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Small Army Now Fighting Siberian Wildfires in April

April 15, 2014

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Siberia. A land that, during the 20th Century, typically remained locked in ice well into early June. A land where a typical April was still more cold and harshly frozen than the rest of the world in winter.

But, over recent years, Siberia has been experiencing earlier and earlier thaws as average temperatures for the region jumped by about .4 degrees Celsius each decade. As the land’s permafrost began to draw back, it unlocked billions of tons of a peat-like under-layer. Organic material sequestered over hundreds of thousands of years of freezing conditions.

In moist areas, this carbon-rich layer produced methane gas as it thawed. In dry areas, its moisture steadily leeched out, creating a zone of highly combustible material beneath Siberia’s grasslands and forests.

By the mid-2000s enough of these flammable zones had been liberated to result in an increasingly severe fire hazard for much of Russian Siberia. At…

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Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug

April 13, 2014

Originally posted on Follow The Money:

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http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26954482

Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis has said.

The UK has spent £473m on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by governments globally to prepare for flu pandemics,

The Cochrane Collaboration claimed the drug did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly helped symptoms.

The manufacturers Roche and other experts say the analysis is flawed.

The antiviral drug Tamiflu was stockpiled from 2006 in the UK when some agencies were predicting that a pandemic of bird flu could kill up to 750,000 people in Britain. Similar decisions were made in other countries.

The drug was widely prescribed during the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

Drug companies do not publish all their research data. This report is the result of a colossal fight for the previously hidden data into…

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Volcán Tungurahua

April 11, 2014

PRESS RELEASE COE BATHS 9 APRIL 2014 20 H 00
THE TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO CONTINUES WITH AN ACTIVITY MODERATE TO HIGH
Report delivered by the volcanologists of the TSB activity presenting the Tungurahua volcano is technically considered moderate to high characterized with bellows, Cannon, continuous emissions of gases with moderate content of ash, the cantonal COE of Baños de Agua Santa meets today Wednesday April 9 starting from 20 h 00 in the premises of the body of fire Baños de Agua Santa.

U.S. House Of Representatives Passes Bill Requiring National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration To De-prioritize Climate Change Research

April 8, 2014

Originally posted on The Oldspeak Journal:

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), the bill’s sponsor. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Oldspeak: “The bill, introduced last June by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), wouldn’t require NOAA to stop its climate research entirely, but it would require the agency to “prioritize weather-related activities, including the provision of improved weather data, forecasts, and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy…It’s not particularly surprising that Bridenstine would want a smaller government focus on climate change — he has repeatedlysaid that he believes it does not exist, despite consensus from 97 percent of the scientific community. Specifically, Bridenstine has said temperature increases have coincided more with “solar activity” than the human-driven increase in heat-trapping gases emitted into the atmosphere…” -Emily Atkin

“Your tax dollars at work, hurtling industrial civilization toward collapse and extinction. i’ll just quote Bertrand Russell and let you meditate…

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Large Prominence Eruption (4/5/2014)

April 5, 2014

An amazing prominence eruption was observed this evening (4/5/2014) off the southeast limb. This video by SDO captures the event in its entirety. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is now visible in the latest STEREO Behind COR2 imagery. Unfortunately for us sky watchers, it is directed to the south and away from Earth.

Extreme Tectonics – March 2014 Part 3

April 5, 2014

Tungurahua volcano eruption

April 5, 2014

Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador

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