The current H1N1 influenza A (i.e., “swine flu”) outbreak around the world was likely an after-effect of a government laboratory leaking a virus in 1977, according to a news story published in the June 30 London Independent:
Communist China on June 30 postponed its requirement that the controversial Green Dam Youth Escort censorship software be included with all computers sold in the country as of July 1. China’s state-controlled Xinhua news agency reported that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) delayed the pre-installation demand because “some computer producers said such massive installation demanded extra time.”
The ubiquitous “hope and change” theme Americans know, oh, so well — one that has become totally meaningless, a result of its overuse and disregard of economic, scientific, and social realities — is going international. The United Nations will be using it to launch a massive campaign to persuade the public to influence world leaders to ratify the UN’s new global climate treaty.
The Potential Gas Committee, a group of academics and industry specialists supported by the Colorado School of Mines, reports the largest increase in natural-gas reserves in its 44-year history. Estimated reserves rose to 2,074 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2008 from 1,532 Tcf in its 2006 report.
Steve Cousins, vice president of refining for Lion Oil Company, an 80-year-old Arkansas-based refiner, testified that the company would have to “shutter operations” within a year and lay off 1,200 workers if climate-change legislation now before Congress is passed into law. Carbon-emission allowances under the law “will make our survival impossible” he told members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment.
One of the signature issues of the Obama administration will be the hammering out of a replacement for the failed Kyoto accord on global warming. Talks brokered by the United Nations aimed at replacing Kyoto are scheduled to begin in Copenhagen in just 6 months, but, according to the New York Times, there is one major sticking point: China.
Steven Aftergood, a security expert with the Federation of American Scientists, reported on June 1 that “a compilation of hundreds of U.S. nuclear sites and activities that were to be declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency by the United States was transmitted to Congress last month by President Obama.” The draft declaration was meant to give Congress time to review and revise it before being transmitted to the UN’s nuclear monitoring group.
On May 29 President Barack Obama introduced his administration's new report on cybersecurity in the United States entitled Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a Trusted and Resilient Information and Communications Infrastructure.