How the struggle for water drives regional rivalry
By: Gary Betts
Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton remarked in Niagara Falls on June 13,2009, "We have to update it (The Canada-U.S. Boundary Water Treaty) to reflect new knowledge, new technologies and, unfortunately, new threats." The Canada-U.S. Boundary Water Treaty (BWT) was ratified by...
Sea ice and land ice: The difference explained
By: James Bowles - 448482
In 1991 NASA conducted a symposium where they presented the latest climate and weather research findings. The attendees read like who's who in academic research, as it included, among others, representatives from the National Science Foundation, MIT, and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The...
Why wind power cannot replace nuclear power
By: Rand E Oertle
The fundamental difference between wind power and nuclear power may not be what you think. It's storage. As of yet, science has not developed a storage system for wind created energy. The prospect of massive storage systems necessary to store and provide at peak-hour usage...
How warming of permafrost produces methane
By: Anne StClair
It is a myth that warming of permafrost (permanently frozen sub-soil) by itself releases methane. Permafrost is simply permanently frozen ground. As the permafrost in places such as Siberia and Alaska is melting, however, methane is being released in massive quantities. So what is happening...
By: Tami Port MS
Is it a bird? A plane? A UFO? Weather balloons are sometime mistaken for unidentified fling objects, but they are actually floating weather stations in miniature; a collection of scientific instruments with the job of measuring temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure.* Parts of a...
How biochar may help save our planet
By: Tami Port MS
We now have the technology to turn global waste into a multifunctional band-aid for the planet; in effect, turning garbage into gold. Biochar is a new, very porous type of charcoal created by heating organic wastes to high temperatures. The type of waste used to...
How lightning is formed
By: Frances Stanford
Lightning is a visible electric discharge that shoots through the atmosphere. It rarely occurs alone and it is usually accompanied by thunder and rain. The discharge can occur between two regions of the atmosphere or between the land and a region of the atmosphere. Although...
Biological and biotechnical agriculture
By: Brian Troyer
Genetically Engineered for Failure As the 21st century opens before us, new technologies pave the way to a bright, exciting future. Virtual reality, holograms, laser technology, and nanotechnology each promise to improve living for billions of people all across the globe. It's too bad...
How to predict volcanic eruptions
By: S-C Sterner
How to predict a volcanic eruption Every year some 60 volcanoes erupt around the world and some of them erupt as often as every day such as Kilauea and Stromboli in Hawaii. Most of the eruptions are luckily enough quite weak, but every now and...
What are the causes of mass extinction
By: Emily Boucher
A mass extinction event is happening at this very moment. Has been happening, in fact, since Homo sapiens decided to walk out of Oduvai Gorge and spread across every habitable land surface on the planet. From our merciless treatment of habitat, to the chemicals flowing...

 

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