Sun protects against childhood asthma
Vitamin D, which is primarily absorbed from the sun, plays a role in protection against childhood asthma. Now, a new study led by Valencian researchers has shown that children who live in colder, wetter cities are at greater risk of suffering from this respiratory problem, since there are fewer hours of sunlight in such places.
Um… no. Vitamin D is not some newly discovered emission from the sun which you magically absorb, while you do get some from your diet you synthesize most it of yourself from cholesterol through reactions powered by ultraviolet light (mostly from sunshine) absorbed through the skin (hence “the sunshine vitamin”). This is one of the reasons we don’t support hysterical anti cholesterol and anti sun exposure campaigns.
Too much solar (or tanning bed) UV and you get burned – don’t do that – but you do benefit from some exposure and the absurd “ozone depletion” scare has much to answer for. Similarly, cholesterol, which you also largely produce yourself, is an important precursor compound for the synthesis of other little goodies (like steroids and hormones, for example) that keep your body functioning as it should.
Bottom line? Don’t cook yourself but don’t be afraid of the sun either – a light tan won’t kill you and driving your cholesterol levels through the floor through medication has no demonstrated benefits and simply limits your body’s ability to synthesize other useful/necessary compounds.
Providing support for the mistranslation hypothesis above, the item eventually states:
… In fact, 90% of our vitamin D is synthesised through exposure to the sun. This vitamin, which can be found in various cell receptors, is usually found at lower levels in people with asthma. The study results show that there is a higher prevalence of this illness among children in wetter places with less sun (northern Spain). (EurekAlert)
These guys would like to give the impression we must act immediately to capture some valuable opportunity. Unfortunately for them and the rest of the people-haters, voters are waking up to the fact they merely need to prevent politicians doing anything really harmful – like placing punitive taxes on energy – and the entire idiotic scare will fade into embarrassed history, remembered only as an example of what not to do.
Get weather superstition out of politics because the Separation of Church and State applies to the Church of Climatology too.
Carbon price set to be ‘poisoned chalice’ for politics
Tom Arup, Phillip Coorey
May 19, 2011
CLIMATE-CHANGE policy will become a poisoned chalice for a decade if the government’s plans to put a price on carbon fail, the Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, has warned.
Speaking to a community forum in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria yesterday – the heartland of the brown coal industry – Mr Combet said if a carbon price was blocked it would be off the agenda for 10 to 15 years.
”If we let this chance pass us by, climate-change policy will become the poisoned chalice of Australian politics for the next decade,” he said. (Sydney Morning Herald)
If its habitat changes it won’t be as suitable! More stupid “it might snow less – if it doesn’t snow more” arm-waving nonsense
Canada lynx threatened by rising temperatures in Maine
The rare Canada lynx, whose range has shrunk considerably in recent decades, faces a grave threat from rising temperatures in Maine, federal wildlife experts said on Tuesday.
Editorial: Don’t Let Alaska Oil Pipeline Shut Down
Energy: Lack of oil volume due to administration bans on new Alaskan drilling may force the shutdown of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, denying us even the tens of billions of barrels left in already developed fields.
The Trans-Alaskan pipeline is dying, another casualty of the Obama administration’s war on domestic fossil fuel energy and its deliberate effort to drive up energy prices to make so-called “green” energy alternatives more attractive. (Investors.com)
Honey, I Shrunk the Oil Industry
By Geoffrey Styles