2 police officers and 1 firefighter killed responding to a domestic incident outside Minneapolis, governor says
Two police officers and a firefighter are dead and other officers were injured after responding to a domestic incident in Burnsville, Minnesota, according to the states governor.
Horrific news from Burnsville. While responding to a call of a family in danger, two police officers and one firefighter lost their lives, and other officers were injured, Gov. Tim Walz posted online.
We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day. My heart is with their families today and the entire State of Minnesota stands with Burnsville, Walz said. The governor added that flags would be flown at half-mast across Minnesota on Monday and the state Department of Public Safety is coordinating with local law enforcement to conduct an investigation.
Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/18/us/burnsville-minnesota-officers-shooting/index.html
The annual census of the number of monarchs that winter in Central Mexico showed that the population decreased "precipitously," the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which conducts the research alongside the World Wildlife Fund-Mexico, announced on Wednesday.
I have fond memories from my childhood of trees filled with thousands of monarchs as they grouped up for fall migration. The last time we saw a large flock on our land in our trees was 8 yr ago. My daughter barely remembers it. I wonder if she'll ever see another. I doubt her children ever will.
Habitat loss. Climate change. Outdoor cats. Windows. In that order.
GAZA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Israeli forces have discovered a tunnel network hundreds of metres (yards) long and running partly under UNRWA's Gaza headquarters, the military says, calling it new evidence of Hamas exploitation of the main relief agency for Palestinians.
Army engineers took reporters for foreign news outlets through the passages at a time of crisis for UNRWA, which has launched an internal probe and seen a string of donor countries freeze funding over allegations last month by Israel that some of its staff doubled as Hamas operatives.
Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/hamas-had-command-tunnel-under-un-gaza-hq-israeli-military-says-2024-02-10/
Man, those 12 UNRWA Hamas members have been busy!
Shell has this week permanently closed its seven hydrogen refuelling stations for passenger cars in California, citing supply complications and other external market factors.
But permafrost also is an increasingly fragile reservoir of vast amounts of carbon. As climate change weakens Artic permafrost, the researchers calculate that every 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) of global warming could release as much carbon as 35 million cars emit in a year as polar waterways expand and churn up the thawing soil.
"The whole surface of the Earth is in a tug of a war between processes such as hillslopes that smooth the landscape and forces like rivers that carve them up," said first author Joanmarie Del Vecchio, who led the study as a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth with her advisers and study co-authors Marisa Palucis, an assistant professor of earth sciences, and engineering professor Colin Meyer.
"We understand the physics on a fundamental level, but when things start freezing and thawing, it's hard to predict which side is going to win," Del Vecchio said. "If hillslopes win, they're going to bury all that carbon trapped in the soil. But if things get warm and suddenly river channels start to win, we're going to see a large amount of carbon get released into the atmosphere. That will likely create this warming feedback loop that leads to the release of more greenhouse gases."
The Aldabra giant is the second-largest species of land tortoise in the world, after the Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra). It can live for 100 years and has a fascinating history.
This tortoise evolved from ancestors of Aldabrachelys abrupta, one of two giant tortoises that inhabited Madagascar for 15 million years. Four million years ago, the Aldabrachelys abrupta lineage migrated, likely via a combination of drifting with floating vegetation and assisted by their natural buoyancy and good swimming abilities, to the Seychelles.
From there it moved on to Aldabra (an island 1,000km south-west of the Seychelles), evolving into a third species, the Aldabra giant of today (Aldabrachelys gigantea). Six hundred years ago, all giant tortoises were wiped out on Madagascar by hunters. The reintroduction of the Aldabra giant is the first time giant tortoises have been released in Madagascar since the 1500s.
Lions are being forced to change the way they hunt. It's all because of a tiny invasive ant, scientists say.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/invasive-species-ant-lions-hunting-habits-study/
But the big-headed ant changed all that.
Thought to have originated on an island in the Indian Ocean and brought to the area by the movement of people and goods, these invasive marauders arrived around two decades ago and started killing the acacia ants, leaving the whistling-thorn trees vulnerable to herbivores. Diminished tree cover poses a problem for lions because they rely on the element of surprise to ambush their prey, notably zebras.
Without the protection of the native ants, elephants are destroying the acacias. Without the acacias and surrounding shrubbery for cover, the lions can't ambush prey as effectively. The savanna is turning into wide open grassland that favors smaller, faster predators.
Study of sea sponges lead scientists to believe Earth has already passed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warminghttps://abcnews.go.com/US/study-sea-sponges-lead-scientists-earth-passed-15/story?id=106876855
The study of 300 years of ocean temperature records kept preserved within sea sponges in the Caribbean indicate that global mean surface temperatures may have already exceeded 1.5 degrees Celsius and that a 2-degree Celsius rise could be possible by the end of the decade, according to a paper published in Nature Climate Change on Monday.
One caveat: they only used sponges from the Caribbean off the coast of Puerto Rico. But, if can be replicated using sponges from other parts of the globe, and I'm sure researchers are already planning to do the studies, it shows we're already at 1.7C, not 1.2C. That's a BFD with regard to climate models and carbon budgets.
California company wants to use Arizona groundwater to make 'green hydrogen' fuel. Residents say it'll drain their wellshttps://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2024/02/05/brenda-arizona-residents-question-heliogen-green-hydrogen-project/72241708007/
Heliogen, a Southern California-based company, last year won the exclusive right to lease more than 3,300 acres of desert east of this small community in western Arizonas La Paz County for solar energy development. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had offered the land as one of three designated solar zones in the state, this one just north of Interstate 10 and about 100 miles west of Phoenix
Near the basins most intensive farm pumping farther east, Department of Water Resources chief hydrologist Ryan Mitchell said, land has subsided 25 centimeters, or nearly 10 inches, since 2010.