NCRTD News:North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD Blue Buses provide vital transportation services within north central New Mexico. The District respects that people may be feeling anxiety and concern about the safety of public transit in the regards to COVID-19; we take this very seriously.Last week, NCRTD expanded its vehicle cleaning procedures to include increased use of our disinfecting fogger on the vehicles located in Española and Taos. Vehicles in outlying areas are undergoing aggressive disinfectant cleaning on a daily basis. All operators are utilizing disinfectant wipes to nightly disinfect all high-touch areas in all buses to ensure clean surfaces each morning and assist riders in having a safe journey to their destination. Many vehicles are equipped with hand sanitizers, NCRTD is obtaining additional hand sanitizers to be placed on all vehicles.Providing a safe transit journey requires a partnership with riders. NCRTD has placed posters from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) aboard buses and in our work areas on best practices to help prevent the spread and remind us of how we can keep ourselves and others healthy.The District continues to monitor the situation closely with the Federal Transit Administration as well as state, regional and national transit associationsThe top priorities are to continue service to the public, and to keep them and NCRTD employees healthy and safe.
The final toll: more than half the coral in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef died in 2016. Courtesy/AGUAGU News:A squad of climate-related factors is responsible for the massive Australian coral bleaching event of 2016. If we’re counting culprits: it’s two by sea, one by land.First, El Niño brought warmer water to the Coral Sea in 2016, threatening Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’s corals. Long-term global warming meant even more heat in the region, according to a new study. And in a final blow that year, a terrestrial heatwave swept over the coast, blanketing the reef system well into the winter, according to Kris Karnauskas, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, a Fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and author of the new study in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters.The final toll: more than half the coral in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef died.“When the Great Barrier Reef bleached severely back in 2016, it earned global attention,” Karnauskas said. “Some speculated it was global warming, others thought it was El Niño, but the actual role of those two forces have not really been disentangled. As a physical climate scientist with a bias for the ocean, I thought I should dig in.”Karnauskas dissected the reasons behind the excessively warm water in Northern Australia’s Coral Sea—water warm enough to “bleach” and kill coral, especially in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Karnauskas used satellite observations and a mathematical technique to fingerprint what phenomena led to what amount of warming, and when. It was the interaction of two key things, he found, that caused the coral-killing heat: A marine heatwave followed by a terrestrial one, both exacerbated by global warming.First came a marine heatwave. It was El Niño that initially caused a spike in sea surface temperature by shifting the usual clouds away from the region, but global warming trends increased its intensity and extended it by several months by raising the background temperature. Then, a land-borne heatwave moved across eastern Australia and spilled out over the ocean just as the first phase of the marine heatwave was ending.“It turns out that El Niño did play a role, and the eventual warmth was certainly higher because of the long-term trend, but the reason it lasted so long was actually this terrestrial heatwave lurking over eastern Australia until the marine warming event was just finally waning, and then: bang, the heatwave leaked out over the coastline,” Karnauskas said. “That warm air over the ocean changed the way heat is exchanged between the ocean and atmosphere, keeping the warmth and bleaching going for an extra month or so.”Increased water temperatures off the northeastern Australian coast triggered mass death of corals on an unprecedented scale. The hot water persisted for months and caused extensive damage to the ecosystem—drastically changing the species composition of the region.“This new finding reveals that climate variability and change can lead to marine impacts in surprising, compounding ways, including heatwaves both on land and in the ocean,” Karnauskas said. “From heatwaves to hurricanes, we need to double down on efforts to understand the complexities of how anthropogenic climate change will influence extreme events in the future.”
A second post mortem has been carried out on the body of tragic Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin with the results expected in the coming days.The procedure was undertaken in Dublin by the Coroner’s Office last night at the request of Danielle’s family after her remains arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday morning.A family source said they were not happy with how the Indian authorities handled the case in Goa. That first post-mortem found that Danielle died as a result of brain damage and constriction of the neck caused (possibly strangling) her death, police said.The post mortem also claimed she had been raped.The results of the new post mortem are expected to be made known in the coming days.The same family source said that if the findings of the new post mortem are different then this will pose major issues for Danielle’s family. The family have now changed their legal representatives and are using a legal firm based in Derry.It has also been revealed that Danielle’s body has now been taken to a medical centre in Belfast for further treatment before it is reunited with her family in her hometown of Buncrana in Co Donegal.It is hoped Danielle’s remains could be back in Co Donegal by Monday and Tuesday at the latest, depending upon how long it takes for the new medical treatment to be carried out.No firm arrangements have yet been made for Danielle’s funeral.Hundreds of people attended a candlelit vigil for the 28 year old in Buncrana on Tuesday evening last to show solidarity with her family. Danielle’s mother Andrea said she will not fully accept that herdaughter is dead until she holds her hand.Second post mortem carried out on Danielle with results to be known in days was last modified: March 25th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)