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New study: U.S. power plant emissions down

New study: U.S. power plant emissions down

Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than coal-fired power plants do, according to a new analysis accepted for publication Jan. 8 in the journal Earth’s Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The so-called “combined cycle” natural gas power plants also release significantly less nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide, which can worsen air quality.
January 9, 2014 0 Comments
CIRES, NOAA observe significant methane leaks in a Utah natural gas field

CIRES, NOAA observe significant methane leaks in a Utah natural gas field

On a perfect winter day in Utah’s Uintah County in 2012, CIRES scientists and NOAA colleagues tested out a new way to measure methane emissions from a natural gas production field. Their results, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, constitute a proof-of-concept that could help both researchers and regulators better determine how much of the greenhouse gas and other air pollutants leak from oil and gas fields. 
August 7, 2013 0 Comments
Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists this summer are taking one of the most detailed looks ever at the natural and manmade emissions that affect air quality in the Southeast, and their movement and chemical transformations within the atmosphere. The mission should help scientists determine the origin of the fine particles and how they contribute to the haziness in the region and affect regional air quality and temperature trends.

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

The cleanup of California’s tailpipe emissions over the last few decades has not only reduced ozone pollution in the Los Angeles area, it has also altered the pollution chemistry in the atmosphere, making the eye-stinging “organic nitrate” component of air pollution plummet, according to a new study.

June 4, 2013 0 Comments
Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

A new study, led by NOAA and its Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, used a novel approach to trace methane in the Los Angeles basin back to its sources, and found that "extra" methane is likely coming from sources related to fossil fuels.

May 14, 2013 0 Comments
Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

A field study of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows that dust and microorganisms transported from as far away as the Sahara desert help to spur the precipitation that California counts on for its water supply.
February 28, 2013 0 Comments
Oil and Gas Wells Contribute Fuel for Ozone Pollution

Oil and Gas Wells Contribute Fuel for Ozone Pollution

Emissions from oil and natural gas operations north of Denver are releasing gases into the air that could add to ozone pollution in the region.

January 15, 2013 0 Comments
An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

In a new study, academic and NOAA scientists found that ozone pollution is declining at rural sites in the East, but is steady or even increasing at most sites in the rural West, with strongest increases in spring.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, NASA: Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

NOAA, NASA: Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

Warmer air temperatures high above the Antarctic led to the second smallest seasonal ozone hole in 20 years, according to NOAA and NASA satellite measurements

October 24, 2012 0 Comments
Colorado’s governor awards scientists for air quality work during Gulf oil spill

Colorado’s governor awards scientists for air quality work during Gulf oil spill

A team of scientists from NOAA and the University of Colorado-CIRES will receive the governor’s Award for High-Impact Research for discoveries made during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis.

October 5, 2012 0 Comments
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