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"Pre-Pay" Carbon Policy: How Carbon Removal Enables Regulatory Alternatives

May 14, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Regulatory Policy

There is growing support for governments across the world to price carbon emissions. Moving from theory to practice, however, has proven challenging, as the two leading approaches to pricing carbon, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, only cover about 12% of all carbon emissions globally today.[read more]

Throwing the Carbon Capture Baby Out with the Coal Bath Water

April 23, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Coal, Carbon Capture, and Changing Fuel Sources

The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a report lambasting carbon capture and storage as “a false climate solution.” The Greenpeace analysis, however, made a number of assumptions that, when analyzed with greater scrutiny, turn out to be deceptively misleading.[read more]

Carbon-as-a-Service Businesses?

March 25, 2015 by Noah Deich

Cleantech Business Development

The Cleantech Group’s annual San Francisco Forum wrapped up earlier this week. The event’s theme was “Cleantech-as-a-service,” and featured parallel tracks named “Cloud” and “Connect.” Overall, this focus on technology-enabled business model innovation shows how mature the cleantech field has become.[read more]

'Carbon-Removing' Gas Stations: The Future of Transportation?

March 4, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Transportation

Over the past several decades, gas stations have remained largely immune to the disruption that has radically altered other industries. But as climate change continues to increase, the imperative for innovation at the pump will start to increase significantly.[read more]

No China Coal Peak in Sight: Carbon Capture Will be Necessary to Tame Emissions in this Century

February 19, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Coal Consumption and Capture Necessity

In late 2014, China pledged to peak its emissions by 2030, and achieve 20% of its primary energy from non-fossiCO2 l energy sources. While these developments are to be celebrated, the reality is there's still a lot of headroom for China to expand its coal power plant capacity between now and 2030.[read more]

National Academy of Sciences Report on Carbon Removal: A Recap and Commentary

February 13, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal Report

To date, Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) has largely been relegated to the fringes of the conversation on climate change, despite the fact that major reports from the IPCC and the UN Environment Program have noted that CDR will likely be critically important for preventing climate change.[read more]

A Graphic to Help Map the Carbon Dioxide Removal Field

January 29, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Mapping the CDR Field

For the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) field, breadth is a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, the numerous approaches to CDR suggest the potential for deploying a diverse portfolio of CDR projects that reduces both the risks and costs of preventing climate change. But the down side of breadth is complexity.[read more]

3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

Could Low Oil Prices Be a Positive Sign for the Carbon Removal Field?

January 15, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Low fossil fuel prices hurt the viability of low-carbon alternatives, and are regarded as a negative development in the fight against climate change. But for the emerging class of carbon dioxide removal climate solutions, falling fossil fuel prices could prove positive, offering new opportunities for development.[read more]

Carbon Budget Overshoot and the Implications for the Carbon Dioxide Removal Field

January 10, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Budgeting and Carbon Removal

This past November, the UNEP released the 2014 edition of their annual “Emissions Gap Report,” which highlighted the very important role that carbon dioxide removal (“CDR”) solutions are most likely to play in preventing climate change.[read more]

New Year's Carbon Dioxide Removal Review/Preview: 2014/15 Edition

January 5, 2015 by Noah Deich
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CDR Preview

Welcome to the first annual edition of the Everything and the Carbon Sink carbon dioxide removal (“CDR”) New Year’s review/preview post! This post highlights my take on the most significant advances in the CDR field from the past year, and my expectations for how the field might develop in 2015.[read more]

The Ideal City in 2030: How Carbon 'Negative' Cities can Generate the Greatest Positive Impacts

December 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Negative Cities

Today, the world’s cities are a major source of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. With urban populations expected to continue growing, cities’ exposure to climate change will only get worse unless they break away from this GHG-emitting status quo.[read more]

Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

December 26, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and the Future

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS![read more]

Lima COP Negotiations Recap: Interesting Implications for the CDR Field

December 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP and CDR

On the bright side of the COP 20 outcome, some commentators are still more optimistic than ever that a meaningful deal will be reached in the next COP negotiations in Paris in 2015. This optimism springs from a proposed plan to have individual nations to develop their own emission-reduction commitments.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]