LanzaTech makes products from carbon dioxide

Environmental News Bits

Climate technology developer and commercializer LanzaTech has been awarded $4.1M 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.

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

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 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.

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Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Seaweed Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities

Law Columbia

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.

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

Environmental News Bits

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.

Alabama’s National Carbon Capture Center successfully tests carbon-reduction technology for concrete production

Environmental News Bits

A pioneering technology that can permanently store carbon dioxide (CO2) in concrete blocks has gone through successful testing at the Alabama-based National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). CarbonBuilt and the NCCC, located next to Alabama Power’s Plant Gaston in Wilsonville, announced the completion of the multiweek test of carbon utilization and concrete… Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilization

Webinar: Systems?level strategies for development and integration of novel CO2 capture and utilization technologies

Environmental News Bits

Carbon dioxide capture and utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) comprises both the large?scale A wide range of products ranging from low to… Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilization EventsSep 16, 2021 noon-1 pm CDTRegister here. scale capture of CO2 (via direct capture from air, ocean, or point sources), functional utilization of concentrated CO2 for the production of value?added added products, and long term sequestration.

Additive enables plastics to decompose microplastics-free

Environmental News Bits

Australia-based Twelve8 Technology has launched a plastics additive that enables polymers blended with it to decompose naturally, without industrial treatment, within two years. The PaktoEarth RAWS-Tech additive decomposes to water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and less than 1% biomass.

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

Environmental News Bits

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.

World’s largest direct air CO2 capture plant opens?

A Greener Life

The Orca direct air carbon capture plant. Climeworks says that Orca is the world’s first and largest climate-positive direct air carbon capture and storage plant. climate change innovation Tech for Climate technology carbon capture climeworks CO2 emissions Iceland negative emissions

MONTROSE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP PARTNERS WITH OPGAL’S EYECGAS® OGI TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE LDAR COMPLIANCE SERVICES

Montrose

EyeCGas is a full range of OGI solutions ensuring quick detection and quantification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), methane, carbon monoxide (CO), and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) leaks. By using ultra-sensitive infrared imaging technology to visualize CO, CO 2 , and VOC leaks with pinpoint accuracy, EyeCGas is an ideal tool for operators to reduce safety risk, manage product movement, and support LDAR compliance solutions.

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How carbon-intensive industries can scale up CO2 recycling

Environmental News Bits

New technologies that capture and recycle carbon dioxide from industrial processes such as steel and cement making will be vital if the EU is to meet its goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and down to zero by 2050. However, while solutions are… Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilizationRead the full story in Horizons.

Fizzy water droplets levitate at room temperature

Physics World

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now put forward an alternative, room-temperature way to levitate liquid droplets. In their experiments, the researchers prepared their “fizzy” water by pumping gaseous carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into deionized water.

Delayed harm and the politics of climate change, reconsidered

Legal Planet

But what happens when we achieve the goal of zero carbon dioxide emissions from human actions? It turns out this is a critical question for understanding what carbon budgets we have in terms of emissions, if we seek to meet temperature thresholds like 2 degrees Celsius.

Laser paints a mini masterpiece, counting bubbles in a glass of beer, Jane Austen written in oligomers

Physics World

The team now hope to incorporate the laser-painting technology into a handheld tool and describe their research in Optica. The duo, which had previously counted bubbles in a champagne flute, first measured the carbon dioxide content of a freshly-poured glass of lager at 5 °C.

Waste-To-Energy Tech Could Slash U.S. Water Sector Carbon Emissions, But Its Potential Remains Underdeveloped

Circle of Blue

utilities have been slower to adopt the energy- and emissions-saving technologies than those in other parts of the world. Despite the economic advantages of these technologies and their potential environmental benefits, U.S. The market for this technology is still nascent in the U.S.

CONSOL Energy Sets Goals Of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 50% By 2026, Achieve Net Zero Emissions By 2040; Coal Mining Produces More GHG Emissions Than Natural Gas Production In PA

PA Environment Daily

million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2018. million metric tons of carbon dioxide emission equivalents in 2018, According to the same inventory, natural gas production, transmission and distribution result in 9.74

The Future of Carbon Capture and Sequestration

The Energy Law Blog

Carbon dioxide is one of the primary greenhouse gases found in the Earth’s atmosphere, accounting for 76% of global greenhouse gas emissions according to published reports. Any effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will undoubtedly rely heavily on reducing the presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The latter option is known as carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”).

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CEQ Issues Report to Congress on CCUS

Clean Energy Law

On June 30, 2021, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a report to Congress that outlines a framework for how the US can accelerate carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies and projects in a way that is efficient, orderly, and responsible.

Earth System Interventions for Sustainability

Legal Planet

Importantly (and often misunderstood), he meant not that we are gods, but instead that technologies have given humanity powers that had previously been exclusive to the gods. Malicious use : Critical observers sometimes claim that technological ESIs could be used maliciously.

Meddling to mend the planet: techno-fixes to environmental problems

Physics World

Kolbert runs through the smorgasbord of negative-emissions technologies designed to sequester carbon dioxide. To understand the mindset of geoengineers, Kolbert meets physicist Klaus Lackner , founder of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University.

Phasing out Fossil Gas: A Plan for Green Buildings, Jobs and Prosperity for Ontario

Enviromental Defense

Nearly a third of our current carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions come from burning fossil gas for electricity, home heating and other uses! Include high-efficiency zero-carbon heating equipment like air-source heat pumps in grant and loan programs.

This election, we need real climate plans not false solutions

Enviromental Defense

In this blog, we’ll take a look at the technologies that are being sold as climate saviours when their real objective is to prolong the life of the polluting fossil fuels which are driving climate change: carbon capture, offsets and ‘blue’ hydrogen.

Bay Journal: As Federal Support Emerges, PA Wants To Be A Carbon Capture Hub

PA Environment Daily

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal Pennsylvania is ideally suited to help the nation fight global warming by becoming a leader in the effort to capture and store emissions of carbon dioxide, state officials say. In the battle to slow global warming, carbon dioxide is the chief target.

Guest Essay: Carbon Capture And Storage - A False Solution

PA Environment Daily

By Karen Ellas, Climate Reality Project, Susquehanna Valley PA Chapter This guest essay first appeared in the Lock Haven Express September 13, 2021 -- The technology known as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is currently being discussed in Congress as part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill. It was also mentioned recently by Senator Casey, who proposed that natural gas — fitted with CCS technologies — be used, along with renewables, to increase clean electricity.

Circle of Blue - Untitled Article

Circle of Blue

This week, Circle of Blue reports on how wastewater treatment plants can lower their carbon pollution, and why the United States is playing catch-up in this field. The process is a win-win for systems that can afford the upfront costs of these waste-to-energy technologies. Transcript.

A Proposal to Scale Up Global Carbon Pricing

IMFBlog

That’s how much carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases must fall over the next decade to keep alive the goal of restricting global warming to below 2°C. The fastest and most practical way to achieve this is by creating an international carbon price floor arrangement.

Converting quantum promises into commercial realities

Physics World

We’ve all heard about the promise of quantum technologies to transform business and industry, whether it be for more secure communications networks or vastly more powerful computation. The same technology could also be used to monitor emissions of carbon dioxide.

What could we do with $120 billion to protect the ocean and fight climate change?

Ocean Conservancy

There is so much we can do to invest in the people, infrastructure and technologies that will help us solve the climate crisis. There certainly isn’t a shortage of grim news lately. And, the recent report from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is no exception.

New Legislation Signals Strong Support for CCUS in Texas

The Energy Law Blog

HB 1284 grants the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC”), the governmental agency that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, sole jurisdiction over Class VI Injection Wells and carbon capture, use, and sequestration (“CCUS”) activities in Texas.

New Legislation Signals Strong Support for CCUS in Texas

The Energy Law Blog

HB 1284 grants the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC”), the governmental agency that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, sole jurisdiction over Class VI Injection Wells and carbon capture, use, and sequestration (“CCUS”) activities in Texas.

Profs. William Boyd and Alex Wang Join Prof. Ted Parson in Emmett Institute Faculty Leadership

Legal Planet

Boyd is recognized as one of the country’s leading energy and environmental law scholars and has written pathbreaking articles on public utilities, risk regulation, forestry, and the role of science and technology in environmental law.

Analysis: Is hydrogen the new oil?

A Greener Life

There is talk that a global “hydrogen economy” can emerge to save the climate from carbon emissions. With current technology, hydrogen has an advantage for fuelling industrial processes where temperatures above 400C are required, Baxter added.

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PPL On Track To Achieve 70% Reduction In Greenhouse Gases By 2035, 80% Reduction By 2040 On The Way To Net-Zero Carbon Emissions By 2050

PA Environment Daily

As we pursue our goals, we're investing in the research and development of clean energy solutions that will enable us to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, and we're committed to ensuring a balanced, responsible and just transition to economy-wide decarbonization."

The Biden Administration’s Pledge to Cut U.S. Emissions in Half by 2030 Would Come with Serious Costs to the Economy: A CRES Forum Analysis

Cresforum

The GHGs implicated in climate change are primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and fluorinated gases, like hydroflourocarbons. carbon dioxide pollution fell by a sharp 11 percent, largely due to the societal and economic disruptions caused by efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. economy, shifting our own carbon emissions to other countries with less stringent regulation, and widescale job destruction.

Tiny sensor monitors organ oxygenation deep inside the body

Physics World

The device demonstrates how, using ultrasound technology coupled with very clever integrated circuit design, you can create sophisticated implants that go very deep into tissue to take data from organs,” says Maharbiz.

New Erie 2030 District Report Details Progress Toward Reducing Building Energy Use By 50% By 2030

PA Environment Daily

The Erie District avoided over 8,000 metric tons of CO2e [carbon dioxide equivalent] emissions in 2020, an amount equal to the emissions of over 740 homes.

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New Legislation Signals Strong Support for CCUS in Texas

The Energy Law Blog

HB 1284 grants the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC”), the governmental agency that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, sole jurisdiction over Class VI Injection Wells and carbon capture, use, and sequestration (“CCUS”) activities in Texas.

A Global Biogas Revolution Is Taking Place

Edouard Stenger

Anaerobic digestion is a biological process happening naturally that breaks down organic matter in an airless environment, resulting in the generation of methane and carbon dioxide (among other things, see below).

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Renewable Energy Efforts Highlighted in Draft Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Louisiana

The Energy Law Blog

Other strategies focus on switching to low carbon fuels and developing the infrastructure to support renewable energy in Louisiana. Carbon capture can use a variety of techniques to remove emissions from industrial and power production operations post-combustion.

Big Oil can’t increase production and pretend it’s part of the climate solution

Enviromental Defense

There are an increasing number of companies and countries that are pledging to reach Net Zero carbon emissions–or carbon neutrality–by 2050. That includes both carbon dioxide and methane, since methane is a very potent greenhouse gas that all oil and gas facilities emit.