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CO2 Removal and Sequestration

Falling Emissions: With Offshored Goods and Fugitive Emissions — Not So Much

By | Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, Climate Reform, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Fracking, Legacy Policy, Negative emissions, Policy, politics, Scenarios, sequestration, Solutions, Strategy, What we can do

Observations on Declining U.S. Emissions: It’s a widely held belief that the U.S. has been reducing emissions since the peak  2005-2007 before the recession. This is just barely valid today, but several years back it was not. The last time we reported on this, U.S….

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Large Negative Emissions of 80 Gt Annually Allow Dangerous Warming

By | Abrupt changes, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, fossil fuels, Legacy Policy, Negative emissions, Policy, Scenarios, Sea Level Rise, Solutions, Strategy, Temperature

The greatest climate dude of all time has done it again. James Hansen, 32 year director of the U.S. national climate modeling agency, the NASA Goddard institute for Space Studies, published a new fundamental piece of climate work last month. He looks at the additional…

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Sea Level Rise Scenarios Starting to Catch Up With Prehistory

By | Abrupt changes, Antarctica, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, ice sheets, modeling, Negative emissions, Sea Level Rise, sequestration, short-term, Solutions, Strategy, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

McClatchy reported on a new NOAA sea level rise impact report and made some very good points. But a lot of the true meaning is left out. I like to use well publicized journalism like this to be able to quickly get to the most…

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Climate Change: What Should We Do?

By | Abrupt changes, Climate Catastrophes, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions Scenarios, Extinction events, forest health, Forest Mortality, ice sheets, Myths, Negative emissions, pine beetle, Scenarios, sequestration, What we can do

One of the biggest myths about climate change is that emissions reductions cool Earth. This is nowhere close to reality. Even the Paris Commitments of 80 percent emissions reductions by 2050 allow warming to triple by 2050 and quintuple by 2100.  We (the royal we)…

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Fundamental Climate Science:  Time Frames, Net Warming and Implications for Strategy

By | Abrupt changes, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, global cooling pollutants, Legacy Policy, Negative emissions, Policy, Scenarios, short-term, Solutions, Strategy

The IPCC changed their fundamental philosophy on how they evaluate scenarios of our future climate in their 2013 reporting, but they have yet to acknowledge the most common and meaningful way our climate usually changes, implying negative consequences for traditional climate reform strategies. Popular science…

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Climate Intervention: NAS DAC Review — Atmospheric CO2 Removal and Sequestration Costs

By | Abrupt changes, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Negative emissions, Solutions, Strategy

A quick note on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s review of climate pollution reform technologies: Climate Intervention — Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration, June 2017. Theoretical academic publishing on the current state of direct air capture technologies, continues to color academic literature…

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Sea Level Rise: IPCC Averages, Extremes From Latest Publishing, and Ice Sheet Collapse

By | Abrupt changes, adaptation, Antarctica, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Extreme Weather, global warming psychology, Greenland, Gulf Stream, ice sheet, ice sheets, Impacts, Legacy Policy, Messaging, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, Sea Level Rise, Solutions, Strategy, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

It’s not the averages that are troublesome. The understating reporting of scientists, journalists and climate science consensus organizations is one of the most confounding parts of climate change today. It’s the extremes that matter, yet extremes are viewed as “uncertainty” in a way almost entirely related…

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Climate Control Moon Shot: Do We Have the Technology Already?

By | Abrupt changes, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, economics, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, Solutions, Strategy

We have entered the non-linearly increasing phase of climate change impacts. This is pretty much standard climate science that climate scientists said we would endure if we delayed action. Could they have imagined that we would delay for 20 years? What would they have said 20…

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An Easier Solution to Climate Change

By | Abrupt changes, adaptation, aerosols, alternatives, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, Climate Reform, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, economics, Extreme Weather, in-depth and Popular Press, Policy, Sea Level Rise, sequestration, Shifting Ecology, short-term, Strategy, Temperature, What we can do

The driver of our climate system has changed in the last two decades from one that is controlled by annual emissions, to one that is controlled by already emitted CO2. This means that previous strategies to control annual emissions are no longer meaningful and we…

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What is Important and Why? A Zero-Warming Healthy Climate

By | Abrupt changes, aerosols, alternatives, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, economics, Emissions, global cooling pollutants, Negative emissions, Policy, sequestration, Solutions, Strategy

For 24 years we have been attempting to implement climate reform, but because strategies are complex, controversial and inequitable, we have nothing to show for this effort save a near-failing carbon credit program in the EU. By giving ourselves permission to seek zero warming, we…

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NOAA — Ice Sheet Collapse in Our Time: Zero Warming Climate Solution

By | Abrupt changes, adaptation, Antarctica, Arctic, Climate Policy, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Greenland, ice sheets, in-depth and Popular Press, modeling, Negative emissions, Sea Level Rise, Solutions, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

We have delayed too long and now must urgently reduce the load of warming gases already emitted to our sky. We have been warned this would happen for decades, we just didn’t think it would happen so soon. This is exceedingly bad news, though the…

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Saved They Say: Emissions Have Flattened — Climate Mirage

By | aerosols, Antarctica, Climate Policy, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Fracking, ice sheets, Negative emissions, Sea Level Rise, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

And they also say that Elvis is not dead. But alas… the answer is no, we are not saved. Things are actually getting worse because of the so-called “flattening emissions.” This needs to be said over and over: the only way to treat the vast…

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Climate Change 2015: The Latest Science

By | aerosols, Antarctica, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, global cooling pollutants, Greenland, Gulf Stream, ice sheet, in-depth and Popular Press, Negative emissions, Policy, short-term, Solutions, submarine channel, underice, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

First published on Truthout December 26, 3015, by Bruce Melton. Climate science is way out in front of climate policy. Commitments at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris pale in comparison to those from the Kyoto Protocol with its beginnings in the Rio Earth Summit…

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A Generation of Delay: Climate Policy Is 20 Years Behind

By | Abrupt changes, aerosols, alternatives, Climate Policy, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Deniers and Delayers, global cooling pollutants, in-depth and Popular Press, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, short-term, Solutions

First Published on Truthout, December 4, 2015 The perceived debate on climate change has discredited traditional climate science communications to such an extent that we are just now implementing policies developed during the Kyoto Protocol era that began in 1992. New climate science knowledge is…

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Legacy Climate Policy: The Scale of the Current Science and Need for DAC

By | Climate Policy, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, communications, Emissions, in-depth and Popular Press, Media, Myths, Negative emissions, Policy, Solutions, Uncategorized

In the run up to the Paris climate talks, current policy is far behind. Virtually unknown is science stating that the solutions to treating climate pollution are simple, cheap and radically change a generation of policy we are currently trying to implement. Legacy climate policy being…

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The Clean Power Plan Is Barely Better Than Kyoto; IPCC Says: We Must Remove CO2 From the Atmosphere

By | adaptation, aerosols, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, global cooling pollutants, in-depth and Popular Press, Policy, sequestration, summary, Truthout.org

First published on Truthout, August 16, 2015. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is 12 percent more stringent than the Kyoto Protocol, yet since 1978, the US has emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the previous 228 years. Globally, since 1984, our civilization…

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Climate Change 2014: What Do We Do Now?

By | Abrupt changes, aerosols, alternatives, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Fracking, global cooling pollutants, IPCC, Negative emissions, sequestration, short-term, Solutions, Truthout.org

First published on Truthout, December 26, 2014. As we move into 2015, the latest climate science continues to diverge from policy. New science tells us that, because of short-lived climate pollutants, current policies dealing with carbon dioxide pollution alone will likely produce more warming than…

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With This Decade’s Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All, by Bruce Melton

By | Abrupt changes, Climate Policy, climate pollutants short-lived, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Fracking, global cooling pollutants, in-depth and Popular Press, Methane, Policy, short-term, Temperature, Truthout.org

First Published on Truthout, August 27, 2014 (link) The fundamental climate change policy question today is not how much we should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by when, but what will currently proposed carbon dioxide emissions reductions do to our climate in the near-term? In addition,…

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