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Carbon Capture And Storage: One Step Forward, One Step Back

October 15, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Carbon Capture Issues

A new survey finds a sharp drop in large-scale integrated projects to capture CO2. This drop from 75 projects to 65 over the past year is yet more evidence that we shouldn’t expect large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage before the 2030s at the earliest.[read more]

Peak Coal in China, or Long and High Plateau?

October 9, 2013 by Armond Cohen

China and Peak Coal

Chinese coal is one of the world’s largest contributors to carbon emissions, so when two reports project a peak in Chinese coal consumption, many energy commentators concluded that the problem has been tamed. But a closer look at the findings refutes that conclusion.[read more]

A Clear Explanation of Why We Need Carbon Capture and Storage [VIDEO]

September 24, 2013 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

One of the real frustrations I find in climate forums is the lack of understanding of the role that fossil fuels play in the energy system, the scale on which we use them, the rate at which we might be able to displace them, and therefore the critical and important role of CCS.[read more]


Searching for the Holy Grail of Carbon Separation and Capture for Power Generation

September 9, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Game Changers: Carbon Separation and Capture

Given the stakes with the growing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, these markets for Akermin’s proprietary approach could reach well into the tens of billions of dollars. If this isn’t a potential game-changing technology, I don’t know what is.[read more]

Thoughts on Carbon Capture and Storage Coming from the European Parliament

September 4, 2013 by David Hone

In 2007 the EU Parliament was keen on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and gave it tremendous support through the CCS Directive and the NER300 financing mechanism. Five years on, only the UK looks likely to see any near term CCS development.[read more]

The Renewable Energy Reality Check

May 23, 2013 by Schalk Cloete

Renewable energy is ideologically very attractive. But such ideological perfection can easily switch off the critical thinking of environmentally-conscious individuals and this is exactly what we are seeing at the moment.[read more]

The Need for Innovation: Engineering Carbon Out of Energy

April 29, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

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Because of the slow progress in displacing fossil fuels with renewables, carbon capture and sequestration should receive much more attention as a game-changing technology.[read more]

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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]