On Sunday, January 7, it snowed in the Northeast, a welcome sight, given the region has gone several years without significant accumulation. According to Fast Company, it’s been almost 700 days since there was more than an inch of snow in New York City’s Central Park, with similar deficits occurring in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Following a warmer-than-usual December, New Hampshire ski resorts and businesses that rely on snow had a rough holiday week.
Snow drought has an effect on wildlife such as the lynx, which need deep fluffy snow to have a competitive advantage over other predators that cannot move as well. | Credit: Keith Williams/Creative Commons
The oceans are being fished, used for shipping, and developed for energy on an increasing scale, which researchers are calling a new “industrial revolution.” The immense size of the seas has made tracking those activities on a broad scale impractical until now, writes Jennifer Raynor of the University of Wisconsin, in The Conversation.
Yu Feng, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activity, moves through the water before being boarded by crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard and representatives from Sierra Leone's Armed Forces. | Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Shawn Eggert
The weather pattern El Niño has a sweet tooth. It “eats or takes away much of the sugar in the world.” That’s what Carlos Mera, head of agri commodities market research at the Netherlands-based Rabobank, told CNBC, because El Niño is causing drier conditions in major sugar-exporting countries like Thailand, India, and Brazil, which is leading to higher prices.
Harvesting sugarcane without burning the plant residue provides nutrients for the next crop and prevents the release of greenhouse gases | Credit: Jonathan Wilkins/Creative Commons
UFOs are in the news, or UAPs—unidentified anomalous phenomena—as they are now called. According to the news site Axios, members of the House Oversight Committee will receive a classified briefing this week on what the government knows about visitors from outer space.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) | Credit: Sylke Rohrlach/Creative Commons