Final Presentation Topics
A body of newpaper articles are
organized by topics on
Resouces; each directory in rough reverse chronological order
You are not restricted to these suggestions. But you must check
any topic with us to protect you from known disaster topics. The list
starts with topics never before taken as they did not exist last year.
They are brave but relevent.
Thorium-fuel reactor -- Alex
Chernobyl now -- Jhon
magnetic confinement fusion -- Jeremy
laser-induced fusion -- Dillan
clean diesel engines (ha-ha) -- Paul
EV with switchable batteries -- Cornelius
automated highways -- Michelle
automobile safety / crashworthiness of automobiles --Jake
biodiversity in the food supply -- Zhengqi
algae biodiesel -- TJ
biopesticides -- Kevin
antimicrobial resitance -- Jimmy
nuclear terrorism -- Tessa
bioterrorism -- Atal
oil spills -- DJ
mercury pollution -- Jack
influenza/bird flu -- MattM
plasma trash gasification -- Nicholas
overgrazing -- Ben
using ice cores to measure historical climate -- Kira
colonization of mars / terraforming -- Erin
earth-sheltered homes -- MatthewK
carbon sequestering -- Andrew
HIV in Africa
forecasting volcanos / Mt St. Helens / Yellowstone
superconducting electricity transmission
superconducting energy storage
geothermal home heating & cooling (not available 2017)
rare earth metals: resources & consumption
OTEC = ocean thermal energy conversion (not available 2017)
Turning coal into methanol to use as a transportation fuel
deep-well geothermal power
retirement of nuclear reactors
el nino / la nina
automobile exhaust technology
alternate space propulsion
Older Places to Troll
- Do nations go to war over water?
Water use globally per year: one m3 of water to drink,
100 m3 for washing/cleaning, 1000 m3
to grow food we eat. But when locally the water grows scare, do we go to
war? Generally not but why?
Making US climate change law
What challenges lie ahead as the United States tries to construct a
working system for greenhouse-gas regulation? Jeff Tollefson reports.
- Ultrathin solar cells; see
views first. 2012 update: there is progress on this: search.
- Norway's Efforts to Contain
Greenhouse Gases Move Forward -- and Backfire How higher taxes work
better than lower ones.
How basic research can meet future
- Little Indian scrub could be biofuel
source in 11 Oct 2007 Nature;
see also Nature editorial Kill king
- WSJ Energy
Report 15 Sept 08; see articles on persistence of gas engine,
emission tradings, simple tips on saving gas, videos for alternative
cars; non-car topics include: LED for lighting, clean coal abroad,
quirky views on oil (executive flight, venture capitall, UK thinking
green); alternate car fuels: what, deals, and paying to pollute.
Use them as source of references.
- Century of Ammonia syntheis
changed the world, role of ammonia in agriculture (and also
warfare), broader effect and unanticipated environmental consequences.
- Energy lessons from the
'70s How nuclear energy outperformed so without new plants it is
still important contributor to electricity supply.
- Friendly invaders, Do
exotic species really cause substantial extinction of native species.
- Spreading Dead Zones and
consequences for marine ecosystems, R J Diaz and R Rosenberg, Science
321, 926-929 (2008) [ignore first page]; Histogram
of Dead zones with time (shortest supplement to review article).