Via "Living on Earth" comes news of the electronic inventorying of all known chemical reactions for every chemical known to humankind that "can track the almost infinite number of possible chemical reactions to find the quickest, cheapest and most environmental safe ways to make things." The creators have nicknamed their effort a "chemical internet." "What…

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Last week it was fish oil that protected your lungs against the harm from breathing-in particulate matter, or soot, pollution. This week, it's Vitamin C that "may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases." "Researchers looked at London hospital patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),…

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Maybe you've seen the headlines over the last couple of days. US Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions reached an historical 20 year low in the first quarter of 2012. The Federal Energy Administration attributed this decline to three factors: a mild winter, less travel, and gas-powered utility plants replacing coal-fired ones. Whereas coal was producing about…

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Ever since smog was an issue in Texas starting in the last 1980's, the two largest metropolitan areas have been duking it out for worst air in the state. Houston was the undisputed champion for awhile, but as of the last couple of years, Dallas-Ft. Worth has been neck and neck, and last, year, even…

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