Before 2020 smashed records, 2018 held the record for the most acres burned in a year. That year, the Camp Fire that nearly wiped out the town of Paradise, California became the deadliest and most destructive blaze in the state’s history. Alarmingly, California’s 2018 record, 1.9 million acres burned, was set in November of that year. This year, the wildfires blew past that record on September 7th. With nearly four months left in 2020, California’s wildfire season could still get a whole lot worse. … [Read more...] about 2020 set another record for being awful: the most acres burned in California
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On this #MondayMorning, look at a Labor Day p.m. capture of the #California fires by @NOAA's #GOESWest. As of late last night, the Creek, Valley, and Oak fires were under 5% containment. Strong winds with gusts of 40-50 mph are forecast today, possibly fanning the flames. pic.twitter.com/OtvFf85JRSSeptember 8, 2020 … [Read more...] about California’s fast-moving Creek Fire spawns ‘fire cloud’ visible from space
However, N. fowleri infections are very rare, with only 34 infections reported in the U.S. over a recent 10-year period, even though millions of people go swimming each year, the CDC says. But infections may be becoming more common as water temperatures rise due to climate change, according to Business Insider. … [Read more...] about 13-year-old dies of rare ‘brain-eating’ amoeba after swimming in Florida lake
That’s not to say the Lucid Air is some Model S knockoff. Far from it, as the Air seems to outperform the Model S in a variety of categories (range, acceleration, charging time). What it means is that the Air was designed by people who claim to have intimate knowledge of Tesla’s path to global EV domination. It’s a familiarity that is sure to intrigue customers with big bank accounts and extra space in their driveway — just as much as it appears to annoy Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Musk huffed on Twitter late Tuesday that “Rawlinson didn’t design Model S.”) … [Read more...] about The Lucid Air is a luxury electric sedan with the speed and power to rival Tesla
"When the California 'high speed' rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too," Musk wrote in a blog post today about the Hyperloop project. "How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and [the Jet Propulsion Laboratory] — doing incredible things like indexing all the world's knowledge and putting rovers on Mars — would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?" … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?