January 19 2011 Edition

Aflockalypse Now: Mass animal die-offs and the ongoing extinction crisis

Photo: Dave Govon

On New Year’s Eve, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. Necropsies revealed no evidence of poisoning but did indicate the birds had suffered massive internal trauma. Days later, fisherman observed schools of fish floating belly up on Chesapeake Bay.

Impacts of the Quebec forest fires on air quality in northern New York

In late May 2010, multiple forest fires were burning in southern Quebec. Smoke from these fires significantly reduced the visibility in Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa. There were 55 active forest fires reported and some 65,000 ha of forest were consumed in Quebec. Transport of smoke to the northeastern United States occurred on May 31, 2010, with impacts on local air quality.

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