Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe - space - 23 March 2009 - New Scientist
"A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation."
A fierce solar storm could lead to a global disaster on an unprecedented scale – it's time to heed the warnings
Interesting article from New Science describing how a "coronal mass ejection" from the Sun could melt down the electrical power gird. ".... Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences..." The article does offer a solution: upgrade the ACE solar satellite, to detect an electro magnetic surge and provide power grid operators with about 15 minutes to shut down their systems. The article does not discuss another possible option: stop building centralized power sources that demand increasingly massive power grids. Instead, concentrate on meeting energy needs using localized sources of power