BACTERIA IN YOUR TAP WATER

Turn on your tap and out comes a cocktail of water and bacteria. According to a press release from the University of Michigan tap water is teeming with bacteria despite the intensive filtering and disinfection that occur in most of the developed world. But according to U-M researchers this is not necessarily a problem as there are good bacteria, innocuous bacteria and bad bacteria

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US CARBON EMISSIONS DROP SURPRISES

What a surprise! Carbon emissions into the atmosphere in the United States have had a dramatic fall…to a level last seen in 1991. The data from the EIA showed in the first quarter of 2012 that emissions generated by coal wrere at the lowest level since 1983. Another interesting statistic is that coal accounted for 51 percent of total US power generation in 2005 and last year it dropped to 43 percent.

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CAN WE BLAME UNUSUAL WEATHER ON SOLAR STORMS?

Every 11.1 years the Sun reverses its magnetic field, causing a cycle of solar storms marked by solar flares…one of which you can see alongside. The sudden release of magnetic energy stored in the Sun’s atmosphere causes the flare. These solar eruptions are known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs. which when headed in our direction cause all sorts of problems with electrical grids, satelilites, communication systems etc.

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WHAT GLOBAL WARMING MAY MEAN FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA

Many experts are forecasting disaster if we continue to see global climate continue to get warmer. However, I read a very interesting study in Mining News Digest edited by Richard Mills based on Serbian astrophysicist Milutin Milankovitch’s research…he is best know for his theories relating to Earth’s motions and long term climate change.

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