Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer has issued an unusual warning for investors, calling the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic surge the most significant danger in the world. Called an electromagnetic pulse or EMP, the events can occur naturally from solar storms or artificially from a high-altitude explosion of nuclear weapons. -- While these pages are typically chock full of scary or depressing scenarios, there is one risk that is head-and-shoulders above all the rest in terms of the scope of potential damage adjusted for the likelihood of occurrence, Singer wrote to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management on Monday in a standard investment update letter. Even horrendous nuclear war, except in its most extreme form, can [be] a relatively localized issue, and the threat from asteroids can (possibly) be mitigated.
Posted: July 29, 2014, 6:32 pm
A new study from NASA and the University of California suggests the entire Southwestern United States may be in for some major trouble in the very near future. Over the last decade, much of the water that the Southwest depends on has been depleted to levels that may soon cripple the entire region This month Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, dropped to its lowest level since it was filled after the completion of the Hoover Dam in the 1930’s. In fact, it’s getting so bad that the lake is now dropping at a rate of one foot a week. Historic Drought Unrelenting Migration of People Could Spell Disaster The entire southwest region of the United States, most of which is a desert to begin with, is in the middle of a historic 14-year drought. The extreme drought conditions, combined with an unrelenting migration of people into areas that were never meant to sustain this much development, have caused water levels in Lake Mead to drop over 130 feet since the year 2000. 10 years ago almost everything in this picture would have been under water. Just 2 months ago, the truck in this picture would have been 10 feet under water. Lake Mead provides fresh drinking water to over 20 million people in southern Nevada, southern California and Arizona. Things are so out of control that the two intake pipes that provide water to Nevada could soon be above water, which has local water officials rushing to build (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lake-mead-is-shrinking-and-with-it-las-vegas-water-supply/) a third emergency intake pipe. Without these water intake pipes, Las Vegas would not exist. FULL ARTICLE
Posted: July 24, 2014, 9:44 pm
On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA (http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/23jul_superstorm/).
Posted: July 24, 2014, 12:20 pm
Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 4:44 pm
Life after a nuclear war revealed: Computer models reveal Earth would suffer a 20-year-long winter and worldwide famine Researchers from Colorado studied the effects of nuclear conflict on EarthThey used climate models to predict what would become of the planetTheir research looked at the detonation of 100 'small' nuclear warheadsIn their paper they conclude humanity would have been affected for decadesThere would be worldwide famine, deadly frosts and huge ozone lossesThe results would be the death of hundreds of millions or billionsThey hope their research will be an incentive for superpowers to disarm
Posted: July 21, 2014, 1:17 pm