Environmental Chemistry

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GREEN GUIDE S P E C I A L E N V I R O N M E N T I S S U E S ------------------------------------------------- Natural gas a weak weapons against climate change ------------------------------------------------- Texas and Antarctica attacked, Rocks hint ------------------------------------------------- 2011 Among Hottest years, marked by extreme weathers ------------------------------------------------- Planting Wind Energy on Farms May Help Farmers ------------------------------------------------- With Gas Prices High, U.S. Refinery Closures Hit Workers and Drivers How to Win the War On GLOBAL WARMING NATURAL GAS WEAK WEAPONS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Nathan…show more content…
------------------------------------------------- PLANTING WIND ENERGY ON FARMS MAY HELP FARMERS ------------------------------------------------- Now researchers are studying whether wind turbines can have a similar effect—actually helping crops to grow. With the tremendous growth in wind energy in the past decade, turbines often have been planted in or near cropland—leading both farmers and researchers to wonder what effect the rotating blades might have on corn, soy, and other crops. Some of the leading research is under way in the U.S. Midwest, heartland of the world's leading corn-producing nation, a place where blustery fields have beenideal for siting wind energy farms. The findings here could apply to many places around the world, wherever turbines and farms are near each other, although the effects on vegetation may vary by region or by crop. 2011 AMONG THE HOTTEST YEARS, Marked by EXTREME WEATHERS An animation still using satellite data shows Arctic sea ice melt during the summer of 2011. This year is shaping up to be one of the ten hottest years on record, according to a United Nations report announced yesterday. Likewise, 2011 may be the hottest year on record during La Niña, a periodic cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific. That's a bad sign, since La Niña years are generally relatively cool, said Steven Running, a professor of ecology at the University of Montana, who was not part of the study
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