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Scientists Forecast Dramatic Temperature Increase

Scientists Forecast Dramatic Temperature Increase

By Christoph Seidler in Doha, Qatar

3 December 2012

The planet must not be allowed to warm beyond 2 degrees Celsius, according to the official targets at the Climate Change Conference in Doha. But a new study shows the goal is far from realistic. Current human activity is set to increase the temperature by some 5 degrees, and the consequences will be dire, scientists warn.

The 61 Countries a Mad Despot Could Instantly Unplug From the Internet

The 61 Countries a Mad Despot Could Instantly Unplug From the Internet

BY ROBERT MCMILLAN12.03.126:30 AM

Graphic: Renesys
It’s becoming the trademark move of failing regimes: silence your critics and cripple their communications by cutting off the internet. Libya did it. Egypt too. And last week, Syria pulled the plug on its own internet system.


According to new research from network monitoring company Renesys, it could just as easily happen in many other countries too, including Greenland, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Sixty-one of the world’s countries have just one or two service providers connecting them to the rest of the internet.
“If you’re a sufficiently small place it’s almost inescapable that there will be so little internet that it’s almost trivial to turn it off,” says James Cowie, chief technology officer with Renesys.

Cyber Power in Strategic Affairs: Neither Unthinkable nor Blessed

Cyber Power in Strategic Affairs: Neither Unthinkable nor Blessed

 

 

 

Posted by David Betz
November 28, 2012 - 10:44am

 

 

 

The War in the Air

It's my attempt to broaden the discussion of 'cyber' beyond computer networks and to look at the effect of 'connectivity' (my preferred term) on strategic affairs more broadly. My view, in a nutshell, is that its effect on war's character is potentially, although not yet shown in practice, considerably large; but its effect on war's nature is small.

World Energy Report 2012

World Energy Report 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly
By Michael T. Klare
Rarely does the release of a data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the world. That, however, is exactly what happened on November 12th when the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency(IEA) released this year’s edition of its World Energy Outlook. In the process, just about everyone missed its real news, which should have set off alarm bells across the planet.

NATO aims to repair Russia ties despite Patriot row

NATO aims to repair Russia ties despite Patriot row

NDTV, 2 December 2012

Brussels: NATO foreign ministers, meeting for the first time this week since Russia appointed a new ambassador to the military alliance, are hoping to improve ties with Moscow despite a fresh row over plans to send anti-aircraft missiles to Turkey.

The Greek Debt Buyback 'Boondoggle' - Questions Answered

The Greek Debt Buyback 'Boondoggle' - Questions Answered

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/24/2012 19:14 -0500

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The last few weeks have seen the market increasingly price in the probability of a Greek debt buyback. Following this week's 'failed' Eurogroup meeting that chance has risen even more as leaked details suggest a debt-buyback is becoming the corner-piece of the 'new' deal.

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