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2010-11-30 05:30:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) announced today the company will cease operations at its Foret phosphates plant in Huelva, Spain, by December 31, 2010. The closure is due to a Spanish judicial ruling that prohibits Foret from adding gypsum to storage stacks near the Huelva site after December 31, 2010. Gypsum is a byproduct of phosphoric acid production at the front end of the plant. Phosphoric acid is used to make sodium and calcium phosphates,...

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2010-11-30 06:35:00

A new report released Monday by Britain's largest organic certification body finds that the world's supply of phosphate rock is running out faster than previously believed, posing a threat to global food security. "Intensive agriculture is totally dependent on phosphate for the fertility needed to grow crops and grass," said the Soil Association. The global supply of phosphorus from mined phosphate rock could peak as early as 2033, after which it will become increasingly costly and scarce,...

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2010-11-03 06:15:00

Every person emits the equivalent of approximately two tons of carbon dioxide a year from the time food is produced to when the human body excretes it, representing more than 20% of total yearly emissions. That is what a study by the Universidad de Almería says, confirming for the first time that human excrements contribute to water pollution, primarily with nitrogen and phosphorus. A team of researchers from the Universidad de Almería (UAL) has estimated...

2010-11-01 09:30:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A team of scientists have discovered that evidence linking the "Snowball Earth" glacial events to the emergence of complex life. The Snowball Earth hypothesis states that the Earth was covered from pole to pole by a thick sheet of ice lasting, on several occasions, for millions of years. These glaciations were the most severe in Earth history. They occurred 750 to 580 million years ago. The researchers argue that the oceans in the aftermath of these events were rich in...

2010-10-29 13:29:07

A University of Alberta geomicrobiologist and his PhD student are part of a research team that has identified phosphorus as the mystery ingredient that pushed oxygen levels in the oceans high enough to establish the first animals on Earth 750 million years ago. By examining ancient-ocean sediments, Kurt Konhauser, student Stefan Lalonde and other colleagues discovered that as the last glacier to encircle Earth receded, leaving behind glacial debris containing phosphorus that washed into the...

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2010-10-27 14:10:00

A spike in ancient marine phosphorus concentrations from 750 to 635 million years ago is linked to emergence of complex life, UC Riverside researchers say A team of scientists, led by biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside, has found new evidence linking "Snowball Earth" glacial events to the rise of early animals. The controversial Snowball Earth hypothesis posits that the Earth was covered from pole to pole by a thick sheet of ice lasting, on several occasions, for...

2010-10-22 16:49:24

Study Tests Water Quality Trends for Nitrogen and Phosphorus Researchers at the University of Florida Research and Education Centers and scientists at the South Florida Water Management District have published a report regarding the trends in water quality feeding into Everglades National Park. The report can be found in the September-October 2010 Journal of Environmental Quality, published by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society...

2010-10-19 16:58:00

Despite Significant Progress, State Acknowledges More Work is Ahead HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today stressed the state's commitment to help restore the Chesapeake Bay, saying looming federal pollution reduction requirements necessitate a workable, cost-effective plan to meet these challenges, which his department has prepared. "To be sure, Pennsylvania has reduced the amount of pollution we're putting...

2010-10-04 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BNET) announced today that it has received notification that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the claims submitted and thus granted the application titled "Micro-Electron Acceptor Phosphorous Accumulating Organisms." It is anticipated that the patent will be formally issued sometime during the next three months. Bion's technology employs a biological nutrient removal...

2010-09-20 08:54:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell "¦ they all tempt us every day with their convenient locations, cheap prices, and tasty looks, but these foods are full of phosphates, which are shown to have adverse effects on people with kidney disease. A study done showed that people who don't have the means to buy healthy food eat fast food more frequently, in turn worsening kidney disease. Phosphorus is a mineral found naturally in foods like milk, cheese, beans and...


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2005-05-25 19:15:16

In chemistry, a phosphate is a polyatomic ion or radical consisting of one phosphorus atom and four oxygen. In the ionic form, it carries a -3 formal charge, and is denoted PO43-. In a biochemical setting, a free phosphate ion in solution is called inorganic phosphate, to distinguish it from phosphates bound in the form of ATP, or perhaps in DNA or RNA. Inorganic phosphate is generally denoted Pi. Inorganic phosphate can be formed by the reactions of ATP, or ADP, with the formation of the...

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