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NOAA-led study: Colorado oil and gas wells emit more pollutants than... NOAA-led study: Colorado oil and gas wells emit more pollutants than...

NOAA-led study: Colorado oil and gas wells emit more pollutants than...

When NOAA scientists began routinely monitoring the atmosphere’s composition at a tower north of Denver a few years ago, their instruments immediately sniffed something strange: plumes of air rich with chemical pollutants including the potent greenhouse gas methane.

The serendipitous discovery of solar flares The serendipitous discovery of solar flares

The serendipitous discovery of solar flares

Independent astronomer records massive solar storm in 1859

Way back before we had the Internet and telephones and electrical wiring, scientists learned how solar flares can play havoc with manmade technologies. They also connected solar flares to the fantastic displays of auroral light, usually seen only at far northern and southern latitudes. And this discovery was completely by accident.

Utah’s winter air quality mystery Utah’s winter air quality mystery

Utah’s winter air quality mystery

During the last two winters, air quality monitors near oil and gas fields in the Uintah Basin have picked up episodes of ozone pollution far in...
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