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  • Not just Party City: Why helium shortages worry scientists and researchers

    05/18/2019 12:23:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2019 | Mary Pflum
    This month’s announcement from Party City that it’s closing more than 40 stores as it grapples with new challenges, including diminishing helium supplies, likely came as unwelcome news to customers who count on the store for their balloon and event planning needs. But for scientists like Mark Elsesser, the announcement was something of a relief, inflating hopes that the public, and the government, might start paying closer attention. “When it comes to helium, we’re at a tipping point,” said Elsesser, who is the associate director of government affairs at the American Physical Society, a nonprofit association of physicists. “Party City...
  • Helium shortage deflates balloon business

    06/21/2012 8:49:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Charltotte Observer ^ | 6/20/12 | Claire McNeill
    Every child who visited Elizabeth House Flowers on South Boulevard used to walk out toting a free balloon. But a long-running global helium shortage means the company – along with other small businesses in Charlotte and around the country – must conserve resources and even turn away customers. At Elizabeth House, free balloons are now out of the question. Helium, a natural resource, is usually harvested from natural gas reserves. The shortage, which has dragged on for a year and won’t end for months, is a simple case of demand outweighing supply, said Joe Peterson, assistant field manager of helium...
  • Helium shortage grips suppliers across Texas, country

    11/05/2006 10:47:11 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 37 replies · 1,236+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | Sunday, November 5, 2006 | AP
    AMARILLO, Texas — The second-most abundant element in the universe is suddenly getting harder and harder to find. Party stores and florist shops grounded in the balloon business are caught in a helium shortage gripping suppliers across the country and in Texas, where one-third of the world's helium production is overseen. Supply of the noble gas — second only to hydrogen in the universe but rare on Earth in terms of quantity — has depleted while production from two large international sites is temporarily down. Not helping matters is scheduled maintenance at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's National Helium...