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Chemistry and the Environment

Proceedings of a Regional Symposium, Brisbane, 1989

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This book is comprised of the papers presented at a Symposium on Chemistry and the Enviroment held during the Chemistry International Conference in Brisbane, Australia from 1 to 2 September 1989. The Symposium sought to bring together eminent scientists to identify and discuss major environmental issues of consequence to the AsiaPacific region having a direct association with chemistry.

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The Atmospheric Impact of Expanded Coal Utilisation

The combustion of fossil fuels is the main contributor to the increase in the concentration of not only carbon dioxide in the atmosphere but also of oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide. Coal now contributes about 25% to the primary energy generation in the world and its use is projected to increase substantially even as the overall contribution of fossil fuels to energy generation decreases. To mitigate the resulting adverse environmental effects of the increased use of coal, it is imperative that the development and adoption of newer environmentally acceptable technologies for coal conversion is accelerated.

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