Three uncontrollable forest fires in western Nova brought ground and air crews striving to contain it. The dry climate and the high temperature have made it difficult for the crews to bring the fire down.
A drone that launches balls of fire was created to help suppress wildfires and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.
ccording to authorities, one major contributor of haze and air pollution is the palm oil production in the Asian region. But lately, a drop in oil production means that the authorities are firm and serious about fighting air pollution in the region.
There is no doubt humans have left a lasting impact on the environment since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But a new study suggests people were leaving their mark much earlier: Settlers in Madagascar set forests ablaze 1,000 years ago to make room for cattle pastures.
Thanks to California’s ongoing drought, nearly 888 million trees have experienced drought-related stress since 2011. Of these trees, 58 million have reached dangerous water-loss thresholds, researchers say.
Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.
Even though plants first emerged on Earth 400 million years ago, it was not until approximately 80 million years later that wildfires began ripping through forests and grasslands like they do today in California. This could explain why plants were able to diversify the way they did.
In addition to the raging wildfires, the Pacific Northwest lowlands are experiencing devastation in mountain pond habitats as a result of climate change. According to recent forecast models, this just may be new norm that amphibians have to get used to.
Despite the fact that long-necked, herbivore dinosaurs (sauropodomorphs) were likely a common sight in the higher altitudes of Earth's supercontinent 30 million years ago, none of these species elected to head south. Now paleontologists think they have determined why it took an additional 15 million years for these massive dinos to move to the tropics.
The United States is not exactly unfamiliar with massive forest fires. In the last two years alone, two stunning megafires turned a grand total of nearly 350,000 acres of land to ash and dust. In the wake of such fires, it's understandable that professionals expected to facilitate natural recovery would be a little overwhelmed. Thankfully, NASA is now stepping in, providing satellite information that is key for helping local ecosystems recover.
Spring is nearly upon us, and for some parts of the world, that means things will soon be heating up. Even the north remembers recent heat waves, with drought-harried regions like California likely dreading what's to come. Now new research is showing that we have the Arctic, of all places, to blame for some of the hottest days of the year.