Some Summer Noticings

Catching up with accumulated magazines, webpages & sundry readings, here are a few gleanings: — Good analysis of the BP-disaster & its (very overlooked connections with similar oil-disaster brought about by the naked greed of the Oil Cos in other parts of the world, i.e. far away from what I call the ABS syndrome (American Bellybutton Staring), can be found here, on TomDispatch in a piece by Ellen Cantarow. … Read more Some Summer Noticings

Seepage Detected near BP’s Deepwater Well

Fears re damaged seabed and leaks — as described in my posts of June 15th & July 8th — seem to be coming true. Admiral Thad Allen, the National  Incident Commander of the Deepwater Horizon Response today made public a letter he sent to the Chief Managing Director of BP, asking the latter to provide a written procedure for opening a choke valve “as quickly as possible” after a … Read more Seepage Detected near BP’s Deepwater Well

Jamais Deux sans Trois: Oil Dispersal Projection

The ocean model data used for calculating the particle dispersal were obtained from a simulation conducted with the Ocean General Circulation Mode for the Earth Simulator (OFES) forced by QuikSCAT winds. This research was supported by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), NASA and NOAA through their sponsorship of the International Pacific Research Center within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the … Read more Jamais Deux sans Trois: Oil Dispersal Projection

Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured Beyond Repair

On 15 June I posted on how the well bore structure of the BP hell-machine is “compromised” down-hole and how this means that the whole floor of the Gulf of Mexico is endangered.  Here is a further proof of the magnitude (unacknowledged by either BP or the US Government) of he disaster. This is an “not vetted” report on CNN’s iReport, a user-generated section of CNN.com, from late June. … Read more Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured Beyond Repair

Gulf Oil Disaster: Well Bore Structure Compromised "Down Hole".

Friends alerted me to the following analysis of the oil leak, which seems somewhat more professionally & technically savvy (& way scarier) than anything else I’ve read. The conclusion the author comes to after analyzing why the Top Kill failed: “It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead. They cannot…the more they try and restrict the oil gushing out the bop?…the more it will transfer to … Read more Gulf Oil Disaster: Well Bore Structure Compromised "Down Hole".

Weakening Sun would hardly slow global warming

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: 03/10/2010 Weakening Sun would hardly slow global warming A new Grand Minimum of solar activity would decrease the rise of global mean temperature caused by human greenhouse gas emissions only marginally. A new modelling study by researchers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, published online today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, finds a temperature offset of … Read more Weakening Sun would hardly slow global warming

“Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause”

I haven’t read the book, as it isn’t out yet, but it looks worthwhile, even if Angela Merkel wrote the preface and maybe because Ian McEwan wrote the prologue (both of which you can read online): Joint Press Release by Cambridge University Press and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 02/08/2010 New book rises to the global sustainability challenge In the wake of the Copenhagen climate conference, … Read more “Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause”

History of a Haitian Holocaust

Here are the opening parts of a very forceful piece on Haiti & the US — very useful reading at this point of time, when we are inundated by self- congratulatory news about US help for Haiti. You can read the rest of Greg Palast’s piece here, on the OEN – OpenEd News website. The map showing the air route from Iceland to Haiti is there, because it would … Read more History of a Haitian Holocaust