West Virginia Chemical Spill: Dangers and Possible Solutions

For the OH gropu, MCHM is an alcohol. Photo by Clara Piccirillo.

The 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) spill took place in West Virginia’s Elk River. How dangerous is this chemical? How can the river be cleaned?

Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States

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A study by Harvard university shows that the man-made methane emissions maybe higher than previously estimated, with consequences for the environment.

Ocean Acidification: Latest Worrying Report

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A report published by the IGBP predicts an increase in ocean acidity of 170 % due to CO2 emission, with widespread consequences on marine life and our society.

Assessment of Physical and Ecological Limits of Biofuels

Sugar cane is used to produce biofuels. Phot by José Reinaldo da Fonseca.

Are biofuels really better? A study shows that the ecological footprint of biofuels may be higher than for fossil fuels, so put down the ethanol!

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Reducing Carbon Monoxide in the Atmosphere: Innovative Catalyst for CO Oxidation

Carbon monoxide is oxidized to carbone dioxide by catalytic converters. Photo by Hiddenpower.

Scientists have developed a very efficient catalyst for carbon monoxide oxidation. The catalyst is made of nanocrystals deposited on cerium oxide.

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