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Aerosol pollutants in atmosphere likely masking global warming
...ows a track originating in the vicinity of a brown coal
power plant, the world's largest smelter and refinery, a huge cement plant and a major oil refinery near Adelaide, South Australia. Other areas of the world are at least as tainted with aerosols. But pollution tracks from huge, nearly adjacent cit...
Study: Methane cleans nitric oxide from power plant emissions
... the presence of sulfur dioxide, because coal
from this area is sulfur-rich.... "For a state like Ohio that has large coal
reserves, it is very good for the economy to make use of those reserves," said O...
Amphibian declines complicated, disturbing
...referring to the dying frogs as the "canary in the coal
mine," an early warning sign of environmental danger.What's less clear, Blaustein said, is exactly what insult, or combination of them, killed these animals, or caused their diseases and deformities. Or which species will be the next to fall. EDITOR'...
Lung ailments come with the paycheck for wide swath of workers
... Journal of Medicine. "It used to be that mainly coal
miners or people who worked with asbestos were the...cludes construction workers, says Beckett. Just as coal
miners are at risk of developing respiratory diseases from dust, so are construction workers who bre...
Feeding the world by cleaning the air: study ties heavy regional haze to reductions in China's crop production
...There are many potential sources for the haze. The coal
China uses to fire much of its industry produces soot and fine particles. Fuel for cooking and home heating also tends to be dirty. Agricultural practices involve burning crop debris at the end of the growing season. And China gets hit...
China now leads world in sulfur emissions, study shows
...mense country with a growing population, and their coal
reserves are massive and predominantly soft coal, ...process. It makes economic sense for them to burn coal
because it is so abundant. We've begun to see more acid rain complaints in Indochina, Japan and Kor...
Reducing methane emissions could lower overall abatement costs
... man-made methane in the United States landfills, coal
mining, livestock, manure systems and the production and transmission of natural gas. A significant amount of these emissions can be reduced through the use of currently available, economically justified and easily verified options. Such options in...
Coal-derived fuel burns cleaner
...hanol,but DME production from natural gas and from coal
derived syngas may open upthis clean fuel for broa...o a fuel that generally has lower emissions and is coal
derived could makecleaner fuel available from local resources." The researchers, who also i...
With support for the EPA, biologists go out on a genetic limb to help stem migratory songbird declines
...d cousin, thecanary, did for working conditions in coal
mines. As such, the EPA has awarded CTR a $330,000 grant to produce three more yearsworth of research, with the goal of using this genetic marking technique as anew method of relating wintering and breeding populations, in order to answerdefinitively...
...ed by fossil fuels,solvents, greases, creosote and coal
tar. They found that if a soil is low in organic matter, quinoline is morelikely to become strongly bound to the soil and less likely to move to groundwater. However, in its strongly bound state, the pollutant is also less likelyto be broken...
African dust called a major factor affecting southeast U.S. air quality
...rmal," dust in the air, as contrasted with dust in coal
mines andother contained industrial environments. Further, it has not been shown which,if any, specific components of dust may affect human health. Various mechanismshave been proposed by which airborne particles might damage lung tissue, one ofwhich...
The Green Party
...arming debate. Burning carbon fuel such as oil and coal
produces most of this excess carbondioxide. This process currently supplies much of the world's power needs, butthe fuel reserves are rapidly running out. Nonpolluting alternative fuel sourcesare being developed to take the place of oil and coal. In ...
In Animal Groups, Scientists See Patterns That Could Predict The Future
...ovidescientists with the proverbial "canary in the coal
mine" that allows humans tograsp the effects that their actions today will have on the world a century fromnow. For example, a slight increase in water temperature because of global warming ora change in the ocean's chemical balance because of coasta...
Waste Makes Saleable Coal Product
..., are investigating both fuel and non-fuel uses of coal
for the 21stcentury. One use for both combustion waste and anthracite coal
is as activatedcarbon. Wood is the traditional source for activated carbon which is sometime...
The President's Coral Reef Task Force Meets On March 5-6
...nd evaluate disturbance,stress, and degradation of coal
reefs.) Evening reception Friday, March 5 8:00 AM Media Registration 8:30AM Opening remarks by Task Force Co-Chairmen Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt Commerce Undersecretary D. James Baker 9:00AM Report from Islands Coral Reef Initia...
Nuclear Safer Than Coal?
...ms of the effect on peopleshealth than traditional coal
burning power stations, according to ProfessorBern...s that the huge volume of chemicals emitted from a coal
power stationmakes the nuclear production of electricity a much safer option than coal
interms of th...
Future Of West Tied To Saving, Not Extracting, The Land
... the American West has always been tiedto a deeper coal
mine, a bigger clear-cut, a greater take from the earth. Butthose boom-and-bust operations have produced more ghost towns than prosperingones. The road to economic stability for the west today, argues a University ofWisconsin-Madison rural sociologis...
Solid Waste Incineration May Exceed Leaded Gasoline As Source Of Lead Air Pollution In Cities
...r potential lead-contributingactivities, including coal
burning, smelting and metal refining, also were foundnot to be likely dominant sources. The finding brings into question the common assumption that declines in humanblood lead levels and atmospheric lead levels in urban centers during the 1970sand 19...
Bones of Crocodile-like Beasts Tell Tale of Global Warming
...being pumped into the atmosphere from car exhaust, coal
plants,and other burning of fossil fuels. That model has come under closer scrutinyrecently as some scientists have suggested that the late Cretaceous was actuallya cool time. The new evidence indicates that the late Cretaceous may be an evenbetter m...
Clean Air Act Reduces Acid Rain In Eastern U.S.
.... The source of most sulfur dioxide is high-sulfur coal
burned inpower plants. Controlling this source of sulfur dioxide production can have amajor impact on acid rain in Pennsylvania and other regions of the Northeast. Unfortunately, only 30 percent of the nitrogen oxides causing acid raincome f...
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