Questions tagged [environmental-chemistry]

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Why does ozone, being heavier than air, not settle down?

Is this because of some equilibrium between diffusion and gravity ? What exactly is responsible?
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What causes methane to have 25 times higher global warming potential than CO2

What causes methane to have 25 times higher global warming potential than $\ce{CO2}$? I think it has to do with $\ce{CH4}$ being a less massive molecule, but I'm not sure.
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How much CO2 could you remove from the atmosphere with 2 trillion USD?

I know it's possible to capture $\ce{CO2}$ with various chemical reactions. For example NASA's space shuttle had some kind of regenerative $\ce{CO2}$ scrubber. But how expensive is it? Could a huge ...
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What is K2O-nSiO2-xH2O?

In need of $\ce{K2SiO3}$ for my cucumber plants, I purchased a bag of potassium silicate. The molecular formula is $\ce{K2O-nSiO2-xH2O}$. Normally, my bags of fertilizer are easy to figure out. For ...
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Difference in pH of water and rainwater

In my textbook (Olmsted and Williams 4th ed) it is given that pH of pure water is 7, pH of unpolluted rain water is between 5-6 and pH of acid rain is between 4-5. It is obvious that pH for acid ...
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Efforts made to reduce the amount of CFC

Till now I have heard $\ce{CO2}$ is the main reason of global warming. I have studied the remedies to control $\ce{CO2}$ many times through books, awarness programs, etc. But today I learned about ...
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Is there any reason to fear personal exposure to rain with a pH of 3.1?

Where I live now there can be significantly acidic rain. The government posts measurements for many cities and there can be stretches for days or longer with reported pH of 3.2 or 3.1. I even saw 2.9 ...
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How to determine source of air pollution

It should be determined by some metal markers (meaning originating from traffic etc.) but I cannot find any source which would describe it. Thanks.