NASA Launches New Carbon-Sensing Mission to Monitor Earth’s Breathing

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Earth Systems Science

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) raced skyward from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Approximately 56 minutes after the launch, the observatory separated …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Synthesized ‘solar’ jet fuel: Renewable kerosene from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide

Jay Owen Greentech

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News Synthesized ‘solar’ jet fuel: Renewable kerosene from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide Posted: 03 May 2014 03:49 PM PDT With the first ever production of synthesized “solar” jet fuel, the EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has successfully demonstrated the entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles Posted: 08 Sep 2013 10:57 AM PDT New research shows that rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorus. Plankton plays an important role in the ocean’s carbon cycle by removing half of …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Computer simulations indicate calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Computer simulations indicate calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase Posted: 22 Aug 2013 12:22 PM PDT Computer simulations could help scientists make sense of a recently observed and puzzling wrinkle in one of nature’s most important chemical processes. It turns out that calcium carbonate …