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climateadaptation:

Obama is right on both fronts. Clean policies not only offer necessary protections, they stimulate jobs.

From Scotland to Shanghai to Sao Paolo, the world is moving decisively toward a clean technology conversion and the jobs that come with it for urgent environmental, security and…

Posted at 4:31am and tagged with: obama, regulations, facts, environment, policy, jobs, economics, stimulus, climate change, energy, coal, GHG, carbon, careers,.

Carbon geosequestration will contaminate water supply, study says

Geosequestration is part of a series of new carbon capture and storage technologies under development by governments and industries worldwide — including the U.S. Department of Energy — to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

But according to Duke University researchers, the carbon dioxide will eventually bubble up into drinking water aquifers near the Earth’s surface, driving up levels of contaminants in the water more than 10 times over.

Posted at 10:26am and tagged with: carbon, climate change, geosequestration,.

Carbon geosequestration will contaminate water supply, study says

Geosequestration is part of a series of new carbon capture and  storage technologies under development by governments and industries  worldwide — including the U.S. Department of Energy — to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
But according to Duke University researchers, the  carbon dioxide will eventually bubble up into drinking  water aquifers near the Earth’s surface, driving up levels of  contaminants in the water more than 10 times over.

In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises

Designed by Foster & Partners, a firm known for feats of technological wizardry, the city, called Masdar, would be a perfect square, nearly a mile on each side, raised on a 23-foot-high base to capture desert breezes.

Posted at 8:22am and tagged with: climate change, carbon, cities,.

In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises

Designed by Foster & Partners, a firm known for feats of  technological wizardry, the city, called Masdar, would be a perfect  square, nearly a mile on each side, raised on a 23-foot-high base to  capture desert breezes.

A new study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group found that Australia’s vast Outback stores 9.7 billion tons of carbon, and if better managed, the area could store even greater levels that would help the country meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets

Posted at 12:29pm and tagged with: climate change, carbon, outback,.

Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Ramps Up Aspen Growth

The rising level of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be fueling more than climate change. It could also be making some trees grow like crazy.

Posted at 8:12am and tagged with: climate change, growth, trees, carbon,.

Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Ramps Up Aspen Growth

The rising level of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be fueling more than climate change. It could also be making some trees grow like crazy.

Demonstrating a CO2 Recycler

Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.

Posted at 9:46pm and tagged with: carbon, fuel, syngas, climate change, technological,.

Demonstrating a CO2 Recycler
Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.

Are the Earth’s Oceans Hitting Their Carbon Cap?

Like the vast forests of the world, which continually suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen, the planet’s oceans serve as vital carbon sinks. Last year the oceans absorbed as much as 2.3 billion tons of carbon, or about one-fourth of all man-made carbon emissions. Without the action of the oceans, the CO2 we emit into the atmosphere would have flame-broiled the planet by now.


Posted at 8:04am and tagged with: climate change, oceans, carbon,.

Are the Earth’s Oceans Hitting Their Carbon Cap?
Like the vast forests of the world, which continually suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen, the planet’s oceans serve as vital carbon sinks. Last year the oceans absorbed as much as 2.3 billion tons of carbon, or about one-fourth of all man-made carbon emissions. Without the action of the oceans, the CO2 we emit into the atmosphere would have flame-broiled the planet by now.

Report: Reducing Emissions Growth in Emerging Economies Could Be Cheap

How much would it cost to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico? According to a new study from the World Bank, not very much.

The bank estimates that Mexico could flatline its emissions growth, using a variety of measures, for about $64 billion over the next 20 years — or $3 billion annually.

That amounts to just 0.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product each year

Posted at 8:34am and tagged with: climate change, Environment, mexico, carbon, eceonomic, technological,.

Report: Reducing Emissions Growth in Emerging Economies Could Be Cheap

How much would it cost to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico? According to a new study from the World Bank, not very much.
The bank estimates that Mexico could flatline its emissions growth, using a variety of measures, for about $64 billion over the next 20 years — or $3 billion annually.
That amounts to just 0.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product each year