Smoke from Western wildfires can influence Arctic sea ice, researchers find

Arctic sea ice floats in the Arctic Ocean. Credit: Patricia DeRepentigny Sea ice and wildfires may be more interconnected than previously thought, according to new research out today in Science Advances. By digging into differences between climate models, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that … Read more

Western wildfire smoke plumes are getting taller

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In recent years the plumes of smoke crawling upward from Western wildfires have trended taller, with more smoke and aerosols lofted up where they can spread farther and impact air quality over a wider area. The likely cause is climate change, with decreased precipitation and increased aridity in the Western US … Read more

As Colorado River reservoirs drop, Western states urged to ‘act now’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain With the Colorado River’s depleted reservoirs continuing to drop to new lows, the federal government has taken the absolute step of telling the seven Western states that rely on the river to find ways of drastically cutting the amount of water they take in the next two months. The Interior Department … Read more

To refine water forecasts, Western cities map snow by plane

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain At a tiny airport surrounded by mountains, a three-person crew takes off for the inaugural flight above the headwaters of the Colorado River to measure the region’s snow by air. Under the plane is a device that uses lasers, cameras and sensors to map snow and help drought-prone communities improve forecasts … Read more

Western biologists crowdsource biodiversity data

Some of the wildlife at Western already recorded in the biodiversity inventory. Credit: Brendon Samuels The next time you find yourself walking across campus, take a moment to stop or slow down and observe the many living things that call Western’s vast land their habitat. And while you’re at it, take a picture. It’s a … Read more

Plan Now for the 2023 Solar Eclipse in Western Australia – Sky & Telescope

How far would you travel for 76 seconds of totality? On April 20, 2023, the next central eclipse of the Sun takes place across the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea. This unusual “hybrid” solar eclipse will only be observable from one town in Western Australia as well as Timor Leste and West Papua. Here’s … Read more