Fire it up! 'Blue whirl' fire tornado burns cleaner for reduced emissions
In episode 63, Jordan and Charlie discuss the 'blue fire whirl,' a type of fire whirl that could lead to beneficial new approaches for reducing carbon emissions and improving oil spill cleanup. Fire whirls, otherwise known as fire tornadoes, pose a powerful and essentially uncontrollable threat to life, property and the surrounding environment in large urban and wildland fires. These fire tornadoes are usually turbulent, but the blue whirl discovered by researchers at the University of Maryland is very quiet and stable, without any visible or audible signs of turbulence.
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