Pollution

'Halo effect' explains brightest patches of sky
March 31, 2009 06:28 AM - Nora Schultz

Every cloud has a silver lining, the saying goes, but as it turns out, it's more of a giant halo.

Limited Damage Seen from Naantali Oil Spill
March 30, 2009 09:47 AM - YLE

The effects of Sunday's oil spill near Naantali, south-west Finland, will not be as bad as feared, say experts.

Fish Oils Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Flatulent Cows
March 30, 2009 06:09 AM - ScienceDaily

The benefits to animals of omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils have been well documented – helping the heart and circulatory system, improving meat quality and reducing methane emissions.

Microbes In Mud Flats Clean Up Oil Spill Chemicals
March 29, 2009 09:46 PM - ScienceDaily

Micro-organisms occurring naturally in coastal mudflats have an essential role to play in cleaning up pollution by breaking down petrochemical residues.

MSU part of $79 million study on storing greenhouse gases emissions underground
March 29, 2009 07:36 PM - KARL PUCKETT, Great Falls Tribune

Lee Spangler holds up a small sandstone rock that he says could suck up carbon dioxide like a sponge. Rocks like this could play an important role in the fight against climate change, he says. At the same time, the technology could help out the coal industry, one of the biggest emitters of CO2.

White House Announces International Meetings to Address Energy and Climate Issues
March 29, 2009 07:50 AM - ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

The Obama administration announced Saturday that it had organized a series of meetings among representatives of 16 countries and the European Union to discuss energy and climate issues.

Volcano plumes spin up a storm
March 28, 2009 03:03 PM - New Scientist

VOLCANOES have more in common with monster thunderstorms than we thought. Their plumes swirl like cyclones, which could explain why they have been seen spawning tornadoes and sheet lightning.

Nuclear industry's new burst of energy
March 28, 2009 10:52 AM - Sandy Bauers, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Thirty years ago, the nuclear energy industry in the United States seemed all but headed for the scrapyard. Now it's poised for a rebirth.

Who ate all the algae?
March 28, 2009 10:42 AM - The Economist

MESSING around with ecosystems is an unpredictable business. That proved true again this week when a group of Indian and German researchers gave their first report from the biggest ever experiment in geo-engineering: an expedition to pour iron into the Southern Ocean, a vast area that encircles Antarctica, to stimulate a giant bloom of phytoplankton.

EPA Revs Up Leased Construction Equipment Retrofit Program Release date: 03/26/2009
March 26, 2009 01:26 PM - US EPA

Working to boost the economy while protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction projects throughout the Northeast.

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