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C&EN

The environmental impact of industrial reactions – in C&EN

The chemical industry accounts for about 10% of the world’s energy demand and 7% of its greenhouse gas emissions. This graphic in Chemical & Engineering News takes a look at the top 5 chemical products responsible. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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Atmospheric Chemistry Environmental Chemistry

Ocean Acidification: “The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem”

Ocean acidification is often referred to as ‘the other carbon dioxide problem’. We’re all quite rightly concerned about the effects that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may have on climate, and the potential consequences of climate change are well documented: more frequent instances of extreme weather, and higher global average temperatures to name but two. […]

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Atmospheric Chemistry Chemunicate RealTimeChem

RealTimeChem Week: Turning Carbon Dioxide into Useful Plastics

This week (31 Oct – 6 Nov) is #RealTimeChem Week – if you’re a tweeting chemist or chemistry enthusiast, you’ll probably know what that is already, but if you’re not familiar with it check out the FAQ here! Like last year, I’m creating graphics showcasing the work of the three winners of the #RealTimeChem week competition I ran […]

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This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Refrigerant Global Warming Deal, and Frankincense’s Smell Pinpointed

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on a global deal to reduce the use of HFC refrigerants, the identification of the molecules behind the smell of frankincense, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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Chemunicate

Ocean Acidification and Chemical Signalling

You might recall a month or so ago I started a new project on the site, Chemunicate, with which I aim to work with chemistry researchers and help produce graphics explaining their work in a straightforward manner. This graphic is the result of a collaboration with scientists from the University of Hull, and explains their study […]

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Atmospheric Chemistry

A Brief Guide to Atmospheric Pollutants

Back in school, you’ll have learned that the air in our atmosphere is composed primarily of nitrogen, at 78%, and oxygen, at 21%, with a number of other trace gases. It’s to these trace gases we’re looking today – more specifically, at how human activity can result in the release of air pollution in to […]