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IRREVERENCE

May 6, 2014
ir·rev·er·ence
iˈrev(ə)rəns/
noun
A lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.
“an attitude of irreverence toward perceived notions that microwave radar towers are harmless”

Indian River Lagoon: What went wrong?

dead1What ignited the “superbloom” and brown algae that killed 60 percent of Indian River Lagoon seagrass?

And what snuffed out 135 manatees, 300 pelicans, 76 dolphins and a half-billion dollars worth of seagrass?

If William of Ockham were trying to answer that, he might have started with the extreme cold, dry weather of 2010 and 2011. His 14th century philosophical precept, Occam’s Razor, holds that the simplest among competing theories is usually the best starting point. First, flesh out theories requiring the fewest assumptions, before moving on to more complex, refined explanations.

dead2That hasn’t stopped an army of armchair ecologists. They’re filling a void left by biologists confounded by the complex unraveling of the lagoon ecosystem, which began swirling in a death spiral in 2011. Few answers have surfaced as to what catalyzed so many casualties, including a combine

73 square miles of seagrass, the estuary’s primary nursery for life.

So semi-baked theories abound.

They range from the mundane — cold snaps — to the strange — Doppler radars slowly “baking” the biology with microwave radiation. That one’s new. A theory blaming manatee overpopulation has been around for years.

Is my theory really that “BAKED”?

From February 2014:

Dept. of Interior Attacks FCC regarding Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

The Department of Interior charges that the FCC standards for cell phone radiation  are outmoded and no longer applicable as they do not adequately protect wildlife.
The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce which addresses the Interior Department’s concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife. The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a federal agency with no expertise in health.  The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers:
dead3Cell towers frequently use a directional signal to improve reception in higher traffic areas. In the United States, the FCC limits omni-directional cell tower signals to 100 watts of power. If the tower has directional antennas, the FCC allows the cell operator to broadcast up to 500 watts of effective radiated power (ERP).[7]
Doppler Microwave Radar Peak Pulsed Power overlapping over Melbourne to Cape Canaveral Florida Areas: ~11,000,000 Watts (estimated)
Read the scientist’s concerns  25 years ago regarding Doppler Microwave Radar Weather towers
Or you can read the full document here:  Don’t worry, be happy

From → Biology, Geophysics

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