• Rio Lectures Audiences on the Environment During Opening Ceremony


    The Olympics launched with a lecture about… climate change and environmental stewardship.

    Brazilian Al Gore narrated the global doom the planet will face if we don’t curb carbon emissions, as you can see in the video above.

    Forget for a moment that the carbon footprint of the opening ceremony was probably larger than most people in Rio will ever generate in their entire lives.

    Is Brazil really the country to be lecturing the world about how we treat the environment?

    Considering the fact that a warning has been issued about the water and even the sand around Rio, that is rich!

    Pious hypocrisy knows no bounds as raw human sewage flows into the sea around Rio causing it to contain untold viruses and contaminants…even the sand is dangerous.

    So if you thought you might go to the Olympics and enjoy the beach as well…think again.

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    From AP Big Story:

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.

    Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP’s tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

    The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.

    In light of the findings, biomedical expert Valerie Harwood had one piece of advice for travelers to Rio: “Don’t put your head under water.”The most contaminated points are the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where Olympic rowing will take place, and the Gloria Marina, the starting point for the sailing races.

    Sampling at the Lagoon in March 2015 revealed an astounding 1.73 billion adenoviruses per liter. By this June, adenovirus readings were lower but still hair-raising at 248 million adenoviruses per liter. By comparison, in California, viral readings in the thousands per liter set off alarm bells.

    Despite a project aimed at preventing raw sewage from flowing into the Gloria Marina through storm drains, the waters remain just as contaminated. The first sampling there, in March 2015, showed over 26 million adenoviruses per liter. This June, over 37 million adenoviruses per liter were detected.

    The first results of the AP study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe. At those concentrations, swimmers and athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of water are almost certain to be infected with viruses that can cause stomach and respiratory illnesses and more rarely heart and brain inflammation — although whether they actually fall ill depends on a series of factors including the strength of the individual’s immune system.

    The piece goes on to even mention dangers in the sand…

    Swimmers who ingest water through their mouths and noses therefore risk “getting violently ill,” Harwood said.

    Danger is lurking even in the sand. Samples from the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema revealed high levels of viruses, which recent studies have suggested can pose a health risk — particularly to babies and small children.

    “Both of them have pretty high levels of infectious adenovirus,” said Harwood, adding that the virus could be particularly hazardous to babies and toddlers who play in the sand.

    No matter what the country claims as far as cleanliness…go to the Olympics if you want, but don’t drink the water, get in the water, or sit on the sand by the water!

    Viewed from above, Rio’s sewage problem is as starkly visible as on the spreadsheets of the AP analysis: Rivers are tar-black; the lagoons near the Olympic Park bloom with fluorescent green algae that thrives amid sewage; fishermen’s wooden boats sink into thick sludge in the Guanabara Bay; surfers paddle amid a giant brown stain that contrasts with the azure of the surrounding waters.

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