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Pole shift refers to the Earth's magnetic field

Pole shift refers to the Earth's magnetic field
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 (Global) A pole shift refers to the Earth's magnetic field reversing its polarity. If a magnetic reversal occurred today, compasses would point south rather than north. In the past 15 million years scientists found pole shifts occurred four times every 1 million years. Though this averages out to once every 250,000 years, switches do not occur at regular intervals. During one period in the Cretaceous, polarity remained constant for as long as 30 million years, though this is believed to be an anomaly. The last pole shift took place 790,000 years ago; causing some scientists to believe we're due, while others speculate a reversal is already underway.

Link: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-pole-shift.htm

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Florida’s Tampa International airport is closed

Magnetic polar shift: Florida’s Tampa International airport is closed
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Friday, 7 January 2011 (Global) Florida’s Tampa International airport closed its primary runway on Thursday after a shift in earth’s northern magnetic pole made it impossible for planes to taxi within accurate coordinates without effecting realignments in the runway. The primary runway will remain closed until January 13, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Earth’s poles are changing constantly, and when they change more than three degrees, that can affect runway numbering, Fox News quoted FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen as saying. Information on the movement of earth’s magnetic fields is vital for planes’ proper navigation on the runways. Runway designations and charting rely on geomagnetic information and that “aviation is charted using latitude and longitude and the magnetic poles”, explained ..→

Passive smoking kills 600,000 worldwide

Passive smoking kills 600,000 worldwide
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Friday, 26 November 2010 (Global reference) The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year. One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) found.

The study, in 192 countries, found that passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, said to be at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma. Passive smoking causes heart disease, respiratory illness and lung cancer.

"This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of the WHO's Tobacco-Free Initiative, who led the study.

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11844169

Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

The Medicinal herbs will disappear in EU

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Sunday, 12 September 2010 (Berlin Sector) Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates they want.

This directive requires that all herbal preparations must be put through the same kind of procedure as pharmaceuticals. It makes no difference whether a herb has been in common use for thousands of years. The costs for this are far higher than most manufacturers, other than Big Pharma, can bear, with estimates ranging from ..→

EU fund aims to end poverty and promote rights

€69-M EU fund aims to end poverty and promote rights
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Friday, 12 November 2010 (Manila Sector)
The European Union has granted the Philippines a €69-million development assistance package meant for projects aimed to eradicate poverty, promote good governance and human rights, and bolster trade. The financial grant, which will be spread over three years beginning next year, is the largest given by the EU to the country in recent years.

The increased funding foreseen for this next programming cycle reaffirms the EU’s commitment to help the Philippines in its fight against poverty and efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," said Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, head of the European Commission’s Philippine delegation, after the signing of the financial package with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director Cayetano Paderanga on Thursday. MacDonald said ..→

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