Over 550 square miles of unexploded bombs and missles lie in the Gulf of Mexico in the area of the Oil Rigs and as close to Louisiana as 50 miles off shore.
Potential Explosions from Millions of unexploded bombs lie in waters off US coast, researchers say. They lie in DUMP SITES as close to Louisiana as 50 miles off the coast line.
They conservatively guess that at least 31 million pounds [...]
N. Korea threatens thermonuclear war as U.N. moves to impose sanctions
SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) — North Korea warned Thursday that a thermonuclear war can take place as the United Nations moves to impose tough sanctions against the communist country for conducting its third atomic weapons test last month.
The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), said in a commentary titled “independence is more important than [...]
Warning says South Pacific tsunami may be destructive near epicenter, threaten distant coasts - @AP
A significant winter storm off the U.S. East Coast is likely to hit Sandy-battered areas of New York and New Jersey by Thursday, forecasters said on Sunday, warning that the nor’easter will have a greater impact than usual in the already devastated region. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the strengthening storm is expected to be off the coast of North Carolina by Wednesday morning before reaching the New Jersey [...]
From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world’s most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report.
U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a ‘hot spot’ for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four [...]
June 24, 2012
WASHINGTON – After quietly testing Predator drones over the Bahamas for more than 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security plans to expand the unmanned surveillance flights into the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to fight drug smuggling, according to U.S. officials.
The move would dramatically increase U.S. drone flights in the Western Hemisphere, more than doubling the number of square miles now covered by the [...]
Recently unearthed photographs taken by Danish explorers in the 1930s show glaciers in Greenland retreating faster than they are today, according to researchers.
We’re not worried about rising sea levels. Well, we are in a seaplane.
The photos in question were taken by the seventh Thule Expedition to Greenland led by Dr Knud Rasmussen in 1932. The explorers were equipped with a seaplane, which they used to take aerial snaps of glaciers [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
That Which Is Unsustainable Will Go Away: Pensions
Publicly funded pensions and Medicare are two examples of unsustainable systems that will go away in the decade ahead. Today we look at pensions, tomorrow we examine Medicare.
One of the few things we know with certainty is that which is unsustainable will go away and be replaced by another more sustainable arrangement. Whether we like it or not, [...]
Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week.
The cases, originating on opposite coasts, go to the heart of a question that has churned for two decades: whether states and the federal government may refuse to recognize same-sex marriage.
How the [...]
When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve the pain at the pump. “Even if you opened up every square inch of our land and our coasts to drilling,” he said. “America still has only 3% of the world’s oil reserves.” Which meant, he said, that the U.S. [...]
Sen. Cantwell says debris from Japanese tsunami a threat to Northwest U.S. coasts
by Jake Ellison
3 November 2011
Calling it an “emerging threat,” Sen. Maria Cantwell testified in congress yesterday that a floating debris field five-times the size of the state of Washington is heading for the West Coast and could disrupt the state’s economy when it lands in 2014.
“After the tragic tsunami that struck Japan, whole communities were swept out to [...]
Buyers of luxury homes in some localities will find obtaining mortgages a bit more chalenging due to caps on loans.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Starting Saturday, the beleaguered housing market will confront the latest hurdle to its recovery: The size of mortgages that the federal government can back will be drastically reduced in high-priced regions.
When the bubble burst, mortgage banks had virtually stopped lending, except for [...]
While oil has fallen sharply since May, gasoline is down just about 10 percent and it is not likely to drop below $3 any time soon.
Investors have watched West Texas Intermediate crude [CLCV1 93.26 --- UNCH ] drop like a rock on the Nymex, down more than 20 percent from its peak of just above $115 to around $93 a barrel Monday. [...]
A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck beneath the sea off Papua New Guinea, US seismologists say, prompting a local tsunami alert.
According to the United States Geological Survey, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which hit at 4:37am (local time) at a depth of 43 kilometres, 120 kilometres west of the island of Bougainville.
“Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local [...]
Charlie Sheen faced defeat on both coasts Tuesday. Sheen started the day leaving Los Angeles family court after failing to win full custody of his twin sons, Bob and Max. Later that night, Sheen ended his day in Washington D.C., where he was greeted with walkouts and considered a “presidential” run.
- ABC News
Here’s something you don’t see every day — hundreds of new islands have been discovered around the world.
The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.
The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images, topographical maps and navigational charts. The new total is significantly higher [...]
Higher UK postage prices have come into force – with a first-class stamp now costing 46p.
This is a record 5p rise in the cost of sending standard letters weighing up to 100g by first-class post.
Royal Mail has also increased the cost of a second-class stamp by 4p to 36p. A first-class, large letter stamp has risen by 9p to 75p, and by 7p to 58p for second-class [...]
(Reuters) – Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and Bangladesh’s use of ducks to eat weeds in rice paddies are among examples of steps taken to increase food for a world population that the United Nations says will [...]
As oil prices race toward $100 a barrel, the expectations that gasoline prices will make a leap are running high.
Some traders say $4 a gallon will be a reality in the not-too-distant future, and prices could shoot even higher. But that might be the exception rather than the average in the United States this year unless the Middle East unrest spreads to Saudi Arabia or another [...]
I’m in the consulting engineering business. I guarantee that the stimulus money was a flash in the pan at the best. Also, we are a $35 million per year company and we are still cutting jobs, not adding. There is little to no development going on! This is also in the center of the country where things are better than on the coasts.
In Kansas City, the estimated unemployment for Architects [...]