You've seen billowy cumulus clouds and wispy cirrus clouds, but odds are you're not too familiar with fire clouds. Even scientists know less than what they'd like to about so-called pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds, which form when wildfires and agricultural fires unleash enough heat and moisture into the atmosphere to produce storms. That changed on Aug. 8, when NASA's airliner-turned-flying laboratory took to the skies over Washington state and flew a team of scientists straight into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that had formed high over a wildfire in the eastern part of the state. Using a suite of scientific instruments aboard the jet, the researchers sampled gases and particulate matter in the
A resourceful sniffer dog is being trained to detect hedgehogs in a revolutionary bid to preserve their rapidly dwindling population. Henry, a three-year-old springer spaniel, locates the mammals – distant relatives of the shrew family – so they can be moved out of harm's way ahead of land development. With his remarkable sense of smell, which is 100,000 times more sensitive than a human's, he can detect a hidden hedgehog 250 yards away. Upon finding one, Henry, pictured, sits next to it so his handler can come and investigate. Trainer Linda Wilson said: 'He doesn't actually like the odour of the hedgehog so he doesn't go near the nest.' Henry is on the books at Conservation K9 Consultancy in
If Thane Municipal Corporation's plan materialises, residents will breathe cleaner air. To reduce pollution levels at key points in the city, TMC has proposed to install water fountains that will spray mist at four major junctions. The four fountains will cost the civic body ₹1.02 crore and will be installed at Teen Hath Naka, Anandnagar Check Naka, Kapurbawdi and Majiwada junctions. An official from TMC's pollution control department said this was in line with the Centre's National Clean Air Programme. “The programme has given certain action points for air pollution mitigation. In areas prone to traffic congestion, we will install water fountains or mist sprays to curb the amount of particulate
With Maharashtra reporting a steady rise in its tiger population since 2006, the state forest department and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have planned a 10-year study to understand the changes in the animal's habitat in the state. Titled “Long term research in the state of Maharashtra”, the study will also analyse populations of sloth bears, honey badgers and wild dogs in the state. The Rs 19-crore study was approved last week by the technical committee of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and initial grants have been released by the Maharashtra government. “We are facing a problem of more tigers in certain pockets. It is important to know their dispersal pattern to strengthen
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A fungal disease local to Hawaii has not been rediscovered after being found on Maui for the first time earlier this year, officials said. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources did not find evidence of the disease known as rapid ohia death after completing air surveys Friday, the Maui News reported . A single ohia tree was afflicted early July with Ceratocystis huliohia on a private beach about 53 miles (85 kilometers) east of Wailuku, officials said. The tree tested positive for the less aggressive level of the fungus, which also plagued a tree on Oahu around the same time, officials said. "On the bright side for our island in particular is that most ohia
Amid growing alarm over accelerating extinctions, a major international conference opened in Geneva yesterday aiming to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and other endangered animal and plant species. Thousands of conservationists and policymakers from more than 180 countries will meet for 12 days to evaluate regulations and species protection listings under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The treaty, created more than four decades ago, regulates trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals and contains mechanisms to help crack down on illegal trade and sanction countries that break the rules. The meeting follows warnings about rapid species decline, with a UN report in May indicating that one million species are being pushed to the brink of extinction.
NEWARK, N.J. - Bryce Thomas' toy prehistoric reptiles nosedived into the cold, soapy tap water in the kitchen sink, scooping up schools of imaginary fish, when his mother started weeping in the living room. "If I don't advocate for him, the city isn't going to advocate for him," Shakima Thomas cried. "I don't trust they're doing everything they can, and I don't trust that they ever will." The water 5-year-old Bryce loves could have profound effects on his health. Though human skin does not absorb lead from water, Thomas fears Bryce could accidentally ingest the water that flows into the family's home while playing. He'd just helped his mom wash dishes under a filter that reduces lead in contaminated
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Topeka Zoo is accepting donations of downed branches after a round of storms moved through the area. In a Facebook post on Saturday morning the zoo wrote, “We hope everyone is ok after our storms last night. If you have a downed tree or branches, several of our animals would love for you to bring it to us!” The zoo is accepting big leaf elm, little leaf elm, mulberry, pear, hackberry, cottonwood, willow, and apple tree branches. They said they are looking for fresh branches only, not dry or dead ones. You can bring them by any day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can call (785) 368-9157 if you have any questions.
A water main break in Vallejo early Saturday morning flooded cars and impacted water service for a hotel and several residences, city officials said. The 14-inch cast iron pipe on Ifland Way, east of Sonoma Boulevard and west of Broadway Street, ruptured just before 3 a.m. on Saturday. The burst pipe flooded cars on the street. When repair crews shut off water flow to the pipe and began work, the nearby Regency Hotel as well as two apartment buildings and some houses were impacted by the water shutoff. City officials said repair crews were continuing work on Saturday afternoon and estimated water service would be restored by 9 p.m. As of about 2 p.m., Ifland Way remained closed. City officials
On June 4, the impressive raw power of how hammerhead sharks hunt was on full display. The hammerhead shark, estimated at 13 to 14 feet was captured on GoPro video attacking a massive tarpon. Fishing guide Captain Rob Gorta was trying to hold the fish up for a picture when he got photobombed by the shark. “All of a sudden a monster hammerhead just took it right out of my hands it was amazing I couldn't believe it was happening,” Gorta said. “Just came right out of nowhere and ripped the fish out of my hands. We are all in awe we didn't know what to do.” The video shows the hammerhead's fin popping up out of the water, going after the tarpon in Gorta's hand. The shark pursues the catch above and
NY Marine Warnings and Forecast for Sunday, August 18, 2019 MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT Marine Weather Statement National Weather Service New York NY 546 PM EDT Sat Aug 17 2019 Areas of stratus and fog over the waters is resulting in visibilities that are varying significantly over short distances. Some of the worst fog could be locally dense. These conditions are expected to persist through midnight and may possibly worsen after dark. If caught in fog while boating, slow down to avoid collisions, turn on all of your running lights, even in daylight, and listen for sounds of other boats or fog horns and bells from buoys that may be near you. Areas of stratus and fog over the waters is resulting
Divers recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy at Lake Powell near Page after a presumed drowning Friday — the second drowning there this week, according to National Park Service officials. The boy, who was not identified, was with a group from Page High School at the Swim Beach on Lake Powell, Park Service officials said in a news release. Dispatchers at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report of a missing person and presumed drowning about 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Swim Beach near the Wahweap District. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy. The drowning is under investigation. On
MONROE, Mich. — One Michigan city is reviewing potential solutions to help alleviate flooding from Lake Erie onto its streets. Starting in spring, high winds in Monroe have raised the lake's elevation several feet higher than normal on multiple occasions, according to Patrick Lewis, the city's director of engineering and public safety. Lakes Erie and Ontario in June reached their highest points since record keeping began in 1918, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Corps hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz said three months of abnormally wet weather have kept stream flows into the Great Lakes well above average. Lewis noted that street flooding has been limited due to still backwaters from River
Innovation and perseverance are two of the most important qualities that Dr. Laura Watts identifies as the driving forces behind the renewable energy revolution taking place in the Orkney Islands. The Scottish archipelago is on the leading edge of the world's energy future and as Dr. Watts explores in her recent book, Energy At The End Of The World, the projects taking place in Orkney are at the cutting-edge of technology. See also: The Virtual Energy System Of The Future Is Coming To Life In The Orkney Isles Many islands serve as incubators for innovation. Necessity is the mother of invention, and so many islanders have long had to make do in conditions that have pushed them to adapt. Scotland's