Here is some reading about science and the environment for a chilly last weekend in February:
New York Times: U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero
An increasing number of trucking companies are shifting to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power their fleets of large tractor trailers, a trend that one analysis predicts could reduce U.S. oil imports
Environment 360.com: Climate’s Strong Fingerprint in Global Cholera Outbreaks
Recent research demonstrates how closely cholera is tied to environmental and hydrological factors and to weather patterns — all of which may lead to more frequent cholera outbreaks as the world warms.
Scientific American: Observations–Crowd-sourced data hold potential for positive change and human rights abuses
Social media has scored big successes in helping crowds to gather and communicate online to challenge oppressive regimes in recent weeks, but digital gathering places that are basically public—and the crowd-sourced data they generate—also carry risks.
Science Daily: World Phosphorus Use Crosses Critical Threshold
a team of researchers warns that the world’s stocks may soon be in short supply and that overuse in the industrialized world has become a leading cause of the pollution of lakes, rivers and streams.
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