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  • Climate models may be overestimating the cooling effect of wildfire aerosols

    Original story at MIT News Whether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or peatlands, open-burning fires impact the global climate system in two ways which, to some extent, cancel each other out. On one hand, they generate a significant fraction of ...

  • UL Highlights Breakthroughs In `New Science`

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 24, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety science, launched "New Science," a powerful initiative showcasing important ways UL is making the world safer through fundamental discovery, testing methodologies and equipment, software and ...


    By UL LLC

  • EPA updates science assessment for dioxins

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its non-cancer science assessment for dioxins, which was last reviewed in the 1980s. Dioxins are toxic chemicals that naturally exist in the environment and can be released into the environment through forest fires, backyard burning of trash, certain industrial activities, and residue from past commercial burning of waste. ...

  • Protecting soil in fire-ravaged landscapes

    Following a wildfire, there is often the potential for devastating storm-induced erosion and mudslides. To prevent this possibility, teams of scientists work on these scared landscapes to quickly assess the erosion potential and potential mitigation strategies. By using digital soil and fire severity data, coupled with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the process is made much simpler. A ...

  • Fire Debris May Spread Asbestos

    If a fire occurs in a building constructed between 1935 and 1970 near your home, you may want to avoid spending time outside in your yard and call an asbestos remediation professional immediately. The deadly asbestos fibers, which may have been released by the fire, can spread in the air and settle on nearby properties, putting you and your neighbors at risk. A recent incident in Scotland ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • The future of natural gas - Its on fire

    Natural gas will play a leading role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades, largely by replacing older, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined-cycle gas generation. That"s the conclusion reached by a comprehensive study of the future of natural gas conducted by an MIT study group comprised of 30 MIT faculty members, researchers, and graduate students. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NASA Partners With Forest Service To Highlight Wildfires, Science

    NASA and the U.S. Forest Service signed a Space Act Agreement this week that unites the two agencies in raising awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. ...

  • Fairview high school wins Colorado science bowl

    Students from Fairview High School Team 1 won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. They will go on to the 21st National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. on Apr. 28 – May 2, where they will compete for the national title against more than 450 students from 68 high schools.   The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the Science Bowl tradition in 1991 as a way to encourage high ...

  • Despite attacks from critics,climate science will prevail

    Science thrives on debate. Only by challenging scientific findings do we expose weak arguments and substantiate strong ones. But the process relies on the debate being devoid of political taint and grounded in sound scientific knowledge. Sadly, that has not been the case in the recent barrage of criticism leveled against climate science. The readers of Yale Environment 360 are by now familiar ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NASA Releases Visual Tour of Earth`s Fires

    NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002. The visualizations show fire observations made by the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instruments onboard NASA's Terra and Aqua ...

  • Smoke Damage Claims on the Rise from Recent Fires

    Environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties for thorough fire and smoke damage investigations. A devastating natural gas fire in San Bruno, California and a raging wildfire on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado are major news stories this month.  Not only have these fires caused death and destruction where they ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fires cause Immediate Damage and Smoke Damage Claims

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties for fire and smoke damage investigations across the greater Chicago area and throughout Illinois.   The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) can trace their roots back to before 1833.  They are one of the largest fire departments in the United States and each year respond to countless ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • PhoCheck+ Provides Optimal Breathing Safety For Fire Fighters

    Used widely within the Fire Service Industry, the PhoCheck+ 1000 from Ion Science provides crucial testing of air compressors for safe, uncontaminated use of breathing apparatus. Evidence shows that oils and greases used to lubricate air compressors cause contamination of air that has been compressed into the tank, resulting in fire fighters experiencing an unpleasant ‘chemical taste’ ...


    By Ion Science

  • Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos in their own Fire House

    Firefighters knowingly risk everything to protect their neighbors and communities, and working inside the fire house would seem to be the least dangerous part of their jobs. Unfortunately, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Fire prevention in the intersection between wildland and urban areas

    As agricultural land is abandoned and urban landscapes spread, the area where wildland and urban areas meet is growing, potentially increasing the risk of wildfires. A recent study proposes a new method to characterise and map large areas of wildland-urban interfaces as a tool for fire prevention and land management. More than 50,000 wildland fires in southern Europe affect 500,000 hectares of ...

  • Future fire – still a wide open climate question

    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 ...

  • Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools Wins 26th Colorado Science Bowl

    Students from Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. They will represent the state of Colorado at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 28- May 2, where they will compete against more than 400 students from 70 high schools for the national title. The DOE Science Bowl began in 1991 as a way to encourage ...

  • Ozone case shows Bush meddling in science, say watchdogs

    President George W. Bush's decision to intervene in setting air pollution standards is part of a longstanding administration pattern of meddling in environmental science, watchdog groups said on Friday. In cases this week dealing with polar bears, ozone smog and environmental research, groups that monitor these decisions faulted the Bush administration for slighting science in favour of politics. ...


  • Water security and climate change: how science can help

    Policymakers need better information about the regional impact of climate change on water supplies, and on ways of adapting to it. For centuries, food production — and thus social development — has depended heavily on access to the water needed to grow crops or rear livestock. Having enough water is only part of the issue, however: it must also be available when and where it ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bringing the Science of Weather to the Sport of Fishing / Weather Data and the Competitive Edge

    Jim was raised in upstate New York where his first committed sporting endeavor was bow hunting.  Jim has a natural drive to be the best he can be, so when an old timer told him that the key to superior hunting skill was to keep a journal and monitor animal habits and weather conditions, Jim took that advice to heart. By the time he was 20 Jim had moved into the world of predator fishing and ...


    By RainWise Inc.

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