August 31st, 2014
As Obama conceptually ignores terrorist organizations such as ISIS, he simultaneously seeks to bypass congress in ratifying a sweeping international treaty which will ultimately have nothing to do with non-existent climate change and everything to do with evaporating US Sovereignty.
The truth of a cooling earth, however, will keep seeping out into the populace....but when will the truth finally overwhelm the government funded artifice?
- Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore's warning, Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row
- An area twice the size of Alaska - America's biggest state - was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice
- These satellite images taken from University of Illinois's Cryosphere project show ice has become more concentrated
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.
This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.
Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.
The satellite images published here are taken from a further authoritative source, the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.
They show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated, with the purple areas – denoting regions where the ice pack is most dense – increasing markedly.
Crucially, the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: ‘It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year.
‘It seems that an unusually cool summer in 2013 allowed more ice to survive through to last winter. This means that the Arctic sea ice pack is thicker and stronger than usual, and this should be taken into account when making predictions of its future extent.’
August 30th, 2014
Voice of America / Carol Pearson
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa.
If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who will oversee the trials at the National Institutes of Health, the anti-Ebola vaccine that protects monkeys from the deadly virus has been slated for human trials early because of the dire situation in West Africa.
"You want to balance the need to get a potentially effective vaccine to the people who need it as quickly as possible, at the same time that you structure it in a way that you can get some meaningful information as to whether it does work or not, and whether it does harm," he said, emphasizing the critical emphasis on safety.
"We’ve had experience with vaccines that you actually think are going to prevent infection and they make things worse."
If the initial lab trials go well, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring, a complex scientific trial that entails monitoring those given the vaccine.
According to Fauci, the field vaccine trials are very different from providing experimental drugs to treat Ebola.
"It’s not like a drug in which you are giving it to a very sick person who has no other option," he said. "A vaccine is given to a healthy person, so the idea that ‘first do no harm' is much, much more compelling when you are dealing with someone who is a normal healthy person versus someone who is desperately ill and has no form of therapy but needs something."
One of the biggest concerns is the lack of infrastructure in countries where the outbreak is raging: too few doctors, too little protective gear, not enough treatment centers or medicines to help sick patients. The World Health Organization is asking for half a billion dollars to address these issues.
If a larger trial is warranted, it will start early next year. Fauci says he hopes the situation in West Africa will be better under control by then. Still, he says even if the vaccine is effective, it's not the answer to the current outbreak.
“We have an ongoing epidemic," he said. "We do not have a vaccine, so that’s a hypothetical. We do not have drugs, so that’s a hypothetical. Right now, what we do have is the possibility of infection control, isolation, quarantine and contact tracing. That is what is going to bring this epidemic under control."
In the meantime, health officials say precaution and prevention remain the best defense against the disease.
August 30th, 2014
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August 30th, 2014
August 29th, 2014
By Greg Botelho and Laura Smith-Spark
Don't mess with Russia.
That was President Vladimir Putin's message on Friday, the same day a British government source claimed that Russian troops had significantly ratcheted up their military incursion into Ukraine.
Moscow doesn't want or intend to wade into any "large-scale conflicts," Putin insisted at a youth forum, state-run Itar-Tass reported. A few breaths later, he made the point that Russia is "strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces and our armed forces," making them more efficient and modernized.
"I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations," the President said. "This is a reality, not just words."
He later warned, "We must always be ready to repel any aggression against Russia and (potential enemies) should be aware ... it is better not to come against Russia as regards a possible armed conflict."
The comments came the same day that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of using "images from computer games" to -- in his view -- falsely make the case that Russian troops are in Ukraine. Lavrov said "hiding the evidence is an outstanding characteristic of the U.S. and many EU countries" with regard to Ukraine.
The thing is, many in the West don't believe much of anything coming out of Russia.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that -- whatever the Kremlin says -- the reality is Russian troops are inside the Ukraine and have fired on Ukrainian military positions.
"Those denials are completely without credibility," Earnest said.
And Russia's military may be getting digging in deeper in Ukraine. The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel -- a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops.
The soldiers are aligned in "formed units" and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk, said the UK source. And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and "more may be on the way," the source adds.
So what's Russia's endgame? Does it simply want to protect civilians or ethnic Russians in Ukraine? Or does it endeavor to develop a land bridge between Crimea -- which split from Ukraine to become part of Russia months ago, amid the unrest following President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster -- and the Russian border? Or perhaps take over all of Ukraine now?
The UK source, giving his government's analysis of Russian troop movements, surmised that right now "the primary role of the current Russian deployments inside Ukraine is probably to assist, support and take the pressure off the separatist forces in order to maintain pressure on Kiev to decentralize.
"However, we are not ruling out more ambitious plans, including a land corridor from the Russian border to Crimea."
Continue reading: NATO chief blasts Russia's 'hollow denials'