By: Denise Calaman
Something is happening in Florida's orange groves these days and it could prove to be disastrous for Florida's citrus industry possibly ending the state's production of citrus fruits altogether. Florida citrus groves are now host to an unwelcome visitor called the citrus pysllid. Citrus...
Global warming: Cause and effect
By: Robert Moss
Green House Gas Emissions and Global Warming:The global effect from Human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, increased farming, and deforestation, is leading to an increase in the three main greenhouse gases that are present within the Earths atmosphere. These are Carbon Dioxide (CO2)...
How the emerald ash beetle came to America
By: Denise Calaman
The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, a small metallic beetle, native to Asia is a new pest to American soil, threatening to wipe out the entire North American population of ash trees. Scientists believe that the emerald ash borer arrived in the US in 2002...
The difference between shale oil and crude oil
By: B. Stone
Both shale oil and crude oil are a source of the same chemical compounds that are burned to create energy - hydrocarbons. The difference is that crude oil, also known as petroleum, is already in its ready form, while shale oil has to be extracted...
By: Mary Tyrer
Particulate pollution is a term used to sum up all forms of pollution. Pollution comes naturally from volcanoes, forest fires, dust storms, and even ocean spray. Particulate pollution is simply a term which refers to tiny particles of matter in gaseous or liquid form floating...
By: Rex Trulove
Some might be amazed that the devastation of a forest fire could actually help ecosystems and forests, yet the fires really do in many ways. To understand, it is necessary to look at the bigger picture and look at the whole instead of just the...
Why is groundwater important?
By: Krista Terebessy
The majority of fresh water flowing from the taps in the US, and the rest of the world, is derived from groundwater. Wide, flat stretches of porous, sandy material that lie in layers under the ground, are called aquifers if they also contain water. Hydrogeologists...
Shale oil: Pros and cons
By: Richard Loyd
Bits of InformationShale Oil: Contains kerogen a solid mixture of chemicalsHow it's converted too oil?A process called "pyrolysis" can convert this kerogen in the shale oil material into synthetic crude oil. Also it can be burned directly too low grade fuel. It was gained...
By: Pamela Kay
While it is true that corporate farming brings food more cheaply to our table, the cost to our environment by some of their farming methods far outweighs any savings we may enjoy. This brief look at how corporate farming impacts the environment explores the practice...
Ecological aspects of the Yellowstone forest fire
By: Mary Tyrer
Ecologists who study the forest fires of Yellowstone National Forest have discovered the most populous tree that grows in the forest is the lodgepole pine. Through a process known as carbon dating, which is studying older trees and discovering how often large forest fires have...

 

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