Atmosphere

Largest dust storm in 5 years descends on Taiwan

Air quality suffered greatly as the largest dust storm in five years descended onto the island nation on April 6 -7, 2018, with western Taiwan’s Yunlin county being hardest hit, measuring 10 out of 10 in Air Quality Index (AQI). New Taipei City’s Wanli District registered a PM2.5 level of 232 by 11:00 UTC (19:00 local time) on April 6, and ...

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Early season red sprites appear over Czech Republic

Two red sprites, transient optical phenomena appearing as luminous reddish-orange flashes, have been recorded over the Czech Republic on April 4, 2018, marking the early beginning of 2018 sprite season in the northern hemisphere. Lucky photographer this season was again well known Martin Popek who captured them above storms over western Czeckia on April 4 below Pleiades star cluster: Because sprites are associated with ...

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Dust storm kills three in Uttar Pradesh, India

A massive dust storm hit many parts of central and eastern Uttar Pradesh, India, on March 30, 2018, killing three people. The storm disrupted traffic and caused power outages in many locations and uprooted multiple trees, an official said. One person was killed after a wooden shaft collapsed on him in Gonda while two laborers died in Azamgarh when the roof ...

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Scientists Say Expect More 1,000-Year Events Like Louisiana Flood

By Nike KnightCommon Dreams Louisiana’s devastating rainfall was the state’s second “1,000-year” flood this year Louisiana flood, August 2016 – Photo: Common Dreams flickr/cc Parts of Louisiana’s disastrous, ongoing flooding has been upgraded by meteorologists to once-in-1,000-years rainfall, with other areas classified as 500-year and 100-year events, nola.com reported Monday, as scientists warn that such storms are growing more and ...

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Shorebird Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

By Nick HolomuzkiEPA Blog It’s August and beach season is in full swing, but people looking to escape the heat aren’t the only ones at the shore.  Each year, the piping plover migrates from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic to nest and raise their young. The piping plover is a small, sand-colored shorebird that resembles a sand piper. They ...

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Airline Emissions are Flying Too High

By David Suzuki David Suzuki Foundation In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly, with less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, ...

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New EPA Web Portal Helps Communities Prepare for Climate Change

By The EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation’s 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides users with information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Premiers “Before the Flood” Climate Change Documentary

Environmental activist and Academy Award®-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens premier their documentary film, Before the Flood, a compelling account of the powerful changes occurring on our planet due to climate change. Before the Flood will appear in theaters in NYC and LA starting October 21, and air globally on the National Geographic Channel starting October ...

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Can Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

By University of Illinois Extension In an era of increasing energy prices, many Americans insulate and seal up their homes during the winter months. Although this can result in savings on the monthly power bill, sealing the home can concentrate indoor air pollutants and cause various health problems. Photo: Luis Fernande Garcia, Wikimedia Commons “Making a building airtight limits the ...

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