Last spring, a team of NASA scientists looking at South Florida’s dwindling wetlands flew over the Everglades hoping to use aerial 3D imaging and data from the planet’s longest orbiting satellites to plot changes. Then Irma hit.In a matter of hours, about 40 percent of the mangroves were damaged or flattened.The massive toll from the storm was not all that surprising. Irma was as wide as the state and slammed the Lower Keys as a Cat 4 before barreling north and making a second landfall near Marco Island as a Cat 3. But what was baffling was how little of the forest, perfectly evolved to endure hurricanes, had recovered when scientists retraced their flight three months later."What took me aback was not so much the immediate damage, because you expect to see that. But some areas are really struggling to return," said Lola Fatoyinbo, a forest ecologist and the project’s principle investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "It was really, … [Read more...] about NASA team finds massive Everglades mangrove damage from Irma. Can it recover?
As Black History Month comes to an end, amNewYork asked organizations and colleges to nominate students who have become accomplished leaders in their communities. The stories of these four role models offer a snapshot of thousands of young New Yorkers across the five boroughs who are driven to improve life in the city. These are some of our future history-makers. Olayinka Daramola, 18 Born and bred in Brooklyn, Olayinka Daramola possesses an energy and positivity that could trick even the most keen observer into assuming life’s been a breeze. It hasn’t. She’s the youngest of three sisters, all a year apart — her eldest sister Temilola Daramola is 20 and middle sister Khadija Beye is 19. And all three, according to their mother Zhara, struggled with childhood obesity. Add to that the fact that Olayinka hasn’t seen her father, a Nigeria native, since he had to return to his home country 10 years ago. So how did this Brooklyn teen persevere through these … [Read more...] about 4 students who are helping forge the city’s future