‘No doubt’ that climate change is playing a role in U.S. fires

A noted climate scientist says there is "no doubt" that climate change is "playing a role" in this year's series of record fires in the western U.S. A massive wildfire in Colorado has forced the evacuation of 36,000 people, destroyed over 300 homes, and killed two people. The devastation wrought by the Waldo Canyon Fire even prompted a visit form U.S. President Barack Obama. But this is not the only epic fire in the U.S. this year: less than a month before the Colorado disaster, New Mexico experienced its largest fire on record in Gila Nation Forest; the conflagration burned up 247,000 acres (100,000 hectares). Other major wildfires have occurred in Utah and Wyoming, as well as other parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

Biomass Needs

One of the possible pillars of renewable energy sources is to increase the use of biofuels; fuels that are grown and processed. A biofuel is a type of fuel whose energy is derived from biological carbon fixation as opposed to a fossil fuel. The green industry is interested in establishing a biorefinery sector in Denmark that can replace oil-based products with biofriendly materials, chemicals, energy and fuel. But this requires a larger biomass production than is currently being achieved. Scientists from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have published a new extensive report that shows how an increase of production of biomass by more than 200% can be achieved in an environmentally friendly way.

Boost Aging Muscles with a Cup of Joe

People drink coffee because they like the taste, but mostly it is for the jolt of caffeine that comes with each cup. It helps to keep the mind sharp during the haze of the early morning. A new study found another unique attribute of caffeine that could help lead to great future developments in medicine. They found that caffeine boosts power in aging muscles. As our bodies age, the muscles actually grow weaker, leading to increased incidences of falls and injuries. The stimulant commonly found in coffee is believed to send new power to those older muscles, leading to added strength for elderly people.