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  • Syria's chemical weapons arsenal

    07/25/2012 7:56:51 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 16 replies
    Mail Online RightMinds Blog ^ | 14:57 EST, 25 July 2012 | Melanie Phillips
    There is a degree of panic, and rightly so, over whether the Syrian tyrant Basher al Assad will use chemical weapons against either his own people or foreign attackers. His regime has this week threatened to do the latter, thus finally confirming what was long suspected but never openly admitted, that Syria possesses chemical weapons. It is believed to have believed to have mustard gas as well as nerve agents such as tabun, sarin and VX. The fear is either that the Assad regime uses them or that they fall into the hands of Hezbollah, al Qaeda or other Islamic...
  • Quake hits eastern Japan, nuclear plant stable

    01/11/2012 10:08:53 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 66 replies
    TOKYO: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan on Thursday near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but did not cause any further problems at the power station, officials said. The quake hit in the Pacific, 22 kilometres (14 miles) east of Iwaki in southern Fukushima, at 12:20 pm (0320 GMT) at a depth of nine kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami was not expected, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, and there were no immediate reports of damage. Nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remained stable.
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events at Fukushima Daiichi

    01/07/2012 3:15:10 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 38 replies
    SimplyInfo - The Fukushima Project ^ | January 7th, 2012 | Blog Post
    There have been a number of odd happenings recently at the plant. What they all mean right now is not totally clear. On January 2nd, the day after the widespread new years quake, the radioactive fallout levels in Fukushima and also in Chiba spiked. A weird white ash was reported by some in Chiba, no word if this is related in any way. On January 6th the cesium levels detected leaking out of unit 3′s intake canal tripled in one day. We still have no explanation for the rush of police cars, fire engines and two buses of workers to...
  • Nebraska Flood-Update on Cooper and Fort Calhoun Nuclear Stations

    06/23/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 36 replies
    Suite101.com Blog ^ | Published Jun 23, 2011 | Darla Sue Dollman
    On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drastically increased the amount of water released from the Gavins Point Dam into the Missouri. On June 23, 2011, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced that flood waters along the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, south of Offutt Air Force Base, surpassed previous flood records set in 1993 when they reached 36.03 feet. Nebraska City, Nebraska also surpassed 1993 levels with a record 27.79 feet. Intimidating, perhaps, but not surprising to the Army Corps of Engineers who announced Tuesday, June 21, 2011, that they would increase the amount of water...
  • Fence in Pacific to try to corral radiation coming from nuclear plant

    04/03/2011 10:34:25 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 19 replies
    CNN International ^ | April 4, 2011 -- Updated 0429 GMT (1229 HKT) | CNN Wire Staff
    Tokyo (CNN) -- Workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are onto "Plan C" in their bid to stop highly radioactive water from gushing directly into the Pacific Ocean through a cracked concrete shaft, a Japanese nuclear official said Monday. Neither of the first two attempts to fill up the 20-centimeter (8-inch) crack outside the No. 2 reactor's turbine building -- on Saturday by pouring in concrete, and then Sunday by using a chemical compound mixed with sawdust and newspaper -- has been successful. "We were assuming and hoping (that water) would stay in the containment vessel as...
  • U.S. robots aid in Japan relief efforts

    03/30/2011 2:25:43 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 21 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | March 25, 2011 01:59 PM ET | Sharon Gaudin
    Robots may soon be rolling through Japanese nuclear power plants, testing the air for radiation and evaluating the amount of damage to the facilities. Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot shipped four battery-powered robots to Japan late last week to help the Japanese military with the daunting relief effort in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The company, which in the past has sent robots to aid rescue and cleanup efforts in the area affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, also has six employees in...
  • Minn., Wis. set low pressure records

    10/26/2010 11:23:31 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 14 replies · 1+ views
    UPI.com ^ | Oct. 26, 2010 at 11:50 PM | UPI
    DULUTH, Minn., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Minnesota and Wisconsin set records Tuesday for the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the two states, the National Weather Service said. The weather service office in Duluth, Minn., said the all-time low for Minnesota was set at Aitkin, Minn., at 28.42 inches or 962.3 millibar. The previous record was 28.43 inches, or 962.6 millibar, set on Nov. 10, 1998, at Albert Lea, Minn. In Wisconsin, a new low of 28.38 inches, or 961.06 millibar, was set at Superior. The previous mark was 28.45 inches, or 963.43 millibar, set April 3, 1982, in Green...
  • BP's Bob Dudley admits that hurricane Alex is driving oil to the US coast

    07/02/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:38PM BST 02 Jul 2010 | Rowena Mason
    BP's share price took another 2pc knock, after the chief of the company's oil spill response unit admitted that Hurricane Alex has spread oil inland. Robert Dudley, chief of BP's Gulf Coast restoration efforts, said high seas and winds were to blame for the growth of the slick. • BP said it was still investigating claims by a US freelance photojournalist that workers have been trucking new sand to Louisiana beaches. The new layers appear to conceal tar balls caused by the slick. • Admiral Thad Allen, the US incident commander, stuck to the official target date of August for...
  • Oil spill hits Alabama beaches, penetrates waterways, enters Mobile Bay

    07/02/2010 5:30:00 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 12 replies
    www.al.com ^ | Friday, July 02, 2010, 5:00 AM | Katherine Sayre and Dan Murtaugh
    As seas churned by Hurricane Alex thwarted skimming boats, wide strips of gooey oil stained miles of Baldwin County's beaches Thursday on the cusp of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Following an afternoon reconnaissance flight, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach employees reported that oil of some sort -- be it sheen, tarballs or orange globs -- struck all 32 miles of Baldwin's beaches, and streams of oil were spotted as far north as Wolf Bay in Orange Beach. The post-flight report also noted heavy sheen and streams of weathered oil moving into Mobile Bay off the tip of the...
  • North American snow models miss the mark – observed trend opposite of the predictions

    02/20/2010 2:13:11 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 38 replies · 947+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | February 19, 2010 | Steven Goddard and Anthony Watts
    While some other bloggers and journalists insist that recent winter snows are proof of global warming effects, they miss the fact that models have been predicting less snow in the northern hemisphere. See this 2005 peer reviewed paper: Frei, A. and G. Gong, 2005. Decadal to Century Scale Trends in North American Snow Extent in Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models. Geophysical Research Letters, 32:L18502, doi: 10.1029/2005GL023394. It says exactly the opposite of what some are saying now. – Anthony A 2005 Columbia University study titled “WILL CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT SNOW COVER OVER NORTH AMERICA?” ran nine climate models used by...
  • Lake Erie now frozen over

    02/15/2010 8:01:03 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 107 replies · 3,535+ views
    GoErie.com ^ | February 13. 2010 1:16AM | By JOHN GUERRIERO
    241-mile stretch all ice for 1st time since 1995-96 Take a picture of Lake Erie now, and you'll get a freeze frame. For the first time in 14 years, the 241-mile-long lake is virtually frozen over from one end to the other. Earlier this week, the Erie Times-News reported that the lake was 90 to 95 percent frozen. The relentless cold completed the job. Gary Garnet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland, said Friday that the lake is completely frozen over, for all intents and purposes. He qualified that by saying satellite images show a small patch off Dunkirk,...
  • John Coleman’s “Global Warming – The Other Side” now online

    01/15/2010 2:22:18 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 16 replies · 1,063+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | January 14, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    John Coleman’s hourlong news special “Global Warming – The Other Side” now online, all five parts here. A computer programmer named E. Michael Smith and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist named Joseph D’Aleo join the program to tell us about their breakthrough investigation into the manipulations of data at the NASA Goddard Science and Space Institute at Columbia University in New York and the NOAA National Climate Data Center in Ashville, North Carolina.
  • Citrus farmers report significant damage to crops

    01/11/2010 8:12:44 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 34 replies · 846+ views
    mysuncoast.com ^ | Jan 11, 2010 03:22 PM | ABC - 7
    ARCADIA - The cold weather is a shock to many people's system, and an even bigger shock to the state's lucrative orange crop. And after Sunday night's deep freeze, damage reports are starting to come in from citrus growers throughout the state. Growers say that overnight freezing temperatures partially destroyed their citrus groves, but it will be days before they know the extent of the damage. Growers spent Monday slicing fruit with knives to check for damage. "You could get it from a quarter of an inch to all the way through the fruit...you would see ice crystals." Carlton says...
  • December 2009: Second Snowiest on Record in the Northern Hemisphere

    01/11/2010 2:16:38 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 15 replies · 625+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | January 10, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    According to the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, last month had the second greatest December Northern Hemisphere snow cover since records were started in 1966. Snow extent was measured at 45.86 million sq. km, topped only by 1985 at 45.99 million sq. km. North America set a record December extent at 15.98 million sq. km, and the US also set a December record at 4.16 million sq. km. A favorite mantra of the global warming community is that reduced snow cover will reduce the albedo of the earth and provide positive feedback to global warming – causing additional warming. Clearly...
  • Florida Orange Growers Brace for Possible Killing Freeze

    01/09/2010 6:38:57 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 104 replies · 1,971+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 9, 2010, 3:28 P.M. ET | Tom Sellen
    Florida orange growers are bracing for possible crop damage as an arctic blast plunges temperatures to record lows Saturday and Sunday nights. Sleet and snow mixed with rain has been reported Saturday from the Tampa Bay area to near and north of Orlando, the first time snow or sleet has occurred in west-central Florida since Jan. 8, 1996, the National Weather Service in Tampa said. The immediate Tampa Bay area hasn't seen snow since Dec. 23, 1989. While citrus growers fared well on Friday night as temperatures remained above critical levels in the heart of the citrus belt, worries are...
  • Cold snap pummels unequipped Europe

    01/08/2010 7:09:24 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 53 replies · 1,973+ views
    CTV News ^ | Friday Jan. 8, 2010 9:10 PM ET | CTV.ca News Staff
    Europeans in the grip of one of the toughest cold snaps in decades are worried about freezing to death in their unequipped homes, as much of the continent continues to experience a Canadian-style deep freeze. Polar wind is sweeping across Europe, from Spain to Sweden, but people in the U.K. are in panic mode as temperatures plummet to -22 degrees Celsius. It's just five degrees shy of a record set in northern Scotland in 1982. The government has ordered manufacturers and other corporations to stop using natural gas so that there will be enough to heat homes. British Prime Minister...
  • Solar Geomagnetic Index Reaches Unprecedented Low

    01/08/2010 12:25:08 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 49 replies · 1,779+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | January 7, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Solar geomagnetic index reaches unprecedented low – only “zero” could be lower – in a month when sunspots became more active. Back on December 12th 2009 I posted an article titled: Solar geomagnetic activity is at an all time low – what does this mean for climate? We then had a string of sunspots in December that marked what many saw as a rejuvenation of solar cycle 24 after a long period of inactivity. See December sunspots on the rise. It even prompted people like Joe Romm to claim: The hottest decade ends and since there’s no Maunder mininum —...
  • Big Freeze Could Grip Britain Until March (2,000 motorists trapped Monday night)

    12/22/2009 9:45:54 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 41 replies · 1,261+ views
    Daily Express ^ | Wednesday December 23,2009 | John Ingham
    BRITAIN faces months of cold weather disruption according to a leading American weather forecasting company yesterday. The UK and northern Europe are in line for a “colder than normal” January, February and March, said the firm, WSI, which provides forecasts for many top US corporations. Its prediction, which contrasts with the Met Office’s much more cautious winter forecast, came as Britain struggled in the grip of more Christmas travel chaos caused by days of ice and heavy snow. Temperatures were expected to plunge as low as -6C in many areas last night. “The Met Office had predicted when the snow...
  • Rain, snow flurries fall in Borderland as cold front moves in (October Snow in El Paso)

    10/28/2009 7:39:59 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 24 replies · 1,458+ views
    www.kvia.com ^ | Oct 28, 2009 04:31 PM | Annette Arrigucci
    EL PASO, Texas -- Rain and snow fell in parts of the Borderland on Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved in. Light snow was reported in West, Northeast and far East El Paso about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Snowfall was also spotted in the Franklin Mountains in El Paso and the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for southern New Mexico and west Texas from 3 to 10 a.m. Thursday. NWS officials said some areas may be just above freezing tonight but low temperatures for Friday will likely affect more areas.
  • Iran accuses Pakistan of Guards’ suicide attack

    10/19/2009 1:22:12 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 20 replies · 819+ views
    EuroNews.net ^ | October 19th 07:40 CET | Euronews
    The President of Iran has accused Pakistan of involvement in the suicide bomb attack which killed at least 42 people including six senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard. A local rebel Iranian Sunni group called Jundallah or Army of God says it ordered the attack. However, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says both western and Pakistani secret services are implicated.
  • Waging war on gangsters who stalk the internet

    08/21/2009 3:51:51 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 13 replies · 1,094+ views
    IrishTimes.com ^ | Friday, August 21, 2009 | CIARA O’BRIEN
    Hackers are becoming more organised as a new pool of talent coming from eastern European countries – Russia in particular – becomes available, writes CIARA O’BRIEN A number of attacks involving Russian hackers has hit the headlines in recent weeks. The most recent was the charging of Albert Gonzalez, a former US government informant who has already been jailed in connection with hacking cases. He is accused of stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers. Two unnamed Russian co-conspirators were also charged in relation to the theft, said to the biggest case of identity theft seen yet. Mr Harbison,...
  • Cyber Rules of Engagement - Hot Pursuit

    08/18/2009 8:49:08 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Technology Marketing Corporation ^ | August 18, 2009 | Kevin G. Coleman
    Perhaps the most nebulous area of national security is cyber defense. What constitutes an act of cyber war? What organization should take the lead when cyber events occur and it is unclear who is behind them? Between criminals, “hacktivists,” terrorists or rogue nation states, you really do not know when these events are unfolding so you cannot determine if it is a federal law enforcement issue or an issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or is it a Military (DoD) issue. For months and, in some cases years, many people and organizations involved in cyber defense and security...
  • Hackers Stole IDs for Attacks

    08/17/2009 4:50:45 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 2 replies · 545+ views
    Wall Street Journal World ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | By SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Russian hackers hijacked American identities and U.S. software tools and used them in an attack on Georgian government Web sites during the war between Russia and Georgia last year, according to new research to be released Monday by a nonprofit U.S. group. In addition to refashioning common Microsoft Corp. software into a cyber-weapon, hackers collaborated on popular U.S.-based social-networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook Inc., to coordinate attacks on Georgian sites, the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit found. While the cyberattacks on Georgia were examined shortly after the events last year, these U.S. connections weren't previously known. "U.S. corporations...
  • Bank-fraud scam alleged in Denver and Aurora

    08/16/2009 2:28:55 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 7 replies · 1,336+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | Posted: 08/15/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT | By Felisa Cardona
    Investigators say 700 people were involved in a Denver-based scheme run by Russian immigrants, with losses topping $80 million. A alleged massive organized bank-fraud scheme involving 16 Russian immigrants was busted by federal agents Friday, with 15 raids at several locations, including an Aurora auto dealership and a Denver medical-marijuana business. Federal agents said the Denver-based scheme led to losses of more than $80 million and involved 700 people — mostly students in the U.S. on visas who were recruited by the criminal enterprise. Described by authorities as a "bust out" scam, the allegations involved using the identity and credit...
  • Another Day, Another DDoS Blitz for Twitter

    08/13/2009 4:53:03 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 14 replies · 317+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 08/13/09 4:00 AM PT | By Richard Adhikari
    Last week, Twitter was vexed by a DDoS attack that took it offline for a few hours. In that case, Russian hackers were suspected. This week's DDoS attack, however, may have different origins -- and they could be related to the attacks that took out a few U.S. and South Korean government sites last Fourth of July, according to AVG's chief of research. The latest attack hit the site in waves. "We're currently experiencing another wave of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against our system," Alex Payne, platform lead at Twitter, wrote on the service's Web dev blog on...
  • Some speculation that solar cycle <b>25</b> has already begun

    08/01/2009 5:14:12 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 24 replies · 2,112+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | August 1st 2009 | Leif Svalgaard
    Could Solar Cycle 24 be skipped ? This would be stunning, because it suggests that the sun has skipped a solar cycle (#24) . Researchers, three from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the other from Marshall Space Flight Center-NASA, have published a paper that suggests this possibility.
  • Honduras erupts into violence as president tries to fly home

    07/05/2009 4:33:07 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 66 replies · 2,075+ views
    Telegraph,co.uk ^ | 12:06AM BST 06 Jul 2009 | Philip Sherwell at Tegucigalpa airport, Honduras
    Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras ousted in a coup, is attempting to fly home from Washington and reclaim his office, sparking clashes between his supporters and the security forces which have led to at least one death. At least one person was killed and several were injured as soldiers opened fire and let off tear gas rounds after at least 10,000 supporters of the Leftist leader descended on the airport outside the capital, Tegucigalpa. As his supporters mobbed the airport, soldiers were deployed en masse. Violent confrontations then erupted along the perimeter fence. As demonstrators tried to rip down...
  • Kremlin Says Kyrgyz Deal No Surprise

    06/24/2009 3:14:07 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 3 replies · 450+ views
    The Moscow Times.com ^ | Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Reuters
    CAIRO, Egypt -- A Kyrgyz deal with the United States to keep a U.S. air base open was agreed with Russia, a Kremlin official said Thursday. "We support all steps aimed at stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan," said the official accompanying President Dmitry Medvedev in Egypt. But Kommersant quoted an unidentified Russian diplomat as saying Moscow felt that it had been tricked by Kyrgyzstan over the base and would make an "adequate response" to the deal. The United States has agreed to pay $180 million to keep open the Manas air base after haggling with Kyrgyzstan since February, when the...
  • Russia unhappy at U.S.-Kyrgyz air base deal: report

    06/24/2009 4:36:57 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 6 replies · 746+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, June 24, 2009; 4:08 AM | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia was tricked by Kyrgyzstan over a deal with the United States to keep open a key air base in Central Asia, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying by local media on Wednesday. ... The Kommersant newspaper quoted an unidentified Russian diplomat as saying Moscow viewed the U.S. move as a trick and that Russia would soon make an "adequate response" to the deal.
  • Kyrgyzstan agrees to allow US troops to stay in country

    06/23/2009 7:43:24 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 11 replies · 433+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:54PM BST 23 Jun 2009 | Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
    Kyrgyzstan has reversed a Russian order to evict the US military from an airbase close to Afghanistan in a significant foreign policy victory for Barack Obama. After winning major financial concessions from Washington, the Kyrgyz government said it had agreed to allow the US Air Force to retain control of the Manas Airbase for at least one more year. The move, which comes a fortnight before Mr Obama visits Moscow, was welcomed by the United States, which has emphasised the base's importance in the campaign to defeat the Taliban.
  • Power's return could take weeks in Ky., Ark. (And A New Storm is Coming)

    01/29/2009 7:03:43 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 148 replies · 3,255+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29th 2009 | KRISTIN M. HALL
    PADUCAH, Ky. – Storm-battered residents of several states hunkered down in frigid homes and shelters Thursday, expecting to spend at least a week without power and waiting in long lines to buy generators, firewood, groceries and bottled water.
  • The Pain In Maine

    01/18/2009 1:29:46 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 31 replies · 1,016+ views
    Watts Up With That ? ^ | Januray 17th 2008 | Anthony Watts
    I don’t know if any of you readers have ever experienced temperatures that are down to -50°F, but it is painful to endure. From the NWS WFSO in Caribou, Maine, a report of a new statewide low record event. (h/t to Joe Bastardi via Jeff L). Unlike the WSFO in Chicago, which wants to throw out a statewide record low temperature because they don’t seem to trust the quality control on an AWOS station calibrated the day before in Rochelle, the WSFO in Caribou seems ready to consider the temperature recorded by a USGS gage. Ah, consistency.
  • Ice and fire: extremes grip North America

    01/17/2009 1:42:04 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 41 replies · 1,189+ views
    Weather Underground ^ | 7:16 PM GMT on January 16, 2009 | Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog
    The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state of Maine occurred this morning, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service. The temperature at Big Black River in northern Maine on the Canadian border bottomed out at -50F, besting the old record of -48°F. Here's the scoop from NWS: At 0730 am EST this morning a USGS gage at Big Black River recorded a low temperature of -50F. This exceeds the current statewide record low temperature of -48F set on January 19th...1925 at Van Buren. This report is considered unofficial until a review of the equipment and data by...
  • Extremely Cold Weather Grips Nation

    01/16/2009 4:17:11 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 69 replies · 1,503+ views
    WGAL 8 ^ | January 16th 2009 | Internet Broadcasting Systems
    -43 Degree Temps Recorded In North Dakota Much of the country is in winter's icy grip and forecasters said it won't be letting go anytime soon. In Pollock, S.D., temperatures fell to a record-setting 47 below zero Thursday. Todd Moser works at a gas station where he said it took about 10 minutes to get the pumps working. Record to near record lows were set all over the Midwest, including Aberdeen, S.D., at -42 degrees; Dubuque, Iowa, at -26 degrees; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at -29 degrees. The -29 degrees at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the coldest temperature ever recorded there...
  • Tonight's Low Could Be Coldest In 12 Years (Des Moines Iowa)

    01/15/2009 12:30:23 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 58 replies · 1,209+ views
    KCCI.com Des Moines ^ | 5:04 pm CST January 14, 2009 | Tad Davis, KCCI.com
    DES MOINES, Iowa --A blast of arctic air settling in over Iowa on Wednesday could bring the Des Moines area's lowest temperatures in 12 years, said KCCI meteorologist Kurtis Gertz. Temperatures could dip to -15 degrees tonight, a low not touched since 1996.
  • Spinning ice disc phenomenon seen in British river for first time

    01/13/2009 4:09:39 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 31 replies · 2,405+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 11:29AM GMT 13 Jan 2009 | Telegraph.co.uk
    A rare phenomenon normally associated with Scandinavia has been recorded on the River Otter in Devon for what could be the first time.
  • Twelve deaths blamed on snow and cold across Europe

    01/08/2009 11:08:28 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 24 replies · 773+ views
    The West Australian ^ | 8th January 2009, 7:00 WST | MILAN AP
    Freezing temperatures and exceptional snowfall are causing travel delays across Europe and were blamed for at least 12 deaths, including that of a man in Milan who was crushed when a canopy collapsed under the weight of snow. In Poland, the Interior Ministry said at least 10 people have frozen to death due to temperatures reaching minus 25C.
  • Troops will leave Georgia in their own time, Russian spokesman says

    08/21/2008 4:33:04 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 10 replies · 111+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | August 21 2008 | Luke Harding and Lee Glendinning
    Senior official says Russian peacekeepers will continue to occupy Georgia even after main bulk of army has left. A senior Russian government spokesman today said the withdrawal of the country's forces from Georgia would take "a couple of weeks" and they would leave in their own time. While the Russian army was reducing its presence in some towns it has occupied, it was continuing to take new territory and still held positions as near as 30 miles to the capital. "They [the Georgians] are perverting the agreement," he said. "The agreement doesn't indicate a specific time for withdrawal. There has...
  • Lithuania, Poland Call for NATO MAP for Georgia ‘As Soon As Possible’

    08/19/2008 1:46:56 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 25 replies · 163+ views
    Civil.ge ^ | 19 Aug.2008 | Civil Georgia, Tbilisi
    In a joint declaration the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland, Valdas Adamkus and Lech Kaczynski, respectively, called for granting Georgia and Ukraine NATO membership action plan (MAP) “as soon as possible.” “Russian actions in the sovereign country of Georgia have gone far beyond any reasonable steps to ensure the safety of civilians and peacekeepers and have escalated to open looting, targeted destruction of Georgian economy, landscape and nature, and killings which have the obvious signs of ethnic cleansing in the territories controlled by Russian troops,” the joint statement reads. “Taking reference to the Bucharest NATO Declaration, which clearly stresses that...
  • Despite pledge to withdraw, Russians seize more ground in Georgia

    08/18/2008 5:22:37 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 9 replies · 156+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | August 18, 2008 | Tom Lasseter and Shashank Bengali
    IGOETI, Georgia — Despite assurances that it would withdraw troops from Georgia starting Monday, the Russian military operated with impunity as its forces moved convoys in and out of the city of Gori and plowed through a police roadblock in this town some 25 miles northwest of Tbilisi , the capital. In Washington , senior defense officials cited "troubling" intelligence that Russia had set up short-range ballistic missile launchers in South Ossetia . The SS-21 missiles have a range of 40 to 70 miles, meaning they can reach the capital from practically any part of South Ossetia , which Russian...
  • Russia's claim of Georgia genocide in South Ossetia hard to verify

    08/17/2008 6:03:48 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 21 replies · 536+ views
    The LA TImes ^ | August 18, 2008 | Megan K. Stack
    South Ossetian city Tskhinvali slowly emerges from shellshock, but the damage doesn't appear to be on the scale Russia claimed. Residents blame the bloodshed on Georgia and regard Russia as saviour. TSKHINVALI, GEORGIA -- A visit to this war-strafed city Sunday turned up no proof of Russian claims that more than 2,000 people died here. Nor were there any ready sign of what Prime Minister Vladimir Putin referred to as "genocide." Tskhinvali Regional Hospital had confirmed the deaths of 40 people as of Sunday, though the number was expected to grow, said Tina Zakharova, an Ossetian doctor who showed The...
  • Turkish journalists attacked in Georgia

    08/15/2008 2:18:26 AM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 21 replies · 177+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/15/2008 | Talia Kayali
    Video that aired on a Turkish television network Thursday showed reporters from two stations ducking for cover and saying their last prayers as their vehicle came under attack in Georgia. One reporter was shot in the head in the attack, which happened Sunday, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. All the journalists involved were safely back in Turkey on Thursday. The crews, from Turkish networks NTV and Kanal Turk, were traveling from Gori, in Georgia, to the South Ossetian city of Tshinvali when video shows bullets striking their vehicle.
  • 180,000 stranded in southern China as cold weather returns: report

    02/18/2008 1:59:19 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 27 replies · 130+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 18th 2008 | BEIJING (AFP)
    BEIJING (AFP) — Freezing weather has again swept through southern China, leaving 180,000 people stranded and causing power outages, just as the region was recovering from the last cold snap, state press said Monday. The latest cold weather has taken a severe toll in mountainous Yunnan province, where heavy snowfalls since Thursday have caused huge problems, the China Daily said. Eighty percent of the two million residents in Qujing city remain without electricity due to the combined impacts of the most recent cold snap and the ferocious weather that first hit southern China in early January. The snowfalls over the...
  • Madison passes record snowfall (Wisconsin Global Cooling)

    02/12/2008 1:34:23 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 37 replies · 975+ views
    The Badger Herald ^ | Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | by Cara Harshman
    Last night’s snowfall sent Madison’s winter total plowing into the record books, breaking the all-time snowfall record of 76.1 inches in 1978-79. “Anytime you set records, it is sort of a momentous occasion, but it doesn’t mean anything more than we’ll be out just like any other storm,” said Madison streets superintendent Al Schumacher. Jon Martin, University of Wisconsin chair of the atmospheric and ocean sciences department said there is a lot of variability from one winter to another, and it is difficult to put a finger on why this winter has been so snowy. “This is a very abnormal...
  • La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2008.

    02/08/2008 3:25:36 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 92 replies · 591+ views
    NOAA Climate Prediction Center ^ | 7 February 2008 | Climate Prediction Center Internet Team
    EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP 7 February 2008 Synopsis: La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2008. Current atmospheric and oceanic conditions indicate that La Niña has continued to strengthen in the tropical Pacific. By the end of January 2008, equatorial SST anomalies were more than 2.0°C below average across parts of the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. Other than the far eastern Niño-1+2 region, the magnitude of the cold anomalies in the Niño region indices increased during the past month with the latest weekly values near -1.5°C. The upper-ocean...
  • Kashmir receives record snowfall (Global Cooling)

    02/07/2008 2:29:21 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 20 replies · 98+ views
    DailyIndia.com ^ | Feb 7, 2008 | ANI Correspondent
    Srinagar/Mumbai, Feb 7: Jammu and Kashmir has been experiencing heavy snowfall for the past three days, disrupting normal life in the entire Valley. According to news reports, hundreds of vehicles carrying essential commodities and passengers are stranded along the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, causing shortage of essential commodities in the Valley. All flights to and from Srinagar remain disrupted due to heavy accumulation of snow and poor visibility at the Srinagar airport. The severe cold wave griping north India seems to have influenced the weather in Mumbai which is also experiencing cold wave like conditions almost after four decades. Mercury...
  • Idahna, Oregon buried in snow; Mayor asks for emergency help

    02/04/2008 4:42:28 AM PST · by justa-hairyape · 191 replies · 615+ views
    kgw.com Northwest News Channel 8 ^ | 01:11 PM PST on Sunday, February 3, 2008 | KGW and kgw.com Staff
    In Idahna, Ore., there is so much snow, residents' roofs are starting to collapse. The mayor has requested that Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski declare the area a state of emergency and send help. Eighteen inches of snow fell in the last 24 hours on top to 6 feet of snow already there, Idahna Mayor Karen Clark said Sunday. There is literally nowhere to put the snow. "We have buildings with snow on them in danger of collapsing. Snow around doors in danger of bursting, some homes have already sustained damage," Clark said. The town does not have the resources to...
  • 306,000 soldiers mobilized to combat snow disasters (China Global Cooling War)

    02/02/2008 5:48:19 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 54 replies · 13,126+ views
    www.chinaview.cn ^ | 2008-02-02 09:54:30 | www.chinaview.cn
    BEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- As of midnight Friday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China had deployed 306,000 soldiers to combat the effects of the snow in the southern parts of the country, a military source said. About 1.07 million militia and army reservists were participating in the weather relief effort, the PLA's emergency response group told Xinhua. The PLA currently has 2.3 million troops. Irregular tactics, including shooting power lines with submachine guns to shatter the ice, and resorting to tanks to crush ice on the road, were used frequently by soldiers. In the southern city of Guangzhou,...
  • World warming despite cool Pacific and Baghdad snow (Global Cooling Denial Has Begun))

    01/30/2008 10:55:29 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 33 replies · 1,038+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:51am EST | Alister Doyle
    OSLO (Reuters) - Climate change is still nudging up temperatures in the long term even though the warmest year was back in 1998 and 2008 has begun with unusual weather such as a cool Pacific and Baghdad's first snow in memory, experts said. "Global warming has not stopped," said Amir Delju, senior scientific coordinator of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) climate program. Last year was among the six warmest years since records began in the 1850s and the British Met Office said last week that 2008 will be the coolest year since 2000, partly because of a La Nina event...
  • UNSCOM Document Defines Iraqs Extensive Biological WMD Program (Weaponized Anthrax)

    03/28/2006 6:44:10 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 60 replies · 1,586+ views
    United Nations ^ | 1999 | United Nations Special Commission
    UNSCOM Document defines Iraq's Extensive Biological Weapons Program. Iraq began making anthrax in 1985 and was known to continue until 1991. It achieved weaponized anthrax capabilities. Excerpts of document follow. (x) In summary, Iraq has declared the production of at least 19,000 litres of concentrated botulinum toxin (nearly 10,000 litres were filled into munitions), 8,500 litres of concentrated anthrax (some 6,500 litres were filled into munitions) and 2,200 litres of concentrated aflatoxin (1,580 litres were filled into munitions); 76. Iraq's biological weapons programme as described to the Commission embraced a comprehensive range of agents and munitions. Agents under Iraq's biological...