Late Night: Northern Lights Possible Tonight after Huge Solar Flare

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 8:00 pm

We had a massive solar flare this week, starting on Tuesday — the biggest since December 2006 — and the chart you see here indicates the possibility that some auroral activity may be visible tonight as far south as Indianapolis, Indiana. You might not get a spectacular light show, maybe just a shimmer you can’t define, but it will be more than I can see under this cloud cover.


Stop Kids From Eating Cancer Causing Shrimp? Not My Job!

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 11:15 am

The White House, the FDA and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board are teaming up with a group of celebrity chefs to promote the eating of Gulf Seafood.

We’re Making Quite A Gulf in Life Forms

By: Sunday August 15, 2010 8:38 am

While it’s a pretty bad year in the Gulf of Mexico already, due to the Horizon well blowout, this year it seems the Dead Zone is worse than ever, too. Being a great neighbor doesn’t seem to be a characteristic of the U.S. in so many ways, so this one should come as no surprise.

Time Mag Teams with BP, Government in Effort to Disperse Concerns About Gulf Pollution

By: Friday July 30, 2010 11:35 am

Yesterday, Time magazine published a disgusting screed telling us all to calm down about the hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil BP has released into the Gulf of Mexico and then even sent the author to push his drivel on Hardball. In starting the corporate media’s push-back against the level of damage arising from BP’s irresponsibility, Time has joined a team that previously consisted of BP, Thad Allen, EPA and NOAA.

Tropical Storm Bonnie on Direct Path Over Blown Out Macondo Well

By: Friday July 23, 2010 8:45 am

As you can see from the illustration where I have superimposed the location of the Macondo Well (link is pdf; 28.4 deg. North, 88.2 deg. West ) on the latest (2 am Eastern, July 23) wind speed probability map from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Bonnie is on a course that is expected to take it directly over the blown out well.

The Hole of Death

By: Saturday June 12, 2010 9:30 am

There is a hole in the middle of the Gulf. It is a hole of death, starting with the eleven oil rig workers killed in the initial explosion, and continuing with the marine life of the Gulf. The National Marine Fisheries Service has been closing ever-larger portions of the US Gulf waters to fishing — now up to 32% of them — because the oil still flows from that hole of death.

Government Collusion with BP to Block Information Flow Means We Need an Independent Commission to Handle Spill Response

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 8:45 am

The federal government and many local agencies have been working with BP to limit access to information and scientific analysis of the oil spill in the Gulf. The time has come to place the entire response in the hands of an independent commission with access to BP and government resources to implement its response.

Dr. Joye Finds Those Stinking Plumes as BP Stalls in Funding Research

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 7:45 am

Dr. Samantha Joye, professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia, whose research team first spotted evidence of vast undersea plumes of oil near the BP oil disaster, was on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night to explain the theory of how plumes form and the steps they were taking to confirm and plot the plumes’ size and reach.

BP’s Long-Term Game Plan: More PR, and a Flotilla of Lobbyists

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 3:30 pm

Tony Hayward, when he’s not sticking his foot in his mouth, has devised a great idea to put BP back on top — an ad campaign.

Horrible Lessons from Chernobyl and the BP Spill

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 9:00 am

In 1989, Grigori Medvedev wrote The Truth About Chernobyl, describing both what happened to cause the 1986 nuclear accident and what can be learned from it. In watching the continuing BP oil disaster, it is clear we are receiving exactly the same lessons in the fraility and vulnerability of life, both human and marine, and the price that hubris and pride exacts. Medvedev called for forceful truthtelling to avoid glossing over what happened in Chernobyl and to learn from it, and the accident in the Gulf demands exactly the same.

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