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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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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How Algae Can Help Sweden Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Posted on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 by

Algae is often considered a nuisance, but for Sweden, the rapidly growing sea plant is now an asset. As the Scandinavian country works to cut all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, it’s using algae to sop up the carbon emissions from cement. Cement production, it turns out, is a major source of carbon […]

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