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Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issues ‘Spare the Air’ Alert for Entire Bay Area

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issues ‘Spare the Air’ Alert for Entire Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has issued a Spare the Air Alert for the entire Bay Area on Saturday. It is the first Spare the Air Day declaration of the season by the BAAQMD.

The declaration made by officials means people will not be allowed to burn wood inside or outdoors for at least 24 hours, starting from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday.

The first offenders caught using their fireplace, wood or pellet stove, outdoor fire pit or other wood-burning device will have to pay a fine of $100 or they will have to take a wood-smoke-awareness class.

Shark that can fit in your hand discovered in dark waters of ocean

Shark that can fit in your hand discovered in dark waters of ocean

The shark that can easily fit in your hand has been found in the dark waters of the ocean. The small shark has been given name after Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws, the shark conservationist. Etmopterus Benchleyi is a lantern shark and was first caught in the Pacific Ocean in 2010.

Paris Climate Change Deal Was Obama Administration’s Most Important Accomplishment Of 2015

Paris Climate Change Deal Was Obama Administration’s Most Important Accomplishment Of 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the climate change deal recently signed in Paris is so far the most important accomplishments of Obama administration in 2015.

John Kerry gives away all the credits to Obama administration for reaching out to China, which is the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gas, as keystone of the success of the United Nation’s climate change agreement.

Texas files suit against EPA over its recently finalized standards for ozone

Texas files suit against EPA over its recently finalized standards for ozone

Texas has become the latest state to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its recently finalized ozone standards. With this move, the state has joined New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Utah, and Wisconsin. These states have legally challenged the final version of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone set by the EPA since October 1, when it was released.

The rule has decreased the existing ozone emission limit by power plants and other industries to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb.

Texas sues EPA for New Ozone-Emission Rule

Texas sues EPA for New Ozone-Emission Rule

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tightened the standards for control of ozone emission, but this move was not liked by several states. So far, eight states have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and now, Texas has joined the fight and sued EPA.

The recent lawsuit by Texas was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality highlighted that it is the 23rd time when Texas has filed any lawsuit against the EPA since President Obama came into power in January 2009.

Drought taking big toll on California’s forests

Drought taking big toll on California’s forests

California’s years-long drought is not only having a distressing impact on humans but also on vegetation, as years of little or no rain is taking a big toll on the state’s forests, a new study revealed.

The new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science, estimated that up to 58 million big trees in the state experienced water loss that could be life-threatening since 2011 because of the state’s historic drought.

California’s Drought Conditions Posing Adverse Effect on State’s Trees

California’s Drought Conditions Posing Adverse Effect on State’s Trees

Here comes another example of the worse consequence of climate change on the natural resources of the planet. A new study has revealed that drought conditions in California are causing adverse effect on the trees, lakes and water bodies in the area. Researchers from the Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science said that little or no rain is taking heavy toll on the state’s forests. Since 2011, about 58 million large trees in California have experienced water loss due to state’s historic drought, that could be life threatening.

Coastguard warns public to stay away from decomposed carcass of whale washed ashore on Whales beach on Christmas Day

Coastguard warns public to stay away from decomposed carcass of whale washed ashore on Whales beach on Christmas Day

On Christmas day, a whale was washed ashore on a Wales beach. Its body could pose a health risk, and the Coastguard has cautioned people to stay away from it. Thought to be a Minke whale, the dead animal was washed ashore at Dyfi Ynyslas National Nature Reserve.

The animal was discovered on the sands at Ynyslas, nearby Aberdyfi and 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion.

California Needs System That Can Help People Reach Safe Place When Hit By Earthquake

California Needs System That Can Help People Reach Safe Place When Hit By Earthquake

California residents presently are in high need of an highly advance system that can help them reach safer place in case hit by an earthquake, said members of the US Congress who are urging US President to provide funds for a prototype system currently being developed by California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Presently, a prototype system has been developed by the researchers at the California Institute of technology (Caltech) and the congress members are asking president Obama to fund the project.

Conservationists Seek Protection for Yellow-Legged Frogs

Conservationists Seek Protection for Yellow-Legged Frogs

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a notice of intent for taking legal action against the US Fish and Wildlife Service due to delay in taking decision over protection of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The center had appealed to the federal government to include this species of frog in the Endangered Species Act.

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