LanzaTech makes products from carbon dioxide

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from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a project leveraging technology that uses carbon dioxide (CO2)-rich gas, such as from corn grain ethanol refining, to make chemicals and fuels. A major benefit is that the CO2 is captured before… Read more → Carbon utilization Circular economyRead the full story at Waste360. Climate technology developer and commercializer LanzaTech has been awarded $4.1M

Sprinkling basalt over soil could remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

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Sprinkling powered basalt over natural ecosystems would remove vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere while also improving soils. billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, where roughly half was stored in the biomass.

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How Rootworms Sniff Carbon Dioxide to Devastate Corn Crops

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Scientists silenced CO2-sensing genes to determine how the destructive pests find their food. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Advances Biology Animals

Carbon dioxide sensors in two urban areas registered big drop in emissions during COVID-19 pandemic

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Carbon dioxide emissions in Los Angeles and the Washington DC/Baltimore regions fell roughly 33 percent in April of 2020 compared with previous years, as roads emptied and economic activity slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Read the full story from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Seaweed Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities

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The Sabin Center today released the second in a series of white papers discussing legal issues associated with different ocean-based carbon dioxide removal techniques. The first paper in the series discussed ocean alkalinity enhancement for carbon dioxide removal.

Researchers evaluate SURF extremophiles in effort to trap carbon dioxide deep underground

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South Dakota Mines researchers study microbial acceleration of carbon mineralization with extremophiles found at SURF. Read more → Carbon captureRead the full story from the Stanford Underground Research Facility.

Parts of the Amazon go from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it

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Read the full story in the New York Times. A new study analyzing hundreds of aerial readings of emissions above the forest canopy found that forest regions in the southeast were most affected. Read more → Climate change Natural resources Publications

Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement: Legal Challenges and Opportunities

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Ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE) is one of several proposed techniques for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the oceans. OAE seeks to counteract ocean acidification, while also increasing carbon storage in the oceans. By Romany M.

Among Big Ag facilities, ADM’s Decatur plant emits most carbon dioxide, EPA data shows

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Four of the five largest industrial agricultural facilities that have released the most carbon emissions in the past decade belong to Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s largest food processing and commodity trading companies. Read the full story at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Eco-Friendly Process To Convert Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel Offers Way To Close The Carbon Loop

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By Jennifer Matthews, Penn State News A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers. We need to do something to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Mitigating climate change through alternative control strategies

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Researchers are proposing an alternative strategy for controlling the global carbon-climate system. Climate Change Daily News Magazine carbon dioxide carbon emissions climate change closed loop CO2 environment news successful GREEN sustainability

How much carbon does the ocean absorb over time?

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The ocean’s “biological pump” describes the many marine processes... The post How much carbon does the ocean absorb over time? Climate Change Daily News Magazine Water carbon dioxide climate change CO2 environment news global warming ocean successful GREEN sustainability water

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Climate change is making poison ivy stronger and itchier

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Carbon dioxide and warmer soils could be supercharging everyone’s least favorite plant. Read the full story at Grist. Read more → Climate change

Microsoft’s million-tonne CO2-removal purchase — lessons for net zero

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Strengthen markets, measures and definitions for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fight climate change. Read more → Carbon capture Corporate sustainabilityRead the full story in Nature.

Capturing carbon one cooling tower at a time

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Noya plans to use existing towers to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Read more → Carbon captureRead the full story at Who What Why. There are about two million cooling towers across the US.

These Bacteria Steal from Iron and Could Be Secretly Helping to Curb Climate Change

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Photoferrotrophs have been around for billions of years on Earth, and new research suggests that they have played an outsize roll in the natural capture of carbon dioxide. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.

Most CO2 from Australia’s megafires has been offset by algal blooms

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About 80 per cent of the carbon dioxide released by Australia’s huge wildfires of 2019-2020 was captured by ocean algal blooms that grew due to the iron-rich ash

2021's extraordinary wildfires have released a record amount of CO2

New Scientist

Huge blazes from the north-east of Russia to North America have made global carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires this year the highest in nearly two decades of modern satellite records

This startup is using sunlight and captured CO2 to make jet fuel

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Inside that reactor, captured carbon dioxide is being transformed into synthetic jet fuel. Read more → Aerospace industry Carbon capture Carbon utilizationRead the full story at Fast Company. In a field in the desert next to a freeway in Tucson, Arizona, the sun beams down on a large mirror in a research park, powering a small reactor nearby.

Four cheap solutions to climate change

Edouard Stenger

At a time where scientists are trying to figure out how to suck the excess carbon out of our atmosphere, Mother Nature has known how to do it for millions of years. Trees are very efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide.

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Petrifying climate change

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Researchers want to combat climate change by chemically converting carbon dioxide into rock on a grand scale. Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilizationRead the full story at Hakai Magazine.

How soil can help solve our climate problem

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Replenishing depleted soil with carbon dioxide from the air can combat climate change, if science, policy, and markets align. Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News. Read more → Agriculture Climate change

Emissions Drop Equivalent to Covid Shutdowns Needed Every Two Years to Limit Warming to 2 Degrees C

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Carbon dioxide emissions must fall by the equivalent of a global lockdown roughly every two years for the next decade for the world to keep within safe limits of global heating, research has shown.

Kernza farmers see a market for earth-friendly grain

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Research shows Kernza improves water quality by reducing fertilizer pollution of water, and it can efficiently store carbon in the soil, helping reduce carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Read the full story from MPR. The largest crop yet of Kernza was recently harvested. Read more → Agriculture

Soil microbe transplant could improve tree growth and remove more CO2

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To increase the amount of carbon dioxide that trees can remove from the atmosphere, a tree-planting scheme is testing whether the addition of soil microbes from established forests can improve growth

DOE invests $45 million to decarbonize the natural gas power and industrial sectors using carbon capture and storage

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Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $45 million in funding for 12 projects to advance point-source carbon capture and storage technologies that can capture at least 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from natural gas power and industrial facilities that produce commodities like cement and steel. These research and development, front-end engineering… Read more → Carbon capture Funding Prairie Research InstituteThe U.S.

Global CO2 Emissions Set to Surge in 2021 in Post-Covid Economic Rebound

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Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are projected to increase by 1.5 billion tons this year , the second-largest increase in history, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Read more on E360

Carbon Storage in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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To the extent those sectors continue emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, those gases will need to be captured prior to release into the atmosphere. This necessarily raises the question: what should be done with all of the carbon dioxide? By Romany M.

7 things to know about carbon removal markets

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Fifteen years ago, the idea of sucking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it underground was an anathema to many in the climate movement, an excuse to avoid the hard work of cutting fossil fuel use. Read more → Carbon captureRead the full story at GreenBiz. Now, it’s an imperative.

Additive enables plastics to decompose microplastics-free

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The PaktoEarth RAWS-Tech additive decomposes to water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and less than 1% biomass. Read the full story at Plastics Today.

This woman was the first scientist to chart the physics of climate change—in 1856

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Eunice Foote discovered that carbon dioxide absorbs heat and theorized that if the Earth’s air filled with more CO2, the planet’s temperature would rise. Read the full story at Fast Company. Read more → Climate change History Women in science

The climate impact of wild pigs greater than a million cars, study finds

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By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 Read the full story from the University of Queensland. million cars, according to new research. Read more → Climate change Invasive species Publications

Can new technology incentivize farmers to capture carbon in their soil?

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Farmers have, for years, known about their theoretical ability to offset carbon emissions by managing their land in a way that captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it in the soil — a set of practices sometimes referred to as regenerative agriculture. But measuring the carbon… Read more → Agriculture Climate migrationRead the full post at State of the Planet.

CO2 emissions on track for record in 2023, energy agency says

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The International Energy Agency said in a report Tuesday that even as carbon dioxide emissions are set to hit a record high in 2023, international governments are set to only put 2 percent of their COVID-19 recovery spending toward renewable energy. Read the full story at The Hill.

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NC takes steps on carbon cap, multi-state pollution effort

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A state regulatory panel agreed Tuesday to develop rules for North Carolina to meet proposed overall reductions of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and to join a multi-state effort to accomplish it. Read the full story from the Associated Press. Read more → Climate change State government

Boulder startup ElectraSteel raises $28.25M as it seeks to electrify steel production

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million in an attempt to clean up steel production, which globally accounts for three gigatons of carbon-dioxide emissions per year, or 10% of the worldwide total. Read the full story at Daily Camera. A Boulder startup has raised $28.25 Read more → Energy Finance Metals Start-ups

EPA finalizes rule cutting use of potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration

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Hydrofluorocarbons, also known as HFCs, can have up to 14,800 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide. Read the full story at The Hill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday is finalizing a rule aimed at significantly cutting the use of a type of greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons that are used in refrigeration. The new EPA… Read more → Food and beverage manufacturing Laboratories Regulation

Illinois researchers’ onboard CO2 capture tank could decarbonize long-range vehicles

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Little attention tends to go toward electrifying cargo and tanker ships, which account for about 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Northwestern University researchers developed a patent-pending onboard carbon capture technology they say works for long-range vehicles like tanker… Read more → Carbon capture Publications TransportationRead the full story at Centered.

Remora is ready to roll with carbon capture for trucks

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That’s why it’s invigorating to see a solution such as Remora, which reduces emissions from long-haul trucking by sucking up carbon dioxide directly from… Read more → Auto industry Carbon capture TransportationRead the full story from GreenBiz. Climate tech solutions can sometimes seem vexingly distant on the horizon, but as climate impacts bear down hard, the urgency of the problem is palpable.

Good news: The most popular material on Earth is great for storing CO2

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Our Earth is heating up because of all the carbon dioxide in the air. … Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilization Green buildingRead the full story at Fast Company. But even if we can suck that much CO2 out of the atmosphere, there’s still a problem: What do we do with all of it once it’s recaptured? The short answer is, put it into products.…