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  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 90. Nitrogen Fixation

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 90. Nitrogen Fixation

      Every living organism needs nitrogen to make nucleic acids and proteins. But before atmospheric nitrogen can be used, the strong triple bond between the two nitrogen atoms has to be broken. ...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 91. Pesticide Problems

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 91. Pesticide Problems

      A pesticide is any substance, preparation or organism used to protect plants or plant products from harmful organisms or to regulate the growth of plants. Insecticides, fungicides, herbicid...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 92. Mercury

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 92. Mercury

      This Factsheet summarises the problems caused by mercury pollution and reviews recent exam questions on this topic. Sources and movement of mercury Mercury is a naturally occurring metal th...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 93. Why are we going nuclear?

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 93. Why are we going nuclear?

      This Factsheet summarises why the government has changed its mind about nuclear energy and the environmental implications of their decision to invest in new nuclear plants. Introduction The...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 94. Pollutants and their control: Sulphur dioxide

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 94. Pollutants and their control: Sulphur dioxide

      In the UK, total sulphur dioxide emissions fell by 82 per cent between 1990 and 2006 to 676 thousand tonnes. The greatest deposition occurs in high rainfall areas in the north and west of th...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 95. Climate change and ecological decoupling

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 95. Climate change and ecological decoupling

      The near-surface temperature of the planet has risen about 0.6o C in the past 100 years. The 1990s was the warmest decade on record. In 2002 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IP...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 96. Ethical issues: BST

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 96. Ethical issues: BST

        This Factsheet: • Outlines how and why BST is used in the US but is banned in the EU • Summarises the arguments for and against its use Bovine somatotropin (BST) is a pol...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 97. Carbon Capture and Storage

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 97. Carbon Capture and Storage

        This Factsheet summarises the process of carbon capture and storage (CSS), which many governments believe will help us to reduce our carbon emissions.   Coal is our most abunda...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 98. Transport Energy Use & Conservation

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 98. Transport Energy Use & Conservation

      Transport energy use and transport energy conservation are frequently examined. This Factsheet summarises the key principles and reviews recent exam questions. CO2 emissions Transport is t...

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  •  Environmental Studies Factsheet: 99. How science works: The ethics of GM plants and animals

    Environmental Studies Factsheet: 99. How science works: The ethics of GM plants and animals

      Why Factsheets on How science works when it’s now Environmental Studies? Firstly, because much of the subject matter covered is scientific in nature and because many of the big issues ...

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