When life gives you fracked water, make methane hydrate

From the American Chemical Society , an environmentalist’s nightmare. Desalination of drinking water, fracking, and methane hydrates all wrapped up into one positive outcome. Using a form of ‘ice that burns’ to make potable water from oil and gas production In the midst of an intensifying global water crisis, scientists are reporting development of a…

That ‘Methane Time Bomb’ now lurks behind dams

From the American Chemical Society. I wonder if they studied how much methane comes from sediment loads dropped by rivers naturally and compared them? The Mississippi Delta alone must be a terrible offender. Sediment trapped behind dams makes them ‘hot spots’ for greenhouse gas emissions With the “green” reputation of large hydroelectric dams already in…

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Better living through chemistry climate science?

The American Chemical Society decides to put themselves into the climate communications business. From their press release: Understanding climate science: A scientist’s responsibility to communicate with the public NEW ORLEANS, April 8, 2013 — With global climate change and the prospect of another record-hot summer on the minds of millions of people, experts have gathered…

Cooltech: a nanoscale foglifter and frost inhibitor coating

From the American Chemical Society, something interesting. A new anti-frost and anti-fog coating for glass In an advance toward glass that remains clear under the harshest of conditions, scientists are reporting development of a new water-repellant coating that resists both fogging and frosting. Their research on the coating, which could have uses ranging from automobile…

Plants: An efficient green technology for cities

From the American Chemical Society Green plants reduce city street pollution up to 8 times more than previously believed Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found. A…

Too many cooks spoil the carbon footprint

From the American Chemical Society  it seems that newer is not always better. Even Yale environment360 bought into this idea. I should add that I’m all for reducing carbon soot, but in the zealous rush for solutions, sometimes too many cooks spoil the soup. Right: Primitive stoves and open fires pose serious health risks, particularly…