Marines, Sailors Join National Guard to Fight California Wildfires

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors deployed over the weekend to the frontlines of multi-agency firefighting efforts on the Creek fire, which has consumed more than 122 square miles in central California. The Marines and sailors assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion – about 250 personnel in all, including about a dozen Navy hospital […]

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Charging ahead: Tesla teases big news on ‘Battery Day’

Tesla chief Elon Musk has promised “insane” battery news at a streamed event after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Tuesday. Speculation includes that Tesla will announce it has come up with ways to pack more energy into battery cells, slash production cost and dramatically extend battery life. Musk, however, seemed to tap the brakes […]

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California firefighters race to tame wildfires before hot, windy weather returns

Five weeks after California erupted in deadly wildfires supercharged by record heat and howling winds, crews battling flames pushed on Monday to consolidate their gains as forecasts called for a return of blistering, gusty weather. California already has lost far more landscape to wildfires this summer than during any previous entire year, with scores of conflagrations – many […]

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NASA To Spark “Lunar Gold Rush” In Move To Break China’s Monopoly On Rare Earth Metals

Source: nworeport NASA wants to spark a “lunar gold rush” by paying companies to extract rare earth metals (REM) from the moon. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently tweeted that the space agency “is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider! It’s time to establish the regulatory certainty to extract and trade space resources.” The moon holds hundreds of billions, […]

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As Firefighters Battle Dozens Of Blazes, California’s Bobcat Fire Nears 100,000 Acres

Improving weather conditions have aided firefighters' efforts to contain major wildfires on the West Coast, but dozens rage on. The Bobcat Fire has become one of Los Angeles County's largest ever.

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Thousands of migratory birds are ‘falling out of the sky’ in a mass die-off that could be linked to the West Coast wildfires

Thousands of migratory birds are "falling out of the sky" across several states in the Southwest, in what scientists are calling the largest mass die-off in recent history. Swallows and flycatchers are among the bird species that are dropping dead in states including New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska, according to Dr. Martha Desmond, a professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), quoted in the Guardian. "I collected over a dozen in just a two-mile stretch in front of my house," said Desmond, according to the Guardian. "To see this and to be picking up these carcasses and realizing how widespread this is, is personally devastating. To see this many individuals and species dying is a national tragedy." Scientists first began investigating the phenomenon in late August after "a large number of dead birds" were reportedly found on the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, according to CNN. Trish Cutler, a wildlife biologist at the military base, told the Albuquerque television station KOB that fewer than half a dozen dead migratory birds are found dead in a typical week. "This last week we've had a couple of hundred, so that really got our attention," Cutler said, according to the New York Times. Since then, residents in New Mexico and other states have reported seeing more clusters of dead birds in locations ranging from hiking trails, golf courses, and suburban driveways. In one video posted on Twitter, journalist Austin Fisher films dozens of dead birds he discovered while on a tubing trip in New Mexico's Rio Arriba County on September 13. "I thought to myself, 'Wait, I've never seen this many dead animals in one place in my life," Fisher told the New York Times. Watch the clip below:  I just recorded this up in Velarde, N.M. I've never seen anything like it. I'm told of other dead migratory birds found in Hernandez, Ojo Sarco and El Valle de Arroyo Seco. https://t.co/GpeFZbyuW7 pic.twitter.com/XXVM4AZrDu — objectivity haver (@austieJFish) September 14, 2020   Desmond said scientists are unsure how many birds are dying but has said the number could easily be in the "hundreds of thousands", according to NBC. Witnesses had seen the birds displaying unusual behavior before their deaths, including becoming lethargic or fearless when humans approached them. Other species who usually rest and eat in trees and shrubs were also found hopping on the ground looking for insects, according to Desmond.  Not all birds seem to be affected. Bird species native to the area including the curve-billed thrashers, great-tailed grackles, and white-winged doves appeared to be in good health. Climate change and the wildfires could be to blame Scientists are unsure why this mass die-off is happening.  Some suggest that the wildfires raging across the West Coast could be to blame, with smoke plumes potentially altering migration routes or increasing toxins inhaled by birds.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Twitter that "not much is known about the impacts of smoke and wildfires on birds." "Many of them have little to no fat, many are underweight, and there's not a lot of external signs that they have been inhaling a lot of smoke," Jenna McCullough, a doctoral ornithology student from NMSU said, according to the Times.  Another theory is that the smoke plumes are forcing the birds to fly inland and over the Chihuahuan desert, which offers little food or water. Some carcasses lacked muscle mass and appeared to have nose-dived into the ground because their faces were damaged. "They're literally just feathers and bones," said Allison Salas, a graduate student at NMSU who has also been collecting carcasses and sending them to forensics laboratory, according to the Times. "Almost as if they have been flying until they just couldn't fly anymore." Other experts highlighted a cold snap in the Mountains West, or a drought in the Southwest of the region that depleted the insect populations that many migratory birds feed on. Records that date back to the 1800s show that large avian mortalities during the migration are usually associated with extreme weather events — with the largest event linked to the 1904 snowstorm in Minnesota and Iowa that killed 1.5 million birds, according to the Guardian. Scientists have said it will take time until they uncover what the reasoning behind the mass die-offs is. "It could be a combination of things. It could be something that's still completely unknown to us," said Salas. Scientists continue to study the phenomenon. They are urging people to report any sightings of dead birds on a citizen science website called iNaturalist. Read more: An avian apocalypse has arrived in North America. Birdsong could become a rare sound. 1 billion birds are killed by flying into windows each year — and 'bird-safe' glass is finally catching on 10 award-winning wildlife photos give a rare look at birds around the world 20 photos of birds captured at the perfect moment Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 8 tools that make home-improvement projects easier

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Strong 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California

Residents across Southern California were checking their homes and apartments Saturday morning for any damage caused by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake that struck two miles south of Rosemead and was felt across a large portion of the region, including Orange County. The quake struck at 11:38 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It […]

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The Judean Date Palm: Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds

For thousands of years, the date palm was a staple crop. In the Kingdom of Judea it was a source of food, shelter, medicine, and shade. But the plant went extinct due to waves of conquest and intentional destruction. But now, after 2,000 years, the Judean date palm is back and the sweet ancient fruit has been harvested once again. A Symbol of Good Fortune Thick forests of the ancient date palms towering up to 80 feet (24.38 meters) and spreading for 7 miles (11.27) covered the Jordan River valley from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the shores of the Dead Sea in the south. Ancient Judean date palm trees resurrected from ancient seeds. (The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies) So valued was the tree that it became recognized as a symbol of good fortune in Judea. It is chronicled in the Bible, Quran, and ancient literature for its diverse powers. It has allegedly served as both an aphrodisiac and a contraceptive, and as a cure for a wide range of health issues including cancer, malaria, and toothache. Read moreSection: Ancient PlacesAsiaRead Later 

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Turns Out Global Warming Not to Blame for Northwest U.S. Wildfires — Progressives Like Gov. Newsome Are   

Surge Summary: The devastating wildfires currently ravaging California, Oregon, and Washington, can largely be laid at the feet of environmentalist-deranged modern forest management policies – the kind endorsed by progressives and the likes of California Governor Gavin Newsom. This contemporary approach is not only wrong-headed, but unbiblical – so of course it doesn’t work! by ...More The post Turns Out Global Warming Not to Blame for Northwest U.S. Wildfires — Progressives Like Gov. Newsome Are    appeared first on DailySurge.

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New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

by Al Shaw, Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, and Jeremy W. Goldsmith, special to ProPublica According to new data from the Rhodium Group analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures and changing rainfall will drive agriculture and temperate climates northward, while sea level rise will consume coastlines and dangerous levels of humidity will swamp the Mississippi River valley. Taken with other recent research showing that the most habitable climate in North America will shift northward and the incidence of large fires will increase across the country, this suggests that the climate crisis will profoundly interrupt the way we live and farm in the United States. See how the North American places where humans have lived for thousands of years will shift and what changes are in store for your county. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

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US scientists raise La Niña alert

MANILA, Philippines — US climate scientists have raised the La Niña alert, bringing hope of rains coming to replenish the stock in Angat Dam and saving Metro Manila from a water crisis. La Niña is a weather phenomenon that causes very dry conditions in the eastern Pacific — the western coast of the Americas — […] The post US scientists raise La Niña alert appeared first on Inquirer News.

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Re/Insurance: California Wildfires Continue To Expand, Threaten Tens of Thousands of Structures

What a difference three weeks makes. Our July month-end look at the fire season to date was headlined: "U.S. Wildfire Season Running Far Below Average" The stats through July 30 were: Fires: 31,632  Acres: 2,052,246 versus the 10-year average of 3,849,351 acres burned through that date. Today the National Interagency Fire Center is reporting 38,151 fires and  3,295,697 acres burned through

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West Coast wildfires: a letter to friends from an Oregon resident

We are in the midst of an unmitigated natural disaster here in Oregon and on the West Coast. I struggle to find the words to express what’s happening and the toll it’s taking – on our natural treasures, on homes and businesses, and on our collective psyches. People outside our region probably don’t grasp the magnitude of how massive and how serious it is. Many may even be unaware of what’s going on. I beseech you to pay attention, and to imagine yourself in such a situation. This is what climate change looks like, and something similar may be coming to you soon.

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CAL FIRE Reminds the Public it is Against the Law to Fly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or Drones) Near Wildfires

CAL FIRE Reminds the Public it is Against the Law to Fly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or Drones) Near Wildfires  Sierra Sun Times

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Is Antifa Starting The Wildfires?

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China Working Toward ‘Space Great Power Status’

Article by Jack Beyrer                                    September 2, 2020                                    (freebeacon.com) • In September 1st, the US Department of Defense (DoD) rolled out its […](Visited 185 times, 185 visits today)

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Colleges Are Mailing Brains to Students to Dissect at Home

For college students studying science, doing labwork as part of their classes is a vital way to not only learn the skills necessary for research, but also to better understand concepts from their lectures. So it stands to reason, then, that with many schools pivoting to online education during the coronavirus pandemic, that […] The post Colleges Are Mailing Brains to Students to Dissect at Home appeared first on Futurism.

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29 dead including 2 children, dozens missing from West Coast wildfires; President Trump to visit fire-ravaged California

Wildfires have devastated states on the West Coast; at least 29 people have been killed, dozens of others missing, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that 97 large fires have burned 4.7 million acres across the western states. Over 29,000 firefighters and support personnel are battling the wildfires, along with 2,200 fire engines and 103 aircraft. There are evacuation orders in place due to 40 large fires in California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) noted that nearly 900,000 acres had burned by Friday. "In the last 10 years, we see an average of 500,000 acres burn in an entire year. We've seen that nearly double in the past three days," Brown said. Approximately 500,000 in Oregon have evacuated or have been instructed to be prepared to evacuate, which is more than 10% of the state's population. Oregon's emergency management director, Andrew Phelps, told MSNBC that the state is preparing for a "mass fatality incident" because of the wildfires. "There are going to be a number of fatalities, folks who just couldn't get warning in time and evacuate their homes and get to safety," Phelps said. Wyatt Tofte, a 12-year-old boy from Lyons, Oregon, and his 71-year-old grandmother Peggy Mosso died while trying to escape the fire. The boy took shelter in the family car, but the flames surrounded him. A family spokeswoman said Wyatt was found by himself in a car, and the family's dog was found dead in his lap. I've had incredibly heartbreaking conversations today. This is 12-year-old Wyatt Tofte & his grandmother, Peggy Mos… https://t.co/rVHTFVvP6E — Kandra Kent (@Kandra Kent)1599713329.0 500,000 residents of northwest Oregon have either evacuated or been told to be ready to go, as those in southern Or… https://t.co/7pgMJhZGiE — NPR (@NPR)1599854543.0 All @ORDeptForestry forestland is currently closed to public entry & use, including the Santiam, Tillamook, Clatsop… https://t.co/AyKNYEQLLE — Forest Service NW (@Forest Service NW)1599939278.0 Residents evacuated from Molalla, Oregon, as the sky turned crimson from smoke and cinders as wildfires have contin… https://t.co/wVDnn8xO1k — ABC News (@ABC News)1599880864.0 At least six people have died as wildfires tear through the US west coast. Dozens of fires have raged across Washi… https://t.co/bDPSntdA6O — Channel 5 News (@Channel 5 News)1599841390.0 Latest satellite imagery shows wildfire smoke above Oregon, Washington and the entire West Coast 🛰📸 @NASA @NOAA… https://t.co/yvR812D0vc — BLM Oregon & Washington (@BLM Oregon & Washington)1599936274.0A record 3.2 million acres in California have been scorched since last month, and about 4,000 structures have been destroyed. The death toll in California from the wildfires reached 20 on Saturday. A 16-year-old boy was among those where were killed by the wildfires in California. Josiah Williams died while trying to escape a fast-moving inferno in Berry Creek in Northern California. "He was alone, terrified, and ran for his life," the boy's mother, Jessica Williams, told KOVR reporter Velena Jones. "My son was a good, smart, caring young boy that died alone, and it kills me thinking about what he was going through." #BREAKING 16-year-old Josiah Williams’s body has been found. His mother tells me DNA evidence confirms he died in t… https://t.co/uYp1ZEh8Ok — Velena Jones (@Velena Jones)1599800890.0Cal Fire stated that five of the 20 largest California wildfires in history have occurred in 2020, including the biggest ever, the August Complex Fire. The largest California fire in history is located about a two-hour drive northwest of Sacramento. The August Complex Fire has burned 746,000 acres after merging with other large fires. The blaze is currently 25% contained. Extreme weather conditions has caused an increase in acreage for the #CreekFire, which has now grown to be the 16th… https://t.co/wcbgYF4hc1 — CAL FIRE (@CAL FIRE)1599846608.0 Fires have been blazing across the western U.S. for the past few months. August and September 2020 saw record-setti… https://t.co/Q33Rds5P3m — NASA Earth (@NASA Earth)1599849774.0On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced that he would visit fire-ravaged California. The president will travel to McClellan Park in Sacramento County on Monday to be briefed on the catastrophic wildfires. "Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters. The President continues to support those who are battling raging wildfires in a locally-executed, state-managed, and federally-supported emergency response," Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. On Friday, President Trump tweeted about the wildfires obliterating the West Coast. "THANK YOU to the 28,000+ Firefighters and other First Responders who are battling wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington," he wrote. "I have approved 37 Stafford Act Declarations, including Fire Management Grants to support their brave work. We are with them all the way!" THANK YOU to the 28,000+ Firefighters and other First Responders who are battling wildfires across California, Oreg… https://t.co/JglonEB62E — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1599870510.0Authorities have arrested four people for suspected arson in the historic wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington. Two Oregon men were arrested and accused of looting homes that were forced to evacuate.

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In 48 Hours, Colorado’s Wild Weather Sets Records For Both Heat And Snow

Some Colorado residents woke up to something that felt crazy after sweltering through the Labor Day weekend: snow. This roller coaster forecast was "truly something that I've never seen," says assistant state climatologist Becky Bolinger. In Fort Collins, the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University measured 0.3 inches of snow Tuesday morning, tweeting "the earliest accumulating snow ever observed in over 130 years of records!" That followed Sunday's high of 99 degrees, the highest temperature ever observed so late in September. The National Weather Service says Fort Collins hit 100 degrees on Saturday.

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California and Oregon Fires: Live Updates

California and Oregon Fires: Live Updates  The New York TimesLIVE: Orange Skies Blanket California as Blackouts and Wildfires Continue | Your World Daily  Bloomberg QuickTake NewsLiving with fire | Opinion | sonomawest.com  Sonoma WestI Need You to Care That Our Country Is on Fire  The New York TimesWest Coast fires: Hundreds of homes burned to ground, Oregon governor says  CNNView Full Coverage on Google News

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