Scientists warn of climate challenges, share key steps | Discussion continues after Kansas City votes to remove MLK's name from street | Researchers: Humans might have helped spread cancer that affects mussels
A recently published climate study that examined 40 years of data identified six critical areas for action, including the need to restore ecosystems, reduce emissions and switch to renewable energy sources. "I want us all to realize that we, as human beings and inhabitants of this planet, need to come together to take action to help preserve the environment," said Southern Illinois University's Leslie Duram, a professor of geography and environmental resources.
Residents of Kansas City, Mo., voted to restore Paseo Boulevard's former name less than a year after the city council decided to rename the street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Geography professor Derek Alderman noted that the next steps are critical as the city looks to move forward and heal.
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Invasive grass species such as cheatgrass may be contributing to the increased frequency of wildfires throughout the US, according to findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study lead author Emily Fusco says the grasses are becoming more prevalent in new areas where the climate is becoming warmer.
Esri, a geographic information system company, has created an animated map showing the location and explosiveness rating of volcanic eruptions over the past 10,000 years. The map, which indicates 46 to 85 eruptions have been recorded each year since 1950, uses the Smithsonian Institution's database of 1,551 volcanoes.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine use geospatial information systems to map ongoing swine and poultry disease outbreaks and predict future outbreaks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. The percentage of swine farms participating in the program affected by disease has dropped from nearly 25% in 2012 to 15%.
Startups are supplying technology used by firefighters and others on the ground to combat wildfires as more than 240,000 acres have burned in California so far this year. Zonehaven has created an advanced fire modeling map, while Aclima and Firefly are teaming up to measure air quality via sensors.
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