It’s been about two weeks since a Norfolk Southern freight train with 11 cars carrying dangerous chemicals derailed in the town of East Palestine, Ohio, about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Concerns still linger for the safety of people and wildlife, although the disaster is not on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 or the lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan.
Drone footage shows the freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 6, 2023 | Credit: National Transportation Safety Board
The Colorado River Basin is in a crisis brought on by a long-term drought made much worse from climate-change-induced aridification. As the levels of the two large reservoirs on the river, Lakes Powell and Mead, continue to drop, it’s encouraging news that per capita urban water usage in large populated areas that depend on the Colorado, or its tributaries, has dropped.
Xeriscape garden | Credit: James Steakley
If you haven’t heard of biochar, that may soon change. Known also as black carbon, biochar is made from heating biomass like wood and crop residues at very high temperatures without oxygen—a process called pyrolysis.
Biochar is an evolved charcoal made from woody biomass. Current uses include soil amendment, stormwater filtration, and environmental remediation. | Credit: Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr
Male humpback whales in Australia are changing their tune when it comes to finding love. Instead of singing to attract a mate, they’re playing the tough guy.
Australian humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) | Credit: NOAA