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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
Magnifying Smoke

Magnifying Smoke

A new study directly measures the heat-trapping effect of wildfires during an actual wildfire that burned near Boulder, Colo., in 2010.

August 27, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners find increase in airborne ethanol

NOAA, partners find increase in airborne ethanol

Ethanol, now used commonly in U.S. transportation fuels, is turning up in urban air at more than six times the levels measured a decade ago, according to a new study by a team of NOAA researchers and colleagues.

August 9, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners find 50-year decline in some Los Angeles vehicle-related pollutants

NOAA, partners find 50-year decline in some Los Angeles vehicle-related pollutants

In California’s Los Angeles Basin, levels of some vehicle-related air pollutants have decreased by about 98 percent since the 1960s, even as area residents now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel.

August 8, 2012 0 Comments
A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

Arctic warming has thinned springtime sea ice across the Arctic Ocean. A new study shows that this alters the chemistry of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and may increase the amount of toxic mercury contaminating the region.

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

Today marks the beginning of a large-scale, comprehensive field project to measure how thunderstorms transport, produce and process chemicals that form ozone, a greenhouse gas that affects Earth's climate, air quality and weather patterns.

May 15, 2012 0 Comments
Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

A smoke-related chemical, isocyanic acid, may be a significant air pollutant in some parts of the world, especially where forest fires and other forms of biomass burning are common.

April 30, 2012 0 Comments
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