Land use can achieve 30% of carbon cuts by 2030

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by

Rethinking land use – the way we exploit, manage and neglect the land – could achieve  about a third of the carbon cuts needed in the next decade. LONDON, 1 November, 2017 – Land use is often a forgotten priority, yet those of us who wish to contain global warming and avert catastrophic climate […]

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Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017 by

Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use across the planet, according to new study published by an international team of scientists in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting […]

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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 […]

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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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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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