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EcoAlert –Iceland’s Laki Volcano may be Poised for a Massive Historic Eruption

September 21, 2011 1 comment

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Flickr-2772596793-image What if one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recent history happened today? A new study suggests that a blast akin to the Laki eruption that devastated Iceland in the 1780s would waft noxious gases southwestward and kill tens of thousands of people in Europe. And in a modern world that is intimately connected by air traffic and international trade, economic activity across much of Europe, including the production and import of food, could plummet. At least four Laki-sized eruptions have occurred in Iceland in the past 1,150 years.

From June of 1783 until February of 1784, the Laki volcano in south-central Iceland erupted, spewing an estimated 122 million metric tons of Read more…

More than a million evacuated in Japan as Typhoon Roke nears

September 21, 2011 Comments off

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More than a million evacuated in Japan as Typhoon Roke nears

 Typhoon Roke Photo: NASA/REUTERS

Typhoon Roke – the 15th Pacific storm of the season – was expected to make landfall in central Japan today, before moving in a northeasterly direction across the country, and possibly passing near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The storm arrives just weeks after another typhoon swept across Japan leaving more than 90 people dead or missing and causing widespread flooding, mudslides and structural damage.

This time, about 1.1 million people in the industrial city of Nagaya in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture were urged to evacuate as the storm approached, with wind gusts of up to 134 mph.

Nagoya officials also called the Self-Defence Forces to send in troops for disaster prevention amid growing fears of Read more…

Atlanta video surveillance center to open

September 21, 2011 1 comment

cbsatlanta

Did you ever get the feeling someone is watching you? If you walk down one of Atlanta’s busy streets, you’re probably right. The police department will keep an even closer eye on the city with a new surveillance camera system they say will help them fight crime.

Monitors stretch from the floor to the ceiling.  Police scan every movement on the street in what looks like a scene from a futuristic movie.

It’s the Atlanta Police Department’s new operation shield video integration center, the place where police coordinate and watch more than 100 cameras, mostly downtown, as they keep an eye out for crime.

“When you have an Read more…

Thousands of white bass turn up dead in Arkansas River

September 21, 2011 1 comment

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Workers with Game and Fish and ADEQ head out on the Arkansas River to try and determine the reason for Tuesday’s fish kill.
Little Rock -It’s not the 83,000 fish that were found dead back in December, but another fish kill is being looked at along the Arkansas River.

This time the kill is much closer to the capitol city. In fact, the dead fish are being spotted along a newly opened pedestrian bridge.

Investigators with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked Tuesday afternoon  to estimate the size of this latest fish kill.

They…along with the Department of Environmental Quality…are also looking for a cause.

The natural beauty of the area around the newly opened Two Rivers Bridge attracts Read more…

WHO reports polio outbreak in China, warns of spread

September 21, 2011 Comments off

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Polio has broken out in China for the first time since 1999 after being imported from Pakistan, and there is a high risk of the crippling virus spreading further during the annual Haj pilgrimage, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Nine cases have been confirmed in China and polio is now considered to have spread nationwide in Pakistan, mainly due to insecurity that has halted vaccination campaigns in areas including the Khyber tribal region, a WHO spokesman said.

“The WHO rates as ‘high’ the risk of further international spread of wild polio virus from Pakistan, particularly given the expected large-scale population movements associated with Umra and the upcoming Haj…in the coming months,” the Geneva-based body said in a statement.

Haj is the main annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is due to start in November. Umra refers to other pilgrimages to Mecca, which can take place any time of the year.

Is The US Monetary System On The Verge Of Collapse?

September 21, 2011 1 comment

zerohedge

Tune into CNBC or click onto any of the dozens of mainstream financial news sites, and you’ll find an endless array of opinions on the latest wiggle in equity, bond and commodities markets. As often as not, you’ll find those opinions nestled side by side with authoritative analysis on the outlook for the economy, complete with the author’s carefully studied judgment on the best way forward.

Lost in all the noise, however, is any recognition that the US monetary system – and by extension, that of much of the developed world – may very well be on the verge of collapse. Falling back on metaphor, while the world’s many financial experts and economists sit around arguing about the direction of the ship of state, most are missing the point that the ship has already hit an iceberg and is taking on water fast.

Yet if you were to raise your hand to ask 99% of the Read more…

India orders cull to tackle bird flu outbreak

September 21, 2011 Comments off

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Fresh bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed in two villages in West Bengal (AFP/File, Diptendu Dutta)

NEW DELHI — India has ordered the immediate culling of chickens in an eastern part of the country in a bid to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

Outbreaks were confirmed in two villages in West Bengal, which has been severely hit by the virus in previous years, a government statement said late Tuesday.

Samples tested positive for the H5 strain of avian influenza, popularly known as bird flu.

All chickens will be culled within a three kilometre (nearly two mile) radius of the focal point of the infection, the statement said, without giving numbers.

Eggs and chicken feed will Read more…

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