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2011-03-02 02:06:10

Researchers develop technique to measure methane gas from cattle Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Wetlands, gas hydrates, permafrost, termites, oceans, freshwater bodies, non-wetland soils, are all natural sources of atmospheric methane; however, the majority of methane presence ca n be accredited to human-related activities. These activities include: such as fossil fuel production, biomass burning, waste management and animal husbandry. The release of methane into the...

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2011-01-07 08:05:00

The nearly 200,000 tons of methane released into the Gulf of Mexico during last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill were ingested by microbes in just four months, according to a new study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Science. Methane, which made up one-fifth of the crude oil that was leaked into the Gulf following an explosion on the BP-operated rig in April 2010, sank mostly into the deepest part of the waters. There, according to what researcher David Valentine of the...

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2011-01-07 07:17:53

An international, NOAA-led research team took a significant step forward in understanding the atmosphere's ability to cleanse itself of air pollutants and some other gases, except carbon dioxide. The issue has been controversial for many years, with some studies suggesting the self-cleaning power of the atmosphere is fragile and sensitive to environmental changes, while others suggest greater stability. And what researchers are finding is that the atmosphere's self-cleaning capacity is rather...

2011-01-06 17:15:06

An international team of scientists has released data indicating that greenhouse gas uptake by continents is less than previously thought because of methane emissions from freshwater areas. John Downing, an Iowa State University professor in the ecology, evolution and organismal biology department, is part of an international team that concluded that methane release from inland waters is higher than previous estimates. The study, published in the journal Science, indicates that methane gas...

2010-12-20 05:18:00

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Eswaran Brothers Exports announced that it has achieved CarbonNeutral company certification, a major milestone in the sixty-seven year history of the family-owned tea company. The Vice Chairman of Eswaran Brothers and a third generation tea taster, Mr. Subramaniam Eassuwaren, stated, "As part of a family that has been devoted to tea, this is an important landmark for us. It's among the initial steps we have taken in our drive to become a...

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2010-11-30 11:10:00

By Diana Lutz , Washington University in St. Louis It sounds a bit like spinning straw into gold, but novel metal catalysts may be able to turn greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide into liquid fuels without producing more carbon waste in the process. If fossil fuels burn completely, the end products are carbon dioxide and water. Today the carbon dioxide is a waste product, one that goes into the air "” adding to global warming; or the oceans "” acidifying them; or...

2010-11-15 20:45:36

Innovative research technique reveals C4 grasses older than previously thought A new analysis of fossilized grass-pollen grains deposited on ancient European lake and sea bottoms 16-35 million years ago reveals that C4 grasses evolved earlier than previously thought. This new evidence casts doubt on the widely-held belief that the rise of this incredibly productive group of plants was driven by a large drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations during the Oligocene epoch. The...

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2010-11-11 11:33:17

Leaks from carbon dioxide injected deep underground to help fight climate change could bubble up into drinking water aquifers near the surface, driving up levels of contaminants in the water tenfold or more in some places, according to a study by Duke University scientists. Based on a year-long analysis of core samples from four drinking water aquifers, "We found the potential for contamination is real, but there are ways to avoid or reduce the risk," says Robert B. Jackson, Nicholas...

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2010-11-05 13:02:51

A team of researchers are planning to try and help dairy farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions like methane. Nitrogen and carbon based greenhouse gases are produced through a complicated system at dairy farms that is affected by everything from the weather to the soil to the feed to cow burps, along with other things. "Cows emit most of their methane through belching, only a small fraction from flatulence," said the project's principal investigator, Ruth Varner of University of New Hampshire...

2010-10-26 09:14:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has announced the successful activation of new hardware that will support water production services aboard the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Sabatier system can create up to 530 gallons of water per year from byproducts of the station's Oxygen Generation System and Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly. The process...


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Earth's Atmosphere
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Earth's Atmosphere -- Earth's atmosphere consists of nitrogen (78.1%) and oxygen (20.9%), with small amounts of argon (0.9%), carbon dioxide (variable, but around 0.035%), water vapor, and other gases. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation and reducing temperature extremes between day and night. 75% of the atmosphere exists within 11km of the planetary surface. Temperature and the Atmospheric Layers The temperature of the Earth's atmosphere...

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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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