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How to calculate the emission factor for Spent Wash Briquette used as fuel in the sugarcane industry based on its calorific value?

In the sugarcane industry, we use Spent Wash (generated as waste in the distillation process) as fuel for stationary combustion. If we know that calorific value e.g 1650 kCal/kg for Spent Wash ...
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How dangerous is it that no global warming prevention measures are taken? What is the maximal warming, the limit?

This image in wikipedia shows that the temperature is going to increase 4.1-4.8 °C in 2100 if no policies are taken. How much raise in temperature can be reached in later times? Is there some ...
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When is the carbon stored in fossil fuels released back to the atmosphere under natural conditions?

On which time scale is the carbon stored in petroleum and black coal released back to the atmosphere under natural conditions? Exploiting fossil fuels and burning them releases the carbon today, but ...
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Natural Gas fields as power sources

Natural Gas fields as the name suggests are a source of natural gas which in turn are a major source of energy for almost every economy. Recently in news is Gateway to Hell of Turkmenistan, a natural ...
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Is anthropogenic global warming unavoidable under modern civilisation? [closed]

Which are the reasons to believe that the climate crisis can be solved within our type of civilisation, that is, without putting in jeopardy the important advances of humanity that have been achieved ...
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Hydrocarbon resources extension. How?

Pardon my naive question. But I heard this argument quite sometimes. One can find at the Schlumberger careers page the particularly interesting FAQ: “We are often told that oil is running out. Why ...
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Are we consuming more oxygen than the world is producing due to fossil fuels?

With the disclaimer than I am not a scientist, my understanding is that the earth developed a surplus of atmospheric oxygen over the eons because a small percentage of photosynthetic organisms were ...
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Why is the creation of water from the combustion of hydrocarbons not listed as a cause for rising sea levels?

According to Accounting for water formation from hydrocarbon fuel combustion in life cycle analyses, water is created by burning hydrocarbon fuels. It seems like a major thing to exclude from "...
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What would happend in distant future if we didn't extract fossil fuels

I'm sorry if that is stupid question. Geology is not my thing, but I'm curios about this. Let's assume that mankind has never extracted fossil fuels (or existed in the first place) and for millions ...
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The climate effect of the Russian industrial collapse in the early 90's

In 1982 ExxonMobil made this diagram with a slightly excess of the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global warming. Can this error be explained by the Russian industrial collapse in the ...
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Could burning all fossil fuels (available on earth) render the atmosphere unbreathable?

What if humanity burns all fossil fuels it can find? Putting the negative effects of climate change aside, would the enormous amount of $\small\mathsf{CO_2}$ in the atmosphere eventually make it ...
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What is the most important source of natural gas? Coal, oil or other?

By heat and pressure, both coal and oil can produce gas. But what is the most important substance for gas? Is there a relation to the amounts of marine organism (sea life) which died and the amount of ...
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Finding the emission factor for vehicular energy generation

I hope this is the right venue for my question. I'm trying to find the conversion factor between vehicular CO2 emissions (in units of mass, e.g. in metric tons) and the energy generated (in kWh). If ...
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Can I use diamonds as fossil fuel?

Aside from cultural implications (correct me if I'm wrong but artificial diamonds are not so hard to obtain, right?) diamonds are pure carbon and are more unstable than graphite. So, why not use ...
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Do fossil fuels insulate the crust from the Earth's interior?

I was doing a project for my English class, and I came upon the article Energy conservation in the earth's crust and climate change. I can't view the full text of the article, but the abstract piqued ...
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How long does it take for fossil fuels to renew? [duplicate]

Overtime, we've located, drilled, and used a large portion of our planet's fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are found underground, and are dug up to be used as a form of energy, (ex: Oil found by drilling ...
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Why does mineral oil occur below natural gas?

Why does mineral oil occur below natural gas? It was asked in our science book in the Geology section and I didn't get a clear explanation from the teacher.
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Are there probably decent oil fields located in the middle of the ocean?

I did a google image search for a world map of offshore oil. Surprisingly I found virtually nothing. I had to search country by country for such maps. I noticed most if not all were located very near ...
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Why is helium only found in wells mixed with natural gas?

Does all commercially available helium come from natural gas wells? Is it theoretically possible to have a pure helium well? Helium is produced by the radioactive decay of primordial uranium and ...
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Coal self-heating and spontaneous combustion, how does this happen?

I finally broke down and read the Wikipedia article on spontaneous combustion and I was surprised to see how serious of a problem this can be. Wet hay, oily rags, there really are exothermic reactions ...
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Are fossil fuels really formed from fossils?

Hydrocarbons have been found in great abundance elsewhere in the solar system where there is unlikely to be evidence for life past or present. No fossils involved. Petroleum and natural gas wells ...
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Are there gases from the Earth useful to generate electricity besides "natural gas"?

Natural gas: ...is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of ...
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Will we even be burning fossil fuels in approx. 100 years? Worry about climate effects? [closed]

Do we really need to worry about the effects of burning fossil fuels when in all likelihood we won’t be burning fossil fuels in about a 100 years or maybe a little more? We will have technologies in ...
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Does the amount of energy released from burning of fossil fuels have a measurable impact on global warming? [duplicate]

I understand that the main issue of global warming is greenhouse gases that trap solar energy instead of allowing it to bounce back into space. That being said, I've always had this impression or idea ...
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Petroleum and coal formation

I was wondering why are coal and petroleum being both fossil fuels are found at different places i.e. coal at land and petroleum at sea.
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Initial indexes for calculating the Fire Weather Index (in the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System)

I am applying the Canadian Fire Weather Index (FWI) on the Forest Fire Warning System of my laboratory. My problem is in calculating the Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC), the Duff Moisture Code (DMC) ...
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Has a reduction in car use ever had an effect on the ozone layer?

Has there ever been an incident in the U.S. where because of high gas prices people have driven their cars a lot less than usual for, say, many months, and after appropriate measurements it was ...
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How does one create petroleum/crude oil for future generations?

I am a geological novice so maybe this is a wrong question. But the idea is to create a thought experiment. How does one "create" petroleum or crude oil for future generations? Is it enough to bury a ...
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To stop anthropogenic climate change, is it necessary to stop extracting petroleum and start pumping carbon under ground?

The amount of carbon (C) on Earth is constants. As far as i understand, all carbon that is not found in the atmosphere or the oceans in the form of CO2 or CO is stored either in the biomass (plants, ...
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How much fossil fuel came from the Carboniferous?

It is said that most of the fossil fuels in existence today (coal, oil, gas) came from the Carboniferous period. A unique set of circumstances lead to the creation of fossil fuels, which depends on ...
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What causes "hydrocarbons" to take the form of petroleum versus natural gas?

"Hydrocarbons" are found in geological formations consisting of strata or layers of rocks. Specifically, they are formed from decomposed organic material (that contains carbon), that bonds with ...
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