The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovator Energy, and is […]

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What Is Carbon Capture and Storage, and Why Do We Need It?

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

A bipartisan group in Congress, including several Ohio Valley lawmakers, is pushing for more federal support for poorly understood technology known as carbon capture and storage. The lawmakers and an uncommon alliance of labor, business, and environmental groups want to pass legislation called the FUTURE Act which would speed commercial deployment of technology that reduces carbon […]

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A brief history of the Earth’s CO2

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 by

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been present in the atmosphere […]

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Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by

 Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on […]

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The first ‘negative emissions’ carbon-capture plant is up and running.

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by

On Wednesday, Iceland flipped the switch on the first project that will remove more CO2 than it produces. The plant is operated by Climeworks, which also opened the first commercial carbon-capture plant in Switzerland earlier this year. Here’s how direct-air carbon capture works: Giant turbines pull in huge quantities of air, hoovering up molecules of carbon dioxide […]

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When Indigenous People Control Their Own Land, It Protects Us All From Carbon Emissions

Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 by

Tropical rainforests controlled by indigenous people currently store 25% of the world’s carbon emissions. At the same time, “controlled” is usually something of a misnomer. While indigenous communities claim ownership of up to 50% of the world’s land, they’ve only legally secured about 10% of it.  Many aren’t able to prove–with evidence accepted by courts–that the areas […]

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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

Scanning electron microscopy image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to the mix, the researchers […]

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Caltech scientists speed up carbon sequestration process by 500 times

Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by

Carbon sequestration, or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it long-term, could help us fight climate change. It’s a complex chemical reaction, but a team of six scientists led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just made a breakthrough in speeding up a slow part of the reaction. They were inspired by oceans, which naturally absorb carbon dioxide. Study co-author […]

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Peatlands are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store

Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by

Peatlands: Although they cover just 3% of earth’s land area, they are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store. Peatlands, also known as bogs or mires, are neither solid ground nor water but something in between. Peat is a thick, mucky substance made up of dead and decomposing plant matter. […]

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Mammoth Steppe Ecosystem Restoration To Prevent Permafrost Carbon Emissions.

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017 by

Melting Arctic Permafrost represents fundamental threat to global climate. Restoring “Mammoth Steppe” could help. Arctic permafrost contains ~1600 gigatons of carbon, approximately twice as much as the earths atmosphere (Tarnocai et al 2009). Due to accelerated warming at high latitudes this permafrost is beginning to melt.  This will release large amounts of carbon into the […]

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