Chemical Engineering student in love with Phyics. Environmetalist. Tea lover. Writer.

This blog is dedicated to all sciency things I stumble upon and to those that keep my love for science alive.

wildcat2030:

Climate change may make food less nutritious
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University of California, Davis Original Study

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A field test is the first to show that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies. Findings from the wheat field test study appear online in Nature Climate Change. “Food quality is declining under the rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide that we are experiencing,” says lead author Arnold Bloom, a professor in the department of plant sciences at University of California, Davis. “Several explanations for this decline have been put forward, but this is the first study to demonstrate that elevated carbon dioxide inhibits the conversion of nitrate into protein in a field-grown crop,” he says. The assimilation, or processing, of nitrogen plays a key role in the plant’s growth and productivity. In food crops, it is especially important because plants use nitrogen to produce the proteins that are vital for human nutrition. Wheat, in particular, provides nearly one-fourth of all protein in the global human diet.
Many previous laboratory studies had demonstrated that elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide inhibited nitrate assimilation in the leaves of grain and non-legume plants; however there had been no verification of this relationship in field-grown plants. (via Climate change may make food less nutritious | Futurity)

dorkly:

Neil deGrasse Tyson Can’t Stop Blowing Everyone’s Minds on Twitter

gemself:

space is cool n all but u know what’s COOLER than space?????? nothing. literally nothing is cooler than space

nevver:

What Earth would look like if the Moon were a giant disco ball

Galactic collision - a cosmos edition

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Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, which collects and transfers the solar energy to a heat transfer fluid that can be used to supply heat for end-use applications or to generate electricity through conventional steam turbines.

CSP plants require high direct solar irradiance to work and are therefore a very interesting option for installation in the Sun Belt region (between 40 degrees north and south of the equator). This region includes the Middle East, North Africa, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, the Southwest of the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Western China, Australia, southern Europe and Turkey.

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expressions-of-nature:

紅粉佳人 | 風景獵人 Eason Ladaga

  If the goal was to reduce global warming pollution, then the BC carbon tax totally works. Since its passage, gasoline use in British Columbia has plummeted, declining seven times as much as might be expected from an equivalent rise in the market price of gas, according to a recent study by two researchers at the University of Ottawa. That’s apparently because the tax hasn’t just had an economic effect: It has also helped change the culture of energy use in BC. “I think it really increased the awareness about climate change and the need for carbon reduction, just because it was a daily, weekly thing that you saw,” says Merran Smith, the head of Clean Energy Canada. “It made climate action real to people.” It also saved many of them a lot of money. Sure, the tax may cost you if you drive your car a great deal, or if you have high home gas heating costs. But it also gives you the opportunity to save a lot of money if you change your habits, for instance by driving less or buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle. That’s because the tax is designed to be “revenue neutral”—the money it raises goes right back to citizens in the form of tax breaks. Overall, the tax has brought in some $5 billion in revenue so far, and more than $3 billion has then been returned in the form of business tax cuts, along with over $1 billion in personal tax breaks, and nearly $1 billion in low-income tax credits (to protect those for whom rising fuel costs could mean the greatest economic hardship). According to the BC Ministry of Finance, for individuals who earn up to $122,000, income tax rates in the province are now Canada’s lowest.
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earthhour:

This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how you’re being a Superhero for the Planet on Instagram! Take a picture of your action, whether you’re cleaning up a beach, taking public transport, planting a tree, cycling for life or taking part in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30PM. Don’t forget to use the hash-tags #EarthHour #YourPower and #SpiderMan and share your location! Use Your Power to change the world we live in.

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#superhero #planet #beach #environment #panda

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