Monthly Archives: January 2009

Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud is an immense spherical cloud surrounding our Solar System. Extending about 30 trillion kilometers (18 trillion miles) from the Sun, it was first proposed in 1950 by Dutch astronomer Jan Oort. The vast distance of the Oort … Continue reading

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Indonesia aims to wrap up forest-carbon rules

Indonesia hopes to lay out a clear set of regulations before June on using carbon credits to protect rainforests so the rules can be discussed in upcoming international talks, a top climate official said. The United Nations has backed a … Continue reading

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Waste could be crucial in search for cleaner fuels

What we throw away could soon be used to power our cars, if projects to produce ethanol from commercial waste are ramped up. Some companies are exploring the environmental and financial benefits of putting waste to good use and are … Continue reading

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Seed bank for the world threatened by financial crisis

A seed bank that is trying to collect every type of plant in the world is now under threat from the global financial crisis, its director says. The Millennium Seed Bank Project aims to house all the 300,000 different plant … Continue reading

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