Energy & Green Tech

EXPLAINER: Bikes, batteries and blazes spark concern in NYC

A weekend fire that injured over three dozen people—and forced firefighters to use ropes to pluck people from a 20th-story window—is drawing attention to a rising concern in New York City: battery fires that can arise ...

Energy & Green Tech

Hawaii quits coal in bid to fight climate change

The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii's only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state's dirtiest source of electricity burned its final pieces of fuel.

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Fire

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a combustible material releasing heat, light, and various reaction products such as carbon dioxide and water. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma. Depending on the substances alight, and any impurities outside, the color of the flame and the fire's intensity might vary. Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning.

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