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

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich

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]

Are Negative Emissions a "Myth?"

December 12, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Negative Emissions

In a recent column for Project Syndicate, Lili Fuhr and Niclas Hallstrom rail against carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies, counting them among the group of “ineffective or impossible” solutions to climate change.[read more]

Does CDR Have a Role in the Lima Climate Negotiations?

December 2, 2014 by Noah Deich
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COP-20 and Carbon Reduction

The United Nations COP-20 process opened on Monday, December 1st in Lima, Peru, where climate negotiators from across the globe are spending the next two weeks working to build a comprehensive international agreement to fight climate change.[read more]

Carbon Sequestration: Where Will All the Carbon Go?

November 27, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Sequestration Techniques

It is becoming increasingly likely that our society will need to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to prevent climate change. The question then becomes: how are we going to store all of this CO2 that we remove from the atmosphere?[read more]

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

November 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Capture and Storage

NET Power, a young company from Durham, North Caroline recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture, which combines oxy-fuel combustion with a supercritical CO2 turbine to create power.[read more]

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of CO2 Utilization

November 14, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CO2 Utilization

The concept of CO2 utilization goes something like this: instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere through industrial processes, we could instead capture CO2 from smokestacks (and/or the ambient atmosphere) and use this CO2 to manufacture carbon-based products.[read more]

A Bit of Thermodynamics

November 3, 2014 by David Hone
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Carbon Capture and Tech

Carbon Capture and Use sounds like a great way forward; why not capture the CO2 and put it to good use? That way there will be an economic incentive to tackle emissions and the problem will be solved. Unfortunately, this is where thermodynamics gets in the way.[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]