The Problem of Space Weather

I wanted to share this story not merely because it’s a real concern, but also because I found the man being interviewed so balanced and reasonable. Read the interview answers themselves and ignore the somewhat hyperbolic introductory text from the journalist. The main issue is with solar flares and coronal mass ejections  (“space weather,” as Mike Hapgood calls it) and their potential for disruptive effects on Earth. That is a real potential, but it’s hard to pin down and quantify. We’ve certainly seen disruption of satellites and power grids, but we haven’t received a truly thunderous solar storm since the dawn of the computer age. Continue reading