Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Earth’s magnetic field ‘could flip in the space of 100 years’, scientists warn

[Metro] Scientists predict that the Earth’s magnetic field can flip far faster than previously thought – unleashing a force which Mayan apocalypse believers thought might destroy our planet in 2012.
Berkeley scientists say that the Earth’s magnetic field can weaken and dip within just 100 years, before flipping so that compasses point south – an event they admit could wreck the entire world’s power grid and expose the world to deadly cosmic rays.
Earth’s magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than normal at present, leading geophysicists to predict a flip within a few thousand years – but Discovery news says that could understimate the speed of the change.
Authors such as Robert Felix claim that previous reversals have been associated with mass disruptions such as the extinction of Neanderthal man, and with supervolcano eruptions and other apocalyptic events.
The ‘flip’ occurs regularly, but there has not been a documented instance for 800,000 years.
The Berkeley researchers say that apocalyptic events such as supervolcano eruptions are not likely – but that the flip could leave Earth exposed to cosmic rays which our magnetic field normally shields us from, leading to mutations and cancer in human beings.
Study co-author Paul Renne said, ‘We should be thinking more about what the biologic effects would be.’ Read More

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Next Green Revolution

". . . breakdown of food systems is the biggest threat of Climate Change."

[National Geographic] Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. “Maybe it’s too much water,” he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. “Or too much sun.” Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava killers, far too small to see, are viruses.
Mark breaks off some wet leaves; a few whiteflies dart away. The pinhead-size flies, he explains, transmit two viruses. One ravages cassava leaves, and a second, called brown streak virus, destroys the starchy, edible root—a catastrophe that usually isn’t discovered until harvest time. Juma is typical of the farmers Mark meets—most have never heard of the viral diseases. “Can you imagine how he’ll feel if I tell him he has to uproot all these plants?” Mark says quietly.
Juma is wearing torn blue shorts and a faded green T-shirt with “Would you like to buy a vowel?” printed on the front. He listens carefully to Mark’s diagnosis. Then he unshoulders his heavy hoe and starts digging. His oldest son, who is ten, nibbles a cassava leaf. Uncovering a cassava root, Juma splits it open with one swing of his hoe. He sighs—the creamy white flesh is streaked with brown, rotting starch.
To save enough of the crop to sell and to feed his family, Juma will have to harvest a month early. I ask how important cassava is to him.
“Mihogo ni kila kitu,” he replies in Swahili. “Cassava is everything.”
Most Tanzanians are subsistence farmers. In Africa small family farms grow more than 90 percent of all crops, and cassava is a staple for more than 250 million people. It grows even in marginal soils, and it tolerates heat waves and droughts. It would be the perfect crop for 21st-century Africa—were it not for the whitefly, whose range is expanding as the climate warms. The same viruses that have invaded Juma’s field have already spread throughout East Africa.
Before leaving Bagamoyo, we meet one of Juma’s neighbors, Shija Kagembe. His cassava fields have fared no better. He listens silently as Mark tells him what the viruses have done. “How can you help us?” he asks.

Answering that question will be one of the greatest challenges of this century. Climate change and population growth will make life increasingly precarious for Juma, Kagembe, and other small farmers in the developing world—and for the people they feed. For most of the 20th century humanity managed to stay ahead in the Malthusian race between population growth and food supply. Will we be able to maintain that lead in the 21st century, or will a global catastrophe beset us?
The United Nations forecasts that by 2050 the world’s population will grow by more than two billion people. Half will be born in sub-Saharan Africa, and another 30 percent in South and Southeast Asia. Those regions are also where the effects of climate change—drought, heat waves, extreme weather generally—are expected to hit hardest. Last March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the world’s food supply is already jeopardized. “In the last 20 years, particularly for rice, wheat, and corn, there has been a slowdown in the growth rate of crop yields,” says Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton and one of the authors of the IPCC report. “In some areas yields have stopped growing entirely. My personal view is that the breakdown of food systems is the biggest threat of climate change.” Read More

Is California's drought worse than the Dust Bowl?

The atmospheric conditions that led to the so-called Dirty Thirties eight decades ago are present today, say researchers.

[CS Monitor] The catastrophic 1934 drought is one of the worst North America droughts on record, and was caused, in part, by an atmospheric condition that may have led to the current drought in California, a new study finds.
The 1934 drought affected about seven times more land area than other large droughts that hit North America between the years 1000 and 2005, and was almost 30 percent worse than the 1580 drought, the second most severe drought to hit the continent in the past 1,005 years.
"We noticed that 1934 really stuck out as not only the worst drought, but far outside the normal range of what we see in the record," lead researcher Ben Cook said in a statement. Cook is a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and holds a joint appointment at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
The same atmospheric phenomenon that emerged during the winter of 1933 to 1934 is also present today. This high-pressure ridge over the West Coast deflects storms holding much-needed rain, and may be causing the current drought crippling California, the researchers said.
"When you have a high-pressure system there, it steers storms much farther north than they would normally be," Cook told Live Science. "With this high pressure sitting there in the winter of 1933 to 1934, it blocked a lot of the rainfall and storms that you would expect to come into California."
It's unclear what causes the atmospheric ridge, however. "There's some evidence that maybe it could be forced by changes in ocean temperatures in parts of the Pacific, but by all accounts, it appears to be just a natural mode of variability in the atmosphere," Cook said.
This ridging pattern has been in place during some of the worst droughts to hit the West Coast, including the 1976 California drought, one of the worst dry spells in the state's history. California's current three-year drought is projected to cost the state $2.2 billion in 2014, and is predicted to continue in 2015, according to a July report from the University of California, Davis. Read More

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Half of Earth's wildlife disappeared in past 40 years: WWF warns biodiversity loss is alarming

[Tech Times] More than half of the world's wildlife has disappeared over the past 40 years and humans are largely attributed to this loss, a report by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) revealed on Tuesday.
The Living Planet Report, which is published biannually by the WWF and is based on the Living Planet Index of the Zoological Society of London that monitors over 10,000 vertebrate species, revealed that the decline in the population of the world's animals is worse than previously believed. Two years ago, the WWF's report put the figure of wildlife loss at only 28 percent for the period between 1970 and 2008.
The report revealed that the population of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles dropped by an average of 52 percent between 1970 and 2010 but the worse impact was seen in freshwater species, which saw a decline of 76 percent over the same period, or almost double than the biodiversity loss experienced by land and other marine species. It also showed that the biggest declines occurred in tropical regions particularly in Latin America, which lost 83 percent of animals in four decades.
The drop in wildlife population is mostly blamed on man-made activities such as excessive emission of carbon dioxide, cutting of trees, pumping of groundwater, hunting and overfishing albeit invasive species and diseases also posed threats to wildlife population. Read More

Sunday, October 5, 2014

"We need a Center for Fear Control"

"If we’re busy making each other afraid, how do we develop the calm, the resilience, the awareness, even the sanity to deal with something as monumental as climate change?"

[by David Spangler] The Center for Disease Control or CDC has been much in the news of late, primarily due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. This is an organization whose task is to monitor infectious diseases and prevent them from developing into epidemics or worse, pandemics.
            The work of this organization is vitally important, especially as our world becomes more tightly knit together through the ease of air travel, allowing a disease to spread with unprecedented rapidity. Microbes do not respect political boundaries, and why should they? In many ways, this is their planet, making up by far the bulk of the biomass of all species; we just rent space from them!
            The need for an organization such as the CDC arises because of the interconnectedness of society and of life itself. But we are equally if not more interconnected these days through the Internet, our minds and emotions in touch with other minds and emotions in distant places of the world. We can witness events occurring anywhere on the globe and feel their impact as if they were happening locally. Furthermore, if I’m mystically inclined, then I realize that as souls we have always been interconnected, part of a universal oneness. What happens to the least of us happens to all of us through the cosmic web of life.
            With this interconnectedness in mind, it seems we are as fully in need of a “Center for Fear Control,” a CFC, as we are of a CDC. Maybe more so, for given our mental and emotional interconnections these days through media, fear can spread more widely more quickly than any disease, and it can create just as much if not more havoc. Under the right conditions, fear can be an ally informing us about danger and helping us to escape it. But it can also be a contagion, spreading from one person to another, sometimes directly but often indirectly along the invisible psychic web that connects us all.
            We live in a fear-saturated society. Oh, much of this fear isn’t in the form of abject terror or unreasoning panic; the bulk of it is probably felt as a low-level but constant sense of anxiety and stress, often for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. All may be going well in my life and yet I can still be aware of feeling anxious.
            This isn’t surprising. Just as there are sources generating physical pollution on a daily basis, so there are sources deliberately pumping fear pollution into our collective psychic environment. The most obvious are those like ISIL or Al-Qaeda, organizations who use terror as military and political weapons. Then there are governments who generate fear because a fearful populace is easier to manipulate and control. More subtly are modern economies that depend on fear to keep the wheels of commerce turning. Corporations may not use out and out terror to advertise their products but they play upon and even stimulate our anxieties to be accepted, to do the right thing, to look, smell, dress, and eat right. And then there are the religions that for millennia have used fear of God, fear of eternal punishment, fear of damnation, fear of the world to keep believers in line.
            All of this stems from the very human idea that fear can be a tool to accomplish other ends and from a willingness to use this tool.   It’s an ancient idea, one that any one of us may employ from time to time whether as parents, as bosses, or just in the struggle to get our way and to feel safe ourselves. Of course, as long as this tool of fear is an accepted and even applauded mode of human behavior, none of us can ever feel wholly safe for long.
           The impact of the use of fear as a tool on human wellbeing is every bit as disastrous as any pandemic. It is a disease of consciousness, and its toll is greater than any disease of the body. And it makes us more vulnerable to those fears that arise from non-human sources, from viruses like Ebola or from the effect of earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and other natural disasters. If we’re busy making each other afraid, how do we develop the calm, the resilience, the awareness, even the sanity to deal with something as monumental as climate change?
            As I said, we live in a fear-saturated world. We need a Center for Fear Control every bit as urgently as a Center for Disease Control. We need to stem the spread of fear and develop ways of spreading courage and peace instead. Read More

Friday, October 3, 2014

Greater Chance of Earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park

(This is the fractured cross that is explained in the prophecies of the I AM America 6-Map Scenario. - Lori)

[ABC] The U.S. Geological Survey says there's a greater chance of damaging earthquakes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Millions of visitors come to Yellowstone every year to witness the power of the world's largest active volcano. The magma pool lies beneath the huge caldera that makes up most of the park's surface, including Lake Yellowstone. In July, super-volcano expert Dr. Bob Smith revealed what his studies discovered about the magma body.
"…that it's two and a half times bigger," said Smith
Now a new U.S. geological survey report reveals the Yellowstone Grand Teton area is more likely to have hazardous earthquakes than previously thought. "Yellowstone is always shaking," said Smith.
Smith's labs at the University of Utah constantly watch the park's earthquakes with seismic and satellite surveillance.
"We record three to four thousand earthquakes a year in Yellowstone," said Smith
Most of those earthquakes are small, of course. However, the updated government maps show a slightly greater risk for hazardous earthquakes in northwest Wyoming, but engineers have been reinforcing public buildings in the area for the last decade. Read More

Meet Earth's New Moon

(This fascinating article mirrors the prophetic time of the "Two Moons" in the I AM America 6-Map Scenario! Notice that this "moon" will travel near our planet for the next 165 years. - Lori)

[DailyMail] The moon has been orbiting Earth for more than four billion years.
But our planet’s faithful companion may not be alone. A new object, dubbed 2014 OL339, has been found masquerading as Earth’s ‘second moon’.
The new ‘moon’, which is in fact a 490ft (150 metre) asteroid, takes about a year to orbit the sun and is close enough to Earth to look like its satellite.
The peculiar object was accidentally discovered on July 29 by astronomer Farid Char of the Chilean University of Antofagasta.
According to Rebecca Boyle writing in New Scientist, 2014 OL339 has been travelling near to our planet for about 775 years and it will continue to do so for another 165 years. It has an elliptical orbit and takes around 364.92 days to circle the sun once, meaning the asteroid and Earth are in ‘resonant orbits’.
This happens when two orbiting bodies exert a gravitational influence on each other due to their orbits being closely related.
For instance, Pluto and Neptune are in an orbital resonance of 2:3. This means for every two times Pluto goes around the sun, Neptune makes three trips around the star. Read More

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster

(In the Freedom Star World Map this lake is prophesied to be under ocean waters. - Lori)

[FOX] A series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl.”
NASA’s Terra satellite began capturing the images in 2000, when the vast central Asian lake known as the Aral Sea was already a fraction of its 1960 size (as shown by the black line in the images).
“It shows the power of long-term satellite observation from space,” a NASA spokesman told FoxNews.com, noting that the Terra satellite will have been in space for 15 years in December.
The victim of a Soviet era water diversion project in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but now holds less than 10% of its original water volume.
By 2000 the body of water had already separated into Northern and Southern Aral Seas, also known the Small and Large Seas. As the satellite image taken in 2000 shows, the Southern Sea was split into tenuously-connected eastern and western ‘lobes,’ or basins.
Within 12 months, however, the southern part of the connection had been lost, and the shallower eastern basin began to quickly retreat over the subsequent years. Dry conditions in 2014 caused the basin to completely dry up for the first time in modern times, according to NASA.
“As the lake dried up, fisheries and the communities that depended on them collapsed,” said NASA, in a statement accompanying the satellite images, adding that the increasingly salty water became polluted with fertilizer and pesticides. Read More