[Biomineralization] The pathway to mother of pearl

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
The material inside mollusk shells, nacre, is remarkably tough and also gives the shells their sheen. Nacre is a hybrid of aragonitic calcium carbonate and an organic matrix, but it's – [Read More] ...read more
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Removing Nitrogen from Groundwater Has New Ally: Anammox

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
Summary: USGS scientists have conducted the first-ever field measurements of anammox activity in groundwater, demonstrating that nitrogen removal from groundwater can occur through the action of naturally occurring bacteria Contact Information: Richard Smith ( Phone: 303-541-3032 ); Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 ); An aerial view looking southeast of the treated
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China's underestimated carbon emissions: What does it mean for climate action?

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
The New York Times revealed in a Nov. 4 article that China has been burning as much as 17 percent more coal annually than previously thought, ... ...read more
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Why a Paris climate agreement could actually be very good for the US

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
... international agreement to curb carbon emissions, says a new report: There ... The report uses values for the social cost of carbon established by the ... ...read more
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Waving good buy?

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
THE idea of extracting energy from ocean waves and turning it into electricity is an alluring one. The first serious attempt to do so dates back to 1974, when Stephen Salter of Edinburgh University came up with the idea of “ducks”: house-sized buoys tethered to the sea floor that would convert the swell into rotational motion to drive generators. It failed, as have many subsequent efforts to perform the trick. But the idea of wave power will
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SABRE-rattling

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
SOME good ideas take years of dogged perseverance to come to fruition. That has certainly been true of a hypersonic engine which Alan Bond, a British engineer, began developing in 1982. Its first incarnation was as part of a government-backed spaceplane project called HOTOL (horizontal take-off and landing), run by Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace. When the money for this dried up in 1989, Mr Bond and two fellow Rolls-Royce engineers set up a co
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Hell’s grannies

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
MOBILITY matters. Losing the right to drive is, for many elderly people, as traumatic as being widowed. And, as the population ages, that trauma will be felt by more and more people in the future. Yet the safety of other road users, let alone that of an elderly driver himself, is paramount. So, an awful lot rides on the licence-renewal tests older drivers face in certain places—and perhaps even more on the judgment of drivers in places that do
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A Carbon Price-and-Rebate Plan

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
PARIS – So far, international climate talks have failed to find a mechanism that will successfully reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions. The 1997 ... ...read more
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Global Emissions Reductions Have Already Saved the US $60 Billion, Report Says

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
The report counters arguments often used by opponents of climate action in the U.S. that taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions will allow ... ...read more
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German prosecutors probe VW carbon emission allegations

November 5, 2015 | Carbon Emissions
But late Tuesday, the embattled auto giant said an internal probe had uncovered "inconsistencies" on carbon emissions as well, affecting not only ... ...read more
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