Oceanic carbon sequestration
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Oceanic carbon sequestration: good and bad

Removal of carbon from the atmosphere (carbon sequestration) helps counteract the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. In this sense, carbon sequestration is a valuable natural process. Natural pathways for carbon sequestration include both terrestrial and oceanic processes. However, the removal of carbon (primarily carbon dioxide – CO2) from the atmosphere through absorption Read More…

Carbon Footprint
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Controlling your carbon footprint – Sort of

Some people care about their carbon footprint, and others don’t. Many of us are somewhere in between where we care but balk at making any real lifestyle changes based on reducing that footprint. The reality is, however, that significant portions of our carbon footprint are beyond our control. Assume a hypothetical case where a person Read More…

Acid and Phytoplankton
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Acid and phytoplankton in the ocean’s food chain

Research into the demise of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period points to another massive loss of life at the microscopic level of the spectrum. Calcareous plankton in the ancient oceans experienced catastrophic population declines and species loss. With the disappearance of these tiny creatures, whole ecosystems collapsed because phytoplankton were the first Read More…

Greenhouse gas emissions
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Greenhouse gas emissions fall: Good news and bad news

The good news is that in 2019 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 2.1 percent. This drop reflects an 18 percent fall in emissions from coal-fired electric power plants. However, the U.S. didn’t stop producing electricity. Instead, many electric power generation plants switched to natural gas. Increased emissions in gas-driven electric power production helped offset some Read More…