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2012-03-19 19:08:42

Study shows it takes 10 units of alternative electricity sources to offset a unit of fossil fuel-generated power Technology alone won't help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable. Many nations, including the United States, are actively pursuing...

Global Greenhouse Gas Could Rise 50 Percent By 2050
2012-03-16 07:37:20

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday that global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050. The report said that unless more ambitious climate policies are created, fossils fuels will supply about 85 percent of energy demand in 2050, increasing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. Fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas will make up 85 percent of energy sources by 2050, while renewables are expected to make up just 10 percent....

2012-02-29 14:05:05

Process could save time and money for oil/gas industry A University of Toronto research team has developed a process to analyze the behavior of bitumen in reservoirs using a microfluidic chip, a tool commonly associated with the field of medical diagnostics. The process may reduce the cost and time of analyzing bitumen-gas interaction in heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs. Dr. David Sinton, Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of...

2012-02-23 10:09:54

It takes a lot of energy to extract heavy, viscous and valuable bitumen from Canada's oil sands and refine it into crude oil. Companies mine some of the sands with multi-story excavators, separate out the bitumen, and process it further to ease the flow of the crude oil down pipelines. About 1.8 million barrels of oil per day in 2010 were produced from the bitumen of the Canadian oil sands — and the production of those fossil fuels requires the burning of fossil fuels. In the first...

2012-01-27 10:13:24

Stop wrangling over global warming and instead reduce fossil-fuel use for the sake of the global economy. That's the message from two scientists, one from the University of Washington and one from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who say in the current issue of the journal Nature (Jan. 26) that the economic pain of a flattening oil supply will trump the environment as a reason to curb the use of fossil fuels. "Given our fossil-fuel dependent economies, this is more urgent...

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....

Image 1 - Methane Could Be The Answer To 56-million-year Question
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...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.