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2012-08-08 23:53:45

Research has revealed that the extremely hot, dry and windy conditions on Black Saturday combined with structures in the atmosphere called 'horizontal convective rolls' -similar to streamers of wind flowing through the air - which likely affected fire behavior. The study is the first of its kind to produce such detailed, high-resolution simulations of weather patterns on the day and provides insights for future fire management and warning systems. The work was led by Dr Todd Lane and Ms...

Wildfires Across Colorado Seen By NASA Satellites
2012-06-27 10:06:09

Nearly half of the United States' airborne fire suppression equipment was operating over Colorado on June 25, 2012, CNN reported, as tens of thousands of acres burned. Fires raged in southwestern Colorado, northeastern Colorado, and multiple locations in between. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on June 23, 2012. Red outlines approximate the locations of actively burning fires. The High Park and Weber Fires...

2012-01-18 21:28:22

Clearing vegetation close to houses is the best way to reduce impacts of severe bushfires, according to a team of scientists from Australia and the USA who examined house loss after as a result of Black Saturday, when a series of fires raged across the Australian state of Victoria, killing 173 and injuring 414. The research involving 12,000 measurements at 500 houses affected by the Black Saturday fires was only made possible by the sheer size of the devastation of February 7, 2009....

2011-07-08 01:59:25

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO's Dr Melita Keywood. Dr Keywood said it is likely that fire "“ one of nature's primary carbon-cycling mechanisms "“ will become an increasingly important driver of atmospheric change as the world warms. "Understanding changes in the occurrence and magnitude of fires will be an important challenge for which there needs...

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2009-05-21 15:27:22

A series of deadly wildfires in Australia contained the intensity of 1,500 Hiroshima atomic bombs, Melbourne University fire behavior specialist Kevin Tolhurst reported Thursday. The so-called "Black Saturday" fires broke out in February, killing 173 people. Tolhurst told the Black Saturday royal commission that the 100-meter high fires created enough energy within just a few hours to power Victoria's industrial and domestic energy needs for an entire year. "It's an enormous amount of...

2007-06-01 08:12:15

ROME -- Climate change is making forest fires around the world bigger and more intense, increasing the threat to people and the environment and costing countries millions in damage and firefighting expenses, the United Nations said Thursday. With estimates of firefighting costs ranging from $450 million to $900 million per fire season, some countries - such as Canada - may no longer be able to afford to fight fires with the vigor that they currently do, cautioned the report from the U.N. Food...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.