Updated, July 15, 2010: Global warming? Yes, yes, but you should be more concerned with our increasingly active Sun and - get this - the interstellar energy cloud that we are about to enter. Also See: Solar Storm Hitting Earth Now! There's a big hot thing up in the sky called "the Sun." It's very hot, and it heats up our little planet. It heats up Mars and Venus and Mercury, too, and studies have shown that - sit down - Mars is experiencing global warming. It's not SUV exhaust and chloroflourocarbons traveling from Los Angeles to Mars. It's the Sun. It's hot, it's cold. It's cold because it's hot, Al Gore tells us, because the New Priests of the New Age have told us so. And you dare not dispute them, lest ye be excommunicated. More than any other influence, however, the sun stirs up the world's climate, and the sun has been showing signs of acting up lately. Scientists are concerned that the 11-year cycle that the sun has just entered may produce some annoying - if not catastrophic - solar hijinx. If we're lucky, the potential flares won't cause mass extinction... but they might knock out power and satellites. The result? If powerful enough, the flares could cause a rapid chain of events that could throw the entire world into an economic depression. Techologically, it might suddenly be like living in 1890. You know: Martial law, mass starvation and societal collapse. The National Academy of Sciences warns us of the potential for danger in its "Severe Space Weather Events" report, which notes that powerful solar flares could blast the earth with radiation. That, they say, could seriously mess up our power, water and communications worldwide. "It's very likely in the next 10 years that we will have some impact like that described in the National Academy report," Dr. Richard Fisher, director of NASA's heliophysics division, told the New York Daily News in June, 2010. "Although I don't know to what degree. Fisher explained that the sun works on an 11-year cycle, and is now emerging from its quiet period." About that interstellar energy cloud... Lawrence E. Joseph has "written on science, nature, politics and business on five continents for publications including The New York Times (Magazine, Op-Ed), Discover, Salon.com, and has also authored a number of books," his bio states.
In his book "Apocolypse 2012," Joseph wrote this about both the Sun's activity and the interstellar energy cloud: Since the 1940’s, and particularly, since 2003, the Sun has behaved more tumultuously than any time since the rapid global warming that accompanied the melting of the last Ice Age. Solar physicists concur that solar activity will next peak, at record-setting levels, in 2012.... Russian geophysicists believe that the Solar System has entered an interstellar energy cloud. This cloud is energizing and destabilizing the Sun and all the planets’ atmospheres. Their predictions for catastrophe resulting from the Earth’s encounter with this energy cloud range from 2010 to 2020. (Source) Sounds like fun, right? 2012 is now less than 18 months away, so you still have time to stock up on survival equipment and freeze-dried food items. Joseph is also Chairman of the Board of Aerospace Consulting Corporation (AC2), a plasma physics company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico corporation, which works with Sandia National Laboratories. AC2 is developing the Vulcan Plasma Disintegrator, "an ultra-high temperature (10,000 to 15,000 degrees K) furnace designed to completely dissociate highly toxic biological and chemical wastes, leaving no toxic residue." In other words, nothing survives it. Don't worry too much about the Sun frying the planet. The Vulcan Plasma Disintegrator sounds a lot more dangerous. Of course, a strong solar flare could knock out all of the power to the VPD. For more information, visit Joseph's website.