Australian firm unveils plan to convert carbon emissions into ‘green’ concrete

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017 by

 Mineral Carbonation International hopes to be producing 20,000 to 50,000 tonnes of the bonded material for building companies by 2020. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company developing […]

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This futuristic building is helping tackle air pollution

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by

A twisting, smog-eating tower is nearly finished in Taipei, Taiwan. The skyscraper’s facade, roof, and balconies will contain 23,000 trees and shrubs — nearly the same amount found in New York’s Central Park. Inside, it will hold 40 luxury condos. The plants are projected to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year — the equivalent […]

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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 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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British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by

These huge arrays are pumping out carbon dioxide – the main man-made greenhouse gas. But this isn’t an industrial plant; it’s a science experiment. The ten year study wants to find out what effect rising CO2 has on a mature forest like this one in the English Midlands. SOUNDBITE (English) MICHAEL TAUSZ, PROFESSOR OF […]

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World’s first commercial carbon-sucking plant goes live in Zurich

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 by

Carbon capture is essential to the fight against climate change and keeping temperatures below a two-degree-Celsius increase, according to Swiss-based Climeworks. For a few years now they’ve been working on technology to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and sell it to agriculture or energy industries for reuse. And now they’ve finally switched on […]

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Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by

The British countryside is famed for its hedgerows. According to scientists, cities need more dense lines of shrubs in order to effectively combat automobile-borne air pollution. (Photo: Jenny Brown/flickr) Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, air-scrubbing power of urban trees cannot be underestimated. But as far as that last bit — the removal of […]

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A climate change solution beneath our feet

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 by

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet. Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more precisely, the soil. She’s […]

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try to manage, conserve and restore forests across the world, they often rely on scanty and scattered information […]

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Nonprofit Clones Giant Sequoias To Combat Climate Change

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 by

While state attorneys general may be trying to hold ExxonMobil accountable for its potential part in perpetuating global warming, others are taking a more theoretical approach to combating climate change. A nonprofit in Michigan is cloning California’s giant sequoias in an attempt to refurbish the earth with a natural combatant of greenhouse gases, one 200-foot tree […]

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Patagonia and Chris Malloy Made a Film About Agriculture That You Really Need to Watch

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by

Like it or not, our climate is rapidly changing. Although climate change is a natural occurrence, the cause for alarm isn’t the fact that it’s changing, it’s the speed at which it’s doing so. Humans have created a life so full of comfort that it’s destroying the place we all call home, and the way […]

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