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Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Express reports that a colossal one mile wide asteroid will brush past the Earth this Thursday, with a closest approach of 3 million kilometres – far too close for comfort, with a rock that big. According to The Express; The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across…

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Bigger problems than global warming – NASA discovers 8 new dangerous near Earth asteroids

Guest essay by Eric Worrall- In 2013, NASA decided to take time out from creating spectacularly useless climate models, and reactivated their Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer programme. The result is moderately terrifying – 8 previously unknown near Earth asteroids with catastrophic impact potential have been discovered, along with a host of smaller bodies which…

NASA wants to lasso an asteroid

PASADENA (JPL) – NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s — all on the agency’s human Path to Mars. Agency officials announced on Thursday, June 19, recent progress to identify candidate asteroids…

Asteroid Diversity Points to a ‘Snow Globe’ Solar System

As of today, there are currently 1453 known potentially hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth and cause a real planetary catastrophe. Given the new diverse “snow globe” model of our solar system in relation to asteroids, how may more don’t we know about? It only takes one. Of more pragmatic interest, this new paper suggests…

Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, was just 8,700 miles above the atmosphere when it went by. While the asteroid’s approach…

Asteroid near miss – the movie

There’s no danger that the asteroid will strike Earth, but Sky and Telescope reports that if it did, it would “deliver a kinetic-energy punch equivalent to several thousand megatons of TNT … the kind of potential threat that outer-space sentries lose sleep over.” PASADENA, Calif. — Scientists working with the 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network…

Oil company geologist helps find new asteroid crater

From Australian National University Sciencewise Magazine A big impact on climate: Examining a new asteroid crater found in the Timor Sea As new land-based oil deposits become increasingly scarce, oil companies have turned to the seabed in search of new reserves. The drilling and seismic surveying often find oil, but occasionally they turn up something…

Close call – Asteroid near miss for Earth yesterday

From NASA’s Spaceweather.com and NASA JPL Twitter feed. It only takes one missed space rock to ruin your day. On Friday November 6th at 2132 UT (16:32/ 4:32PM EST) asteroid 2009 VA barely missed Earth when it flew just 14,000 km above the planet’s surface. For comparison, Earth’s diameter is 12,756.1 km. That near miss…

Asteroid explosion over Indonesia

From NASA’s Spaceweather.com INDONESIAN ASTEROID: Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris…

Sudan hit by Apollo Asteroid

Posted by Dee Norris A recently discovered Apollo Asteroid, 2008 TC3, exploded over Sudan at about 1046 EDT on October 7, 2008. 2008 TC3 was discovered on Monday by an observer at the Mt Lemmon Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. 2008 TC3 is notable in that it is the first Asteroid of its size that was…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #239

The Week That Was: 2016-09-03 (September 3, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Did Obama Sign? What? There were reports speculating that U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Junping would officially sign the Paris Climate…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #238

The Week That Was: 2016-08-27 (August 27, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) One More Step Towards the Sun: A team including Henrik Svensmark at the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) and…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #232

The Week That Was: 2016-07-16 (July16, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) The Frederick Seitz Memorial Award: At the 34th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP), SEPP Chairman Fred Singer presented the annual…

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Climate change by global soot dimming may have killed off the dinosaurs and ammonites

From TOHOKU UNIVERSITY A new hypothesis on the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites at the end of the Cretaceous Period has been proposed by a research team from Tohoku University and the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute. The researchers believe that massive amounts of stratospheric soot ejected from rocks following the famous Chicxulub asteroid…

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb looks at the risks threatening humanity

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: How to deal with risks dominates our headlines, usually driven by single-interest groups that see only their favorite threat. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s latest work offers a way to identify the most serious threats facing us, and determine how much we should spend to fight each…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #230

The Week That Was: 2016-06-25 (June 25, 2016) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) BREXIT: On June 23rd, the British voted 52% to 48% to exit the European Union. No doubt many political commentators were very surprised.…

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Climate Craziness of the week: Climate Challenge is “Humanity’s Final Exam”

Never mind the threat of nuclear war, asteroid and comet impacts, a super volcanic eruption, robot overlords, or a global pandemic…no these aren’t all that threatening according to Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert of Oxford, one of the founders of “Real Climate”. No, it’s “climate change”. Climate Challenge is “Humanity’s Final Exam” From the description of the interview:…

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Warren Buffet, Climate Change and Pascal’s Wager

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Legendary businessman Warren Buffet has waded into the climate issue, with his latest letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors. Buffet seems to believe climate change is likely to be a serious issue – but he is cautious about this belief. Naturally everyone is interpreting Buffet’s words to suit their own position.…

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Super Coral – the Latest Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Dr. Ruth Gates has a plan to protect coral from global warming – a selective breeding program to produce “super” coral – stronger, better, tougher, more resilient than natural coral. According to HuffPost; Because of rising water temperatures we’re now looking at the third global coral bleaching, which could be…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #202

The Week That Was: 2015-10-24 (October 24, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Bonn Conference: The Bonn Climate Change Conference, October 19 to 23, 2015, apparently ended. This was billed as the last conference before the…

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USGS plays the ‘100 year threat’ game with sea level rise

From the “not a verifiable forecast” department, and the “auxiliary department of funding acquisition worry” comes this headline from USGS today. Some other 100 year headlines follow. Study Shows Sea Level Rise to Threaten West Coast Tidal Wetlands Over the Next 100 Years CORVALLIS, Oregon – The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a…

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Why we live on Earth and not Venus

From the University of British Columbia: Compared to its celestial neighbors Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life. The research, published this week in Nature Geoscience, suggests that Earth’s first…

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Forecasting Climate Change Is A Very Complex Process

Guest essay by Howard Lowe Mother Earth is a dynamic place, constantly changing and evolving. Although it operates in a cyclical manner, the major cycles are not short, falling into a time frame of thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of years. We know that the Sun rises in the east and sets…

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CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force

From CERN via press release: Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of 13 TeV, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe. Though four fundamental forces  – the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #165

The Week That Was: 2015-01-24 (January 24, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) A New Byrd-Hagel Resolution? As discussed in an article by Fred Singer, in 1997 the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous vote the Byrd-Hagel…

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Study casts doubt on mammoth-killing cosmic impact

From UC-Davis: Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #161

The Week That Was: 2014-12-20 (December 20, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ############## Quote of the Week: The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language. Paraphrased from Richard Feynman. ############## Number of the Week: 15, 17, 50 to 100 years? ##############…

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Early Results from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Mission to be presented at #AGU14 via Live Stream

Time: Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. PST In 2014, NASA launched four new missions to study our home planet, including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 in July – NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. This press conference will present early results from the OCO-2 mission. Fossil fuel combustion, deforestation and other human activities…

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Paleo study: Past global warming similar to today’s

From the University of Utah Size, duration were like modern climate shift, but in two pulses SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 15, 2014 – The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth’s climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the…

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Letter: Warmists Watch Wrong Weather Warnings

Letter to the Editor | Climateers keep trumpeting alarms that glaciers and ice sheets are melting, thus threatening land-based life with rising seas and supporting their dubious claims that Earth faces catastrophic global warming. Life on earth cannot be extinguished by a sun-warmed atmosphere or retreating ice – sea levels merely rise steadily as land-based…

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Climate Change and Extinction: What Is Natural?

 Guest opinion by Dr. Tim Ball | Proponents of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis successfully, but inaccurately, present natural events as unnatural. It works, because most don’t know what is natural. They also exploit the public belief that change is gradual over long periods of time. Use of the word “belief” is deliberate, because…