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Fire Detection Satellite Designed By UC Berkeley Scientists
2013-10-22 12:24:33

University of California, Berkeley Improved and cheaper sensors, faster analysis software make satellite feasible As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it's time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds in search of hot spots that could be newly...

Climate Change Produces Complicated Consequences For North America's Forests
2013-10-15 11:35:58

Dartmouth College Dartmouth-led study is the most comprehensive review of warming's impacts on forest pests, diseases Climate change affects forests across North America – in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems -- but Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and...

2013-09-28 23:02:04

Dallas resident Tim McCarty, who once was guided off Silver Dollar City’s roller coaster PowderKeg because he was too big to fit in the seat, took a victory ride on the same coaster a year later and 130 pounds thinner. McCarty and his family celebrated the weight loss with a September 27 return to the Branson, Missouri theme park, the ride on PowderKeg and also a ride on the park’s new ground-breaking wood coaster, Outlaw Run. Branson, Missouri (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 When Tim...

2013-09-09 23:21:11

Local 17 members working at the Chelan-Douglas Health District are ready to minimize the health impacts of wildfires during the peak of Washington wildfire season. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 09, 2013 The wildfires that struck central Washington last September were severe both in terms of the damage they inflicted on the environment, and the prolonged duration of unhealthy air conditions. But thanks to Local 17 members at the Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD), the harm to the...

Wildfires Change Climate Models
2013-08-30 13:45:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While raging wildfires can consume property and even lives, the towering infernos could also be heavily influencing the forces of climate change. According to a new study from researchers at Michigan Technological University, forest fires emit massive quantities of two different kinds of particles – soot and tar balls. These particles remain in the atmosphere and should be taken into account when creating climate change models, the...

Wildfires Could Become More Frequent Due To Changing Climate
2013-08-29 08:15:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Western US, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires in at least 11 states, has received bad news from a new study led by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The study, published online and in an upcoming print issue of Atmospheric Environment, suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'