"This is a significant international community," says Lika Gahathakurta representative of NASA headquarters in Washington. "By adding space weather in the regular agenda of the United Nations recognizes that solar activity is a significant problem no less threatening than the orbital debris and asteroids flying close."
Space weather, is the cosmic equivalent of the weather on Earth. Instead of the wind, rain and snow, is the emergence of cosmic storms, solar wind, flares and coronal mass ejections of plasma mass. Source of space weather is the sun, and while solar storms occur in 93 million miles from Earth, they can cause such damage, which will feel all the inhabitants of our planet.
"Strong solar storms can deprive our civilization electricity, disable satellites, and GPS", said a representative of NASA. "This global problem is aggravated by the growing worldwide dependence on sophisticated electronic technologies."
This week, members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN listened to a report on some of the potential economic effects of space weather. For example, today's oil and gas wells using directional drilling technology that could help identify oil and gas deposits in the depths of the earth.
This drilling technique depends on the exact positioning of the use of global navigation systems. Drill can go awry if the solar storm would deprive drilling receiving GPS.
Solar energetic particles in the magnetic poles may be forced to make changes in the routes of international flights of the airline, which will increase the flight time and increase fuel consumption.
When the Earth is affected by the induced currents generated by magnetic storms, it can cause damage to the transformer and increase the corrosion in pipelines of nuclear power plants.
Discussion of space weather on the agenda coincides with the 10th anniversary of the International Space Program on February 14.
The program is a special group of countries that came together in 2003 to lay the foundation for global cooperation in the study of space weather. UN will take the efforts of these countries to a new level.
UN can help to solve the underlying problem – the lack of a uniform network of observations, which are currently fragmented and there are huge uncontrolled areas where solar storm rages around the planet.
When a solar storm reaches Earth, the ionization wave penetrate the Earth's upper atmosphere, electric currents pass through the top layer of soil, and the magnetic field of the planet begins to shake.
Space weather plays an important role in Earth's climate. For example, the so-called Maunder minimum – 70-year period, when the sun was devoid of sunspots (active zones), which occurred in the late 17th century and lasted until the early 18th century, led to the establishment of an abnormally cold winter in the northern hemisphere.
Scientists are increasingly convinced that variations in solar activity have a major impact on the climate and weather, and the sun does not pay any attention to national boundaries and therefore the consequences of its activity, or conversely its absence affects absolutely everyone, and can be studied only by the united efforts of international consortia.
"The new permanent agenda item on space weather at committee Science and Technology at the UN is an important opportunity to use the efforts of all the participating countries to ensure coordinated global action, "said Terry Onsager of the" National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S..
Now that space weather has been raised to a permanent place on the agenda of the United Nations Scientific Committee, will ensure regular discussion of threats between the diplomats at the UN, scientists, which will create a plan and prepare the country in case of an emergency, according to an official publication on the website of NASA .
It is worth noting that the U.S. Aerospace Agency (NASA), as well as a number of prominent scientists and researchers from different countries – have been warning the public about the imminent threat of heat stroke (supershtorma) and which is projected researchers can occur at solar maximum in 2013.
The U.S. and UK have been established and funded government programs for the preparation of the infrastructure of these countries to solar storms. As the representatives of these structures, protection from super-flash can not, but try to minimize the damage and prepare everything for the early recovery of destroyed, it is the primary task.
We have repeatedly reported this threat in its publications and shone a separate section of the site monitoring and analysis of solar activity. Over human civilization was threatened not mythical, it is the real disaster comparable to the Biblical Apocalypse and hope that the efforts of the countries under the auspices of the UN, but not be able to protect the planet from sun stroke, but at least it will allow these countries to prepare for and try to bring damage to a minimum.
I would like to believe that Russia has finally recognized the existence of the solar threat in the official and scientific level. Continue to close its eyes to the existence of a real threat to the population of the country is not only immoral but criminal.
Solar super-storm will cause man-made disaster on Earth. Followed by a powerful emission of radiation, fail all the electronics, communications, power, navigation, computers, pacemakers and change Earth's magnetic field – the consequences would be disastrous.