Email ABC Weather By Kate Doyle Posted September 13, 2018 09:27:35 Photo: Victoria only managed to achieve about 30 per cent of prescribed burning programs this season. (AAP: FESA) Related Story: Millions at risk: Fire chiefs warn of bleak bushfire outlook Related Story: Burn-off program defended in wake of major WA bushfires Related Story: The heat is on fire crews to get prescribed burns just right Map: Sale 3850 There is a lot more to prescribed burning, also known as controlled burning, than just lighting the match as a changing climate and environment poses new challenges for fire authorities.Deputy chief fire officer with Forest Fire Management (FFA) Victoria, Darrin McKenzie, said autumn burning this year was particularly challenging and the state only managed to achieve about 30 per cent of prescribed burning programs. Fire: How to prepareABC Emergency's bushfire preparation guide. The bushfire season ran into early April and most of the 66,000 hectares … [Read more...] about Prescribed burning debate rages as Australia finds there’s no time to burn going into peak fire season
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By Herton EscobarAug. 30, 2019 , 1:30 PM A rash of fires in the Brazilian Amazon has caused diplomatic tensions between Brazil and several European countries and triggered protests from environmental groups around the world. Brazil’s government has pledged to stop the fires and sent in the military but denies its policies and rhetoric are responsible. Science talked with remote sensing specialist Douglas Morton, one of the scientists who is closely watching the blazes. Morton heads the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, which monitors land use and environmental changes through satellite data. Between January and late August, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites have detected 100,000 “fire spots” in the Brazilian Amazon—the highest number in that period since 2010. The numbers are in line with those from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. With partners at the University of … [Read more...] about ‘A little bit of everything is burning.’: A NASA scientist dissects Amazon fires
A video of a gender reveal that went catastrophically awry is serving as a warning to all expectant parents. The unknown U.S.-based couple have been left red-faced as a clip of the disaster is making its way around the Internet after it was picked up by sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports. The parents-to-be have been dragged on social media - not least for their ill-judged attempt at popping a huge black balloon which contained their future baby's gender by repeatedly hitting it with flat sticks. Fail: A couple's gender reveal went hilariously wrong, but social media users are fed up of the trend and spared them no expenses when mocking them Isn't someone going to tell them? It all started when the parents-to-be attempted to pop a balloon with flat sticks 'Popping a balloon by hitting it with a stick is not [possible],' one Twitter user pointed out. 'Sticks are for pinatas. They need sharp stuff for balloons. Where are the lawn … [Read more...] about Is this the worst gender reveal EVER? Couple is mocked over DISASTROUS video that shows their surprise balloon flying away – before dad falls flat on his face trying to catch it
Global warming is pure physics. Climate gases like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that would normally escape into space. Acting like a greenhouse, they trap the heat, and global temperatures rise. In order to limit global warming and its dangerous and unpredictable effects on life on Earth, it's crucial to slow down the rate at which we're emitting these gases, and CO2 — the one humans are emitting most — in particular. Under the UN Paris Climate Agreement, the international community has committed to limiting global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — and ideally no more than 1.5 degrees — above pre-industrial levels. And that means some very hefty cuts in our carbon emissions. How much CO2 can the atmosphere take? But how hefty? Climate physicists have calculated a "CO2 budget," that is, how much … [Read more...] about Coal dilemma: Will Germany blow its CO2 budget?
It has been a year since Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico. If you drop onto the island for a visit, the recovery looks almost complete. The San Juan airport is crowded, the cruise ships are docking on schedule, and the piña coladas are flowing in Old San Juan. The lights work and your cellphone gets pretty good reception. If you ignore a few dead traffic signals and bent road signs, you might even be able to fool yourself into thinking nothing ever happened. But Puerto Rico has not recovered. In fact, it’s arguably as close to collapse as it has ever been. The power is on and the roads are open, but if you look closely, the entire island is held together with duct tape and baling wire. Tens of thousands of people are still living under the blue tarps that were installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on houses that had their roofs blown off during the storm. Engineers are still discovering bridges that are in danger of collapsing, and every time it rains, … [Read more...] about The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico