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If you don't quite understand what gene editing is, or you watched the Rock's latest movie and think we're just a few lab accidents away from 30-foot wolves taking over the planet, John Oliver is here to help. Gene editing is often talked about with both excitement and alarm, Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. Many think it's "either going to kill all disease or kill every last one of us," but gene editing has actually been in existence for awhile.
Colombia's massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO's World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday. With an area of 2.7 million hectares (6.7 million acres) covering five Amazonian municipalities in the southern Guaviare and Caqueta regions, Colombia's largest natural park has rich biodiversity and is a sacred place for indigenous people. This is the ninth world heritage listing in Colombia, the second most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil.
Californian authorities have issued red flag weather warnings and mandatory evacuation orders after a series of wildfires fanned by high winds and hot temperatures ripped through thousands of acres. The latest blaze, the County Fire sparked in Yolo County on Saturday, had by Sunday afternoon spread across 22,000 acres (9,000 hectares) with zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire. The fire crossed over into Napa County on Sunday afternoon.
Ash is once again raining down upon California's Bay area, as the parched land to the north ignites. Not eight months after firestorms ravaged Northern California wine country, the flames have returned to the region. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reports that the County Fire started at around 2:00 p.m. on June 30, and as of the morning of July 1, had rapidly spread to 16,500 acres. The agency says 110 fire trucks have been deployed to the Yolo County area, which abuts California's famed Napa wine valley. Yolo itself is also rich in vineyards and tasting rooms. SEE ALSO: A landmark climate change ruling could go up in smoke after Justice Kennedy retires Both of these areas typically have hot, dry summers. Even so, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Drought Monitor shows these regions are experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions. Meaningful rains aren't expected during the summer, and lacking winter rains left the region with about 30 percent less rainfall than usual, as of late June. These parched lands, combined with hot temperatures and wind, fueled the County Fire, as well as others to the north, like the Pawnee Fire. In October 2017, historic fires in and around the wine country burned down over 8,000 structures, killing 44 people. These flames were helped by "diablo winds" reaching 79 miles per hour and vegetation that had been turned to tinder, after being dried out by the hottest California summer on record. The #CountyFire #GuindaFire burned extremely brightly / intensely during the overnight hours, as captured by one of our high resolution satellites. #PawneeFire was also visible. #CAFire #NorCal #cawx pic.twitter.com/rVyLpFolNg — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) July 1, 2018 More extreme wildfires are an expected part of California's future, as scientists say climate change has begun to lock into a cycle where "climate whiplash" is the norm. Under these conditions, the state will alternate between years of extreme drought followed by deluges of rain. And during times of extended drought, more wildfire is expected. GOES East Satellite imagery showing smoke from the #CountyFire blowing to the SW into the Bay Area. Northerly flow will allow this to continue through much of today.#cawx pic.twitter.com/eAgMTQYKXx — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 1, 2018 Already, the pattern appears to have emerged. From 2012 to 2016, the state experienced its worst drought on record, and likely worst in centuries more. This was followed by a winter deluge, one of the wettest in the state's history. #CountyFire from the air this morning. @NWSSacramento pic.twitter.com/CkZOjOTzaz — KG (@KG_DC) July 1, 2018 WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
A two-ton rock from the depths of space just plunged into the Pacific Ocean, and researchers want to find it. Fortunately, an oceanic research vessel is nearby, and it’s ready to deploy its high-tech array to aid in the search.
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