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Is Canned Air Only Way to Deal with Smog in China

Is Canned Air Only Way to Deal with Smog in China

China’s massive capital Beijing is regularly blanketed in notorious smog linked with coal consumption and heavy industry. Earlier, Beijing officials issued red alert for second time in December due to smog which is getting ridiculously bad.

This year wasn’t good at all for the Chinese capital when it comes to air pollution. Smog has made things more difficult for residents, especially in winters. There are reports that the smog is stretching beyond Beijing into much of northern China.

Oso, Washington Mudslide could be a Recurring Event: Research

Oso, Washington Mudslide could be a Recurring Event: Research

Researchers at University of Washington (UW) undertook a new study to prove that the Oso landslide that occurred in Washington on March 22, 2014, was not merely a coincidence. The landslide was astonishingly huge in terms of size and intensity. It seems that this deadliest ever landslide, which swallowed up an area around the North York of the Stillaguamish River, is a recurring event.

The study, published online by the journal Geology, has revealed that such major landslides have been hitting this valley since last 2,000 years at an average interval of every 140 years. According to Sean LaHusen, a UW doctoral student and lead author on the paper, said this particular valley is highly dynamic. He added that landslides in this valley will not stop.

NASA Studies Various Climate Change Factors

NASA Studies Various Climate Change Factors

A study undertaken by NASA has revealed that the impact of different factors on the climate differs across the world. The study stated that increase in the global temperatures in future must be studied by taking into account the impact of various natural and man-made factors on climate. The study reports that conclusions about the impact of various factors cannot be generalized across the countries.

Increasing Pollution, Unsafe Products Create Bubble Homes

Increasing Pollution, Unsafe Products Create Bubble Homes

A constant rise in pollution level and insecurity associated with products has resulted in the creation of bubble families in China. Several consumers are purchasing products to purify air and water, along with only safe products for their vehicles and houses.

The government of Beijing has announced red alerts for pollution levels two times in December, along with the most severe smog warning till date. Following the release of environmental documentary, Under the Dome, in February 2015, there has been an increase in public awareness regarding environmental threats.

Toxic Algae Outbreak Might Worsen Due To Warming Of Lakes

Toxic Algae Outbreak Might Worsen Due To Warming Of Lakes

Researchers through a recently conducted study have found that rise in temperature of lakes all of the world will trigger toxic algae outbreak which will be very harmful for marine ecosystem.

The study co-funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation suggested that increase in lake temperature is projected to increase alga blooms by almost 20%, and toxic algae bloom by 5%.

The warm lake water could also alter the balance of ecosystems and threaten the livelihood of people who depend on fish from the lakes.

The study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters said that the lakes are warming at a rate of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit each decade.

It appears orca baby boom on West Coast just won't stop, after years of population decline

It appears orca baby boom on West Coast just won't stop, after years of populati

It seems like the orca baby boom on the West Coast is not going to stop after years of population decline. The Centre for Whale Research, on Wednesday, gave confirmation to the birth of the 8th calf this year in the endangered southern residents. The birth has pushed the population to 84.

In a statement, Michael Harris, the director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, said 1977 was the only year in the last 4 decades, wherein as many baby killer whales took birth into this community of whales. Harris said that 9 births have taken place in 2015.

The calf seen first on December 1, besides San Juan Island in Washington State, however, researchers were able to capture a photo in Haro Strait on Wednesday. They confirmed that it was not among the other calves born in 2015.

Climate Change: Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet has doubled

Climate Change: Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet has doubled

The Greenland Ice Sheet is shrinking at a high rate, according to a new study. The vast body of ice has lost approximately 9,013 gigatonnes ice in last 110 years and the shrinking rate is increasing rapidly, it added.

The study published in the journal Nature also suggested that from 2003 to 2010, ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet has been removed at a rate over twice the rate during the entire 20th century.

To collect information on the ice sheet’s mass loss, researchers have been using satellite data from last more than two decades. They believe that the outcomes may help them in knowing the effects of global warming and rising ocean levels.

Earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this year could have been much, much worse, say scientists

Earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this year could have been much, much worse

According to a new report, the devastating magntitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015 could have been even much, much worse than what occurred. Recently, an international team has published a review of the events that the impacts stemming from the big earthquakes was much lower than people feared. On analyzing hundreds of thousands of satellite images taken before and after Nepal’s Gorkha quake, a 64-member team has been able to count only 4,312 landslides. Though, the quake resulted in huge devastation in Nepal, it still triggered slope failures much less severe than its magnitude would suggest. But, by any measure the Nepal quakes in April and May were devastating; more than eight and a half thousand people lost their lives.

There is no locally caught crab on the menu in California

There is no locally caught crab on the menu in California

In California, you won’t see any locally caught crab on the menu as it warned earlier this year that these crustaceans must not be consumed. This is because they could contain high levels of a strong chemical that fills the nervous system with poison.

The chemical could result into death even in people. This toxin is made up of certain algae and there has been large bloom of them off of the state’s coast in 2015.

It is sad that the warning notices can’t be read by sea lions. The toxin builds up in organisms that consume the algae, and some of the creatures can be the lunch of a sea lion. When such a thing happens, these marine mammals could be poisoned. A latest study has now thrown some light over how that poisoning affects the brain of a sea lion.

Australian Blue-banded Bees bang Their Heads without Head-Banging Music

Australian Blue-banded Bees bang Their Heads without Head-Banging Music

Researchers have discovered a bee species in Australia that bang their head at rate of about 350 times per second. The insect, known as Australian blue-banded bee, is doing so to release pollen into the air, as per the researchers.

The researchers, for the first time, have filmed the bees banging their head while getting pollen out of a flower. They were doing this at an unbelievable rate of approximately 350 times per second which will leave everyone awestruck, the researchers said.

There is a really good reason behind that head banging without head-banging music. The activity allows the bees to spend less time on every flower, the researchers from the Adelaide University explained.

Arctic Warming has set New Temperature Record, says NOAA Report

Arctic Warming has set New Temperature Record, says NOAA Report

A report on Thursday suggested that the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world. As a result, populations of walrus have been declining in the region’s Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, it reported.

As the region is warming twice as fast as other places in the world, its ice sheets are melting rapidly and making conditions difficult for walrus populations to survive, researchers said.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the annual ‘Arctic Report Card: 2015 Update’, which reported that outlook for the region is bleak. In the last few years, air temperature of Arctic has increased by over 5 degrees due to climate change, as per the report.

Greenpeace Activists Poured Yellow Paint around Arc De Triomphe to Turn It into 'Sun'

Greenpeace Activists Poured Yellow Paint around Arc De Triomphe to Turn It into

Greenpeace activists attempted another public stunt on Friday to make negotiators agree on a powerful accord. The green activist poured yellow paint around a famous roundabout to transform it into the Sun.

Greenpeace activists used bikes to pour the paint on the cobblestone street the paint got spread by the passing vehicles, which made it appear like sun when seen from the sky.

They wanted to paint the sun, to force the French government to accelerate the development of the use of renewable energy in the country and majorly the solar power.

Greenpeace coordinator Frederic Amiel said in a statement that around eighty Greenpeace activists gathered on the Place de l'Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe to send a message to Francois Hollande.

Sales of Electric Cars get a Boost as Heavy Smog Covers Beijing

Sales of Electric Cars get a Boost as Heavy Smog Covers Beijing

China’s capital Beijing has been covered in a thick blanket of hazardous smog. While on one hand smog has forced the residents to stop use of vehicles for commuting due to pollution, on the other sales of electric cars have picked up pace in the city.

Beijing issued the first three-day pollution ‘red alert’ on Monday. The measures to combat the hazardous smog adopted by officials included limiting the use of conventional petrol-powered and hybrid cars to alternate days.

The people who own an electric car or any other electric vehicle are free to roam around in the capital at any time. This has prompted a large number of inquiries about electric vehicles from the would-be buyers.

Researchers find New Whale Species buried in Smithsonian

Researchers find New Whale Species buried in Smithsonian

A newly identified species of whale has been named after Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. The sperm whale got a revision, but its discovery is about 90-year-old old. Researchers speculate that the whale was actually a beast. They were big, but there family tree was small as only three living species are known today.

Researchers examined the whale’s fossil history and found that the family was once filled with variety of whales of various sizes and shapes. Now, the researchers have added a new sperm whale species to array Albicetus oxymycterus.

Reanalysis of Fossils Leads to Discovery of Hualianceratops Wucaiwanensis

Reanalysis of Fossils Leads to Discovery of Hualianceratops Wucaiwanensis

Researchers after reanalyzing skull fossils found in 2002 found that the 160 million-year-old remains belonged to a previously unknown plant-eating dinosaur named Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis.

Scientists found that remains which they were carrying out digging in China 2002, and thought that it belongs to a small dinosaur. But now reanalysis of the fossils unveiled the real truth associated with the fossils.

Dr. Catherine Forster, a paleontologist at George Washington University and a co-author of the research, said, “It was probably about the size of a spaniel dog, with a relatively large head, and walked on its hind legs. Based on comparisons with closely related species, it probably had a modest size tail, although this was not preserved with the specimen”.

Beijing Issues First Pollution ‘Red Alert’

Beijing Issues First Pollution ‘Red Alert’

Electric car market in China seems to be getting a boost after hazardous smog forced officials to ban use of vehicles for travelling due to pollution. Some dealers even told that the inquiries about all-electric models have increased by almost a tenth.

Seeing the high spread of hazardous smog, Beijing issued a first pollution ‘red alert’ on Monday. Officials in order to combat the harmful smog ordered to limit the use of conventional petrol-powered and hybrid cars to alternate days.

Smog was no fun for anyone, but the electric car market in China are the ones that is benefitted the most. People can easily use cars to commuting as they do not emit any pollution, which has prompted a rush of inquiries from would-be buyers, dealers and automakers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger urges people to Go Vegan for Earth

Arnold Schwarzenegger urges people to Go Vegan for Earth

Hollywood actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Paris to speak about climate change. ‘The Terminator’ actor said global warming is not a movie script that people will listen.

While talking to BBC, Schwarzenegger urged people to go part-time vegetarian to protect the mother earth. There are many different ways to get protein, the actor added. “I think it is sad the way the miscommunication about climate change, because so many times, you hear that the oceans will rise, and the sea levels are rising and temperature’s rising and the icebergs’ melting, and it’s all stuff that people cannot even relate to”, the 68-year-old former professional bodybuilder said.

Beijing’s Poisonous Air prompts Government to Issue Red Alert

Beijing’s Poisonous Air prompts Government to Issue Red Alert

Much of China’s massive capital Beijing shut down on Tuesday after the government announced air pollution red alert. The first-time red alert forced the city to close its schools, factories and construction sites. The alert also restricted the number of vehicles on the city roads.

While declaring red alert in Beijing, the government told its residents to take precautions with their health. Despite extraordinary measures against air pollution, the city’s air grew worse and left over 20 million people in hazy environment.

Katy Perry reads unique weather report to draw attention towards devastating effects of climate change on children worldwide

Katy Perry reads unique weather report to draw attention towards devastating

During an exclusive recording launched when world leaders assembled yesterday in Paris, France, for the high-level section of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), a unique weather report was read by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and global pop star Katy Perry for gaining attention toward the shocking effects of the phenomenon on the children worldwide.

In a news release issued by UNICEF, Ms. Perry said, “Droughts, floods, and other weather conditions are putting children at increased risk of disease and malnutrition, and destroying their families’ livelihoods. The worst part is some of the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of world are bearing most unfair burden of climate change”.

Thick Blanket of Gray Smog Covers Beijing

Thick Blanket of Gray Smog Covers Beijing

Car travels, fireworks and outdoor barbecuing were banned in Beijing after a thick blanket of gray smog covered the entire Chinese capital. Experts said the same situation might stretch entire week.

The local environmental protection bureau said they had to immediately issue a red alert in the city to warn people about the dangerous effects of the gray smog in the city.

This was for the very first time that such an alarm has been raised to its highest level since the introduction of an emergency air-pollution response system in 2013.

A picture of the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium was also released by the state-run Xinhua News Agency showing the stadium entirely covered in a curtain of gray smog.




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