2 BILLION Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Cleared for Release in California and Florida

British biotech firm Oxitec announced this week that it has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in parts of Florida and in California, following the completion of a pilot program last year. The modified male insects are designed to produce infertile offspring, ideally reducing local …

So-called rare winter California wildfire caused by burn pile – NOT climate change

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A wildfire that's so far torched more than 700 acres and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate along California's central coast was caused by hot embers that were leftover from a burn pile, officials said. Authorities at Cal Fire specified the cause of the blaze late Tuesday and said the fire is …

Beijing Winter Olympics: Artificial snow and 20 million in COVID lockdown

Hundreds of snow machines have been at work since mid-November in what was previously the heart of a nature reserve. Creating slopes for the Beijing Winter Olympics requires huge amounts of energy and water, pumped in from faraway lakes. A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the …

Major airlines flying tens of thousands EMPTY planes around the globe

Thousands of planes from some of Europe’s biggest airlines have been forced to fly empty planes in order to keep their prized departure and landing times at major airports. Europe’s second biggest carrier, Lufthansa reports it had to operate 18,000 ‘ghost flights’ over the winter, despite the polluting effects of these flights running in direct …

How humans start most of Colorado’s wildfires — and get away with it

A hunter spots a plume of smoke in the forest and calls 911 to report fire nearby. Though he may have been the first witness to the start of the East Troublesome fire — the costliest wildfire in Colorado history — that Texas man has never been interviewed by the U.S. Forest Service. Colorado’s biggest …