15-Jun-2007 Aerosol particles and cloud droplets -- Microscopic modulators of climate
Scientists around the world use
sophisticated computer models to
simulate future scenarios of all types -- including global climate. Researchers
at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory are playing a key role in
the improvement of these models by
providing new information about the
role of aerosols in the atmosphere.
15-Jun-2007 Dust in the wind
In March 2006, a major dust storm
occurred in Niamey, Niger. Although a
common occurrence, this was the first
time both satellite- and ground-based
instruments were used simultaneously
to assess the impact of airborne Saharan
dust on incoming and outgoing solar
15-Jun-2007 On thin icege/gi
Thin clouds high in the upper troposphere, like cirrus clouds, may have a significant influence on Earth's climate and enhance the "greenhouse effect" by absorbing more of
the sun's radiation than they take in. Unknown is how ice crystals in these clouds absorb and reflect radiant energy and enhance the amount of radiant energy emitted toward the earth's surface.
22-Mar-2007 Balancing oil and environment... responsibly
As the price of oil continues to fluctuate
unpredictably and nears the brink of depletion,
pursuing unconventional oil supplies, such as oil
shale, oil sands, heavy oils, and oils from biomass and
coal, has become increasingly attractive. Of particular
significance to the American way is that our continent
has significant quantities of these resources.
22-Mar-2007 Biomarkers -- Transforming human health and the environment
it in the news
Anthrax discovered in the mail… SARs outbreak…
Norovirus outbreak… Potential for an avian flu
pandemic looms… Obesity and diabetes threaten
Americans' health… Demand for water on the
rise, while water quality falls. What do they have
22-Mar-2007 Digging into dirt -- Subsurface science at PNNL
Imagine drinking water that has
dripped through the sponge you've just
used to clean the breakfast dishes. This
is happening around the world. Rain
and snow pass through soil polluted
with pesticides, poisonous metals and
radionuclides into the underground
streams that supply rivers, lakes and
1-Dec-2006 A closer look at the Northwest hydro system
Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory brought together public and private utilities, technology vendors and research institutions from across the Northwest to gather insight into challenges and opportunities for the
region's power grid.
16-Nov-2006 Sometimes smaller is better
A research team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon Health and Science University, University of Minnesota and the University of Idaho is studying the ability of nanoscale iron particles to reduce carbon tetrachloride, a common groundwater contaminant.
9-Nov-2006 US wind power industry tempers its 2006 forecast slightly
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced on October 24th that the U.S. wind energy industry remains on track to set a record for wind power installations this year, with U.S. wind generating capacity increasing by 2,750 megawatts (MW).
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