Sunday, April 27, 2008

Reno urged to prepare for worse as earthquakes continue

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists urged residents of northern Nevada's largest city to prepare for a bigger event as the area continued rumbling Saturday after the largest earthquake in a two-month-long series of temblors.
More than 100 aftershocks were recorded on the western edge of the city after a magnitude 4.7 quake hit Friday night, the strongest quake around Reno since one measuring 5.2 in 1953, said researchers at the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Giant Undersea Volcano Found Off Iceland

This is an interesting news article that correlates to the Earth Changes Prophecies for Iceland as shown in the I AM America Freedom Star Map.

Richard A. Lovett for National Geographic News

A giant and unusual underwater volcano lies just offshore of Iceland on the Reykjanes Ridge, volcanologists have announced.
The Reykjanes formation is a section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which bisects the Atlantic Ocean where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart.
As magma wells up from the rift between the plates, it cools to form ridges.
But it doesn't generally form giant volcanoes, said Ármann Höskuldsson, a University of Iceland volcanologist who was part of the international team that discovered the volcano last summer.
That's because mid-ocean ridges are constantly pulling apart, making it harder for large volcanoes to form without being torn asunder.

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Think Tank: Climate Change May Spark Global Conflicts

FOX News

Britain's oldest think tank, the Royal United Services Institute, on Wednesday released a report saying climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars, according to various news reports.
The group's report says climate change could "become a primary driver of conflicts between and within states" as the fight for natural resources intensifies and hundreds of millions are displaced by droughts, floods and famine.
The think tank adds that such conflicts would last for centuries unless the problem is controlled and "slow and inadequate" responses to climate change turn to quick responses.

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Scientists find two new earthquake faults in Western Washington

SEATTLE -- New earthquake maps for Washington State show there could be some violent shaking from south of Olympia to the Canadian border. Washingtonians know they live on shaky ground. Sometimes violently shaking ground. But scientists had some nasty surprises up their sleeves Wednesday. They found two new fault lines -- one near Port Angeles; the other near Bellingham. Both are capable of big quakes.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS: Ideas for sustainable living

By Laura Kischitz

Harvard - Earth Day, a movement started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin, was originated to raise awareness for a healthy and sustainable environment. While progress has been made on some fronts, the combination of increasing population on the planet, the burgeoning industrial economies of both China and India, and our “super-sized” lifestyle here in the U.S., means we have a long way to go. I’ll stay away from the Armageddon-type images toward which one might conclude we are headed if we continue operating on the business-as-usual model. However, when you really dig into the science behind this call to action, you certainly get a disturbing view of the consequences from our thirst for fossil fuels and endless appetite for “stuff.” Therefore, I’ll strongly encourage each of us as citizens of the United States, to rethink our lives and all of the habits that we have established. Let’s start with a few simple resolutions for this week:

Celebrate Nature
Spend some time in nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Go outside, listen to the birds, take a walk to a pond, stream or waterfall, lay in the grass and watch the clouds, relax and enjoy the beauty and wonder in our own backyards.

Clean up your act
Look at the cleaning products you are using in your home. When something you are cleaning your house with requires you to call poison control if swallowed, it can’t be good for you or your family. ...

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Arctic Explorer Opens Up on Earth Day

Three Weeks In, Will Steger Talks From the Front Lines of Global Warming

By ASHLEY PHILLIPS

Explorer Will Steger and six young adventurers in their 20s have been traveling across the Canadian Arctic for the past four weeks, following in the footsteps of other legendary polar explorers. As they journey across the ice, the team's goal is to chronicle the effects of climate change on the area.

The team is just days away from visiting an ice shelf that detached from the Canadian Arctic a few years ago; some experts point to the break as clear evidence of climate change.
Steger spoke to ABCNEWS.com via satellite phone from his tent Monday morning.

ABCNEWS.com: Why did you decide to do this?
Steger: First of all, I wanted an eyewitness to the changes. I wanted to take our audience on the Internet and show them firsthand what's happening. When you're living in the city, you're in a controlled atmosphere. Up here traveling for so many years, I've really seen the changes.
One of the reasons I'm working with the younger generation is this is really their problem. If we're going to make major changes it's going to come from the youth. …

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Sunita Narain: Science drowns at land's end

"The fact is that we have a serious and debilitating lack of human capacity to even understand these earth changes. The problem, he explains, lies partly in how earth sciences and oceanography are taught. These old professions are the key to the future."

My colleague Pradip Saha has been filming in Ghoramara, an island in the Sunderban delta, to understand why, in this zone suspended between land and water, people talk of nothing but subsidence. Savita’s narration captures the mood. Two years ago, rising water tore into this housewife’s life, taking away her land, source of livelihood and her dignity. She wasn’t compensated. She then moved further landward, paying a landowner to build another home. But now the water’s grasping at her tiny house again: she shows the camera deep gashes in the ground just outside. Every high tide, Savita stays awake, for the water might just pull her under. The land records at the local panchayat office tell it all: the island has shrunk to a handkerchief — from 13,800 ha to 4,290 ha in the last 20 years.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Is climate change causing ice melts?

UI researchers turn attention to Arctic, say many factors behind shrinking caps

by Melissa Silverberg

A piece of Antarctica the size of Connecticut, also known as the Wilkins ice shelf, received attention around the world when it broke off from the continent in March. But, officials from the University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center have said it is actually ice in the Arctic that may be most affected by climate change.The summer of 2007 saw the lowest amount of ice coverage in the Arctic throughout recorded history, said William Chapman, a senior research programmer in the University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences.While the low amount of ice does have something to do with climate change, Chapman said, there was also a variety of other factors that came together at one time last summer. Clear skies and favorable winds also could have led to the great amount of ice melting, he added.

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Could we be hit by an asteroid?

The chances of Earth being hit are greater than we thought

by Mark Henderson: Science Notebook

Nasa has been known to make schoolboy errors from time to time. In 1999, for instance, its Mars Climate Orbiter crashed because scientists forgot to convert between imperial and metric units. Last week a German schoolboy suggested it had goofed again. An asteroid called Apophis caused a brief stir in 2004 when calculations indicated it had a 3 per cent risk of a collision with Earth in 2029. It was accordingly named after the Egyptian god of destruction.
As usually happens, further observations revealed a false alarm. Apophis will miss us - only by a smidgen in astronomical terms, but by more than enough for life to go on. The chances of disaster are just one in 45,000.
According to Nico Marquardt, however, Nasa's sums are wrong. Apophis, the 13-year-old calculated, will fly close enough to strike a satellite, which could throw it into a more dangerous orbit.

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A karmic order of consciousness

Ever since the late 1980s philosophers and theologians alike have been in a tizzy. That’s because of the work of an American neuroscientist called Benjamin Libet who found a brain signal, the so-called “readiness-potential” which occurred a fraction of a second before any conscious decision took place. It means whatever action we think we are aware of performing has, in fact, already been initiated by the brain a few milliseconds earlier. The awesome implication is that if our decisions are prepared unconsciously by the brain, then our feeling of “being in control” of what we are doing has to be an illusion that only occurs afterwards. Like, suddenly, the whole question of having a free will goes out of the window because it appears something else decides before we do.

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Colorado Faces Extreme Weather Concerns

Engineers Predict Possible Drought, Floods

DENVER -- While drought-fed wildfires spread on one side of the state, flooding concerns due to record snow plague the other.
"It's been an interesting dichotomy this year," said Kevin Houck, a flood mitigation engineer with the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “It's not unusual to see this, but this year has been very extreme in terms of what we see out on the plains versus what we see out on the mountains."
The eastern plains have seen little moisture this winter, although they are currently entering their wet season when they hope to catch up.

China hit by snow and floods

Heavy snow has fallen in China and there have been severe floods in some parts of the country.
In some areas, temperatures fell by 10C overnight, leaving several people out in the cold.
The rainfall was so heavy in Chongqing city that the Daning River burst its banks and swept away an engineering plant.
Yiyang City in Hunan Province was also hit by extreme weather conditions with heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and hail which have continued to affect local farmers.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Illinois Continuing Series

A 4.5-magnitude tremor struck southern Illinois on Monday continuing the series of aftershocks initiated by the 5.2 earthquake which hit the region Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) informed.This was the 18th earthquake in that series and its epicenter was approximately six miles below ground and about 37 miles (60 km) north-northwest of Evansville, Indiana, or about 131 miles (211 km) east of St. Louis, the USGS revealed.The inhabitants of southern Illinois felt the tremor at about 12:38 a.m. local time (1:38 a.m. ET).Local authorities said there were no reports of serious damage or injuries caused by the earthquake.

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Strongest quake in 40 years rattles U.S. Midwest

By Andrew Stern
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 5.2 magnitude earthquake centered in southeast Illinois that was the strongest in the Midwest in 40 years startled residents before dawn on Friday, but officials reported no injuries and only minor damage.
The quake, the strongest since a 5.4 magnitude quake in November 1968, could be felt as far west as Kansas, as far east as Georgia and as far north as Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

3 die in Colorado wildfires; storm could aid firefighters

ORDWAY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters hoped rain and snow Wednesday would help them stop wildfires that blazed through thousands of acres of grass, forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and left three people dead.
Wind gusted up to 50 mph along the Rocky Mountain Front Range and eastern plains on Tuesday, fanning flames that quickly spread across 7,100 acres — or 11 square miles — of grassland near Ordway. Authorities told all 1,200 residents of the town to leave.
On Wednesday morning, wind was blowing at less than 10 mph at Pueblo, about 50 miles west of Ordway, the National Weather Service said.

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600 flee erupting Indonesian volcano

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed ash and smoke 2 1/2 miles into the sky, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby villagers, officials said Wednesday.
The eruption of Mount Egon on Flores island was caused by magma coming into contact with water, said Surono, a senior government vulcanologist who uses one name.
About 600 residents were evacuated from the village closest to the volcano's crater early Wednesday after clouds of debris shot into the sky, he said, urging that masks be distributed immediately to protect people from breathing the ash.
Indonesia is prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes because of its location on the so-called "Ring of Fire," a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.
It has about 100 active volcanoes. The 5,587-foot-high Mount Egon is 1,100 miles east of Jakarta.

Earthquake strikes off Guatemala coast

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific Coast of southwestern Guatemala on Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake happened just after 9 p.m. local time at a depth of 80 kilometres, the U.S. agency said.
Its epicentre was located 110 kilometres south of the Central American country's capital of Guatemala City.
Guatemala disaster agency spokesman Benedicto Giron says power and telephone service were briefly interrupted.
Authorities said there are no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

Earthquake jolts Alaskan islands

WASHINGTON - A strong 6.5 earthquake hit the Aleutian Islands in southwestern Alaska, the US Geological Survey reported today.
The earthquake occurred at 5:54 GMT in the Adreanof Islands, one section of the earthquake-prone volcanic island chain, the Survey said.
The quake’s epicentre was located at a depth of 31.5 kilometres, 170 kilometres west of Adak, Alaska, the westernmost municipality in the United States with a population of some 300 people.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs downsized

The rock believed responsible for a mass extinction 65 million years ago was much smaller than previously thought, scientists say.

By John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may not have been the whopper scientists thought.An analysis of the chemical remains of the asteroid that can be found in sediment under the sea today shows the rock was about 2 1/2 miles wide, according to Francois Paquay, a geology graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.That's significantly smaller than the estimates of up to 12 miles wide that past researchers had suggested was the size of the dinosaur-killer, according to the research published Friday in the journal Science.

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Earthquake off Coos Bay just a blip in the ocean

Earthquake Swarm Continues

Earthquakes rattled the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire this weekend.One quake was off the coast of Oregon, due west of Coos Bay. The 5.6 magnitude quake occurred at 5:05 a.m. Saturday about 160 miles offshore, according to an alert from the National Earthquake Information Center. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a notice that a tsunami was not expected.At 5:42 a.m. Sunday, the center said, a 5.2 magnitude quake struck 220 miles northwest of Nome, Alaska. No tsunami was generated by that quake, either.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The climate change diet

by Peter Lavelle

"It's not just our energy consumption patterns that will have to change. We'll need to change our food consumption to take into account the effects of climate change, say the authors of an online report called Health Professionals Taking Action on Climate Change, just published by the British Medical Association."

When we in the West think about the costs of climate change, we think of rising electricity and fuel prices. But these aren't the main concerns for people living in developing countries.

Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Yemen, Mexico… in fact over 30 developing countries face critical shortages of food due to sharply rising costs for staples like rice, wheat, soybeans and corn.

The cost of rice, for example – the staple food for half the world – has doubled over the past year, and increased five-fold over the past five years.

What's driving price increases is the sharp rise in the price of oil (a major input in the production and transport of food), rising demand from China, land scarcity, especially as more land is being turned over to biofuels, and increasingly erratic weather events – floods, storms and droughts – caused by climate change, which are pushing down crop yields.

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Go to: Health Professionals taking action on Climate Change Report Website

Scientists say curious clouds could foretell earthquakes

Scientists say strange cloud formations could alert nations to impending earthquakes, according to a report today. The theory comes after two distinctive cloud formations were observed above an active fault in Iran, each before two large earthquakes occurred.According to the New Scientist, geophysicists Guangmeng Guo and Bin Wang of Nanyang Normal University in Henan, China, noticed a gap in the clouds in satellite images from December 2004 that exactly matched the location of the main fault in southern Iran.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Four Volcanoes Erupt on Kamchatka

Scientists consider the increase of eruptions possible.
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. April 8. VOSTOK MEDIA – Four volcanoes of Kamchatka – Gorely, Mutnovsky, Karymsky and Shiveluch – have simultaneously started eruption. Hundreds of separate shocks were detected in the volcanic area. The Kamchatka Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Geophysical Service told Vostok Media, weak eruptions and pyroclastic flows (a mix of hot gas and rock) are being seen on the slopes. Scientists consider the increase of eruptions possible especially in view of high activity of Shiveluch – the most active volcano in recent years.

La Nina floods South America (satellite image)

Source: NASA

Persistent, heavier-than-normal rains throughout February and March 2008 triggered flooding across parts of northern and central South America. La Niña conditions in the Pacific may have caused the unusual rainfall. February falls in the middle of the rainy season, and flooding is not unusual, but the effects were enhanced by the cooler-than-normal ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific that are associated with La Niña. As of March 7, the flooding had been blamed for at least 52 fatalities in Bolivia, 19 in Peru, and 16 in Ecuador, said news reports.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

The Ultimate Stress is the Seeming Loss of Love

"The answer is simple and obvious. Being separated from love is like not having air to breath because a state of love and soul consciousness lies deepest within us." ~ Allen L. Roland

Researchers revealed that the death of a loved one or a traumatic breakup of a love relationship can unleash a flood of stress hormones that can stun the heart ~ causing sudden life-threatening heart spasms in otherwise healthy people.
But what the researchers do not answer is why the loss of a love relationship can be so devastating .
The answer is simple and obvious. Being separated from love is like not having air to breath because a state of love and soul consciousness lies deepest within us .
The basic underlying and uniting force of the Universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness (The Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears.

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Let's start building more sustainable cities

by ROY MACMULLIN
ENERGY MATTERS

"Many of you perceive that the world, as we have known it, is changing and not necessarily for the better. The price of commodities such as oil, uranium, wheat, corn among others are rising rapidly, salaries are not keeping pace and we suspect that the economic system is a "ponzi" or pyramid scheme that requires constant growth. Given a world with limited resources and 6.6 billion people, a considerable adjustment will eventually happen. The question is when, and that time is not of our choosing.

The different levels of government each have a responsibility area. The municipality is the closest to the average citizen and can play an important role in building a sustainable society. Consider the city of Freiburg, Germany, where cycling is part of the culture, where subdivisions are being designed on a sustainable basis, where building codes mandate a low level of energy use in the design stage. Active and passive solar is part of the heating systems."

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Small Quake Hits South Texas

FALLS CITY, Texas (AP) — A small earthquake awoke residents in south Texas, but there are no reported injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.7 magnitude quake happened shortly before 5 a.m. Monday about 45 miles southeast of San Antonio.
The quake was detected about 6 miles southwest of the Karnes County town of Falls City, in an area near the line with Wilson County.
The epicenter was at a depth of about 3.1 miles.
Law enforcement authorities say some residents of Wilson counties reported feeling the quake.

ANCHORAGE: Earthquakes shake up remote Aleutian Islands

Several earthquakes have jolted sections of Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. Three light quakes struck early Sunday morning. A moderate earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 occurred late Saturday night in the Rat Islands region of the Aleutians.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the Sunday quakes ranged in magnitudes between 4.2 and 4.7. There were no immediate reports that any of the quakes were felt or caused any damage.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Lessons to be learned from Scotland's eco-village

Across the world, developers are getting in on the act with eco-towns and even the first eco-city, Dongtan, on the outskirts of Shanghai, China.In the UK, existing eco-developments are much smaller in scale, such as the 82 carbon-zero homes at Bedzed, Wallington, in Surrey, where the houses were built with roof gardens, solar power, low energy consumption and waste water recycling.In Scotland, the eco-village at Findhorn, near Inverness, has not been built as a single development with an overarching plan but as a series of home with elements of ecological design.

How quakes here may stir temblors in California

Peninsula Daily News news sources

Over the past 3,000 years, almost every major earthquake on California's San Andreas fault was closely linked in time with an earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone, an offshore fault off the Olympic Peninsula, new research shows.Generally, the Cascadia quakes preceded the California quakes by 25 to 45 years."It's either an amazing coincidence, or one fault triggered the other," said Chris Goldfinger, associate professor of marine geology and geophysics at Oregon State University.

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