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Increasing Varieties of Domesticated Crops Demand New Specialized Agricultural Chemicals

Posted on April 25th, 2017 by

Worldwide demand for many crops far outstrips production – and the situation is worsening. While drought and famine have long been relatively common in many areas, the 2016 El Niño warming phenomenon disrupted growing conditions throughout the world Continue reading “Increasing Varieties of Domesticated Crops Demand New Specialized Agricultural Chemicals” »

Chemical Warfare Agents Syria: poisonous fruits of chemistry

Posted on April 17th, 2017 by

uses of chemical weapons

Historical Timeline of the uses of chemical weapons (Source: The Economist, www.economist.com)

The recent events in Syria have brought chemical warfare agents (CWA) back into the limelight. The Timeline in the image above lists major uses of poisonous agents against humans in the last hundred years.  Continue reading “Chemical Warfare Agents Syria: poisonous fruits of chemistry” »

China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by

Covering the years 2016 to 2020, China’s new Five-Year Plan is a road map designed to guide national development, and it includes plans for the country’s chemical industry. Although proud of its success in this sector, China believes that to pursue its goal to be a great chemical power, Continue reading “China’s Five-Year Plan for Chemical Innovation” »

World Climate Report Card for 2016 – more warming and more pollution

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by

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A map of the February 2016 land-ocean temperature index (LOTI) anomaly shows that most of North America and Siberia were much warmer than the 1951-1980 base period. Much of the rest of Asia was also relatively warm*.

Reading fiction can be quite enjoyable.  Generations have been reading Jules Vern, H. G. Wells, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling and others.  Fiction contains elements that are not realistic such as talking animals, magical powers and fictitious laws or theories of science set in other worldly environments.  Continue reading “World Climate Report Card for 2016 – more warming and more pollution” »

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