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New Process Absorbs CO2 and Excess Salt from Desalination

Written by , on July 5, 2016

A new process reacts carbon dioxide with brine to produce sodium bicarbonate.  Read more »

Bloomberg Predicts That EVs Will Cause Oil Oversupply Market Crash by 2023

Written by , on April 17, 2016

Bloomberg predicts that the electric car will cause an oil glut and an oil crisis by 2023.  Read more »

Do 97% of Climate Scientists Agree about Climate Change? (Hint: It’s Many More)

Written by , on January 24, 2016

Almost everyone seems to accept the often quoted claim that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made – but is the figure accurate?  Read more »

Extinctions Happening 1,000 Times Faster than Normal

Written by , on March 9, 2015

The populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%, over the 40 years from 1970 to 2010 – well on the way towards a mass extinction, which is defined as a loss of at least 75% of species.  Read more »

Lake Chad – Linking Climate, Water and Terrorism

Written by , on February 23, 2015

The changes in the lake have contributed to local lack of water, crop failures, livestock deaths, collapsed fisheries, soil salinity and increasing poverty throughout the region. All of this has turned the region into a hotbed of tribal violence and terrorism.  Read more »

Students Make Water Purifier from Chip Packets

Written by , on September 16, 2014

Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing.  Read more »

Declining Demand for Coal

Written by , on September 27, 2013

In a sign of the time. the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has turned down a bid of 21 cents a ton for the right to mine 167 million tons of coal in Wyoming. The bid is just 20% of the price paid for similar deposits a year ago and the lowest price since 1998. […]  Read more »

Insurance Industry Report Finds Increasiing Weather Catastrophes

Written by , on September 27, 2013

The leading international insurance and risk management think tank, has released a report showing that “ocean warming has effectively caused a shift towards a ‘new normal” for a number of insurance-relevant hazards’.  Read more »

Peak Water

Written by , on June 5, 2013

The US Geological Survey has released a report highlighting the alarming rate of groundwater depletion in the United States. The report says that between 1900 and 2008, the US lost 1,000 cubic kilometers of water from its 40 major aquifers – that's an average rate of 9.2 cubic kilometres a year. Even more alarming is […]  Read more »

New Nanotechnology to Clean Polluted Water

Written by , on May 9, 2013

Scientists from Australia's Deakin University, together with French colleagues, say that they have manufactured a lightweight and reusable material that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in a wide range of spilt oils, chemical solvents and dyes, while repelling water. Deakin University's Dr Wei Wei Lei said that "The effective removal of oils, organic […]  Read more »