Carbon Capture Could Prop Up Coal Plant in North Dakota

Carbon Capture Could Prop Up Coal Plant in North Dakota

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Almost every job in Underwood, North Dakota is tied to the Coal Creek Station power plant, which was slated to shut down next year — until a company stepped in to buy the plant with promises to set it up with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The process […]

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Understanding Nature-Based Solutions

Understanding Nature-Based Solutions

As it stands, there’s no silver bullet to fighting climate change. Governments across the globe must quickly and comprehensively move to utilize a multitude of climate mitigation and adaptation approaches to combat the climate crisis. One of these approaches, called “nature-based solutions” (NBS) harness the power of nature and existing ecosystems to better store atmospheric […]

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Solve for C: Why carbon dioxide removal is an essential part of the climate change equation

Solve for C: Why carbon dioxide removal is an essential part of the climate change equation

By Steve Capanna and Katie Lebling Climate change is a complex equation. To avert its worst impacts, we must find a way to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2° C, consistent with the Paris Agreement. This will require us to combine deep emissions reductions and robust carbon dioxide removal (CDR). The National Academies, Intergovernmental […]

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Kerry Engages with UAE, India, and China As Climate Summit Nears

Kerry Engages with UAE, India, and China As Climate Summit Nears

Special Presidential Envoy on Climate (or “SPEC”) Kerry is engaging with key nations this week in the run-up to the Global Summit in two weeksIn India yesterday he met with Prime Minister Narenda Modi, who reaffirmed his government’s commitment to its Paris pledges, including increasing its non-fossil fuel power capacity to 40% and substantially boosting forest cover to reduce CO2. Kerry visits Bangladesh today.

Why This Matters:  Kerry is using these visits to try to elicit elevated commitments from other major emitters — China and India.

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DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm continues to charge ahead — yesterday announcing $52 million in grants to centers around the country that provide direct, hands-on, and free assistance to American manufacturers and wastewater treatment facilities to improve their efficiency, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.  The university-based centers situated all over the country train students and they, in turn, offer recommendations to manufacturing facilities for energy and water savings, waste reduction, productivity improvements, cybersecurity, and smart manufacturing opportunities for small to medium factories and measures their reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Why This Matters: These grants provide much-needed expertise to small and medium-sized businesses and at the same time creates a pipeline of new, clean energy jobs for students looking to join the clean energy economy.

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Direct Air Capture is Ready for its Close-up

Direct Air Capture is Ready for its Close-up

By Dr. Julio Friedmann As Congress prepares major climate legislation and President Biden looks to take more executive action, net-zero emissions has become the science-based star of the show. That show features a climate solution that is often overlooked – undiscovered and waiting in the wings. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR), which pulls carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

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