Thursday, April 28, 2016

In India, 2016 Recorded 30% More Forest Fires

Because of the dry conditions, the first four months of 2016 have already witnessed a far higher incidence of forest fire than in the past four years and a third more than last year. Chhattisgarh, followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, has reported the most fires. However, forests have always been susceptible to blazes in the first half of the year prior to the monsoon rains and the winter season that follows. More @ Times of India


Die-in Protest in Central London


Campaigners have staged a dramatic "die-in" as part of an air pollution protest involving up to 250 people outside the Department for Transport this evening. More @ Evening Standard

Timeline of Bicycle Design (Comic)


@ XKCD

How NASA Is Using Space-Age Technology To Track Air Pollution

NASA is celebrated for space probes and Mars missions. But one of the agency’s next big projects could also make a major contribution to public health.

The U.S. space agency, along with agencies in Europe and South Korea, is making plans to launch a fleet of air pollution sensors into space. The sensors, which are being built by NASA, the European Space Agency and the South Korean government, are meant to monitor and track pollutants from orbit. Scientists hope NASA’s contribution to the project, called TEMPO, will provide a more accurate picture of how dangerous particles crisscross the Earth.

“Air pollution is really a global pollution,” Barry Lefer, a NASA scientist and project manager for TEMPO, told The Huffington Post. “Pollution from the U.S. travels to Europe, pollution from Asia travels to the U.S. And satellites are the best way to see the long-range transportation of pollution.”



The final product, which scientists say will be a “constellation” of pollution-tracking satellites, is still years away. But NASA plans to kick off the first phase of the project in May, when it will begin collecting air pollution data from the Korean peninsula in order to fine-tune its satellite-based pollution monitors.

Read more @ Huffington Post