Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

As of 25 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across nearly all of the upper North Island, Bay of Plenty, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. In addition, very dry or extremely dry conditions are located in much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, while a small area of meteorological drought has emerged in northwest Northland.

Big Gulp: Blue Catfish Eats Wood Duck

Big Gulp: Blue Catfish Eats Wood Duck

“The bay at the time was in a degraded condition, and fisheries managers thought blue catfish could provide something for people to fish for,” says Crum.

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

For Leonard, I was lucky enough to be looking up at the right time while also in the right place, the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.Dark Sky Sanctuaries are not sizeable like Reserves, but they are still significant.It’s also a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Got an Invasive Army of Crayfish Clones? Try Eating Them

Got an Invasive Army of Crayfish Clones? Try Eating Them

Lyko led the ambitious genome study that established the extraordinary fact that all marbled crayfish originate from a single foundational female.

Europe Is in the Middle of a Messy Nuclear Slowdown

Europe Is in the Middle of a Messy Nuclear Slowdown

Its neighbor Belgium currently sources nearly 40 percent of its electricity from nuclear power but has committed to closing down its seven remaining reactors by 2025.Critics of Europe’s nuclear shutdowns say losing reliable sources of low-carbon energy is the last thing we should be doing when we need to reduce emissions.

The US Refuses to Fall in Love With Electric Cars

The US Refuses to Fall in Love With Electric Cars

At the same time in China, the country’s automotive industry announced that EV sales for the year had ballooned by 158 percent compared with 2020, as more than 3.5 million vehicles took to the roads.

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

Ten-thousand miles away in England, Simon Proud, a satellite data researcher at the University of Oxford, began to monitor the twitching volcano using an array of satellites.Then, early in the morning on January 14 local Tongan time, a 12-mile-high plume of ash pierced the sky.

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

However, there will likely need to be greater community-wide uptake by farmers to really maximize the benefits of birds to farming while minimizing issues from birds.

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

As of 17 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map shown below indicates that dry conditions are now located in Nelson, southern and interior Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

On Thursday, as Bulletin members celebrate the clock’s 75th anniversary, they will update the time again, when it could tick slightly toward or away from the apocalypse.“The Doomsday Clock has been called the most iconic piece of graphic art of the 20th century, and I think it’s proving to be as powerful in the 21st.

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

Changing tastes and the popularity of man-made fibers means there’s a surfeit of strong wool in New Zealand—an estimated 1 million tons is stored waiting for the prices to improve—but 26-year-old inventor Logan Williams, and his company Shear Edge, is hoping to make the most of this increasingly ignored material by chopping it up and using it to make boats, knives, fencing, and just about anything that’s currently made using plastic.

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

As the Arctic warms four times as fast as the rest of the planet, permafrost is thawing at an alarming rate, dragging down whatever’s at the surface or buckling anything that’s buried—roads, railways, pipelines, sewers, electrical transmission lines.

The US Inches Toward Building EV Batteries at Home

The US Inches Toward Building EV Batteries at Home

In September, Redwood Materials, a company perhaps best known for recycling battery materials , announced that it was also getting into the cathode-making business with plans to build a US factory that will produce enough cathodes for 5 million electric vehicles by 2030.

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

As part of this search, the UK government has made its first attempt at putting a number on climate change deaths.The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS)—an independent government agency responsible for producing official data—has for the first time reported climate-related deaths and hospital admissions in England and Wales.

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Months later, when speaking with the founders of a small organization called Doctors for Planetary Health, Merritt shared the story of his decision to write “climate change” in the patient’s chart.

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic’s Biosecurity

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic’s Biosecurity

“We know from other cold areas in the world, including the Arctic, that things growing on the hulls of ships absolutely do get transported from place to place, and it is one of the major sources of marine introductions around the world,” McCarthy told Ars.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

To achieve its certification, Low Carbon Beef requires the meat to come in at least 10 percent below 26.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents per kilogram of carcass weight—a way of expressing greenhouse gas emissions that takes into account the different warming impacts of gases such as methane.

Did You Know There Are Four Hyena Species?

Did You Know There Are Four Hyena Species?

Their celebrity status also leads to a common perception: that hyenas live by stealing prey killed by lions and other predators.Striped hyenas primarily scavenge the carcasses of large mammals, but they too are very opportunistic.

An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

The scientists noticed that when the pusher fluid, which contains long-chain polymers, was pumped into the ground above a certain rate, it seemed to unexpectedly become much more viscous, or sticky, an effect later found in many similar systems.

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Relying on new geochemical techniques for analyzing ice core sediment to determine the dates of ancient volcanic activity down to the year or even season, the paper, published in Nature in 2015, showed that major eruptions worldwide caused precipitous, up-to-a-decade-long⁠ drops in global temperatures.

Ultra-Long Battery Life Is Coming … Eventually

Ultra-Long Battery Life Is Coming … Eventually

If there was any product revealed at CES last week that pushed battery life claims to a whole new level—and raised some eyebrows too—it was HyperX’s pair of 300-hour headphones.Srinivasan, like many other technologists these days, is optimistic that relatively new developments in silicon-anode technology will improve battery life.

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

The World Was Cooler in 2021 Than 2020. That’s Not Good News

Today NASA and NOAA dropped their annual analysis of global temperatures: Last year was tied with 2018 as the sixth-hottest ever, but cooler than 2020.The 2021 temperature drop “may be possibly due to a resumption of activity that produces aerosols in the atmosphere,” Schmidt said.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

Earth’s Oceanography Helps Demystify Jupiter’s Flowing Cyclones

Earth’s Oceanography Helps Demystify Jupiter’s Flowing Cyclones

Lia Siegelman had just been studying the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, when she happened to come across a poster image of cyclones around Jupiter’s north pole, taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft .

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

But let’s be clear: as a science communicator, Wilson was none of this.Wilson hadn’t just communicated science.Perhaps just as important, while Wilson was a scientist through and through, he always very clearly articulated his values .

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

“People have been sending balloons, rockets and airplanes into thunderstorms for decades and never seen electric fields anywhere near large enough,” said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author on the new paper who has puzzled over the origins of lightning for over two decades.

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Demand is expected to more than double by 2050.But with advances in bioengineering and increasing concerns about sustainability, a number of companies like Xylome have developed microbial oils they say could offer an alternative to palm oil while avoiding its most destructive impacts.

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

However, halfway through the event, all three cars are still in the running, and the team has even picked up a win in the 636 km third stage with rally veteran Carlos Sainz driving, at the age of 59.

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Just wireless power beamed through the air by a router, much like Wi-Fi. The potential benefits for medical devices, sensors, cameras, and a host of other battery-powered gadgets are easy to grasp.

More