I'M A Celebrity contestants better pack their antivenom, with snake numbers in areas around the camp expected to hit record highs this year. A hot summer has already put the number of bites in Queensland up to 661, and with November to February the worse for attacks, the celebrities will hit the jungle at just the wrong time. The Courier-Mail reported 62 of the bites were from a venomous snake. The I’m a Celebrity camp is located in Springbrook National Park in the neighbouring New South Wales, and could be expected to see similar increases in snake numbers. This year's contestants include X Factor runner up Fleur East, TV presenter Nick Knowles and actress Emily Atack. John Barrowman was confirmed by The Sun as the tenth star to join, completing the lineup of the initial contestants. Queensland Ambulance Service figures also suggest Queensland was on track for a bumper year for bites. Gold Coast professional snake catcher Tony Harrison said the number of call-outs will … [Read more...] about I’m A Celebrity snake invasion fears as record number of venomous attacks predicted in area around camp
California wildfires 2017 map
At least 200 people are missing after California's latest wildfire, which has claimed 31 lives so far. The fire has now burned over 113,000 acres and incinerated more than 6700 homes and buildings. Death toll rises to 31 in California fires Trump blames California fires on 'gross mismanagement of forests' Miley Cyrus 'devastated' as home burns down in California wildfires But even that staggering amount of damage falls short of the size of California's biggest wildfire ever recorded: the Mendocino Complex Fire. The catastrophe ravaged the state over the US summer of 2018, consisting of two separate wildfires that came together to burn a combined total of 459,123 acres (1858 km sq), before both were finally contained after three months of devastation. To put the Mendocino in context, a terrifying new interactive map transposes the size of the fire over Auckland to show just how huge the affected area was. The interactive map, created by NBC, provides a sobering way for Kiwis to … [Read more...] about See Auckland get wiped out by California-style fire in interactive map
Northern Ireland By Michael Fitzpatrick BBC News NI 12 November 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46174251 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Satellite navigation companies are to be contacted by police about dangerous … [Read more...] about Sat-nav firms warned ‘beware Dark Hedges’
The 2018 wildfire season is shaping up to be California's most destructive and expensive on record, with $432m already spent on firefighting and containment. Cal Fire asked lawmakers for an additional $234m in early September - the earliest the agency has ever requested emergency funds - to prepare for the peak of the fire season, which traditionally runs through the fall. A report released 27 August, the fourth in a series of climate change assessments commissioned by the state, found that if global warming continues at its current rate, California residents can expect more deadly weather patterns, including longer droughts, higher temperatures and bigger wildfires. But how did the most populous state in the US get to this point? 40+ dead trees per acre 15-40 dead trees per acre < 15 dead trees per acre California is a heavily forested state Forests and grassland cover about a third of California's 100m acres. The state contains more forest than any other in the country … [Read more...] about Why are California wildfires so bad?
The worst case scenario plays out the same way everywhere, whether you are in southern California or northern Alberta. A nascent wildfire – driven by extreme heat, high winds, drought conditions and a century of largely successful fire suppression – explodes into a juggernaut and takes over the countryside. Any houses in the way are simply more fuel. Preheated to 500C932F by the 100ft flames of the advancing blaze, homes don’t so much catch on fire as explode into flames. In a dense neighborhood, many homes may do this simultaneously. The speed of ignition shocks people – citizens and firefighters alike – but it is only the beginning. Because the temperatures achievable in an urban wildfire are comparable to those in a crucible, virtually everything is consumed as fuel. What doesn’t burn, melts: steel car chassis warp and bend while lesser metals – aluminum engine blocks, magnesium wheels – will liquify. In turn, the ferocious heat … [Read more...] about Hellfire: this is what our future looks like under climate change