The US Senate has rejected the latest attempt to extend a popular wind energy production tax credit, even as wind power companies in states such as Colorado are threatening mass-layoffs if the credit goes away as it’s scheduled to at the end of the year.
The man who warned us that aerosol spray-cans could destroy the earth's protective ozone layer has died.
F. Sherwood Rowland, better known as Sherry Rowland, was a Nobel-prize winning chemist at the University of California, Irvine. And he didn't just keep to the laboratory: He successfully advocated for a ban on ozone-destroying chemicals called CFCs.
F. Sherwood Rowland was the man who issued an early warning to the world: In a lab, some 40 years ago, he and a post-doctoral student Mario Molina found that chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) — the byproducts of everyday things like hairsprays and deodorants — had the potential to destroy the Earth's atmosphere. Rowland found that a single chlorine atom could destroy 100,000 ozone atoms in the stratosphere.
The University of California, Irvine, where he taught, announced that Rowland had died on Saturday. He was 84.