Why the world is running out of helium-Science-News-The Independent
When you see a balloon floating through the sky or a decoration at a party you automatically think of helium. Helium is an important natural gas, the second lightest element, with the lowest boiling point. The natural gas is used to blow up balloons for a party, using its regular form. Hospitals use it for MRI scanners in it’s liquid form. Helium is also used for other practical devices like; airships, deep sea diving, rocket launching and telescopes. This gas is made up of the suns energy and steady radioactive decay of terrestrial rocks. It is a non-renewable source, which means that once it is gone it’s gone. Helium is much too precious to waste and have it taken for granted. America claims it’s helium storage will be sold by 2015. Why? I’m not sure. I ask the question, do we need this gas? ABSOLUTELY! This natural gas is vital and provides a reason for existing, which is why scientists are trying to warn the world that helium is becoming scarce. Helium is used for much more than blowing the odd balloon for a party. Stop taking it for granted, show it some respect and think about the essential role it should play and let’s not put all our helium in one balloon.