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Study finds high sodium bicarbonate concentrations in water from coal-bed natural gas production harms aquatic life; water treatment can mitigate effects

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Produced water from coal-bed natural gas (CBNG) production may contain sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3 ) at concentrations that can harm aquatic life, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Bureau of Land Management and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems and to address fundamental questions about the brain. Research at the nexus of food, energy and water. Montana State University.

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BuG ReMeDEE project seeks to use extremophile bacteria to convert methane to biofuels, biopolymers and electricity

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Establish a consortium for sustained collaborations among university partners in South Dakota, Montana, and Oklahoma in the field of methane regulation in extreme environments. Among the highlights were the oxidation of mixed methane gas to liquid biofuel by Methyloferula sp , an obligately methanotrophic bacterium.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of Alabama. University of North Dakota. North Carolina State University. Oregon State University. Gas Technology Institute. University of Cincinnati. University of Maryland - College Park. Princeton University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Utah State University.

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Study finds global rivers and streams emitting 3x IPCC estimates of the GHG N2O

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This is especially the case for those draining nitrogen-enriched urbanized and agricultural watersheds, highlighting the importance of managing nitrogen before it reaches open water. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone destruction.

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$12+M awarded to 4 projects seeking to design crops with ability to fix their own nitrogen; no artificial fertilizers

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They also generate environmental problems from degrading soil to runoff into rivers where they pollute fresh waters and coastal zones. Golbeck, Penn State University; Christopher A. Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Susan Rosser, University of Glasgow; and Bill Rutherford, Imperial College London.

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First-of-a-Kind Field Test for Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery with Simultaneous CO2 Sequestration

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West Virginia University, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are collaborating in the $13 million field trial, located in Marshall County, W.Va. These wells have been producing coalbed methane and water since 2004. Monitoring the quality of groundwater and stream water. CONSOL Energy Inc.,

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