The space agency has been analysing samples of the Bennu asteroid, which is a third of a mile wide and said to be one of the most dangerous in the solar system.
It was previously believed that it had a 1 in 2,7000 chance of hitting us by 2300. NASA now has a more accurate picture of its orbit, so have cut the odds to 1 in 1,750!
Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced its report predicting the end of the world as we know it, timed just ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. It should be noted that this document with predictions of cataclysmic global warming, was written by hundreds of scientists who were paid by leading Western governments to write a report supporting their policies on climate change.
Certain sceptics suggest the remaining governments have been ‘corralled’ into supporting the report either for fear of being dubbed deniers, or fear of being left out of the subsidies they hope to receive from Western nations promoting it.
The UN has regularly predicted planetary disasters scheduled to happen in about a decade’s time. In 1972 – Maurice Strong, the first UN Environmental Program director warned the world “had just 10 years to avoid catastrophe”. In 1982 his successor, Mostafa Tolba told the world that it had just 18 years before “an environmental catastrophe as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust”. Yet 2000 came and nothing happened.
It is clear there is a shift in the global climate, much of which has been caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and global deforestation which has tipped the balance of weather patterns.
The policies which emerge from the COP26 will no doubt set an agenda, one which has probably already been written. The problem being climate policies are increasingly becoming overtly economically destructive, some having been drawn up on the flimsiest of evidence.
We were told over a decade ago that the Maldives islands would be under water by now, but they are now building luxury hotels. We were told that the source of the great Ganges River in the Himalayas, the glaciers, would have melted long ago. The great Ganges River still flows, and the glaciers are still there.
The government is eager to promote heat pumps and electric vehicles. Plans which demand all households change gas or oil fire central heating to expensive heat pumps, particularly into pre- 1930s buildings would be totally ineffective, impractical and the cost of heating these buildings would escalate dramatically.
Converting all forms of transport, both public and private, into battery operated vehicles is also impractical. As with most things in life, moderation is the key word. A balance of all forms of power should be the way forward. Putting all our eggs into one proverbial Climate Change basket will not end well, cost billions and not save the planet.
I suspect the number of children being home schooled in Scotland will rise dramatically. Any parent with a child entering or already in the education system ‘should be worried’ and think twice before entrusting their ‘vulnerable’ precious offspring into the hands of teachers now directed to ‘encourage’ children as young as four to transition to the opposite sex. That is bad enough, but to also hide this information from the child’s parents is potentially illegal.
Schools should be safe environments for children. A place where they can learn, grow, and develop into useful, educated, and well-balanced adults. Not places where they question everything from their gender to the books they read and learn from. Or, encouraged to constantly be on the look-out to find something to be offended by.