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2011-12-14 14:57:59

In pursuit of riches and energy over the last 5,000 years, humans have released into the environment 385,000 tons of mercury, the source of numerous health concerns, according to a new study that challenges the idea that releases of the metal are on the decline. The report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. David Streets and colleagues explain that humans put mercury into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels and through mining and industrial processes....

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2011-11-09 12:32:20

Rice researchers show ocean could have contained enough methane to cause drastic climate change The release of massive amounts of carbon from methane hydrate frozen under the seafloor 56 million years ago has been linked to the greatest change in global climate since a dinosaur-killing asteroid presumably hit Earth 9 million years earlier. New calculations by researchers at Rice University show that this long-controversial scenario is quite possible. Nobody knows for sure what started...

2011-10-17 21:57:49

It is difficult to measure accurately each nation's contribution of carbon dioxide to the Earth's atmosphere. Carbon is extracted out of the ground as coal, gas, and oil, and these fuels are often exported to other countries where they are burned to generate the energy that is used to make products. In turn, these products may be traded to still other countries where they are consumed. A team led by Carnegie's Steven Davis, and including Ken Caldeira, tracked and quantified this supply chain...

2011-08-17 11:29:00

ForestEthics Runs USA Today Ads, Organizes 'Banana' Protests in Multiple Cities Days Before D.C. Protests Over Pipeline Decision SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dole and Chiquita were greeted this morning with full-page ads in USA Today calling on the companies to reject extreme fossil fuels from Canada's Tar Sands and to embrace cleaner transportation fuel options. View the ads here:...

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2011-08-16 08:59:25

Research at Greenland and Antarctic shows decline in methane and ethane levels Recent data from NSF-funded research in both Greenland and Antarctica demonstrate that fossil-fuel related emissions of both methane and ethane, two of the most abundant hydrocarbons in the atmosphere, declined at the end of the twentieth century, according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Nature. The causes of the decline in methane emission rates to the atmosphere have been puzzling scientists for...

2011-06-15 09:30:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Westmont Resources, Inc. (OTCQB: WMNS) ("Westmont"), announces today that it has completed all requirements and has received final approved for a European Bond funding scheme developed in conjunction with Regency Financial Group Inc ("Regency") of Palm City, Florida. The financing will support Westmont's continued expansion and strengthen the company's growing technology development program. "We are excited about Regency's decision to assist...

2011-05-27 19:50:53

Zhi-Yong Yang, Lance Seefeldt featured in Journal of Biological Chemistry Stinging from humiliating defeat in World War I, Germany's Nazi regime seized on technology developed by chemists Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch that enabled the coal-rich, petroleum-poor country to produce synthetic fuels for its military machine. Research in Fischer-Tropsch or "FT" synthesis waned in the latter half of the 20th century but, like "a bubblin' crude," has resurfaced in recent years with growing interest...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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