Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future

Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future

Lawrence E. Joseph

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0062061925

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Science journalist and futurist Lawrence Joseph has studied the unprecedented solar storms since the last ice age and in Solar Cataclysm he reveals the monumental ecological, biological, emotional, political, financial, and cultural effects they have had in the past, and will ultimately have on humanity’s future. This timely, fascinating, and relevant book from the bestselling author of Apocalypse 2012 sounds an intelligent and urgent warning about the possible catastrophic consequences we will face in the coming years if we don’t listen to what the sun is trying to tell us. Popular science fans who made The World Without Us a runaway bestseller, readers open to new angles on history like those presented in Guns, Germs, and Steel, and anyone who is concerned about tomorrow and what we can do to ensure humankind’s survival must read Solar Cataclysm.

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Ultraviolet lamps. It would take several days before J. B.’s liver cells matured enough to manufacture the enzymes that eliminate bilirubin, the yellowish waste product of the breakdown of red blood cells. In the meantime, blue light baths did the job his tiny liver was not yet up to. Imagine a skinny wooden Tinkertoy racehorse trapped in its stable because it’s too tall to duck through the door. Now rearrange its parts into a short, broad-shouldered workhorse that can walk right out, no sweat.

Has seriously suggested the Mother of All Blackouts as an end-time apocalyptic scenario, so far be it from me to toss another black hat into the ring. But this much I will tell you: running out of electricity for months or years may not be the literal end of the world, but all hell is going to break out soon if we don’t protect our power supply from solar blasts. 11 The Sun Will Soon Short Out the Electrical Power Grid The countdown to the end of civilization as we know it began on August 28,.

Grid, so we must protect these devices. Protecting transformers means protecting their ability to receive a large volume of current—for example, 750 kilovolts of AC (alternating current)—and step it down (“transform” it) into smaller, more user-friendly amounts—say, five lines of 150 kilovolts each. Smaller transformers then step the current down even further along the line until end users, such as homes and commercial buildings, receive their current in lines of 120 to 240 volts each. Divvying.

Popik, head of the Foundation for Resilient Societies, a committee of engineers dedicated to protecting technologically advanced societies from natural disasters.3 Bartlett took this message to heart, and with help from several colleagues, including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), he has indeed worked diligently to champion grid protection. They may possibly succeed, knock wood, in collaborating with the Senate to pass legislation to safeguard the grid from.

Incremental changes in navigational degree and the fact that multiple poles may pop up around the globe will create problems, because humans, animals, and machines all count on the traditional two-pole magnetic field structure as a frame of reference. Imagine a world where compasses point in different directions depending on where they are located, pointing south in London, east in New York, and west in Beijing. Chaos! Whether in Boy Scouts’ backpacks, on airplane instrument panels, or embedded.

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