Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The giant ball that could save your life in a catastrophe: The Survival Capsule designed to withstand tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes

[Daily Mail] It may look like a giant snooker ball, but this spherical capsule could save your life.
When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a tsunami or earthquake, there are very few places to find shelter. 
But now, The Survival Capsule - a personal safety system in the form of a giant ball - has been designed to combat this issue. 
This capsule, which features two small porthole windows so the occupants can see what is going on around them, was created to give individual groups and families more control of their survival in emergency situation than traditional 'safe houses.'
Julian Sharpe, founder of The Survival Capsule, said: 'It gives [people] an option of having a security system on their own property which is easily accessible day or night and really gives the family a safe security they wouldn't otherwise have.' 
The capsule is designed as a 'variable disaster solution', according to the designers. 
It is designed to float so it will never be inundated by water levels rising too high, as they do in tsunami situations. 
A self-righting system, using water bladders in the bottom, prevent it from rolling upside down.
It can also be tethered to prevent it being washed away with the occupants inside. 
The designers of the capsule, which is made from a hardened aluminium shell and frame, is insulated to keep the occupants warm.
It is intended to keep those inside safe during the initial post-disaster period before rescue crews and relief workers have arrived on the scene.
The capsule was designed by a team of aerospace engineers, whose main aim was to make the pod as strong and durable as possible.  
In its initial testing, the designers used a test programme similar to those used in the aerospace industry to examine the strength and survivability of the capsule. Read More

Russia Wildfire Is Size of Vermont and Delaware: Greenpeace

[NBC] Colossal wildfires in Russia have burned an area the size Vermont and Delaware combined, Greenpeace said Tuesday, amid fears the country could suffer its worst wildfire season in more than 100 years.
The season is still in its early stages, but wildfires blazing across the country's far east have already scorched through more than 11,500 square miles, according to the environmental charity.
The largest area burned in a single wildfire season in the 21st century was 50,000 square miles in 2013 — around the size of Alabama.
Alexey Yaroshenko, the head of Greenpeace Russia's forest program, said that this year may top that figure.
"Most of these wildfires are man-made," he told NBC News by phone.
Many of the blazes are started by villagers who are torching the previous year's grass make way for new growth. But the practice often backfires. This year alone, four settlements have been forced to evacuate before being engulfed by fire, although no casualties have been reported. Read More

CHEMTRAILS 'PROOF': Expert's video of jet 'conclusively proves conspiracy IS happening'

[Express] Ray Lynch, an inspector in the manufacturing industry, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, says a timelapse video he shot from his home proves nano particles are being sprayed into the atmosphere to try to reverse global warming.
At its most bizarre extreme, conspiracy theorists believe that the contrails which form behind jet aircrafts are actually streams of toxic “mind-control” chemicals.
They say these toxins dilute before they reach the ground, leaving a gas we breathe in that keeps the general population in check.
Others suggest we are being secretly vaccinated against diseases from above.
But there are a growing number of chemtrail believers, who claim the conspiracy is actually a secret global plot to change Earth’s climate in the hope it will reverse the effects of global warming.
Dane Wigington, a solar energy expert and former employee of Bechtel Power Corp, now runs Geoengineeringwatch.org, a website set up to expose the “harmful” conspiracy which has millions of visitors.
According to Mr Wigington, the contrails, or chemtrails, we see forming behind an aircraft most days are carrying out geoengineering - a genuine scientific term for manipulating Earth's climate.
An introduction to the subject on his website states: “It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. It’s happening right above you."
He said a system called Solar Radiation Management (SRM) was being used whereby scientists tried to mimic the effects of a major volcanic eruption on temperature, by releasing the same chemicals into the atmosphere which are known to block sunlight.
Some people believe it has already been taking place for a number of years, and say the aircraft leave chemtrails -long-lasting trails in the sky.
Supporters of the theory who have tried to expose it to the wider public included the late pop legend Prince along with Hollywood action hero Chuck Norris, as revealed by Express.co.uk today.
Believers of the conspiracy claim the particles include aluminium, which they blame for an alleged rise in cases of dementia.
They claim standard contrails from aircrafts dissipate much more quickly than the so-called chemtrails which it is claimed appear to last longer and spread out into long artificial clouds to "reflect the sunlight".
In Mr Lynch's stunning timelapse video, several contrails are seen to form and then slowly disperse into lingering clouds.
The claim is that longer-lasting contrails must contain other substances for this to happen. Read More

10 things you should know about sea level rise and how bad it could be

[Washington Post] Sea level rise has been in the news a lot lately. Recent research has raised concerns about the possible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and how this could double sea level rise projections for 2100.
Sea level rise is potentially one of the most damaging results of climate change, but few people understand its risks. Its impacts — financial and otherwise — will spread far from the coasts.
Here are 10 things you should know about sea level rise, what causes it and how bad it might get.
1. There is enough water stored as ice to raise sea level 230 feet.
Most of this ice is located in Antarctica and Greenland. Antarctica, with an area 40 percent greater than the United States, is covered by an ice sheet almost a mile thick that holds about 200 feet equivalent of sea level. Most of that ice is — for now — stable, but scientists are concerned that the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds about 11 feet of potential sea level rise, has reached a tipping point and will collapse. Another 23 feet of equivalent sea level is stored as ice in Greenland, and it is melting at an increasing rate. The rest is in glaciers and ice caps spread around the world, and they, too, are generally melting.
2. Sea levels have changed by hundreds of feet in the past.
We generally think of sea level as stable, but sea level has varied a lot over time as we have gone from ice age to ice age at about 100,000-year intervals. At the height of the last ice age, when much of North America was covered in ice, sea level was about 400 feet lower. We are now in a warm period between ice ages; sea level should be peaking and then eventually starting to go down again. But human-caused climate change is altering this cycle.
3. We are changing sea level at a very rapid rate.
While sea level has varied greatly in the past, it has generally changed slowly, over many thousands of years — except when ice sheets collapse. We will explain more on ice sheet collapse later, but prior to about 1900, we know sea level was stable for several thousand years. A warming world is now pushing sea levels higher, and the rate of rise is accelerating. Read More