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Bridging the Gap? Natural Gas and Long-Term Climate Change Goals

April 4, 2013 by Grant McDermott

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Can natural gas provide a "bridge" towards a low-carbon economy? Some climate activists claim that fugitive methane leaks undermine gas's climate credentials. However, I think that they are making a mistake by demonizing the one fuel source that has provably shaken coal's hold on the global energy system.[read more]

The Case for EU Demonstration of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

March 15, 2013 by David Hone

For Carbon Capture and Storage technology, a demonstration programme which comprises several projects would begin to establish infrastructure, which in turn lowers the cost for additional projects.[read more]

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

March 11, 2013 by Jim Baird

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One of the most important and threatening risks of climate change is sea-level rise. The mechanisms are well understood, and the direction of changes in sea-level is highly certain.[read more]

Europe’s Climate Change Fail

January 16, 2013 by Breakthrough Institute

Despite its green energy credentials, Europe has ramped up its consumption of coal. Ironically, the very policies that the continent has built its environmentalist reputation on — vigorous support for renewables — may be crowding out its best chances for reducing emissions, given its return to coal: carbon capture and storage.[read more]

A Zero Emissions Vehicle Fuel?

January 16, 2013 by Barry Brook

Liquid hydrocarbons account for about one third of fossil carbon dioxide emissions, and while transition to electric vehicles is possible for some passenger transport, it is simply not feasible to substitute for liquid fuel in most long haul transport, aviation, or agricultural and industrial prime movers. Yet, if we are to combat climate change, we must address this issue.[read more]

2012: A Year of Greater Concern, but Limited Action

January 8, 2013 by David Hone

In a year which saw extreme weather rise up the political agenda and the consequences of a changing climate starting to sink into our collective psyche, action to actually address the issue of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remained limited. The principal policy instrument to trigger action, a price on CO2 emissions, did gain political traction and coverage, but its impact remained mute. That in turn led to a real setback for CCS.[read more]

A Major Setback for Carbon Capture & Storage

December 19, 2012 by David Hone

In an excellent presentation at COP 18, Myles Allan made that point that while the UNFCCC and others argue endlessly about the flow rate of CO2 into the atmosphere (i.e. the emissions at some point in time), that fossil carbon continues to add to the carbon stock in the biosphere and that this stock is linked directly with global temperature, ocean acidity and so on. At the current rate of accumulation, the 2 deg.C stock equivalent is passed in about 2043.[read more]

Carbon Capture & Storage: Time For Coordinated International Action?

December 5, 2012 by George Peridas

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George Peridas, Scientist, Climate Center – San FranciscoA group of NGOs spanning different continents has just released a new report on Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS). (see press release here) The groups include Clean Air Task Force, the Climate Institute, E3G, NRDC, Pembina, WRI and ZERO. The report was presented at the UNFCCC...[read more]

An Energy Solution with True Bipartisan Support?

October 23, 2012 by Patrick Falwell

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Two out of three respondents in a new University of Texas poll said energy issues are important to them. But the harsh rhetoric of campaign season makes it seem like politicians can never agree on important policies needed to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy while also protecting the environment.Well they can, and they did....[read more]

The Challenges of Carbon Capture and Climate Change

October 23, 2012 by Peter Woywode

Last month I participated in a webcast on The Energy Collective on the topic of carbon capture and the mounting climate crisis. While the discussion covered many approaches and some new ideas that are in the process of being tested, it did not give us time to go into details. Details I would like to explore here.The topic of the day –...[read more]

The 112th Congress on climate change: Deadlocked

September 24, 2012 by Manik Roy

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As Congress heads home this week to campaign for re-election, we thought we’d round up a list of all the bills, resolutions, and amendments so far this Congress that focus on climate change.  (For brevity, all legislative proposals are referred to here as “bills.”)  This is not a comprehensive list of the more than 1,000 bills...[read more]


Webcast Replay: Carbon Capture and the Climate Crisis

September 18, 2012 by Henry Spethmann

While cleaner forms of energy continue to make strides, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with alarming changes in our climate such as a new, early low for Arctic sea ice this summer likely related. The fossil fuels that produce many of those emissions are likely to remain a major part of our energy mix for some time. Is it time to place more emphasis on solutions that directly address the CO2 they produce?[read more]

A CCS project for Canada?

September 11, 2012 by David Hone

Last week Shell Canada, as operator of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture (with Chevron and Marathon), announced plans to proceed with a carbon capture and storage project (Quest) within the current oils sands project. This is a project that has been under discussion in one form or another since almost day one of production from the facilities, but the lack of a workable economic justification for the project has been the major impediment to progress.[read more]

Can a New Computer Model Revolutionise Carbon Capture?

September 11, 2012 by Clifton Yin

Researchers affiliated with the University of Minnesota, the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a breakthrough computer model that can identify the best molecules for capturing carbon from power plant stacks. The model greatly accelerates...[read more]

On Climate Change, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

August 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Among political insiders in Washington, the conventional wisdom is that action on global climate change is a dead issue for the foreseeable future. But that need not, and should not, be the case, considering that the atmospheric thermostat isn’t on hold while we wait for a better political moment.[read more]