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New ‘Slurry’ Could Make Carbon Capture More Efficient

New ‘Slurry’ Could Make Carbon Capture More Efficient

A team of scientists from California, Switzerland and China think they have developed a technology using a special “slurry” that will make CCS more efficient and cost-effective, they wrote in a study published Thursday in Nature Communications.… Read More

Sea Level Rise Making Floods Routine for Coastal Cities

Sea Level Rise Making Floods Routine for Coastal Cities

Coastal American cities are sinking into saturated new realities, new analysis has confirmed. Sea level rise has given a boost to high tides, which are regularly overtopping streets, floorboards and other low-lying areas that had long existed in relatively dehydrated harmony with nearby waterfronts — a trend projected to worsen sharply in the comin… Read More

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Rolling out wind and solar power projects across the globe through 2050 will probably have a very low climate and environmental impact and even reduce air pollution despite the need for extracting pollution-intensive raw materials.… Read More

Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

There’s so little water available in California's reservoirs that its ability to produce hydropower has been cut in half, while its use of renewables and natural gas power has spiked, a U.S. Energy Information Administration report published Monday shows.… Read More

Climate Change Could Increase Global Fresh Water: MIT

Climate Change Could Increase Global Fresh Water: MIT

Global warming may increase the overall amount of freshwater flowing in rivers worldwide by about 15 percent, easing water scarcity in many places, including the U.S. Midwest, according to MIT’s Energy and Climate Outlook 2014, released Monday. … Read More

MIT: Global Energy Use, CO2 May Double By 2100

MIT: Global Energy Use, CO2 May Double By 2100

Even as curbing greenhouse gas emissions becomes more urgent as the effects of climate change become more acute, fossil fuels will remain the largest source of GHGs far into the 21st Century as both global energy use and CO2 emissions double, according to MIT’s 2014 Climate and Energy Outlook.… Read More

Greenland Sediment Sheds Light on Sea Level Rise

Greenland Sediment Sheds Light on Sea Level Rise

Greenland’s ice sheet is scraping rock bottom. No, it’s not hard up and in need of a loan. As ice moves from the center of the island to the sea, it’s scraping bedrock and transporting clues about just how fast the ice sheet is melting from the bottom up and what that means for sea level rise. The planet’s largest island is mostly covered in ice up… Read More

Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs

Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs

New EPA data show that Texas is still king of greenhouse gas emissions while the nation saw a small increase in emissions overall in 2013. At the same time, methane emissions from fracking declined 73 percent. … Read More