Archive for June, 2011

Chilean volcano shows the power of skyfire

Posted: 7th June 2011 by Max Plissken in Nuclear Winter

In an awe-inspiring display of nature’s tectonic power, the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile violently erupted last Sunday.   While thousands of locals have been evacuated from the area, the eruption does not look like causing substantial casualties at the moment. It does, however, provide a small-scale simulation of the Nuclear Winter scenario. The Puyehue […]

England follows German lead and gets sick

Posted: 6th June 2011 by Max Plissken in Superbug Pandemic

Yet another highly resistant superbug has been identified, this time in the United Kingdom. Although not as lethal or infectious as the enterohaemorrhagic E. coli bacteria currently threatening much of Europe, this new strain of MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can still cause severe symptoms and even death, and poses a particular threat to injured or […]

Earth paints a bleak picture of itself

Posted: 6th June 2011 by Max Plissken in Cultural Breakdown

Identifying news in the Cultural Breakdown scenario is difficult, owing to the more subjective nature of potential news. State collapse, for instance, could be seen as simply “out with the old, in with the new”. But we don’t have to wait until sand fills the deserted streets of the cities to identify a culture in […]