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California Drought Drives an 'Explosive,' Longer Wildfire Season

There was a time when fire season in California started around May and went through September. Now, thanks to a drought that's stretching into its fourth year, the state seems to have become a year-round tinderbox.

The long running drought has "created explosive fire conditions," said Mike Mohler, a …


Switzerland will be testing out drone delivery this summer

This summer, one of Switzerland's biggest logistics companies is trying its hand at drone delivery. The drone company Matternet announced this week that it will be partnering with Swiss Post and its parent company Swiss WorldCargo for a drone delivery pilot project this summer, serving as a last …


Spectacular eruption of Calbuco volcano in Chile

The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted Wednesday, April 22. Image via via @elrafaarenas on Twitter.

After remaining dormant for 42 years, the Calbuco …


Maine Search And Rescue Company Gets FAA Approval To Use Drones

The rain in Maine is spied mainly by plane

Drones are well known for their ability to search. Now, an emergency rescue service in Maine is going to see how well drones can do rescue too. Down East Emergency Medical Institute, a Maine-based non-profit focused on improving medical evacuation …

Search and Rescue

Blue Train Dramatically Cuts Down On Pollution

I think I can, I think I can

The Little Engine That Could was a bright, friendly blue locomotive who managed to overcome impossible odds through sheer force of will--I think therefore I can. GE's new locomotive engine is a similar shade of blue, but it took more engineering than determination for it …


Thousands evacuated after volcano eruption in Chile

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in more than four decades, sending a plume of smoke and ash several kilometres high.

Emergency services declared a red alert and about 1,500 people were evacuated from the nearby town of Ensenada as a precaution, authorities …


Air Quality: A Tale of Three Cities

Dr. Bryan N. Duncan is a deputy project scientist for the Aura Mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

He recently …

Air Quality Index

Driving Through Hell

Meteorologist Danielle Banks talks about amazing and terrifying footage of cars driving on a road where wildfires roared in Russia.


Fracking Tank Launched Into Air After Lightning Strike

Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about a lightning strike in Colorado, that caused an explosion at a oil fracking plant.


1,000 Acres of Land Scorched by Brush Fire in Miami-Dade, Florida

Crews are battling a massive brush fire that has already burned approximately 1,000 acres of land in Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida.


Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city

Saharan dust, traffic fumes and smog from Europe may be clogging up London's air at present - and causing alarm in the newspapers - but in the world's most polluted city London's air would be considered unusually refreshing. That city is Delhi, the Indian capital, where air quality reports now make


Maps pinpoint where cars pollute the most

A new way to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions from cars could help cities find—and fix— their pollution “hotspots.”When the United States …


Experimenting at Home With Air Quality Monitors

Two years ago, when Thomas Talhelm was a Fulbright scholar in Beijing, he built his own air purifier after growing concerned about the city’s notorious pollution. To test his handiwork, he spent about $260 for a portable device that counts tiny particles in the air.

“I always had the intuition that …

Air Quality

Saharan Dust over Italy : Natural Hazards

On July 16, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image of a river of Saharan dust …


Massive amounts of Saharan dust fertilize the Amazon rainforest

Every year, millions of tons of nutrient-rich Saharan dust cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted …

Amazon River

Warning over aerosol climate fix

Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.

Professor Ken Caldeira, of the Stanford University, presented research at a major conference on the climate risks and impacts of geoengineering.

These techniques …


Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated

Scientists have quantified the amount of gas emitted by Iceland's spectacular Bardarbunga-Holuhraun eruption.

A massive dyke drove across the landscape, starting in August last year, producing huge fountains of lava.

But the six-month event also released 11 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide that …


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'Blood rain' to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa

Storms in the Sahara desert have whipped up sand into a fine dust which is being carried to Britain on northerly winds

‘Blood rain’ will fall on Britain this weekend staining cars and pavements a rusty brown as red dust blows in from the Sahara desert.

Parts of the UK are facing soaring levels of air …

United Kingdom

A heads up on air quality | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

March 11, 2015 | Air pollution in the United States costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. But what if forecasters could issue …


Smog-choked Paris forces half of cars off roads

Paris (AFP) - French authorities will on Monday put in place emergency traffic-limiting measures in Paris, as the City of Light and much of northern France suffers from a choking smog.

City mayor Anne Hidalgo had asked authorities to prevent one in every two cars from taking to the capital's streets …


Pollution cloud over UK triggers health warnings

Britain has been placed on a health alert because of a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution blowing over the country. Experts said the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and have warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

The Department for Environment, Food and …


US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants

The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University.

Chinese companies dominate the top of the ranking but US companies, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, occupy 10 of the top 25 …

Climate Change

Pollution levels linked to stroke-related narrowing of arteries

Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical …

For the first time, the world economy grows while carbon emissions don't

For the last 40 years, whenever the world economy grew, so did the Earth's carbon dioxide levels — until 2014, The Washington Post reports. The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that in 2014, the economy grew and CO2 levels didn't.

In the past, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was …


Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

Electric cars could cut the UK’s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers’ fuel bills by £13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study.

An electric vehicle surge would deliver an average £1,000 of fuel savings a year per driver, and spark a 47% drop in carbon emissions by 2030, said the …

Automotive Industry

China takes Under the Dome anti-pollution film offline

The authorities in China have a removed from websites a popular documentary which highlights the country's severe pollution problem.

Under the Dome explains the social and health costs of pollution, and was watched by more than 100 million people online, sparking debates.

It was removed just two days …

Water vapor may help map pollution sources in Utah inversions

"We have some hints," Bowen said. "There's a lot of potential to use it to improve our understanding of urban air pollution."

Fuel-burning sources …