The chemical processes of the air, earth and sky, the effects they have on humans and the effects we have on them are studied by environmental chemists. Advanced analytical techniques are used to identify the composition of a given atmosphere and the aim is to be able to follow the pathway of any reaction as it moves through an environment.
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Scientists agree that human activities are causing climate change, but the finer details are still unknown.
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Water is vital for our survival, but how much do we really know about it?
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The origins of life – where and how did life begin?
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We don’t know what causes lightning, how much of it there is, nor how to predict it. As global temperatures increase, so does lightning; as lightning increases, so do global temperatures. Its impact on atmospheric chemistry is still being explored.
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What happens to plastic when it gets disposed of into the environment, and how might it affect us?
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Geoengineering the climate would mean venturing into new technology with huge consequences. But what might those consequences be and is there an alternative solution to anthropogenic climate change?
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If a keystone species is lost, the entire ecosystem can collapse.
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Chemists are exploring ways to mimic nature’s selective, low-temperature biochemical reactions that make delicate and reactive structures. Previously, chemists had copied high temperature geological reactions.
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