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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

Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S.

Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S.

The largest concentration of methane emissions seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been detected by satellite over the the most active coal-bed methane production area in the country — the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, according to a new study published Thursday.… 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

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. The project, the first commercial-scale plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology, was held up by the coal industry as a real life … Read More

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

A pair of Californian scientists triggered a heated debate Wednesday when they published an essay in Nature calling on world leaders and climate negotiators to ditch their goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. What’s with the climate kerfuffle? We’ll start with the basics. What’s a Celsius? It’s that unit of measurement by which … 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

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