Feb 192012

English: NASA projection from 1974 to 2060 of ...

A giant 13 mile long hole in the ozone layer was discovered last October 2011 by Canadian scientists using satellite data and reported in the journal Nature.  The ozone depletion was attributed to an unexpected drop in temperature in the area which had never happened before. This in combination with man-made chlorine chemical interactions, allowed the massive hole to form. The new hole in the ozone layer is similar to one discovered previously in the Antarctic. This is believed to be the first such example of twin ozone holes on Earth. Scientists reviewing the data have determined that the new rupture in the ozone layer will allow harmful ultraviolet radiation to hit northern Canada, Europe and Russia this spring, potentially affecting future wheat crop yields.

Feb 062012

The largest multinational amphibious drill in over a decade is underway off the East Coast of the United States. The drill will run until February 12th.  The units involved include the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG-2), 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) as well as various other ships and units. Nine countries are participating in exercise BA12, providing maritime, land and air units or observers. The countries participating with the U.S. forces are Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Feb 042012
English: Natural gas pipelines from Russia to ...

The Eternal City found itself struggling to escape from its first snowfall in nearly 30 years. Gazprom who provides critical natural gas supplies for many European countries was struggling to meet increased demand for Europe and its own country Russia.  Desperate Serbian unemployed found a critical source of need funds by being paid $10 Euro’s per day to help with shoveling snow in parts of Belgrade. Many hundreds are dead across Europe as the freeze continues to snarl flights and road traffic.