13th January 2018
4th January 2018
This follows on from here. Do read that page for introductory info.
This post is for my analysis. It will be constantly updated. Bookmark it and come back in a week.
Is this a big deal?
“In 2015, Peter Pry, executive director of the Electromagnetic Pulse Task Force on National Homeland Security, testified before Congress that prolonged damage to the grid could kill 90 percent of Americans, “through starvation, disease, and societal collapse.” [Source]
What is the chance of this happening?
The UK Government has estimated the chance of a Carrington level CME at 1 per cent per year. Some scientific studies have estimated at 12 per cent per decade (around 2 per cent per year). A documentary on the subject estimates that such an event occurs around once in 150 years. Somewhere I had read these things can occur around once in 500 years.
What is the best way to protect against it?
“The best way to protect against solar storms is to forecast them in advance and shut down the grid before it’s struck.”
But currently we won’t get sufficient notice
“While astronomers can see solar events, such as a coronal mass ejection, they don’t have a true picture of its magnitude until it’s about 90 minutes from Earth.”
What can be done to harden the power grid in advance?
“Power companies have made a few moves to protect against electromagnetic interference. Some grid operators and transmission infrastructure owners are putting in place so-called Faraday enclosures, shields of conductive material used to protect electronic equipment and facilities. Utilities have also started stockpiling spare parts to replace any that are damaged by an EMP event, storms or other disasters.” [Source]
“utility companies have implemented a number of protections to secure the grid, such as installing shielding on some substations that house the digital infrastructure that supports equipment controls as well as some operations centers.” [Source]
What is the cost of full protection?
In relation to an EMP (which is similar in many ways to a CME impact):
Richard Mroz, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, warned the cost of preventing widespread failures from an EMP would “be astronomical.” Placing transformers or a substations in shielded cages would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, he said, while protecting critical assets on a distribution system like New Jersey’s could reach into the billions of dollars.
“Managing that kind of threat right now-no one really has the resources to do that,” Mroz said. [Source]
On the other hand:
“Boland said that in her state and others, utility companies makes it sound as though installing grid-protection devices would be exorbitantly costly. She argues that the technology isn’t expensive, and that placing blocking systems on major transformers in Maine would cost each household only about $1.50 a year or less over four to five years.” [Source]
16th December 2017
This was my initial post. In the meanwhile I started this Facebook page. And I’m now moving my systematic findings here. So after reading this initial material, please switch to this blog post for my ongoing analysis.
I became aware of this issue only a couple of days ago. The more I’ve looked at it it, the more clear it becomes that this is a REAL and serious threat to mankind, unlike fake threats such as from “global warming” (CO2 is a boon, as I’ve shown).
HISTORY OF HUMAN AWARENESS OF CMEs
2007-2008: In US National Academy of Science published a report in 2008: Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts: A Workshop Report [Downwload the report here].
2008: Sten Odenwald and James Green published a detailed article in Scientific American about the Carrington Event [Download here – BRACING FOR A SOLAR SUPERSTORM, Sten F. Odenwald, James L. Green, Scientific American, Vol. 299, No. 2 (August 2008), pp. 80-87].
It has taken around ten years since discovery for governments to start getting to grips with this issue.
- UNITED KINGDOM: The UK Government published this report in July 2015. It estimates the probability of major CMEs at 1 per cent per year.
- UNITED STATES: The Obama administration took this threat seriously and issued an executive order in October 2016. Thereafter the Trump administration issued a detailed report in June 2017 [Copy on my server in case the report disappears from the internet].
None of these initial actions dampen the threat, merely start the process of considering it more carefully. The costs involved to prepare could be very large but key government services and hospitals need to be kept running.
We need to understand this threat better and devise coping mechanisms.
THE JUNE 2017 REPORT STATES:
“Damage to components of the electric transmission system could delay power restoration efforts and cause longer estimated restoration timelines than a loss of a generation asset, especially if the damaged component is limited in supply or requires time-consuming logistical support and installation.
“The availability or shortage of redundant, accessible, and diverse communications will affect response and recovery operations.
“The Federal Government has a limited organic generator capability.
“Due to the duration of the outage, normal resources and processes for support to impacted populations is not sufficient.
“Millions of customers and/or multiple states or FEMA Regions may be impacted.
“Due to the United States’ dependency on cross-border flows of energy resources to meet its total energy requirements and global flows of information, knowledge, and investment capital, a long-term power outage will have international implications.”
=== THE SCIENCE BEHIND THIS ISSUE ===
In this blog post I outline basic issues. In a separate blog post, I will discuss the economic implications.
PLEASE START WITH THIS VIDEO
I’ll post more videos later in this post. The material below is a pure cut and paste from various sources. Each paragraph’s source is indicated. There is inevitably some duplication from this approach, but my purpose is to extract key issues, which is adequately served by this method.
WHAT IS A CORONAL MASS EJECTION (CME)?
During a CME, the fluctuations of the sun’s magnetic fields cause a large portion of the surface of the sun to expand rapidly, ejecting billions of tons of particles out into space. [Source] [Sanjeev: at a speed in excess of a million miles per hour!]
Also, see Wikipedia.
1500 CMEs PER YEAR, BUT ONLY ONE NEEDS TO HIT EARTH
Near solar maxima, the Sun produces about three CMEs every day, whereas near solar minima, there is about one CME every five days. [Source]
Let’s say that comes to 1500 CMEs per year. The Earth is a tiny object and escapes almost all of these CMEs. A few – very few – do hit the earth. Apparently a direct large hit happens only once in five centuries.
CONSEQUENCES WHEN THE NEXT CME HITS EARTH
When the ejection is directed towards Earth and reaches it as an interplanetary CME (ICME), the shock wave of the traveling mass of solar energetic particles causes a geomagnetic storm that may disrupt Earths magnetosphere, compressing it on the day side and extending the night-side magnetic tail. When the magnetosphere reconnects on the nightside, it releases power on the order of terawatt scale, which is directed back toward Earths upper atmosphere. Solar energetic particles can cause particularly strong aurorae in large regions around Earths magnetic poles. These are also known as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) in the northern hemisphere, and the Southern Lights (aurora australis) in the southern hemisphere. Coronal mass ejections, along with solar flares of other origin, can disrupt radio transmissions and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission line facilities, resulting in potentially massive and long-lasting power outages. [Source]
Pretty lights aren’t the only consequence from a CME. The magnetic fluctuations can cause compasses to fail. And since magnetic fields can induce electricity, any conductor could become an inductor. A powerful CME could induce electricity in large, powerful conductors. That could overload electrical systems and cause massive damage.[Source]
If Earth happens to be in the path of a CME, the charged particles can slam into our atmosphere, disrupt satellites in orbit and even cause them to fail, and bathe high-flying airplanes with radiation. They can disrupt telecommunications and navigation systems. They have the potential to affect power grids, and have been known to black out entire cities, even entire regions. [Source]
LAST HUGE CME HIT EARTH IN 1859
The largest known solar flare [Sanjeev: This is NOT a solar flare] took place on August 28, 1859. It was observed and recorded by Richard C. Carrington, and so it’s sometimes called the Carrington Event, or sometimes the 1859 Solar Superstorm. The accompanying coronal mass ejection (CME) traveled to Earth in only 17 hours, rather than the usual three or four days. The largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae, or northern lights, were seen in many parts of the world. Telegraph systems throughout Europe and North America failed. [Source]
In 1859, an enormous CME caused massive magnetic fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetosphere — the magnetic field surrounding the planet. People living as far south as Cuba witnessed the northern lights phenomenon. Compasses and telegraph systems failed. Scientists and academics debated the cause of all the commotion. We now know it was due to a CME. [Source]
Today, we depend much more heavily upon electronics and electricity than we did in 1859. If a similar solar superstorm were to hit us now, we’d be in trouble. The magnetic forces would induce electricity in any large conductor. That includes power transformers and the power grid itself. [Source]
Worldwide reports on the effects of the geomagnetic storm of 1859 were compiled and published by American mathematician Elias Loomis, which support the observations of Carrington and Stewart. Studies have shown that a solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would likely cause more widespread problems. The magnetic fluctuations can cause compasses to fail. And since magnetic fields can induce electricity, any conductor could become an inductor. A powerful CME could induce electricity in large, powerful conductors. That could overload electrical systems and cause massive damage. [Source]
That’s not the end of the bad news. The power grid in North America operates at near capacity. It wouldn’t be able to handle the increased electrical load from a solar superstorm. Power lines could sag and even snap as a result. Massive power outages could affect much of the continent. The magnetic fluctuations would interfere with radio signals, and communication and satellite systems would collapse as well. [Source]
It could take weeks or months to repair the damage. During that time, people would have no way to find out what was going on. Emergency services would face serious challenges. While the magnetic fields would probably not short out individual electronics devices like cell phones or computers, communications systems could fail regionally. In other words, small devices would still work but would lack the services they require to be useful. [Source]
It’s possible that a CME could even affect your computer and cause glitches. In most cases, a simple reboot would solve the problem. But with the loss of the power grid, you’d be limited by your battery’s charge. Once that ran out, you’d be stuck. [Source]
LOTS OF SMALL CMEs KEEP HITTING US
People talking about power failures from solar storms always point back to March 13, 1989 – 23 years ago. A CME caused a power failure in Québec, as well as across parts of the northeastern U.S. In this event, the electrical supply was cut off to over 6 million people for 9 hours. [Source]
But it’s possible for solar storms to be even more powerful than the one that caused the 1989 Québec and U.S. northeast blackout. What would happen if such a powerful solar storm occurred today? And is such a powerful solar storm likely to occur again in our lifetimes? No one knows the answers to these questions with certainty. [Source]
But scientists have become increasingly aware of the possibility, especially since 2008, when Sten Odenwald and James Green published an article in the magazine Scientific American about the Carrington Event and possible consequences if such a powerful storm on the sun occurred today. [Source]
Are we in danger from a particularly huge solar power, perhaps on a scale of the Carrington Event? Some believe we may be. That is why governments and scientists are beginning to pay more attention to this issue, with an eye to creating systems and procedures to help withstand such powerful effects from the sun. [Source]
This one from 40 minutes (but if short of time, from 46 minutes)
This one is too long, maybe worth seeing from 1 hour 3 minutes
9th November 2017
I have come to the view that the fastest way to regain continence after prostate surgery is to jog/ run downhill.
This is based both on the theory of muscle recovery and my experience.
A search across google shows that no one has previously found this solution. The entire science of continence has remained stuck in the 1950s – with Kegel exercises. This means a good number of post-prostate cancer patients remain heavily incontinent for the whole of their life.
The reason for this dismal state of affairs is that doctors/ physios who recommend exercises have no personal experience of cancer and are merely repeating like parrots what they have learnt. And the vast majority of prostate cancer patients are not critical thinkers and do not study the issue in detail or experiment with themselves.
I’ve come to the view that Kegel exercises are fine in the initial stages but the moment one can start jogging (say around 3 months after surgery, after inner injuries have fully healed) one should switch to jogging downhill as the MAIN form of exercise.
I’ve been delighted by the progress I’m making after each downhill run.
Now, my incontinence has not been fully cured yet, but in my view whatever future progress I’m going to make is going to come because of running downhill. There’s no guarantee I’ll become fully continent, but THIS is the way forward.
Some people say that one should reduce weight in order to improve incontinence. I have NOT reduced any weight but each time I run downhill, I start seeing a noticeable improvement in a day or two.
So cutting weight – even doing Kegels – is NOT a solution to this issue.
Why is running downhill the solution?
Because it puts pressure on not just the pelvic floor muscles, but the entire abdominal area and the many blood vessels and nerves/ control centres that are involved. All of them are therefore FORCED to improve their performance.
Merely focusing on Kegel exercises (as 99.99 per cent of doctors/ physios do) is NOT going to reactivate and retrain the entire machinery of continence.
Btw, I have been discovering – and reporting on – cures for other major issues as well, on the way – for instance, the cure for RSI and for eyestrain (two major issues I have suffered – and fixed by myself after futile thousands of dollars spent on doctors and the lot) – these cures were hitherto entirely unknown to the medical profession. I’ve also confirmed some rarely known cures (i.e. not known to the medical profession) for a number of other issues, including dealing with my heart, heel pain, nail fungus and others. All these are on my blog/s.
I think patient-scientists have the responsibility to study the problem they experience and conduct experiments, since it is futile to expect solutions from those who have no direct experience of the problem.