space weather

The Near Miss of 2012

The Near Miss of 2012

Here's a great video that describes the near miss of July 2012, when a coronal mass ejection (CME) almost knocked Earth "back to the 18th century."

Wall Street Journal: Bureaucratic Dysfunction Has Kept The Government From Preparing For EMP

Wall Street Journal: Bureaucratic Dysfunction Has Kept The Government From Preparing For EMP

Wall Street Journal: "An electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear device or solar storm would be catastrophic, yet the U.S. remains unprepared."

Renewable Energy for National Security

Renewable Energy for National Security

What would happen if the power went out for good? It's not a question many of us contemplate, probably because the answer is not reassuring. It turns out that the power grid is quite vulnerable. There are a number of realistic scenarios that could bring it down, not just for a few days, but indefinitely. In addition to that, modern civilization depends on electricity. That is not a figure of speech. We have come to depend on electricity for food and water.

Obstacles to Securing Our Critical Infrastructure - Part 2

Obstacles to Securing Our Critical Infrastructure - Part 2

On 22 May 2016, I ran a guest post from Bill Harris of the Foundation for Resilient Societies Board of Directors, which criticized the NERC regulatory process. The post below is Frank Koza's response. Mr. Koza is the Executive Director of Infrastructure Planning at PJM Interconnection.

Space Weather: An Existential Threat

Space Weather: An Existential Threat

...it was quite surreal to be in a room full of scientists who understood that the factual conversation they were having in the conference hall would be dismissed as the stuff of conspiracy theories if it were to be heard on the street.

Superflares

Superflares

A superflare, off-the-charts of our current space weather classification system, should occur about once every 800-5,000 years.

National Space Weather Strategy

National Space Weather Strategy

NATIONAL SPACE WEATHER ACTION PLAN

NATIONAL SPACE WEATHER ACTION PLAN

Washington Post Discusses Potential Space Weather Apocalypse

Washington Post Discusses Potential Space Weather Apocalypse

There is no operational plan to recover nationally from the immediate and longer term impacts of a significant solar storm on the electric power supply.