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It has long been known that biomass burning – burning forests to create agricultural lands, burning savannah as a ritual , slash-and-burn agriculture and wildfires – figures into both climate change and public health.
Based on recent findings, researchers believe that radiation stemming from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may eventually lead to anywhere from 15 to 1,3000 deaths, with 24 to 2,500 due to cancer, in the country.
Cities release more heat to the atmosphere than the rural vegetated areas around them, but how much influence these urban "heat islands" have on global warming has been a matter of debate.
A new study of dust-like particles of soot in the air — now emerging as the second most important — but previously overlooked — factor in global warming provides fresh evidence that reducing soot emissions from diesel engines and other sources could slow melting of sea ice in the Arctic faster and more economically than any other quick fix.
If someone told you there was a way you could save 2.5 million to 3 million lives a year and simultaneously halt global warming, reduce air and water pollution and develop secure, reliable energy sources â€“ nearly all with existing technology and at costs comparable with what we spend on energy today â€“ why wouldn't you do it?
Soot from the burning of fossil fuels and solid biofuels contributes far more to global warming than has been thought, according to a new Stanford study.
Everyone knows that carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change, is a global problem.
Most of the technology needed to shift the world from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy already exists.
The best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, not growing on prairies or glowing inside nuclear power plants, says Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford.And "clean coal," which involves capturing carbon emissions and sequestering them in the earth, is not clean at all, he asserts.Jacobson has conducted the first quantitative,...
Aerosolized particles created from vehicle exhaust and other contaminants can accumulate in the atmosphere and reduce the speed of winds closer to the Earth's surface. This results in less wind power electricity and less rain.