NASA on the Texas wildfires + Baby boomers are the new climate change villains

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Baby boomers are the new climate change villains, study claims

INTRO: Are baby boomers driving climate change? A new study says older adults are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other age group now. In fact, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that people over 60 accounted for 25 percent of these emissions in 2005. However, that number jumped to 33 percent in 2015.

“Older people used to be thrifty. The generation that experienced World War II was careful about how they used resources. The ‘new elderly’ are different,” says Edgar Hertwich, an NTNU professor in the Industrial Ecology Program, in a university release.

Study authors examined greenhouse gas emissions emitted by age in 2005, 2010, and 2015. The survey included 27 countries in the European Union, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and the United States.

“The post-war ‘baby boomer’ generation are the new elderly. They have different consumption patterns than the ‘quiet generation’ that was born in the period 1928-1945. Today’s seniors spend more money on houses, energy consumption and food,” Hertwich adds... (MORE - details)

Dry winds, parched grasses fueling Texas wildfires, NASA says

INTRO: Usually you'd see them on farms, but in California, they're joining the firefighting efforts in helping clear brush to prevent fires from growing out of control. Dry winds and drought-stricken grasses are fueling wildfires ravaging Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas this month, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.

Citing the Texas A&M Forest Service, the agency wrote that nearly 180 blazes have burned more than 108,000 acres across Texas in the past week.  The Eastland Complex has scorched more than 85 square miles west of Dallas.

NASA said at least three first responders have died in Texas and Oklahoma while responding to the fires. Deputy Sgt. Barbara Fenley died while going door-to-door in Eastland County telling residents to evacuate. It is unclear how or when she died. About 18,000 people live in the county.

The GOES-East weather satellite has monitored the smoke from the wildfires in the two states. "The fires are being fueled by favorable weather conditions including warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds," NOAA Satellites tweeted on Monday.

NASA said that, on Sunday, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired images of fires scattered across the southern Plains... (MORE - details)

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