News Photos: Blanket of snow covers Colorado on Halloween bringing travel delays and accidents
For example, in Colorado Springs, temperatures peaked at 76 F on Monday and fell to the low 30s on Tuesday night. The nearby Air Force Academy recorded temperatures as low as 27 F on Tuesday night.Heavy snowfall buries parts of ColoradoAP Photo/Garret FischerFirst, at vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui voluptatum.(Twitter Photo/@CSP_Eagle)Colorado State Patrol Troop 4C said it was a close call for this driver on Vail Pass in Colorado.Snow covers Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
7:03 p.m. CDT Wednesday:Parts of Houston, Texas are experiencing heavy flooding this evening due to the severe weather. Motorists across Texas and Louisiana should travel with extra caution this evening as heavy downpours and gusty winds will cause flooding and hinder visibility.
5:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday:There is a possible tornado west of Buna, Texas, take cover now.
Severe thunderstorms are becoming more widespread across the south-central U.S. with storms bringing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and the threat of tornadoes from eastern Texas through Arkansas. The threat of severe storms will shift eastward throughout the overnight hours. 3:44 p.m. CDT Wednesday:There is a confirmed tornado just south of Sealy, Texas, and is tracking toward the northeast. This tornado could pass over Interstate 10, disrupting traffic along the highway. 3:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday:This severe storm is dropping large hail in El Paso, Texas. Large hail could be seen in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and far-southeastern Oklahoma this evening.3 p.m. CDT Wednesday:A tornado watch has been issued for eastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and far-southeastern Oklahoma. This means that tornadoes may occur in this area in the coming hours. Large hail and winds over 65 mph will also be possible as storms move through.The tornado watch includes Houston and College Station, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer will be tracking the storms live from Texas and Louisiana through Wednesday night. Reed Timmer@ReedTimmerAccu I’ll be chasing the strong #tornado threat all night tonight through early tomorrow morning from southeast TX through LA into southwest MS. Stay tuned to @accuweather all night this #Halloween for my field updates
New Effort to Tackle Global Ocean Plastics Crisis Uses BlockchainDavid Hundeyin•Household supplies multinational SC Johnson has announced a pioneering partnership with Plastic Bank, a plastic waste recycling startup, to tackle the threat of global ocean plastics by increasing the rate of recycling across less privileged areas of Indonesia.Plastic Bank, which currently has a successful proof-of-concept program running in Haiti uses a custom cryptocurrency solution running on IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric protocol to interface between plastics buyers and individual plastic waste collectors, providing a reliable way to reward individual recyclers for collecting ocean-bound waste plastic.Ocean Plastics and Indonesia A 2015 report by Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment names China, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam as the five countries cumulatively responsible for over 55 percent of the plastic waste that finds its way into the ocean. According to the report, raising plastic collection and recycling rates across these five countries to 80 percent would cut the global ocean plastics leakage rate by 23 percent.While many solutions have been attempted to this end, they have largely met with limited success because a substantial number of the areas directly responsible for ocean plastics leakage are impoverished areas with limited infrastructure and security problems which make recyclers susceptible to robbery or theft if they are rewarded with cash. Indonesia is of particular concern because the country is home to the world’s highest levels of marine biodiversity and its coral reefs, which are threatened by plastics leakage are central to the food chain that sustains millions of people in the area.In order to effectively incentivise a sufficient number of Indonesia’s estimated 28 million people living in poverty, Plastic Bank uses a blockchain solution linked to a mobile app that reliably rewards individual plastic collectors for the amount of plastic they bring into collection centres using digital tokens instead of cash.Speaking about the importance of Plastic Bank’s Indonesian partnership with SC Johnson, founder and CEO David Katz said:“This partnership with SC Johnson is the first of its kind in Indonesia. It will help create more opportunities for people living in poverty and will offer waste collectors an important sense of pride. SC Johnson is the first CPG company to scale a program of this kind in Indonesia that will benefit a wide range of socio-economic demographics including local residents living below the poverty level.”According to information released by SC Johnson, collection centres with a minimum capacity of 100 metric tonnes of plastic per year will be operational by May 2019, with the first centre in Bali to be opened officially on October 28. In addition to providing incentives for eliminating ocean plastics leakage, the program will also educate local communities in Indonesia and beyond about the environmental and social implications of plastic pollution and the opportunities presented by recycling.Featured image from ShutterstockThe post New Effort to Tackle Global Ocean Plastics Crisis Uses Blockchainappeared first on CCN.
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