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Reverse combustion? Turning carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel back into fuel

Reverse combustion? Turning carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel back into fuel | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
With almost 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide released each year from burning coal, gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels in the United States alone, scientists are seeking ways to turn the tables on the No.
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This article talks about a great idea of turning CO2 back into fuel or energy, and a plan that would not only decrease the amout of pollution put into  the air, but also eliminate the greenhouse gas effect because of the amount of CO2 put into the atsmosphere.

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Changes in remote lakes likely caused by human activities: study

Changes in remote lakes likely caused by human activities: study | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

"We're now seeing evidence of fossil fuel effects through much of Northern Canada"

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Human activities such as burning fossil fuels and using commercial fertilizer are affecting remote lakes across the Northern Hemisphere, including British Columbia and Northern Canada, according to a study by researchers from Canada, Sweden, China and the United States.

The study, from the Dec. 16 issue of Science, found that since the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of industrial fertilizer, nitrogen levels in remote lakes have increased faster than can be accounted for due to natural causes, said Peter Leavitt, one of 19 co-authors from over a dozen research institutes and universities.

“It’s interesting that on the eve of the announcement of Canada pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol that we’re now seeing evidence of fossil fuel effects through much of Northern Canada,” Leavitt said.

“If people were worried or disbelieving that burning fossil fuels had an effect on the environment, here’s another piece of the puzzle that suggests that yes, in fact, it does have an effect.”

The researchers looked at 33 lakes, all situated far from where humans could have directly polluted them, Leavitt said.

What’s interesting, Leavitt said, is the similarity between the findings from such a wide variety of lakes, with nitrogen levels rising at around the same time just over 100 years ago in all of them.

Because researchers studied remote lakes unlikely to have received nitrogen from anywhere other than the atmosphere, they were able to rule out direct pollution from human populations, including cities and local agriculture, as possible sources for the elevated nitrogen levels, said Leavitt.

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The study was co-authored by researchers from the University of Regina, the University of Alberta, the University of Washington, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the National Marine Fisheries Service, McGill University, Yunnan Normal University in China, Idaho State University, Lund University in Sweden, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mountain Studies Institute, the University of Maine and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

 


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This article tells about how nitrogen levels in some lakes in Canada are going up, and many scientists believe that this is because of CO2 emission.

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Jellyfish Swarm Brings Down Another Nuclear Plant - Slate Magazine

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Jellyfish Swarm Brings Down Another Nuclear Plant
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Oct. 2 2013 7:10 PMWhy Do Jellyfish Swarms Keep Bringing Down Nuclear Plants? The gelatinous menace is becoming alarmingly common.Chris Wade.
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This video is about how some power plants in the United States are getting their water piplines to supply water in order to cool the system's reactor, are getting clogged by jellyfish in the water.

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How China Is Making Its Own Daily Temps Go Up

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WASHINGTON (AP) — China, the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, scientists conclude in the first study to link the burning of fossil fuels to one country's rise in its daily...

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Rainier Manuel's comment, May 3, 2013 3:19 PM
I can't imagine the weather in China especially for a overpopulated country. China has the largest Carbon Dioxide producer bigger than the US and India. Their government need to look at this and fix it.
Gabriel Pavlik's comment, May 3, 2013 4:25 PM
China has a problem with their thermostat and so I don't want to go their.
Zach Deaton's comment, May 6, 2013 11:10 AM
There's obviously a trade-off here. Economic growth for overpopulation and large carbon emissions. This pollution can, will, and is creating big problems. I wouldn't ever want to move here.
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Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ... - Science World Report

Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ... - Science World Report | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
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Extending Fossil Fuels: Super-Efficient (118 MPG) Hybrid Combustion Engine ...

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Auston Kelling's comment, October 2, 2013 12:12 PM
WOW that was a great article
James Krall's comment, October 2, 2013 12:16 PM
This is such a cool article and I think that this could definitely change the way we see automobiles.
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I think that this engine is the engine of the future. This engine gets 118 miles per gallon, and it said to not compromise performance. The engine runs off of natural gas and diesel, which makes the a more green engine. This engine is what could possibly make the future a more greener place. It is said that this engine could be in mass production in the next 5 years. 

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How Much Do Health Impacts From Fossil Fuel Electricity Cost The U.S. Economy?

How Much Do Health Impacts From Fossil Fuel Electricity Cost The U.S. Economy? | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

How much would electricity cost in the United States if the retail price reflected the health impacts of burning fossil fuels?


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Undercover at the Tar Sands: What It's Really Like Working for Big Oil - RollingStone.com

Undercover at the Tar Sands: What It's Really Like Working for Big Oil - RollingStone.com | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Undercover at the Tar Sands: What It's Really Like Working for Big Oil RollingStone.com Editor's Note: In recent months, many climate activists have focused their efforts on Canada's tar sands and the companies set on extracting fossil fuels from...

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This article shows how in Canada, workers are extracting the fossil fuels from the sand.

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Profits for Oil, Gas & Coal Companies Operating in the U.S. and Canada - Oil Change International

Profits for Oil, Gas & Coal Companies Operating in the U.S. and Canada - Oil Change International | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Fossil fuel companies operating in the U.S. and Canada made $271 billion dollars in profit in 2012, while continuing to receive billions in subsidies.
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This article is about how the U.S. and Canada both spend billions in tax dollars on foreighn oil

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Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target

Fossil Fuels Need to Stay Unburned to Meet Climate Target | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Most known reserves of fossil fuels will need to stay unburned to stop temperatures rising beyond a United Nations target that seeks to curb climate-change dangers.

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'50 dirtiest' US power plants emit more greenhouse gases than South Korea

'50 dirtiest' US power plants emit more greenhouse gases than South Korea | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

A new study by an environmental group suggests that reining in a handful of America's coal-fired power plants would have a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Fifty US power plants emit more greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels than all but six nations, says a new report.

 

The study by Environment America paints a bulls-eye on the nation’s biggest coal-fired power plants, suggesting that reining in a relatively small share of America's 6,000 electric generating facilities could have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.


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