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British Government Prepares For Solar Storms 52

judgecorp writes "The British Government has announced its plans to handle solar storms. The idea is to improve the resilience of infrastructure, including satellite communications — which the government says will also be useful against the future possibility of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. From the report: 'National Grid and DECC are building on the work of the Space Environment Impacts Evaluation Group and E3C to analyse the range of impacts of extreme space weather events, with the Carrington Event being adopted as the reasonable worst case. These scientific assessments have enabled National Grid to change the design requirements for its Supergrid transformers, and to increase its reserve holding of transformers. National Grid is currently developing improved monitoring tools with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and installing or reinstalling Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) monitoring devices into its Strategic Asset Management program. The next steps will be for National Grid, in association with BGS and working with E3C, to develop more detailed modelling of severe space weather events including impacts on generator transformers. This will extend and strengthen its analysis on the electricity transmission system completed so far.'"
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  • by Anonymous Coward
    vinyl records. When everyone else has no music except for the few that can play an instrument, i'll be able to put a thumbtack in the bottom of a dixie cup, find a way to spin that sucker at 33.3 rpm and have music.

    Well... I might need some water too, but I promise you, if all electronics fry, my scratched to hell vinyl record will be worth more than your 100 dollar bill. Maybe... :D
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @05:44PM (#39862155) Journal
    In the event of a nasty solar storm, the brits can just pile up the acronyms generated by their preparedness program and hide behind those. The bureaucratic verbiage should be dense enough to stop all but neutrinos.
    • by vlm ( 69642 )

      Don't forget the radiation shielding from all the paperwork.
      Also, they've got cameras everywhere, that'll protect against all threats, right? The sun will not dare have a solar storm if we point CCTV cameras at it.

    • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @05:51PM (#39862217) Homepage

      Finally! All the tin foil we've been stockpiling and carefully sculpting clothing out of will pay off.

      So it looks like it's gonna end up as Geeks vs. Bureaucrats.

      Anyone want to lay odds?

      • Aluminium foil simply doesn't work as well as real tin foil. That's why studies consistently show that tinfoil hats don't work.

        Unless, of course, the Conspiracy has been stockpiling the real stuff for themselves...

  • What do you expect from a country with CCTV on every corner? I wonder who (generally or specifically) the paranoia can be attributed to. That was a question, fellow /.ers, despite the lack of appropriate punctuation.
  • At least now, when civilization collapses, we will be safe from the self aware gangers in acid suits .
  • I thought this would be having another go at The Sun.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "On the basis of the evidence received, it seems likely that at present only those states with a known nuclear capability would be able to utilise a High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) weapon. However, certain states such as Iran could potentially pose a realistic threat in the future"

    Only Iran is mentioned by name in the report, pfff.
    So prepare for high profile made-for-tv mini-nuke false flag (about SADM scale i would guess) during the Olympic Games, to be pinned on Iran.
    It'll be Nuclear because th

  • The Laundry's simply getting prepped for when the stars are right.

  • "The Government has promised to work with the private sector to improve the security and resilience of infrastructure that is most critical to the running of the country. " Now we see what all the fuss is really about (my emphasis). Someone has a mate in an EMP defense company who needs a few quid to keep the jolly roof on the mansion.

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