With Earth Day on Wednesday, look for much chatter on climate change/global warming, but overlooked by many (including U.S. media) is something else zooming in from beyond the atmosphere --- an asteroid which some claim is on a collision course headed for our planet, observed Grumpy Editor.
President Barack Obama on Earth Day will be on scene at southern Florida’s Everglades --- the tropical wetlands home of snapping alligators --- to amplify his Saturday radio address in which he warned, "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change.”
Earlier this month he said climate change is a primary national threat.
Look for the president on Earth Day to again repeat those lines along with how global warming threatens the U.S. economy.
Obama, at a Washington event in early April, also linked climate change to health problems such as allergies and asthma.
Meanwhile, from outer pace, Asteroid 2012 TC4, as it was labeled, is heading our way.
The UK’s London Daily Mail carried the story late last week while U.S. print/broadcast newsrooms were focused on other matters.
Mail writer Alix Culbertson reported the asteroid is about the size of the Statue of Liberty, twice as big as the meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, injuring 1,500 people and damaging more than 7,000 buildings.
“The impact of the larger 2012 TC4 asteroid, predicted to near Earth on October 12, 2017, could be even more devastating,” Culbertson pointed out. “And, worryingly, experts cannot yet predict where in the world it will strike.”
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A reporting team from Seattle TV station KIRO, covering a massive bee spill from an overturned semi truck, were stung numerous times.