Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Perhaps this is old news, but I just bought a new Motorola DROID 4 from Verizon, and it came pre-loaded with an application called Emergency Alerts. I found a FAQ on Verizon's support site, and it appears to work like the Emergency Broadcast System. You know, those pesky warnings about thunderstorms and missing children that interrupt your favorite TV show? Well now your phone does the same thing.

Source: Verizon Wireless

<b>What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?</b>

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free wireless notifications that are delivered to your mobile device as part of a new public safety system provided by Authorized Senders. They are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area.

In order to receive WEAs, you must have a capable device and be located in an area (e.g., county) targeted by Authorized Senders to receive the alert.

<b>Can I opt out of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts?</b>

There are three types of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):

Presidential Alerts: about news of national authority concern Imminent Danger Alerts: Severe and Extreme alerts about weather events and threat levels Amber Alerts: about the disappearance of persons (minor or otherwise) You may change settings within your device to opt out of Imminent Danger and Amber Alerts, but you may not opt out of Presidential Alerts. You may find instructions for your specific device at the Verizon Wireless equipment site

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

1 In 3 Is Obese — Even The Homeless

Source: CNN

Two out of three homeless individuals were either overweight or obese. The study found that 32.6% were normal weight and that 1.6% was underweight.

“Although underweight has been traditionally associated with homelessness, this study suggests that obesity may have replaced underweight as the new malnutrition of the homeless,” the authors wrote.

The researchers found that 5.6% of this population were morbidly obese, meaning they had BMIs greater than 40. A 250-pound man who stands at 5 feet and 7 inches would have a BMI of 40. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight; a BMI over 30 is obese. In further analyses, homeless women (42.8%) were more likely to be obese than homeless men (29.7%).

“Our results are in line with [the] hunger-obesity paradox,” said Montgomery. “People feel hungry. The body’s response is the higher calories, you store them and become obese, and you still feel hungry. It’s a circular problem.”

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Sen. Paul Offers Amendment to Rein in FDA Abuses

Could it be that 85% of the U.S. Senate supports total FDA tyranny, armed raids of grocers because they sell raw milk, trespassing on farms and destroying organic food without a warrent? I can understand why many might disagree with some of what Rand Paul wrote about his bill, but this shouldn't be a difficult bill to pass. What am I missing?

Source: Senator Rand Paul

Rand Paul introduced an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration User Fee Reauthorization bill, which would curb the Food and Drug Associations overreach and abuse of power. Sen. Paul's amendment, No. 2143, would disarm the FDA, put an end to raids on natural food stores and Amish farmers, and stop FDA censorship of truthful claims of dietary supplements.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Opinion: Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill

Consider the source, but you may want to prepare for your electric bill in 2015 to be as much as 8 times what you pay today.

Source: Fox News

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FBI quietly forms secretive DCAC Net-surveillance unit

Source: CNET News

CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications.
 
The establishment of the Quantico, Va.-based unit, which is also staffed by agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency, is a response to technological developments that FBI officials believe outpace law enforcement's ability to listen in on private communications.

DCAC's mandate is broad, covering everything from trying to intercept and decode Skype conversations to building custom wiretap hardware or analyzing the gigabytes of data that a wireless provider or social network might turn over in response to a court order. It's also designed to serve as a kind of surveillance help desk for state, local, and other federal police.

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Army Readies Its Mammoth Spy Blimp Drone for First Flight

Source: Danger Room | Wired.com

 
Northrop Grumman has finally penciled in the first flight of the giant surveillance airship it’s building for the U.S. Army.  The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) will lift off between June 6 and 10. After a brief trial the 300-foot-long airship will be mated up with a custom-designed gondola containing the blimp’s cameras and radios.

The LEMV can do more than hover and spy. It’s also a potentially useful cargo carrier. The current model can carry 20 tons of supplies. A scaled-up version could carry hundreds of tons — and at a fraction of the cost of fixed-wing airplanes.

With Pakistan’s continuing blockade of roads into Afghanistan, the LEMV could help the Army remove its weapons and gear from from the landlocked country as U.S. troops withdraw.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Danger Room | Wired.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tony Blair and George Bush's phone conversation a week before Iraq invasion 'must be released'

Source: The Independent

A tribunal has ordered the release of notes taken from a recording of a phone call between Tony Blair and George Bush. The call took place shortly after France made it known that they would veto a UN resolution authorizing invasion of Iraq.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

How Your College Is Selling Out to Big Ag

Source: Mother Jones

There's this eye-opening new report from Food & Water Watch (FWW) that documents in painstaking detail how the food and agrichemical industries have transformed our national public agricultural research infrastructure into essentially an R&D and marketing apparatus for their industry.

FWW reminds us how ag-research institutions like the University of Illinois started: as so-called land-grant universities, launched by the federal government on public land in 1862. The idea of the land grants was to generate agricultural research, funded by the federal government, that benefited society as a whole. And that's pretty much how things went for the first century. "Well into the 20th century, seed-breeding programs at land-grant universities were responsible for developing almost all new seed and plant varieties," FWW writes. It might have added that those varieties were public resources, not owned or patented by any company.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Designer Drugs Are Being Developed Faster Than Regulators Can React

A new study that new variations of designer drugs are being developed faster than the government can regulate them.  The rapid development of new chemical formulas is making substance abuse detection and treatment increasingly difficult.

Back in March of 2011, the DEA exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control five chemicals used to make so-called “fake pot” products. This action made possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the United States. The DEA said this was necessary to "prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety." 

Over the past year, many new chemical compounds have been developed and are being sold in many retail outlets across the country.  Pediatrician and talk show host Dr. Sue Hubbard recently wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune to warn parents about incrased use of these products by children. She says younger tweens and teens are hearing that "fake marijuana" products are safer and can't be detected if used. She warns that even if smoking or ingesting these drugs may not be illegal, it may lead to serious, and possibly life-threatening side effects.

Toxicology labs are having to update their tests to detect the new variations. State legislatures are trying to keep up with the newly developed synthetic drugs. New York just passed a bill that makes synthetics illegal and offers amnesty if residents surrender their drugs at a designated drop off point. Massachusetts currently has three bills pending related to synthetic cannabinoids.

Source: Oxford Jurnal of Analytical Toxicology

Various “legal high” products were tested for synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants to qualitatively determine the active ingredient(s). Through our analyses of first and second generation products, it was shown that many of these banned substances are no longer used and have been replaced by other derivatives that are federally legal. Since enactment of the federal bans on synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants, 4.9% of the products analyzed at our facility contained at least one controlled substance. The remaining 95.1% of products contained only uncontrolled drugs.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chicago in a jam: Security services to block cell phone towers ahead of NATO summit?

Source: Russia Today

Reports suggest local law enforcement agencies are considering shutting down cell phone services in Chicago over the weekend and while it will most likely be very effective, many are questioning if the move is legitimate.

The Daily Beast reports that the FBI and Secret Service have standing authority to jam signals and they can also push for the shutdown of cell towers, thanks to “Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303," which lays out the nation’s official “Emergency Wireless Protocols.”

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Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired

Maria Popova explains "Social Jet Lag" and other highlights from a new book by German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg.

Source: Brain Pickings

In a newly published book: <b>Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired</b>, German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg demonstrates through a wealth of research that our sleep patterns have little to do with laziness and other such scorned character flaws, and everything to do with biology.

Roenneberg traces the evolutionary roots of different sleep cycles and argues that while earlier chronotypes might have had a social advantage in agrarian and industrial societies, today’s world of time-shift work and constant connectivity has invalidated such advantages but left behind the social stigma around later chronotypes.

This myth that early risers are good people and that late risers are lazy has its reasons and merits in rural societies but becomes questionable in a modern 24/7 society. The old moral is so prevalent, however, that it still dominates our beliefs, even in modern times.

Roenneberg goes on to explore sleep duration, a measure of sleep types that complements midsleep, demonstrating just as wide a spectrum of short and long sleepers and debunking the notion that people who get up late sleep longer than others — this judgment, after all, is based on the assumption that everyone goes to bed at the same time, which we increasingly do not.

The disconnect between our internal, biological time and social time — defined by our work schedules and social engagements — leads to what Roenneberg calls social jet lag, a kind of chronic exhaustion resembling the symptoms of jet lag and comparable to having to work for a company a few time zones to the east of your home.

Unlike what happens in real jet lag, people who suffer from social jet lag never leave their home base and can therefore never adjust to a new light-dark environment … While real jet lag is acute and transient, social jet lag is chronic.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

NATO in Chicago, Inside the Security Operations

SpaceX Set To Launch Commercial Rocket To ISS

Tomorrow (May 19) is a significant milestone in the commercial space race. SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. During the mission, Dragon’s sensors and flight systems will be subject to a series of tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station. If NASA decides Dragon is ready, the vehicle will attach to the station and astronauts will open Dragon’s hatch and unload the cargo onboard.

See the SpaceX web site for updates.

Source: Huffington Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program.

If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astronauts to the orbiting outpost within five years.

It's a transition that has been in the works since the middle of the last decade, when President George W. Bush decided to retire the space shuttle and devote more of NASA's energies to venturing deeper into space.

California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, is the first of several companies hoping to take over the space station delivery business for the U.S. The company's billionaire mastermind, Elon Musk, puts the odds of success in his favor while acknowledging the chance for mishaps.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mystery object in Denver skies prompts FAA investigation

Source: USA Today The pilot flying near Denver radioed to air-traffic control in a shaky voice: "A remote-controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way ... about 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft." Greg Feith, the station's aviation analyst and a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator, has some thoughts on what the object might have been:
  • a military or law enforcement drone
  • a remote-controlled aircraft
  • a large bird
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Military Detention Law Blocked by New York Judge

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan yesterday ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Defense Department, claiming a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces.

The complaint was filed Jan. 13 by a group including former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges. The plaintiffs contend that section 1021 of the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents taken into custody in the U.S. on “suspicion of providing substantial support” to people engaged in hostilities against the U.S., such as al-Qaeda.

Forrest’s order prevents enforcement of the provision of the statute pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by Congress.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Secrets of the first practical artificial leaf

Source: Science Daily

An article in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research includes a detailed description of development of the first practical artificial leaf. This is a significant milestone in the drive for sustainable energy because this design mimics the process, photosynthesis that green plants use to convert water and sunlight into energy using inexpensive materials that are readily available. This design also employs low-cost engineering and manufacturing processes. The article notes that earlier artificial leaf devices used costly ingredients.

The artificial leaf has a sunlight collector sandwiched between two films that generate oxygen and hydrogen gas. When dropped into a jar of water in the sunlight, it bubbles away, releasing hydrogen that can be used in fuel cells to make electricity. These self-contained units are attractive for making fuel for electricity in remote places and the developing world, but designs demonstrated thus far rely on metals like platinum and manufacturing processes that make them cost-prohibitive.

To make these devices more widely available, the platinum catalyst that produces hydrogen gas was replaced with a less-expensive nickel-molybdenum-zinc compound. On the other side of the leaf, a cobalt film generates oxygen gas. All of these materials are abundant on Earth, unlike the rare and expensive platinum, noble metal oxides and semiconducting materials others have used.

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Americans consume 80 percent of world's prescription pain pills

Source: Mail Online

Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers --more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year --as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.

That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.

As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year --more than from heroin and cocaine combined.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use 'Hiroshima' Tactics for 'Total War' on Islam

Source: Danger Room | Wired.com

Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, taught future military leaders at the Defense Department’s Joint Forces Staff College that a “total war” against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists. The course has been canceled by the Pentagon brass, but Dooley still maintains his position at the Norfolk, Virginia college, pending an investigation.

Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of “Hiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary.”

For the better part of the last decade, a small cabal of self-anointed counterterrorism experts has been working its way through the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, trying to convince whoever it could that America’s real terrorist enemy wasn’t al-Qaida — but the Islamic faith itself. In his course, Dooley brought in these anti-Muslim demagogues as guest lecturers. And he took their argument to its final, ugly conclusion.

“We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” Dooley noted in a July 2011 presentation (.pdf), which concluded with a suggested manifesto to America’s enemies. “It is therefore time for the United States to make our true intentions clear. This barbaric ideology will no longer be tolerated. Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.”

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Radioactive man? Milford resident pulled over by state police

Source: Connecticut Post

Mike Apatow had a radioactive stress test Wednesday, and was pulled over later in the day by a state police trooper after a radioactivity detector in the trooper's car was set off when Apatow passed. The detectors are used to help identify potential terror threats.

"I asked the officer `What seems to be the problem?' "
"He said `You've been flagged as a radioactive car.' "

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance confirmed that many of the state police cars have the radioactivity detectors. "It's part of our homeland security operations here," Vance said. "It's just another layer of public safety that we have in this state."

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Court Strikes Blow To Illinois Eavesdropping Law

Source: The Huffington Post

In a blow to Illinois' sweeping eavesdropping law, a federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked its enforcement in cases where someone is recording a police officer at work.

The law, enacted in 1961, makes it a felony for someone to produce an audio recording of a conversation unless all parties agree.

The ruling stemmed from a 2010 lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to block prosecution of ACLU staff for recording police officers performing their duties in public places, one of the group's long-standing monitoring missions.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oops! Air Force Drones Can Now (Accidentally) Spy on You

Source: Wired.com

If an Air Force drone accidentally spies on an American citizen, the Air Force will have three months to figure out if it was legally allowed to put that person under surveillance in the first place.

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Latest Underwear Bomber was a Saudi / CIA Double Agent

Source: New York Times

The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday.

Officials said the agent, whose identity they would not disclose, works for the Saudi intelligence service, which has cooperated closely with the C.I.A. for several years against the terrorist group in Yemen. He operated in Yemen with the full knowledge of the C.I.A. but not under its direct supervision, the officials said.

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The Yemen Underwear Bomb and Other Hobgoblins

Source: The Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada

Today it was widely reported that the CIA thwarted a “plot by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb.”  This bomb, which was to be concealed in a pair of underwear, was designed as an improvement over what Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to use to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day of 2009.  This bomb was upgraded and designed to specifically avoid metal detectors.

The truth was finally revealed as the would-be bomber was, in fact, a double agent of the CIA.

When considering the nature of the state, this new instance of government supported terrorism is unsurprisingly comparable to previous cases.

Looking back at the original underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the mainstream narrative nowhere matches the disturbing details.  <b>Not only was Abdulmutallab’s explosive device determined not to be functional but, according to undersecretary for management at the State Department Patrick Kennedy, his visa wasn’t confiscated and he was given access to the airplane for the purposes of conducting further investigation.  This came at the request of federal counterterrorism officials.</b>

As former Assistant Secretary to the U.S. Treasury and acclaimed commentator Paul Craig Roberts documents in regards to attempted terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001:

If we look around for the terror that the police state and a decade of war has allegedly protected us from, the terror is hard to find. Except for 9/11 itself, assuming we accept the government’s improbable conspiracy theory explanation, there have been no terror attacks on the US.

For example, <b>the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York city subway plot, the plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago were all FBI brainchilds organized and managed by FBI agents.</b>

RT reports that <b>only three plots might have been independent of the FBI</b>, but as none of the three worked they obviously were not the work of such a professional terror organization as Al Qaeda is purported to be. The Times Square car bomb didn’t blow up, and apparently could not have.

Think now about <b>the airliner shoe-bomb plot, the shampoo-bottled water plot, and the underwear-bomb plot. Experts, other than the whores hired by the US government, say that these plots are nonsensical.</b> The “shoe bomb” and “underwear bomb” were colored fireworks powders incapable of blowing up a tin can. The liquid bomb, allegedly mixed up in an airliner toilet room, has been dismissed by experts as fantasy.

Just this past May Day, the FBI reportedly foiled an attempted <b>bombing of a bridge near Cleveland.</b>  But like many instances of domestic terrorism, this operation <b>was aided and facilitated by the FBI itself.</b>  On cue, authorities assured the public it “was never in any danger.”

Far from having their liberty secured, the American public is being lulled into a sense of infant dependency from engineered threats from abroad and at home.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at The Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada

DOJ budget cut over Fast and Furious docs

Source: The Daily Caller

A motion South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy introduced this week to cut Department of Justice employees’ salaries by $1 million passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote — a sign of overwhelming support — on Tuesday.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Amish farm kids remarkably immune to allergies

Source: Reuters

Dr. Mark Holbreich, an allergist in Indianapolis, has been treating Amish communities in Indiana for two decades, but he noticed that very few Amish actually had any allergies.

He teamed up with European colleagues to compare Swiss farming children and non-farming children to Amish kids in Indiana.

Among 138 Amish kids given a skin-prick test to determine whether they were predisposed to having allergies, only 10 kids -- or seven percent -- had a positive response.

In comparison, 25 percent of the farm-raised Swiss kids and 44 percent of Swiss children who were not raised on a farm had a positive test.

The going theory is this early exposure to the diverse potential allergens and pathogens on a farm trains the immune system to recognize them, but not overreact to the harmless ones. Drinking raw cow's milk also seems to be involved, Holbreich said.

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Ritalin use soars fourfold as child psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails

Source: The Observer

Ritalin use for ADHD soars fourfold as child psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails. Pupils as young as three are at risk, warn experts as prescriptions soar. More youngsters are being prescribed Ritalin for ADHD despite clinical guidelines to the contrary, say child psychologists .

Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt, who until recently sat on the education select committee, said there were natural alternatives that could help combat ADHD. She highlighted a report commissioned by the RSPB that suggested activities in a natural environment appear to improve children's symptoms by 30% compared with urban outdoor activities, and threefold compared to playing indoors. But Munt said many young people were prevented from enjoying the outdoors because of reasons such as lack of school playing fields and the distractions posed by video games, smartphones and social networking.

"It is extremely alarming that in the decade up to 2010, prescriptions for Ritalin quadrupled," she said. "Statistics show that 90% of prescriptions for this powerful drug in 2004 were used to combat behavioural problems in school-age children. I am shocked that there has been such a huge explosion in use."

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wind farms can cause climate change, finds new study

The results of a recent study shows that the areas immediately surrounding wind farms have experienced a significant rise in temperature. This study will undoubtedly provide added fuel to the debate over wind energy as a green alternative to fossil fuels.
On the bright side, this article does claim that the impact of wind farms is much smaller than the estimated change caused by other factors such as man made global warming.

Source: Telegraph

Wind farms can cause climate change, according to new research, that shows for the first time the new technology is already pushing up temperatures.

Usually at night the air closer to the ground becomes colder when the sun goes down and the earth cools. But on huge wind farms the motion of the turbines mixes the air higher in the atmosphere that is warmer, pushing up the overall temperature.

The study, published in Nature, found a “significant warming trend” of up to 0.72C (1.37F) per decade, particularly at night-time, over wind farms relative to near-by non-wind-farm regions. The team studied satellite data showing land surface temperature in west-central Texas.

However Prof Zhou pointed out the most extreme changes were just at night and the overall changes may be smaller. <b>Also, it is much smaller than the estimated change caused by other factors such as man made global warming. </b>

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