Environment

Hurricane Matthew – 10-5-16

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect Georgia,
South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend,
even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to
specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the
remainder of the U.S. east coast farther to the north. At a
minimum, dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely
along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.

Matthew – 10-3-16

The evening report on Monday

Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of
Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend, even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the remainder of the U.S. east coast. At a minimum, very dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.

Lyme disease: A ticking time bomb

Of any ranked list of nasty diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in the Western world, Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top. These bacteria cause Lyme disease, which was first recognised in the US in the early 1970s among patients in Lyme, Connecticut. However, the oldest known case was the Tyrolean Iceman, a 5,300-year-old Copper-age mummified individual, discovered in the Italian Alps.

Source: Lyme disease: A ticking time bomb

The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism — TIME

A new study finds a correlation between the aerial spraying of pesticides to kill mosquitoes and an increased risk of developmental delays and autism among kids. In the new findings, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting, researchers looked at the rates of autism and developmental delays from eight zip codes in a region…

via The Link Between Mosquito Spraying and Autism — TIME

South Carolina considering law to block bans on plastic bags | The State

The plastic bag industry is safe from assault by heartless environmental groups that wish to deprive honest plastic bag workers from making a decent living just to save a species or two. Plastic bags need litter our highways and pollute our waters, and they contribute to the deaths of a lot of wildlife.

Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville, and House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, introduced legislation this year that would protect the plastic bag industry from cities and counties that want to curb the use of the bags.

Source: South Carolina considering law to block bans on plastic bags | The State

Save Shem Creek

We may be on our way. South Carolina’s coast is feeling pressure. Popular areas are changing. People want to drill for oil off the coast, threatening a huge ecosystem that could not withstand an accident. Perhaps this new crowd will consider these changes, and govern wisely.