Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that although some people have a hard time believing it, dangerous chemicals found in refrigerators and air conditioners pose as big of a threat as the Islamic State terror group to the world.
"Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism," Kerry said on Friday during climate deal negotiations in Vienna, according to The Washington Examiner.
"It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself." more >>
The Los Angeles County Fire Department officials announced that as of 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016 the sage fire in Stevenson Ranch Area of the Santa Clarita Valley, California had spread to 1,109 acres, with 49 percent containment. Evacuated residents were also allowed to go home on Saturday evening after authorities made improvements in controlling the sage fire.
Sage Fire in Stevenson Ranch Area is Now Under Control more >>
The Pavlof Volcano in Alaska may erupt for the third time this year, with the latest advisory upgraded this week.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has issued an alert that the Pavlof erupted over the weekend, and the affected area should be avoided. While the volcano is away from populated areas, it is a regular route for passenger airlines.
Pavlof Volcano Eruption Imminent? It is possible that the Pavlof Volcano in Alaska will errupt anytime this month as scientists have observed higher activity than usual. According to Alaska Dispatch News, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) upped the alert level to "advisory" on Friday. Furthermore, the volcano code has been lighted to yellow instead of the usual green color. more >>
Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led the research which was published on Science journal. Solomon said, "It's a big surprise. I didn't think it would be this early."
The ozone hole's healing vindicates and is a testament to the success of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer in 1987. The global agreement, signed by 193 countries, banned chloroflurocarbon (CFC) production in industries. CFCs were once released by hairspray, refrigerators, dry cleaning, among others. more >>
The West Virginia flooding has killed of 24 people and left thousands of people homeless. The donation and collection drive for food, clothing and other items for the victims are still well underway, but there are still areas that remain devastated.
West Virginia Flooding Areas
Deadly floods poured out in torrents in West Virginia last week. At least 23 people have been killed and more than 1,200 homes have been ravaged in the state. Hundreds of homes and numerous businesses have been destroyed in Kanawaha and Roane County. Greenbrier County also suffered the same fate. more >>
The Erskine fire continues to blaze bright in Central California. So far, the wildfire, considered to be the most devastating, has burned more than 45,000 acres of land and destroyed more than 250 structures.
The Erskine fire has been burning since last week and it continues to do so as the summer heat and low humidity have been fanning its flames, pushing it further to what's left of Kern County. The wildfire started Thursday last week and has encompassed more than 46,000 acres of land, according to the Incident Information System.