Earth News

What’s up with the Sun?

The Sun is estimated to be four and half billion years old.   We are the children of the Sun and only exist on this planet because the Sun is a young star with plenty of fuel to burn bright as it is now for an estimated few billion years more.  We should not see any major change in the Sun or have to deal with extreme Sun activity for quite some time, or should we?

So then what’s happening with the Sun?  Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned.

National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power in a few years.

Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

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In First Oval Office Speech, Obama Seeks to Ease Political Damage of Gulf Crisis

President Obama is set on Tuesday to reassure Americans that his administration is up to the task of coping with the nation’s worst environmental crisis, the product of a blown-out BP well that has been gushing crude oil for 57 days deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Subliminal Messaging – The New Remedy For Anxiety Attacks – PRLog (free press release)

PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 15, 2010 – If you suffer from panic disorder they are often a real curse, and adversely influence and limit you in all areas of your life. They change from individual to individual but …
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Event Processing Symposium 2010 Replays Now Online – Newsblaze.com

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Event Processing Symposium 2010, Profiting from Continuous Intelligence online event, sponsored by IBM and Starview Technology, was a huge success. Missed the …
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Water as a Weapon?

It will be inevitable that water will be the next weapon of choice but the time frame may be sooner than we all expect.

While Tibet raises a number of controversial questions, one dimension will assume increasing political significance: its water resources. The Tibetan Plateau, known to many as the “Third Pole,” is an enormous storehouse of freshwater, believed by some to be the world’s largest. It is the headwaters of many of Asia’s mighty rivers, including the Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej. These vast water resources are of course vulnerable to environmental challenges, including climate change, but they are subject to an array of political issues as well.

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Don’t Like the Facts? Just Shoot the Messenger!

Don’t you just wonder about some people?  I don’t any more because it seems like more and more people are allowing their “lizard brain” to do the thinking for them.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — A few years ago, Ben Santer, a climate scientist with Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Washington, answered a 10 p.m. doorbell ring at his home. After opening the door, he found a dead rat on the doorstep and a man in a yellow Hummer speeding away and shouting curses.

Santer shared this story recently before a congressional committee examining the increasing harassment of climate scientists, and the state of climate science.

After the online posting in November of 1,073 stolen e-mails from climate scientists, including some from Santer, the threats took a more ominous turn, Santer told members of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, led by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. Skeptics of climate change have dubbed the e-mail incident “Climategate.” Read more

Obama to push BP for damage fund

President Obama heads to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Monday to begin a critical week that includes his first prime-time address on the growing environmental disaster and a sit-down with BP’s top executives.
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Expert Available to Discuss Environmental Damage to Gulf Coast

Professor and ecological engineering expert Marty Matlock is available to discuss environmental damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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BP – They have no idea how to Clean up Spill / Stop Leak

Did you really believe that they any other plan than to hide the oil with dispersant?  To maximize profits you have to make cuts somewhere and we all suffer for the greed and criminal behavior of another Corporation.

Source: BP exec admits clean-up technology is dated

BP’s Doug Suttles admitted Monday that the industry’s tools for cleaning up oil spills – such as booms and skimmers – aren’t ready for the 21st century.

“Part of the reason is there have been so few big spills,” the BP chief operating officer told NBC’s Tom Costello on the TODAY show. “The events haven’t driven the technology change that’s out there,” Suttles said. “I think this event probably will.”

The oil company has been widely criticized for its inadequate response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and BP execs are expected to be grilled by lawmakers in hearings on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

A recent Associated Press report highlighted embarrassing deficiencies in the company’s emergency planning, including discussion about what to do about sea otters and walruses – creatures that don’t live in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico – and having as a point of contact a man who died five years ago.

Suttles said that the plan was referring to creatures that could be impacted by spills, “not ones unique to the Gulf.”

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