The uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story, writes Christopher Booker.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/5067351/Rise-of-sea-levels-is-the-greatest-lie-ever-told.html
If one thing more than any other is used to justify proposals that the world must spend tens of trillions of dollars on combating global warming, it is the belief that we face a disastrous rise in sea levels. The Antarctic and Greenland ice caps will melt, we are told, warming oceans will expand, and the result will be catastrophe.
Although the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) only predicts a sea level rise of 59cm (17 inches) by 2100, Al Gore in his Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth went much further, talking of 20 feet, and showing computer graphics of cities such as Shanghai and San Francisco half under water. We all know the graphic showing central London in similar plight. As for tiny island nations such as the Maldives and Tuvalu, as Prince Charles likes to tell us and the Archbishop of Canterbury was again parroting last week, they are due to vanish.
But if there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.
Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years." If there is any rise this century it will "not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm". And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.
The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on "going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world".
WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of work and $3.5 billion, engineers have completed the world's most powerful laser, capable of simulating the energy force of a hydrogen bomb and the sun itself.
The Energy Department will announce Tuesday that it has officially certified the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, clearing the way for a series of experiments over the next year. Scientists hope the experiments eventually will mimic the heat and pressure found at the center of the sun.
The facility, the size of a football field, consists of 192 separate laser beams, each traveling 1,000 feet in a one-thousandth of a second to converge simultaneously on a target the size of a pencil eraser.
While the NIF laser is expected to be used for a wide range of high-energy and high-density physics experiments, its primary purpose is to help government physicists ensure the reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons as they become older.
The laser "will be a cornerstone" of the weapons stewardship program "ensuring the continuing reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile without underground nuclear testing," Thomas D'Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said in an interview Monday.
And who is making this laser???
Soldiers Blinded, Hospitalized by Laser 'Friendly Fire'
In what has become a bit of a disturbing trend this week, yet another computer infiltration article was posted today on CNN.com.
According to the article, “nearly 1,300 computers in more than 100 countries have been attacked and have become part of an computer espionage network apparently based in China, security experts alleged in two reports Sunday.”
The mysterious network, dubbed “Ghostnet” by researchers, has many dubious capabilities, including the ability to see everything in a network, as well as “hear the people using it”, according to the article. “GhostNet is capable of taking full control of infected computers, including searching and downloading specific files, and covertly operating attached devices, including microphones and web cameras,” the report says.”
Since the attacks on September 11th, 2001, which many have called a “false-flag operation”, meaning elements within the Federal Government carried out the attacks while blaming it on its enemies, there has yet to be a massive Internet attack which would, no doubt, cripple the global infrastructure, especially in these unstable times. But could one be in the works in order to usher in complete worldwide government control of the Internet?
In an article posted earlier this week by the Associated Press, a fast-moving Internet worm, known as the Conficker Worm, has deviously ravaged the PC’s of more than 3 million users worldwide. The worm is reportedly “set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday — April Fools’ Day….That’s when many of the poisoned machines will get more aggressive about “phoning home” to the worm’s creators over the Internet. When that happens, the bad guys behind the worm will be able to trigger the program to send spam, spread more infections, clog networks with traffic, or try and bring down Web sites.”
Anglo-Saxon gibe strains relations with Obama.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/G20/article6005810.ece
President Sarkozy yesterday threatened to wreck the London summit if France’s demands for tougher financial regulation are not met.
France will not accept a G20 that produces a “false success with language that sounds good but contains no commitments”, his advisers said.
Asked if this meant a possible walk-out, Xavier Musca, Mr Sarkozy’s deputy chief of staff for economic affairs, said: “A basic rule with nuclear deterrence is that you do not say at what point you will use the weapon.”
The French threat dramatically raised the temperature hours before President Obama arrives in London today. If carried through, it would ruin a summit for which Mr Brown and Mr Obama have high ambitions, believing it vital to international recovery.
Mr Sarkozy, who blames the “Anglo-Saxons” for causing the economic crisis, told his ministers last week that he would leave Mr Brown’s summit “if it does not work out”.
A deal to tighten regulation will be one of the key features of the G20 accord but France wants a global financial regulator, an idea fiercely opposed by the United States and Britain. Mr Brown has described the notion as ridiculous.
Germany and other nations are reported to be against a global regulator and sources said that President Sarkozy must know that the proposal would not make progress.
Ireland's economy loses coveted AAA rating.
Ireland was stripped of its top AAA credit ranking and downgraded to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) yesterday while being warned that it could drop further if Dublin fails to get its public finances under control.
The former “Celtic Tiger” economy is the second eurozone country after Spain in January to lose its top ranking since the onslaught of the global downturn. Such a downgrade will increase Ireland’s borrowing costs.
S&P said the Irish Government had underestimated the scale of its fiscal problems and the agency dismissed the possibility of a solution emerging at an emergency budget next week.
It was supposed to be the final frontier, where the petty jealousies of earth and other planetary concerns were left behind. But space is not the haven of international harmony it used to be. Once upon a time, astronauts on the international space station shared resources - food, equipment, facilities. But now, a veteran Russian cosmonaut has complained that he is not even allowed to use his American colleagues' exercise bike - or his toilet.
According to Gennady Padalka, commercial squabbles on earth are starting to compromise morale in space. For seven glorious years after his first space mission in 1998, Padalka said he and his American astronauts had cooperated brilliantly. All this changed in 2005 when space missions were put on a commercial footing, he said, and Moscow started billing the US for sending its astronauts into orbit.
Padalka told Novaya Gazeta newspaper that officials had rejected his request to work out on the American exercise bike during their pre-training mission. Worse than that, they had also ruled that American and Russian crew members should use their own "national toilets", with Russian crew banned from using the luxurious American astro-loo.
Box could reduce accidents, pollution and congestion. (???!!!)
The government is backing a project to install a "communication box" in new cars to track the whereabouts of drivers anywhere in Europe, the Guardian can reveal.
Under the proposals, vehicles will emit a constant "heartbeat" revealing their location, speed and direction of travel. The EU officials behind the plan believe it will significantly reduce road accidents, congestion and carbon emissions. A consortium of manufacturers has indicated that the router device could be installed in all new cars as early as 2013.
However, privacy campaigners warned last night that a European-wide car tracking system would create a system of almost total road surveillance
Details of the Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) project, a £36m EU initiative backed by car manufacturers and the telecoms industry, will be unveiled this year.
El edificio de la gran infraestructura y el acelerador ya están acabados, pero aún falta el anillo principal.
La previsión es que la máquina pase dos años en pruebas y llegue a ser operativa a finales del 2011.
Según las previsiones, el anillo de 268 metros de circunferencia por el que circularán los haces de electrones estará acabado a finales del 2009, aunque luego serán necesarios dos años de ajustes hasta que la instalación sea operativa comercialmente. "Esperamos que las primeras líneas empiecen a funcionar a finales del 2011", avanza Ramon Pascual, catedrático de Física de la UAB y presidente del consorcio gestor del laboratorio sincrotrón. Las líneas son haces de luz emitidos por los electrones que salen del circuito y que pueden emplearse para experimentos científicos. De hecho, un sincrotrón es como un microscopio de rayos X de última generación con el que se estudia la estructura y la composición de la materia.
La entidad no ha reflejado el impacto real de la crisis en su inversión crediticia | A estas alturas del ejercicio, las cajas ya han presentado sus resultados anuales | Zapatero afirma que CCM tenía riesgo de afrontar un problema (de solvencia) | Para Solbes, la caja falló en la evaluación de riesgos y se le complicó con la crisis.
A día de hoy no están auditadas las cuentas. Este hecho es anómalo, según aseguraron ayer fuentes financieras y auditoras. La única información pública de CCM del conjunto del pasado ejercicio es la que obra en poder de la CECA, la asociación de las cajas españolas. Las dudas sobre el impacto de la crisis financiera y las derivadas de la gestión de la caja no han desaparecido, pese a los mensajes de tranquilidad.
La banca hunde la bolsa, que sufre su tercera peor caída del año.
El Ibex-35 cede un 4,12 por ciento, hasta los 7.601 puntos, arrastrado por el sector bancario.
El principal indicador de la bolsa española, el Ibex-35, cedió 326,50 puntos, hasta 7.601,10 unidades, después del anuncio de la intervención por parte del Banco de España de Caja Castilla-La Mancha, que presionó a la baja a toda la banca española.
Las pérdidas anuales del selectivo español aumentan así hasta el 17,34 por ciento.
El Banco Santander vende su 32,5% en Cepsa por 2.869 millones.
La compañía estatal de los Emiratos Árabes IPIC compra el paquete a un precio de 33 euros por acción.
Madrid. (EFECOM).- El Banco Santander ha alcanzado un acuerdo para vender el 32,5% del capital que mantiene en Cepsa a la compañía estatal de los Emiratos Árabes IPIC a un precio de 33 euros por acción, lo que eleva el montante de la operación a 2.869 millones de euros.
En una nota de prensa, el banco añade que las partes implicadas en la operación prevén que Unión Fenosa también venda su participación del 5% de Cepsa a IPIC en las mismas condiciones.
La eléctrica había dado un mandato al Santander para que vendiera su paquete accionarial en las mismas condiciones y al mismo tiempo que el suyo, aunque por el momento no ha comunicado la venta al supervisor bursátil.