Sci/tech

Southern California Beetle Killing Oaks
May 2, 2009 08:22 AM - ScienceDaily

U.S. Forest Service scientists have completed a study on a beetle that was first detected in California in 2004, but has now attacked 67 percent of the oak trees in an area 30 miles east of San Diego.

How Mercury Gets into our Seafood
May 1, 2009 04:32 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known.

Major Potential CO2 Storage in the North Sea
May 1, 2009 02:35 PM - Jenny Haworth, the Scotsman

THE North Sea could store the carbon dioxide from all Europe's power stations for hundreds of years, the results of major research to be unveiled today will reveal. Porous rocks beneath the seabed of the North Sea and disused oil and gas fields could provide storage for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Landfill cover soil methane oxidation underestimated
April 28, 2009 10:50 AM - American Society of Agronomy

A literature review reveals that landfill cover soils oxidize more methane than guidelines suggest

World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant Begins Operating in Spain
April 28, 2009 09:46 AM - Green Progress, Green Progress

Following the conclusion of the successful three-day production and operational testing period, Abengoa Solar has begun commercial operation of the new PS20 solar power tower plant located at the Solucar Platform, near Seville (Spain).

The missing sunspots: Is this the big chill?
April 27, 2009 06:21 AM - David Whitehouse, The Independent, UK

Could the Sun play a greater role in recent climate change than has been believed? Climatologists had dismissed the idea and some solar scientists have been reticent about it because of its connections with those who those who deny climate change. But now the speculation has grown louder because of what is happening to our Sun. No living scientist has seen it behave this way. There are no sunspots

Pandemic Fears as Flu Kills 68
April 27, 2009 06:11 AM - David Randall The Indepedent - UK

A swine flu virus outbreak that has rapidly claimed up to 68 lives in Mexico, and infected people in the US, was last night declared a "public health emergency of international concern". The decision, made by the World Health Organisation (WHO), means that countries are now being asked to step up surveillance for any cases.

California's low-carbon fuel standard has oil companies anxious
April 25, 2009 07:59 AM - Dale Kasler , The Sacramento Bee

In car-crazy California, a new fuel standard ordered by state officials to curb greenhouse gases could dramatically change how vehicles run. It also could have a huge effect on cost. The petroleum industry and some economists say the new standard adopted by the state Air Resources Board on Thursday will cost motorists billions, because blending gasoline will become considerably more complicated.

Hydrogen protects nuclear fuel in final storage
April 24, 2009 11:07 AM - Swedish Research Council

When Sweden's spent nuclear fuel is to be permanently stored, it will be protected by three different barriers. Even if all three barriers are damaged, the nuclear fuel will not dissolve into the groundwater, according to a new doctoral dissertation from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

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