked hot days to crime.

“There is a body of epidemiologic health literature that shows that pollution at high levels can impair judgement, can increase aggression, can impair cognition,” Josh Graff Zivin, an economist at the University of California in San Diego who was not involved in the study, told The Washington Post.
“Consistent with evidence from psychology on the relationship between pollution and aggression, the effect is unique to violent crimes – we find no effect of pollution on the commission of property crime,” researchers wrote in their new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

U.S. air pollution has declined dramatically in the last few decades thanks to increased economic efficiency and environmental regulations. Environmental Protection Agency data shows six different types of air pollutants decreased 63 percent since 1980, despite huge increases in energy production and the number of people driving in cars.

While air pollution rates have fallen, so have overall crime rates, according to federal statistics. Crime rates aren’t usually linked to weather and air pollution, but instead are more often associated with economic conditions and law enforcement presence in an area.

For example, researchers say the spike in crime during the 1990s was brought to heel by economic growth and improved law enforcement tactics in cities, like New York City under Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Franklin Zimring, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote in his 2007 book, “The Great American Crime Decline,” that improvements in policing caused New York City’s crime rate to plunge.

“There were clever programs to stop fare avoidance in the subway system, but the subways didn’t change, nor did the schools, the streets and surface transportation systems, the population, or the economy,” Zimring wrote.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hurricane Alex Forms, First January Hurricane In Decades, We Can Hear It Now For Al Gore, Global Warming Causes More Hurricanes?



Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday, the first hurricane to form in January since 1938, the National Weather Service announced.
A Hurricane Warning was issued for the Azores, the islands roughly 900 miles west of Portugal. Alex was centered about 490 miles south of Faial Island in the central Azores and was moving north-northeast near 20 mph Thursday.


Forecasters said the hurricane's maximum sustained winds approached 85 mph.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports Alex will move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday. It was first reported as a subtropical storm Wednesday.
Forecasters also say Alex is the first hurricane to churn in the Atlantic any time in January since 1955. That storm had formed in December of the previous year.
The Azores government on Thursday advised kindergartens to stay closed and told residents to ensure drainage systems aren't blocked.
The archipelago, which has a population of around 250,000, has been threatened by hurricanes before but they usually lose their strength as they move into colder northern water.
Alex formed only days after a rare event in the Pacific. An El Nino-related tropical storm formed southwest of Hawaii last week. Tropical Storm Pali, only the third such system to develop in January in over 40 years, had weakened to a depression by Thursday and was expected to dissipate in the next day or so. It never made landfall and was no threat to land.