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Feeding 10 billion people: trends, challenges, climate and natural resources

Posted on May 29th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

The World population is growing by about 80 million per year.  The forecast puts the total population at 9-10 billion by 2050, a number at which it is projected to level.  Meeting the needs of so many people will put significant stress on the natural resources and climate. Continue reading “Feeding 10 billion people: trends, challenges, climate and natural resources” »

Why is coal the worst fossil fuel – emissions, climate, health, smog…?

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

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Beijing, China (Source, www.thebeijinger.com)

The photo above shows a street during daytime in Beijing, China, where over 70% of people wear masks on smoggy days.  Smoggy days occur frequently resulting in periodic highway and airport shutdowns.  The main cause of the smog is smoke and soot particles spewed from stacks of coal burning factories. Continue reading “Why is coal the worst fossil fuel – emissions, climate, health, smog…?” »

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

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

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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” »