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  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

    04/30/2016 2:25:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies ^ | April 29, 2016 | ROBINSON MEYER
    “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think. In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a...
  • The Gravity of Water: A novel and much-needed view of Earth’s water supplies

    09/20/2012 11:04:09 AM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Measurements of underground water storage (aquifers) — rather than surface water (lakes, rivers, etc.) — reveal the long-term effects of drought. This map shows ground water conditions in the U.S. during the week of November 28, 2011, compared to the long-term average. (Map by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center, based on data from the GRACE science team.) Measurements of underground water storage (aquifers) — rather than surface water (lakes, rivers, etc.) — reveal the long-term effects of drought. This map shows ground water conditions in the U.S. during the week of November 28, 2011, compared to the long-term...
  • Internet Taxes Move to the Forefront in a Number of States

    02/27/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by 92nina · 21 replies · 2+ views
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-24 | Kaitlyn Ewing
    As many states move forward with pro-growth spending and tax reforms, a couple of state legislatures are taking steps in the opposite direction. Legislators in Virginia and Kansas are advancing bills that seek to dissolve the physical nexus standard in their respective states and implement an Internet sales tax on out-of-state companies. This type of tax will not only kill jobs and close down businesses, as it has done in other states, but it is also entirely unconstitutional. In Kansas, SB 371 moves to push the long arm of the tax collector past its appropriate state boundary and count third-party...
  • CANCER IN CANS: Pringles contain Toxin Acrylamide

    11/23/2011 11:15:53 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 36 replies ^ | 11-23-11 | CleanTV
    Original link: Just when you thought it was safe to grab some munchies in the cupboard, a new study warns of cancer in cans and bags—in cans of Pringles and in bags of a myriad of other potato chips. This disturbing truth about an all-time favorite snack may be forcing food manufacturers to change their processing methods. But can the changes really make a difference? Researchers find that potato chips, among other processed foods, are loaded with the cancer causing chemical, acrylamide (uh-kril-uh-mahyd). The substance forms when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at very high temperatures. Some of the worst...
  • World must face 'inconvenient truth' of emissions rise, says UN climate chief (Oh, Noz!)

    06/01/2011 3:03:40 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | Fiona Harvey
    The fastest-ever rise in greenhouse gas emissions, revealed by the Guardian on Monday, is an "inconvenient truth" the world must face, the UN's climate change chief has said. But she added that the data should not lead to fatalism that the problem is impossible to tackle. The figures showing that efforts to control greenhouse gases have had little effect are likely to stretch already strained relations between developed and developing countries over climate change to breaking point in the next two weeks in rows over who is responsible for the fastest ever rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year: Study

    11/26/2010 3:12:48 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 78 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/16/10 | James Fanelli
    Second-hand smoke globally kills more than 600,000 people each year, accounting for 1% of all deaths worldwide, according to a new study. The alarming findings - published on Thursday in the British medical journal Lancet - are based on a survey of 192 countries in 2004. Researchers estimated that annually second-hand smoke causes about 379,000 deaths from heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease, 36,900 deaths from asthma and 21,400 deaths from lung cancer. Children account for about 165,000 of the deaths, according to the researchers. "This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of...
  • Tropical Depression 5

    08/10/2010 6:20:28 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 40 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | 10 August 2010 | NOAA/NHC
    Tropical Depression #5 has formed in the southeast Gulf of Mexico. The initial motion is somewhat uncertain due to the broad area of the system center. Satellite Images Floater One Imagery Buoy Data: Florida & Eastern GOM Western GOM Storm Models
  • Concern over canned foods - Bisphenol A in soups, juice, and more

    12/06/2009 7:04:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies · 1,151+ views
    Consumer Reports ^ | December 2009 | consumer reports
    The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. Now Consumer Reports' latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we...
  • Possible Credit Dislocation: Be Warned

    10/23/2009 12:40:41 PM PDT · by FromLori · 56 replies · 2,553+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 10/23/09 | Karl Denninger
    I have reason to suspect that the "monetary transmission mechanism" is full of rocks (again), and we are about to have another instance of what could colloquially be called "fun." (Yes, that's sarcasm.) Here's what we know and what I can deduce from it: JP Morgan's "cash position" was analyzed by a writer who published on SCRIBD, which showed that actual cash held has deteriorated radically. By more than half in the last year. The deterioration is continuing, not slowing. I am hearing repeated anecdotes from multiple areas that foreclosed property held by banks with multiple full-price offers that include...
  • Preventing the Next Financial Crisis

    10/23/2009 11:01:48 AM PDT · by ttjemery · 2 replies · 306+ views
    By ALLAN H. MELTZER The United States is headed toward a new financial crisis. History gives many examples of countries with high actual and expected money growth, unsustainable budget deficits, and a currency expected to depreciate. Unless these countries made massive policy changes, they ended in crisis. We will escape only if we act forcefully and soon. As long ago as the 1960s, then French President Charles de Gaulle complained that the U.S. had the "exorbitant privilege" of financing its budget deficit by issuing more dollars. Massive purchases of dollar debt by foreigners can of course delay the crisis, but...
  • Exclusive – Wells Fargo’s Commercial Portfolio is a ticking time bomb

    09/17/2009 2:50:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies · 1,735+ views ^ | September 17, 2009 | Teri Buhl
    In order to sort through the disaster that is Wells Fargo’s (quote: WFC) commercial loan portfolio, the bank has hired help from outside experts to pour over the books… and they are shocked with what they are seeing. Not only do the bank’s outstanding commercial loans collectively exceed the property values to which they are attached, but derivative trades leftover from its acquisition of Wachovia are creating another set of problems for the already beleaguered San Francisco-based megabank. Wachovia, which Wells purchased last fall as it teetered on the brink of collapse, was so desperate to increase revenue in the...
  • Two Analysts Who Think We'll Soon Be Hunting Squirrels And Eating Cat Food

    08/14/2009 9:00:47 AM PDT · by FromLori · 35 replies · 1,724+ views
    We clicked over to Zero Hedge last night for a brief check-in on the decline and fall of civilization. We found these two beauts. As with many reports in this genre, the logic is weakened by the dismissiveness and arrogance of the rhetoric, but the reports make some excellent points. They're also a fun contrast to endless celebrations of the v-shaped recovery crowd. To briefly summarize: Our collective debt is still vastly higher than it was in the early 1930s and in Japan in the 1990s. Consumers account for 70% of economic growth, and they're broke The banks are still...
  • Study: Antarctic glaciers slipping swiftly seaward (WE NeeD a CARBON TAX NOW or We'Re Doomed!!!!)

    02/25/2009 9:33:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/09 | Eliane Engeler -ap
    GENEVA – Antarctic glaciers are melting faster across a much wider area than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday — a development that could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year concluded that the western part of the continent is warming up, not just the Antarctic Peninsula. Previously most of the warming was thought to occur on the narrow stretch pointing toward South America, said Colin Summerhayes, executive director of the Britain-based Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and a member of International Polar Year's steering committee. But satellite...
  • 2009 Senate Bill 5104 (Creating a State Income Tax) [WA]

    01/14/2009 2:16:49 PM PST · by sionnsar · 35 replies · 952+ views
    Washington Votes ^ | 1/14/2009
    Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 13, 2009, creates a Washington state income tax for the stated purpose of providing the necessary revenues for the support of vital state services on a more stable and equitable basis . * Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 13, 2009.
  • Ten (possible) picks for Obama's Supreme Court

    11/26/2008 5:53:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies · 1,285+ views
    Salon ^ | November 19, 2008 | Justin Jouvenal
    Barack Obama might have as much power to shape a new court as Reagan. Like Reagan, Obama could appoint as many as three justices before Inauguration Day 2013. John Paul Stevens, 88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, are of retirement age, and Ginsburg is a colon cancer survivor. David Souter, 69, has reportedly expressed an interest in returning to his home in New Hampshire. (Kennedy, who has twice had minor heart procedures, is 72, as is Scalia.)
  • Gerald Celente: Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

    11/14/2008 10:07:38 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 354 replies · 21,518+ views
    Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012...Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, saysThe man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012. Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting fut ure world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox...
  • Obama to Declare Carbon Dioxide Dangerous Pollutant (Update1)

    10/16/2008 3:34:41 PM PDT · by xcamel · 145 replies · 3,148+ views
    bloomberg link only ^ | Oct. 16 | By Jim Efstathiou Jr. Link only This is important
  • If He Wins

    09/22/2008 1:51:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 198+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ^ | September 22, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    Thinking the unthinkable. Like all races, this campaign has come down to a lot of “if-then” statements. America is already unimpressed with the Pelosi-Reid Congress. This is, with a few changes, who President Obama would be making laws with — a House Ways and Means chairman who doesn’t understand the tax laws he writes, a House speaker who does freelance diplomacy with dictators... In the Senate, President Obama will have Robert Byrd holding the purse-strings in Appropriations, ensuring that most of the new president’s national initiatives will be based out of West Virginia. On the Banking Committee, Chris Dodd will...
  • Countdown to man's Big Bang begins

    09/09/2008 11:51:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 53 replies · 244+ views
    ThisIsLondon ^ | September 9th | Mark Prigg
    Scientists are today preparing to switch on the world's biggest scientific experiment. The £5billion Large Hadron Collider aims to recreate the conditions moments after the Big Bang that created the universe.
  • Dr. Doom

    08/16/2008 4:30:14 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies · 264+ views
    NY Times ^ | 17 August 2008 | STEPHEN MIHM
    On Sept. 7, 2006, Nouriel Roubini, an economics professor at New York University, stood before an audience of economists at the International Monetary Fund and announced that a crisis was brewing. In the coming months and years, he warned, the United States was likely to face a once-in-a-lifetime housing bust, an oil shock, sharply declining consumer confidence and, ultimately, a deep recession. He laid out a bleak sequence of events: homeowners defaulting on mortgages, trillions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities unraveling worldwide and the global financial system shuddering to a halt. These developments, he went on, could cripple or destroy...
  • Earth's Plate Tectonics May Eventually Stop

    08/15/2008 11:48:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 40 replies · 57+ views
    Natural History Magazine ^ | Aug 15, 2008 | Stephan Reebs
    The Pacific is the biggest ocean on Earth, but it's getting smaller every day. Australasia and the Americas are inching closer together, and in about 350 million years the Pacific will effectively close. That's when plate tectonics - the process driving all that slow motion, and one that geologists have assumed to be continuous - may grind to a halt.
  • Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist Warns of Mass Extinctions and 'Rise of Slime'

    08/14/2008 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 632+ views
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Publishing his study in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par...
  • Physicists Allay Fears of the End of the World

    08/07/2008 7:51:29 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 50 replies · 152+ views
    Spiegel ONLINE ^ | 8-06-08 | Charles Hawley
    The video looks a bit like a scene from a low-budget sci-fi horror film. A tiny hole slowly begins sucking in bits of the Earth in Switzerland with mountains, lakes and cities quickly falling into the growing gap. And it just keeps on growing--and growing. By the end of the 38 second movie, the entire planet has been swallowed up -- and all that's left is a shimmering ring in the inky blackness of outer space. Absurd, perhaps. But a brief look around Internet blogs, and especially YouTube, makes it clear that there are a number of people out there...
  • End of the World? Hadron Collider to be turned on this weekend.

    08/07/2008 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Scythian · 82 replies · 623+ views
    See the video under "TOP VIDEO", they say it is going to be turned on THIS WEEKEND in the video, you might want to give your mom or other loved ones a call and tell them that you love them ;)
  • New Yorkers feel the pinch, call for tax on rich (This is NO JOKE!)

    08/06/2008 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies · 103+ views
    Crains New York ^ | 8/06/08 | Elisabeth Butler Cordova
    New Yorkers feel the pinch, call for tax on richMore than three-quarters of New Yorkers say they are feeling the pinch from pricey food and gas prices, and 80% were in favor of a so-called "millionaire's tax," according to recent polls. Elisabeth Butler Cordova August 06. 2008 3:13PM The deteriorating economy continues to weigh heavily on New Yorkers’ minds, according to two polls released Wednesday. With a remarkable one-month increase of 9%, 81% of New York residents say they are feeling the effects of rising food prices, according to a new Siena Research Institute survey. About 78% of New Yorkers...
  • Get Ready to Itch and Sneeze (AGW falsehood #25<sup>10</sup>)

    08/03/2008 12:17:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies · 99+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug. 3, 2008 | Paul Tolme
    A warmer planet could mean we'll suffer more (and stronger) allergies As one of 40 million Americans who suffer from hay fever, Lewis Ziska carries an inhaler in his pocket and takes a whiff to clear his lungs on bad allergy days. But hay fever is more than a personal-health issue for Ziska. A weed ecologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory, Ziska is a leading researcher in the fledgling field of allergies and climate change. His findings regarding ragweed, an invasive plant whose pollen is the leading trigger of fall hay fever, are...
  • CA: Governor vetoes climate change curriculum

    07/27/2008 11:31:46 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 21 replies · 336+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 27 July 2008 | John Boudreau
    Governor vetoes climate change curriculum California public students will stick to reading, writing and arithmetic, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided as he vetoed a bill late Friday that would have required climate change be added to schools' curriculum. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would have required future science textbooks to include climate change as a subject. In January, the state Senate approved the bill, SB 908, by a 26-13 vote. Only two Republicans supported the proposal. In his veto statement, Schwarzenegger said he supported education that spotlights the dangers of climate change. However, the Republican...
  • Why global warming is bad for bread (IMMINENT TRAGEDY ALERT!!)

    07/10/2008 5:32:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies · 161+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/10/2008 | Stu Hutson
    The G8 summit may have agreed to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions - but don't count on that saving your favourite crusty French bread. German researchers have shown that high CO2 levels in the atmosphere lead to wheat crops throughout Europe with less gluten, the protein in flour that forms the gooey matrix of dough. By 2050, the researchers say, the expected CO2 levels in the atmosphere may lead to dough that rises nearly 20% less than it does now. The researchers, from the Johann Heinrich von Thunen Institute in Braunschweig , say that CO2 disrupts nitrogen uptake by...
  • Lawsuit stirs fear of 'strangelets' destroying the Earth

    07/01/2008 9:35:45 AM PDT · by glymers · 40 replies · 99+ views
    Market Watch ^ | June 12, 2008 | John Letzing
    If all goes according to plan, a massive underground facility in Switzerland will begin smashing particles together later this summer in an effort to provide a clearer understanding of the physical universe than has ever before been possible. Known as the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the project is composed of a 17-mile circular tunnel beneath Geneva, containing thousands of magnets meant to send beams of subatomic particles hurtling toward each other. The resulting collisions are expected to release matter similar to that present at the "Big Bang" that created the universe.
  • Will Earth's Future Be a FROZEN One?...rather than a hot one?

    06/29/2008 8:48:08 AM PDT · by dascallie · 45 replies · 563+ views Will Earth's Future Be a FROZEN One? 27-Jun-2008 ...rather than a hot one? - The future? The disappearance of sun spots was the hot topic at a recent international solar conference held at Montana State University. For the past two years, the sun has undergone a phase of relative inactivity, meaning usual solar phenomena such as sun flares, sun spots, and solar eruptions have all but disappeared. "It's a dead face," researcher Saku Tsuneta says of the solar surface. Tsuneta is with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and was one of the participants at the MSU conference The...
  • The Presidential Candidates are Clueless on Energy

    06/23/2008 5:59:39 PM PDT · by Eva · 19 replies · 67+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/11/08 | Michael Economides
    It is certain that the United States is in for an energy price and supply shock the likes of which we have never experienced or imagined. While high prices, to a reasonable extent can be tolerated, hell will break loose if massive supply disruptions emerge. We are much closer to them than people think. Those who think that we can conserve ourselves to energy independence need not read any further. They are vastly wrong and it is pointless to argue with them. The first proof of trouble to come is that none of the three US presidential candidates, Senators John...
  • Property Rights Expert Predicts Dire Future For American Agriculture

    06/22/2008 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 13 replies · 394+ views ^ | June 22, 2008 | Joyce Morrison
    Global Intrigue + More Will Escalate Food Prices Drastically: What Will A Loaf Of Bread Cost Next Year? Guest Commentary by Joyce Morrison The mere thought of a food shortage in America is unthinkable…or is it? Headlines read, “Planting season weather perplexing for farmers.” “Weather may cut yields,” “Further spike in food costs feared due to floods,” “Food shortages,” -- these are headlines preparing us for the fact we will no longer have the cheapest, safest food in the world. All spring the breadbasket of America has been deluged with floods, wind storms, tornados, heavy rain and hail. Illinois...
  • Earth Will Survive After All, Physicists Say

    06/22/2008 11:44:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 167+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 21, 2008 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    That black hole that was going to eat the Earth? Forget about it, and keep making the mortgage payments — those of you who still have them. A new particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider scheduled to go into operation this fall outside Geneva, is no threat to the Earth or the universe, according to a new safety review approved Friday by the governing council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or Cern, which is building the collider. “There is no basis for any concerns about the consequences of new particles or forms of matter that could possibly be...
  • World oil demand is surging as supplies approach their limits.

    06/19/2008 12:17:46 PM PDT · by Whitebread · 25 replies · 96+ views
    National Geographic Magazine ^ | July 2008 Issue | Paul Roberts
    In 2000 a Saudi oil geologist named Sadad I. Al Husseini made a startling discovery. Husseini, then head of exploration and production for the state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, had long been skeptical of the oil industry's upbeat forecasts for future production. Since the mid-1990s he had been studying data from the 250 or so major oil fields that produce most of the world's oil. He looked at how much crude remained in each one and how rapidly it was being depleted, then added all the new fields that oil companies hoped to bring on line in coming decades. When...
  • No second chance? Can Earth explode as a result of Global Warming?

    06/18/2008 7:45:10 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 76 replies · 236+ views
    NU Journal of Discovery, Vol 3, May 2001 ^ | May 2001/October 2004 | Dr Tom J. Chalko
    Abstract: The heat generated inside our planet is predominantly of radionic (nuclear) origin. Hence, Earth in its entirety can be considered considered a slow nuclear reactor with its solid ”inner core” providing a major contribution to the total energy output. Since radionic heat is generated in the entire volume and cooling can only occur at the surface, the highest temperature inside Earth occurs at the center of the inner core. Overheating the center of the inner core reactor due to the so-called greenhouse effect on the surface of Earth may cause a meltdown condition, an enrichment of nuclear fuel and...
  • Scientists From Around the Globe Join ABC News in a Forum on Surviving the Century (barf alert)

    06/13/2008 6:44:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies · 121+ views
    ABC News ^ | 13 june 08 | SARAH NAMIAS
    Are we living in the last century of our civilization? Is it possible that all of our technology, knowledge and wealth cannot save us from ourselves? Could our society actually be heading towards collapse? A dramatic preview of an unprecedented ABC News event called "Earth 2100." According to many of the world's top scientists, the answer is yes, unless we take action now. This September, in Earth 2100, a dramatic ABC News 2-hour broadcast, the greatest minds across the globe will join together in a countdown to the year 2100 to tell us what we must do to survive the...
  • Earth's poles long overdue for reversal

    06/05/2008 7:06:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies · 131+ views
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | 5/5/08 | Claire Thomas
    SYDNEY: A reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles could happen sooner than we think, according to Dutch scientists who report that the planet's magnetic field is becoming gradually less stable. A reversal could affect everything from navigation and communications equipment to the composition of the atmosphere, say experts. The report, published today in the U.K. journal Nature Geoscience, found that reversals have been far more common in the last 200 million years than they were deep in the planet's history. Wandering polesResearchers, led by Andrew Biggin of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, made the discovery by analysing rocks...
  • McCain "I will win in January"

    06/03/2008 8:12:27 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 77 replies · 474+ views
    youtube ^ | 06/03/08 | youtube
    McCain says he will win in January.
  • That cold one is going to cost you more

    06/01/2008 4:28:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies · 67+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 6/1/08 | Chao Xiong
    Bob Du Vernois brews beer with detailed consideration to aroma and taste, but it's last call on one of his favorite varieties. A worldwide shortage of hops has depleted the supplies available to brewers, particularly for some of the specific blends that craft brewers have made their specialties. The shortage is the result of recent drought in Australia and flooding in Europe that destroyed much of their crops, forcing brewers overseas to turn to U.S. hops supplies that already were strained by a movement to plant more profitable crops like corn. Coupled with rising fuel costs, the shortage has hops...
  • Get used to high food costs, water shortages

    05/28/2008 5:38:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies · 105+ views
    Seattle P I ^ | May 28, 2008 | ROBERT McCLURE AND TOM PAULSON
    Climate report offers a dire look at next 50 years. Get used to it -- and be ready for water shortages, too, says a sweeping new scientific report rounding up likely effects of climate change on the United States' land, water and farms over the next half-century. Some effects already can be felt, says the report released Tuesday, which synthesizes results of more than 1,000 individual studies. And it's not just humans' food that's at risk, said witnesses at a congressional field hearing in Seattle on Tuesday. An intense and sudden acidification of the Pacific resulting from climate change presages...
  • Wake Up, America. We're Driving Toward Disaster

    05/26/2008 6:52:01 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 102 replies · 102+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2008 | James Howard Kunstler
    Everywhere I go these days... I hear an increasingly shrill cry for "solutions." This is just another symptom of the delusional thinking that now grips the nation, especially among the educated and well-intentioned. I say this because I detect... the desperate wish to keep our "Happy Motoring" utopia running by means other than oil and its byproducts. But the truth is that no combination of solar, wind and nuclear power, ethanol, biodiesel, tar sands and used French-fry oil will allow us to power Wal-Mart, Disney World and the interstate highway system -- or even a fraction of these things --...
  • Hops shortage hitting US craft-breweries

    05/25/2008 2:40:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 51 replies · 79+ views
    AFP ^ | 5-25-08 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (AFP) - Like apple pie and baseball, beer has achieved favored status in the lexicon of American traditions, with US sales of the drink outstripping purchases of liquor and wine by billions of dollars. But an international shortage of hops -- the ingredient that adds aroma, body and bitterness -- is causing prices of the agricultural commodity to soar, industry officials say. The origins of the hops shortage are linked to an oversupply a decade ago of the agent that provides flavors in beer that range from fruity to woody, said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association....
  • $800 Oil?

    05/21/2008 6:51:38 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 59 replies · 126+ views ^ | 2008.05.21 | George Ure
    The price of oil futures, passing through the $130 level as they have this morning, likely headed far north of $200, is really secondary to the Bigger Picture of how the economy and oil are tied together. But is $800 oil in the cards? Oh, yeah... A conversation with ... petroleum geologist Jeffrey J. Brown ... explains the concept of oil going nonlinear from here: "In my opinion, we are looking at an accelerating net oil export decline rate, combined with a requirement for an accelerating rate of increase in oil prices, in order to balance supply & demand, as...
  • "Far From Normal"

    05/21/2008 6:41:22 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 32 replies · 38+ views ^ | 2008.05.19 | James H. Kunstler
    "Far from normal". Those were the words that Fed chairman Ben Bernanke used to describe the financial markets (and by extension the economy) these heady spring days when everybody else with a rostrum, it seems, has pronounced the so-called liquidity crisis contained. There's a great wish for American finance to return to business-as-usual -- raking in fantastic fees for innovating new modes of tradable paper, and engineering mergers and buy-outs that generate huge fees plus $100 million kiss-offs for corporate CEOs in the noble struggle to dismantle America's productive capacity -- but apparently events are still out of hand. The...
  • Global Warming May Lead To Increase In Kidney Stones Disease

    05/17/2008 3:42:58 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 39 replies · 123+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5/15/08
    Rising global temperatures could lead to an increase in kidney stones, according to research presented at the 103rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). Dehydration has been linked to stone disease, particularly in warmer climates, and global warming will exacerbate this effect. As a result, the prevalence of stone disease may increase, along with the costs of treating the condition. Using published data to determine the temperature-dependence of stone disease, researchers applied predictions of temperature increase to determine the impact of global warming on the incidence and cost of stone disease in the United States. The Intergovernmental...
  • Increase in volcanic activity is linked to ice melted by global warming [barf alert]

    04/04/2008 7:39:42 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 24 replies · 44+ views
    Times of London ^ | April 5 08 | Lewis Smith
    Increased volcanic activity is linked to ice melted by the effects of global warming, a study has found. So much ice in Iceland has melted in the past century that the pressure on the land beneath has lessened, which allows more of the rock deep in the ground to turn to magma. Until the ice melted, the pressure was so intense that the rock remained solid. Carolina Pagli, of the University of Leeds, led research which calculated that over the past century the production of magma had increased by 10 per cent.
  • Researcher: Basic Greenhouse Equations "Totally Wrong"

    03/06/2008 9:47:03 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 1,341+ views
    Researcher: Basic Greenhouse Equations "Totally Wrong" Michael Asher (Blog) - March 6, 2008 11:02 AM New derivation of equations governing the greenhouse effect reveals "runaway warming" impossible Miklós Zágoni isn't just a physicist and environmental researcher. He is also a global warming activist and Hungary's most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol. Or was. That was until he learned the details of a new theory of the greenhouse effect, one that not only gave far more accurate climate predictions here on Earth, but Mars too. The theory was developed by another Hungarian scientist, Ferenc Miskolczi, an atmospheric physicist with 30...
  • Middle-Aged Misery Spans Globe, Study Says

    01/29/2008 1:36:18 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 6 replies · 92+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2008
    If you think turning 40 is bad, just wait until you turn 44. Researchers say that’s the age when people feel most depressed. Using data on two million people from 80 countries, researchers found an extraordinarily consistent pattern in depression and happiness levels that leaves us most miserable in middle age. Using a sample of one million people from the U.K., researchers discovered that for both men and women the probability of depression peaks around 44 years of age. The only country which recorded a significant gender difference was in the U.S., where unhappiness reached a peak at around 40...
  • The Panic Stage (The Economy)

    01/21/2008 8:34:57 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 155 replies · 195+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 21 January 2008 | Editorial Staff
    Amid the daily market turmoil, and to help prevent a crash, it helps to step back and remember how we got here. With the benefit of hindsight, everyone can see that the U.S. economy built up an enormous credit bubble that has now popped. Our own view -- which we warned about going back to 2003 -- is that this bubble was created principally by a Federal Reserve that kept real interest rates too low for too long.In doing so the Fed created a subsidy for debt and a commodity price spike. The price spike contributed to "excess savings" in...
  • Environmentally friendly light bulbs 'can damage your skin', doctors warn

    01/04/2008 7:41:31 AM PST · by fanfan · 71 replies · 675+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4th January 2008 | Staff
    Using environmentally friendly light bulbs can be seriously bad for your skin, doctors warn. New energy-saving bulbs produce a more intense light which can cause eruptions of existing skin problems, like eczema, and even lead to skin cancer, they claim. The revelation comes after health experts warned the fluorescent bulbs, which are to become compulsory in homes within four years, could trigger migraines and cause dizziness and discomfort to people with epilepsy. The lives of thousands of people may be threatened if the government's plan to phase out the normal variety of incandescent lighting goes ahead without exemptions. Sufferers could...