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New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New technology developed in Japan provides a much-needed breakthrough for capturing carbon released from a concentrated source like a thermal power plant and “recycling” it to create other gas fuels like methane, methanol, and gasoline.  And scientists from the U.K. have discovered that green algae known as “green snow” on the Antarctic Peninsula are a significant carbon sink for the continent, absorbing approximately 479 tons of carbon a year through photosynthesis.

Why This Matters: Carbon recycling will help reduce global warming by re-using the CO2, which would otherwise be let go into the atmosphere.

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Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

It has been hard to find agreement in Congress on the issue of climate change, but one new “fertile” area of discussion is engaging the agriculture sector and finding financial opportunities to sequester carbon in soil and plant life in the form of marketable carbon offsets or credits.

Why This Matters:  Agriculture is carbon-intensive — it would be great to flip the paradigm and make it one of the major solutions to our climate crisis.

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Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Congress in 2018 gave a lucrative tax credit to the nascent and controversial carbon capture industry, but so far, according to The New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service has yet to promulgate the regulations that would allow businesses that qualify to get the tax benefit. 

Why This Matters:  The Republicans’ big plans on carbon capture and sequestration won’t mean bupkis if the Trump Administration won’t implement them.

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The Week Ahead: May 20-24

The Week Ahead: May 20-24

Happy Monday, Friends of the Planet!  We hope you had a great weekend.  It is the week before the Memorial Day long weekend (aka the unofficial beginning of summer) and looks like a busy one in D.C. because Congress will be in a district work period next week and they are trying to get through […]

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States Carrying Clean Energy Forward, Feds Prioritize Carbon Capture

States Carrying Clean Energy Forward, Feds Prioritize Carbon Capture

The move to clean energy keeps going strong at the state and local level, with several announcing their intention to move to clean energy and do it by at least 2050.   

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