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Douglas-fir Last Updated on 2013-12-15 23:37:47 The Douglas-fir (scientific name: Pseudotsuga) is a genus of tree that includes ar least five species found in North America and Asia: Scientific Classification Kingdom:  Plantae  Phylum:--- Tracheophyta Class:------ Pinopsida Order:-------- Pinales Family:-------- Pinaceae Genus:--------- Pseudotsuga Bigcone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa) Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) -- Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. menziesii – regular Coast Douglas-fir -- Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. glauca – Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir Mexican Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga lindleyana; included by some within Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. glauca) Chinese Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga sinensis) -- Pseudotsuga sinensis var. sinensis – regular Chinese... More »
Bockris, John O’M. Last Updated on 2013-10-31 01:06:04   John O’M. Bockris, an Australian electrochemist, coined the term “hydrogen economy” in the 1970s. Bockris’ hydrogen economy describes a system in which hydrogen would be used to transport energy from renewable sources over large distances and store it in large amounts. In 1962, Bockris first proposed a plan to supply US cities with solar-derived energy via hydrogen. In 1971, he published the first article on hydrogen in a referred journal. Bockris published Energy: The Solar-Hydrogen Alternative in 1975, one of the first detailed description of what a solar-hydrogen economy would look like. Further Reading History of Hydrogen Timeline (National Hydrogen Association) More »
Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 Last Updated on 2013-10-29 21:21:58 The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)* announced at the Rio+20 Summit on June 17, 2012. the launch of the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 (IWR 2012). The report measures the wealth of nations. Download PDF | Read more about the report The report presents a new economic index, which looks beyond the traditional short term economic and development yardsticks of gross domestic product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI). The Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) assesses changes in a country’s productive base, including produced, human, and natural capital over time. By taking a more holistic approach, the IWI shows governments the true state of their nation’s wealth and the sustainability of its growth. Twenty countries were assessed in the IWR 2012 over a period of 19 years (1990-2008). Together they represent more than half of... More »
Carbon Offsets: Growing Pains in a Growing Market Last Updated on 2013-10-05 01:28:40 This article, written by Charles W. Schmidt appeared first in Environmental Health Perspectives—the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The article is a verbatim version of the original and is not available for edits or additions by Encyclopedia of Earth editors or authors. Companion articles on the same topic that are editable may exist within the Encyclopedia of Earth. Carbon Offsets: Growing Pains in a Growing Market There’s a market growing in the United States, but unlike markets that trade in tangible commodities, this one trades in the absence of something no one wants: greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Hundreds of companies make it possible for individuals, organizations, businesses, and even events such as rock music festivals to proclaim themselves carbon-neutral by paying someone else to reduce... More »
Public Health Statement for Asbestos Last Updated on 2013-09-21 23:15:25 This article is a verbatim version of the original and is not available for edits or additions by EoE editors or authors. Companion articles on the same topic that are editable may exist within the EoE. September 2001 En Español CAS#: 1332-21-4 This Public Health Statement is the summary chapter from the Toxicological Profile for Asbestos. It is one in a series of Public Health Statements about hazardous substances and their health effects. A shorter version, the ToxFAQs™, is also available. This information is important because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present. For more information, call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This public health statement tells you about asbestos and... More »