Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Our planet may be blue from the inside out. Earth’s huge store of water might have originated via chemical reactions in the mantle, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. This new water may be under such pressure that it can trigger earthquakes hundreds of kilometres below Earth’s surface – tremors whose origins have so far remained unexplained. That’s the upshot of a computer simulation of reactions in Earth’s upper mantle between liquid hydrogen and quartz, the most common and stable form of silica in this part of the planet. “This is one way water can form on Earth,” says team member John Tse at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. “We show it’s possible to have water forming in Earth’s natural environment, rather than being of extraterrestrial origin.” The simple reaction takes place at about 1400 °C and pressures 20,000 times higher than atmospheric pressure […] Read More

Imminent Emergency? FEMA Makes “Urgent Requirement” Request for Five Million Bottles Of Water

This article was written by Daisy Luther and originally published on The Organic Prepper. Editor’s Comment: While we don’t know what the emergency is here, and there is no way of knowing if any sinister motives are involved in a simple request for water, it is evident enough that society is at its breaking point, and literally dozens of factors could send the system into collapse at virtually a moment’s notice. What is happening? What may happen that would necessitate FEMA’s intervention? Just to start the conversation, there is: severe weather, including record floods in Louisiana; tension of the presidential elections; riots and protests designed to clash with police and escalate racial tensions; the fragile economy, with its storm clouds threatening to drench the entire globe in crisis. Maybe nothing will happening, but there is a very real chance that something bigger is headed down the pipe. What do […] Read More

Boiling Water May Be Bubbling Away the Surface of Mars

If there are (or were) living beings on Mars, they may have left something boiling and it’s the likely cause of those mysterious streaks on the planet’s surface. That’s the theory (except for the part about Martians leaving a pot boiling) of some researchers who recreated the scenario on Earth in a chamber that simulated the atmospheric pressure on Mars. The atmospheric pressure is the key, according to a new article in Nature Geoscience written by Marion Masse of the University of Nantes in France, who led an international team trying to determine the cause of dark salty streaks on Martian slopes and crater walls. These recurring slope lineae can be up to 1,000 feet long and 15 feet wide and look like they were formed by flowing water, even growing during the warm season and shrinking like they were evaporating during the colder season. Recurring slope lineae on […] Read More

5 Technologies Primed to Revolutionize Our Planet

Our beautiful planet, Earth. A World in Turmoil and… Transition Our world is no stranger to change, but what we’re about to experience in the near-future may look quite a bit different from today. Currently, there is propaganda running around the clock to alter the public’s perception on what is true and what isn’t. A proper example: there is actually enough food produced to give 4.3 pounds to every single human being – daily. It goes far deeper than that, but I will remain fixated on the old, aging paradigm mentality we now find ourselves dominated by. One where the average person believes wholeheartedly that we will never achieve world peace, or harmony. They would also probably agree, that any attempt to end world-poverty, pollution, disease or the millions of other issues we’re facing, are fool-hearty at best. If you fall into this category, make it easy on yourself […] Read More

The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water

By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet Tap water is superior to bottled water. Why don’t consumers know that? The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than half the population drinks bottled water, which accounts for about 30% of liquid refreshment sales, far exceeding the sales of milk and beer (only soft drinks sell more). But the expensive water the beverage industry […] Read More

How a GOP Rep Is Delaying Safety Improvements for “Bomb Trains”

California Rep Jeff Denham slows the review of deadly cargo to a halt. “I just want to make sure that we are all singing the same tune that we have a very safe industry and we want to work together on improving that industry.” Those were the words of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on February 3rd at a hearing titled “How the Changing Energy Markets Will Affect U.S. Transportation.” He was directing this advice to Greg Saxton, chief engineer for rail tank car manufacturer Greenbrier. Denham obviously had a bone to pick with Saxton because prior to the hearing the Modesto Bee, a newspaper in Denham’s home district, ran an editorial making a strong case that the existing tank cars used to transport crude oil are unsafe. The editorial, “Delays on safer rail cars are unacceptable,” didn’t mince words. It was clear […] Read More

America’s Energy Madness—We’re Banning Solar Panels, But Many Towns Can’t Regulate Fracking

When it comes to state and local politics, the oil industry is much more powerful than green energy. When it comes to going green, many environmentally conscious citizens are finding themselves in murky waters, from Texas residents being blocked by homeowner associations from installing solar panels to Colorado residents trying to protect their cities from fracking battles they thought they’d won. It’s not easy being green, especially when profits are involved. Just ask Eric Schirmer of Plano, Texas, who wanted to cut electricity costs and help the environment by installing solar panels on his home’s south-facing roof in his Trails of Glenwood subdivision. With the drop in prices of solar panels in recent years, Schirmer was ready to make the investment and sent in his application. But despite a 2011 Texas law banning homeowners associations from restricting the use of solar power, Schirmer’s request was denied by his HOA. How? A loophole in the law allows developers to prohibit solar panels while a […] Read More

Graphene: How Carbon May Help Save the Planet From Global Warming, Drought and More

The green, medical and tech communities are betting on this unlikely two-dimensional wunderkind. Earlier his summer, Tesla founder Elon Musk once again played the futurist wizard and announced he had eclipsed the battery technology used in his all-electric Tesla Model S sedan. Musk hinted that he may be banking on a new technology, graphene, that can nearly double the 265-mile-range of this breakthrough car. Beyond powering a car that could drive between Chicago and Kansas City on a single charge, graphene batteries should take only a few minutes to charge at a solar charging station, which should make battery-powered vehicles finally practical for most drivers. But Musk is not talking about putting graphene batteries in his cars years down the road. He says Tesla will add the technology “quite soon,” perhaps shortly after the upstart car company opens its new “gigafactory” in Nevada. The technology Tesla is banking on to get a 500-plus range in its cars is a […] Read More

Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly?  If so, you are certainly not alone.  But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be.  Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine.  But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless.  Anyone that has to regularly pay for food, water, gas, electricity or anything else knows that inflation is too high.  In fact, if inflation was calculated the same way that it was back in 1980, the inflation rate would be close to 10 percent right now. But you would never know […] Read More