Confronting Climate Change – Part 1

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions

Confronting Climate Change – Part 1

Did You Know?

  • Warming trends in the next 50 years may have profound effects
  • Burning oil, coal and natural gas promotes global warming
  • Solutions include alternative fuels and greener industrial processes.
  • Using a mixture of coal and biofuels can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Eating chicken, fish or vegetables instead of red meat just once a week could help fight climate change

As wagon trains of pioneers headed West to settle the American frontier, they encountered oceans of grass swaying in the wind in the prairies. This grass grew 7-10 feet high — almost to the second story windows on a modern house. Much of that green ocean consisted of switch grass. Today switch grass is looking greener than ever to new generations of pioneers. Those pioneers are chemists, chemical engineers, and other scientists who are searching for solutions to the challenges of global warming.

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Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS®)

SciFinder®, a research tool produced by CAS (a division of the American Chemical Society), found 264 references in the CAS databases on the subject of carbon capture and storage (sequestration) directly related to the concept of climate change. These references were published this year. A further analysis performed in SciFinder shows the increased interest in this topic in the last decade. For example, using the same search strategy showed there were 194 references in 2000, with the numbers growing steadily to 472 in 2007.

The CAS databases cover references from more than 10,000 major scientific journals and 57 patent authorities worldwide.

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  • Hundreds of books have been written in the past few years on the effects of climate change. These books offer an amazing variety of opinions and viewpoints. Information on many of these books is available from the Library of Congress, http://catalog.loc.gov/

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