fossil fuel

04/15/2014 - 06:18

A new report from Public Health England estimates that long-term particulate air pollution is responsible for substantial levels of mortality in the United Kingdom. Figures range from 3.8-3.9% of the proportion of deaths that can be attributed to this cause in Northern Ireland and Scotland up to 5.6% in England. Asthma UK responded to the report with concern as the majority of asthma sufferers find that air pollution makes their symptoms worse.


04/26/2012 - 08:41

The researchers established that defects in an as yet unknown combination with mixing of copper and zinc oxide at the catalyst’s surface are the reason why the catalysts are so active. These findings could make a contribution to further improving the catalyst, and also help researchers develop catalysts that convert pure carbon dioxide efficiently. These could be used to recycle the greenhouse gas that is produced when fossil fuels burn.

04/02/2012 - 10:43

A series of global warming events called hyperthermals that occurred more than 50 million years ago had a similar origin to a much larger hyperthermal of the period, the Pelaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), new research has found. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience online on April 1, 2012, represent a breakthrough in understanding the major “burp” of carbon, equivalent to burning the entire reservoir of fossil fuels on Earth, that occurred during the PETM.

02/22/2012 - 11:34

The Juneau Icefield is the laboratory for a study revealing that the remnants of fossil fuels in glaciers may be changing the source of food for marine life down the food chain. University of Alaska Southeast Associate Professor Eran Hood is the second author of the study, to be published in the international journal Nature Geoscience in March 2012 and published on-line this week.

02/21/2012 - 15:16

Human activities from agriculture to fossil fuel consumption have resulted in high levels of nitrates in many streams and rivers; now a new study suggests that nurturing riparian zone forests may be a key in maintaining healthy waterways.

09/27/2011 - 08:45

Nanowires of copper could eliminate busted cell phone screens and make solar cells more competitive with fossil fuels.