Monday, March 20, 2006

Coal in the news and Climate prediction software

Illinois Coal Mining Making Comeback
But St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp. bought the mine and reopened it last August as high oil and natural gas prices, power plant technology and rising demand for cheap power had the energy industry rethinking Illinois' high-sulfur coal.

"It's a godsend," Bill Jarrett, Coulterville's president, says of the mine and its jobs. "We needed it bad."

Climate Prediction Dot Net is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. To do this, we need people around the world to give us time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity.

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