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California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

Science
Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite has captured a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from the devastating California wildfires.It is a powerful demonstration of 5P's ability to sense the atmosphere. The plume is seen to sweep westwards out over the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles and then turn north towards the State of Oregon. The image, taken on Tuesday, was shown at this week's annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. It is the first time that data from the brand new UK-Dutch-built Sentinel has been presented at a research conference. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe mission was only launched on 13 October and has been engaged in calibration ever since; full operational service is still some months away. When that happens, it will be combing the atmosphere...
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Science
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- As showcased by new data and images collected by NASA satellites, wildfire smoke has spread out across much of the United States.More than 80 large wildfires are burning in nine Western states. As a result, many residents of the Western United States are dealing with poor air quality. Wildfire smoke can carry a number of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, including methanol, benzene and ozone.According to AirNow, the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index website, large portions of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are blanketed by "hazardous" air.But not all of the smoke billowing into the atmosphere is staying put. West-to-east jet stream winds have carried large quantities of ash and soot across the heart of the country.Data collected by an ozone...
Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

World
Smoke was seen from the Russian consulate in San Francisco under orders to close by the Trump administration.Consulate staff spent Friday hastily loading items into a minivan, trying to clear things from the building before the Saturday deadline set by US President Donald Trump.The order to leave the consulate, which is Russia's oldest in the US, is the latest episode in the diplomatic stand-off between Washington DC and Moscow.Relations between the two have been troubled for some time over the Kremlin's policies towards Ukraine and Syria and, more recently, Russia has been accused of interfering in US elections.But it was the heavy smoke billowing from a chimney at the consulate that caught the attention of reporters, bystanders and the city's fire department.Image:Russian consulate staff...