Peat fires are notoriously known as “zombie fires” for their sheer unwillingness to die. Deep in the soil, water cannot get every piece of burning peat, leaving behind pockets of dead plant matter that burn for months on end. However, a team of scientists have found a way to strike these fires down for good; their special blend of water and suppressant seeps into the peat more effectively to extinguish the fires 40 times faster than plain water.
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If you’re visiting a farm, keep an eye out for an ominous-looking bronze fog. Nitrogen tetroxide, a red-orange gas, is made by certain bacteria during fermentation when oxygen is lacking in the crop. The lack of oxygen causes the bacteria to use the nitrate within the crops, which then produces nitrogen tetroxide. Inhalation of the gas is known to cause permanent lung damage or kill people and livestock. To prevent this, farmers have started performing nitrate tests after four weeks of fermentation. Read full article here