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Bushfires in Victoria, Australia - The Big Picture -

The Big Picture - News Stories in Photographs from the Boston Globe
"The state of Victoria in southern Australia has recently been hit with hundreds of bush fires during a record-breaking heatwave - temperatures well above 38°C (100°F). Unfortunately, these fires have proved to be the deadliest in Australian history, with at least 166 deaths reported so far. The fires mostly appear to have been started by lightning - however a few appear to have been arson, and are under investigation - entire towns being declared crime scenes. Twenty-four fires are still burning, and authorities warn that the death toll will likely rise."
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
The Simple Dollar » Preparing Your Information for Disaster
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Richard Feynman, the Challenger Disaster, and Software Engineering : Gustavo Duarte
argues that the process of requirements elicitation as project definition are secondary to the process of creation,testing and learning about nature.
What I cannot create I do not understand. --- Learn how to solve every problem that have been solved. --------- 1) The Space Shuttle Main Engine... many different kinds of flaws and difficulties have turned up. Because, unfortunately, it was built in the top-down manner, they are difficult to find and fix. 2) avionics system, which was done by a different group at NASA: The software is checked very carefully in a bottom-up fashion. First, each new line of code is checked, then sections of code or modules with special functions are verified.
NASA - 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End?
Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know.
Nasa verspricht: Wir werden 2013 erleben.
California wildfires (yet again) - The Big Picture -
California wildfires (yet again)
Some really awesome photos of the not so awesome wildfires here in California.
Earthquake in Haiti - The Big Picture -
The Big Picture - News Stories in Photographs from the Boston Globe
News in a series of photographs
Earthquake in Chile - The Big Picture -
Exceptional #Photography - Earthquake in #Chile (The Big Picture) /via @artfanatic411
Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico - The Big Picture -
Disaster se desdobra lentamente no Golfo do México -12 mai 2010
In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster." (40 photos total) - Visualizing the BP Oil Disaster
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An interesting map overlay of the BP oil spill. click on the site and it will bring up a google map with the oil spill on top of where you live.
FU BP cc: @BPGlobalPR
Oil reaches Louisiana shores - The Big Picture -
@AndrewWarner Did you see the #oilspill pictures from Boston Globe – Jay Liew (jaysern)
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Oil reaches Louisiana shores - The Big Picture - Shared by bang1000 ansehen!
@wlturland Did you see the #oilspill pictures from Boston Globe – Jay Liew (jaysern)
RT @Plastiki RT @Jo_Royle The devastation really hits home in these pictures #Oil Spill
It's time to dismantle this entire fucking industry.
Oil reaches Louisiana shores Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana's marshes. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 65 miles of Louisiana's shoreline has now been oiled. BP said it will be at least Wednesday before they will try using heavy mud and cement to plug the leak, a maneuver called a "top kill" that represents their best hope of stopping the oil after several failed attempts. Based on low estimates, at least 6 million gallons of crude have spewed into the Gulf so far - though some scientists have said they believe the spill already surpasses the 11 million-gallon 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska as the worst in U.S. history. (39 photos total)
RT @imcguy: Amazing pics from the oil spill
BP should be shut down.
Live video link from the ROV monitoring the damaged riser
Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it | World news | The Observer
With interesting comments.
"If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."
The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades
The Spill, The Scandal and the President | Rolling Stone Politics
The Spill, The Scandal and the President
The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years – and let the world's most dangerous oil company get away with murder
Rolling Stone is on fire these days—The Spill, The Scandal and the President & The Runaway General