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Off The Shelf DAC – $100 a Ton Using WW II Technology

By climate restoration, climate solutions, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Healthy Climate, Negative emissions, Solutions

The folks at Carbon Engineering in Squamish, British Columbia have been working on their process since 2009. Normally, this type of proprietary process remains concealed because of the vast possibility of massive revenue generation. In a bold move, Carbon Engineering has released their process in the journal Joule in a paper lead by David Keith…

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Alaska Flips From Greenhouse Gas Sink to Source Because of Permafrost Melt

By Abrupt changes, Arctic, CO2, Methane, Permafrost

Alaskan Permafrost Flipped from Carbon Sink to Carbon Source Because of Permafrost Melt Climate Change is here. Alaskan permafrost is now emitting more greenhouse gases than it is storing according to work from Harvard, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Universities of Alaska, Colorado at Boulder, California at Irvine, NOAA and others in this powerhouse paper….

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Sing Delay, Delay, Delay: 0.5 C Limit to Dangerous Climate Change

By Abrupt changes, Arctic, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, climate restoration, CO2, Emissions, Greenland, Gulf Stream, ice sheet, Impacts, Legacy Policy, Methane, modeling, Policy, sea ice, Strategy, West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Sing Delay, Delay, Delay When serious discussions about global warming gases and fossil fuels began in the 1980s, all that was needed to prevent what would become labeled as dangerous climate change was a reduction of the emissions of global warming gases. Since that time, we have emitted as much CO2 as we emitted in…

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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. emission had not fallen as the EPA had insisted, but…

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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 negative emission on top of Paris reductions that are needed…

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Paris Warms, Not Cools, for Thousands of Years

By Climate Policy, CO2, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Legacy Policy, Myths, Negative emissions, Policy, Scenarios, Strategy, Temperature

It’s a widely held misconception that implementation of Paris Climate commitments would tame the climate beast. This has no more been the case in the past than it is today. Our culture of climate policy has always relied on overshoot, or additional increase in temperature as we implement greenhouse gas regulations and reduce the amount…

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Warm Winter, Early Spring: Is Climate Change a Mixed Bag or are we Kidding Ourselves?

By Abrupt changes, adaptation, Antarctica, Beaches coastal, Climate Catastrophes, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2, Deniers and Delayers, Drought, economics, El Nino, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Extreme Weather, forest health, Forest Mortality, Glaciers, Greenland, Gulf Stream, ice sheet, ice sheets, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, IPCC, modeling, Negative emissions, Oceans, pine beetle, Policy, politics, Psycho, Scenarios, Sea Level Rise, Shifting Ecology, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Winter Weather

President Trump it seems, has given us permission to backslide with our thinking about climate change. Until we have rule or law that tells us we must do something about climate pollution, “those that would rather it not be real” have won. This allows the debate to rage encouraging doubt. The Clean Power Plan and…

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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 must now turn our attention to the already emitted climate…

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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 good news with climate change is very good indeed. 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 amount of long-lived warming pollutants already emitted into our sky…

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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 enacted today, and proposed at the Paris climate talks is…

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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 has emitted as much carbon dioxide as in the previous…

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IPCC: More Than All of Observed Warming Has Been Caused by Humanity’s Emissions

By aerosols, CO2, Emissions, global cooling pollutants, in-depth and Popular Press, Temperature

First published on Truthout.org April 24, 2015. “The best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming [from 1951 through 2010].” IPCC 2013, Summary for Policy Makers.(1) This statement differs radically from the almost ubiquitous understanding that part of global warming has been caused by humanity and part is natural. In…

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Why Swapping Coal for Gas is Really Bad Policy

By CO2, Emissions, Emissions Scenarios, Methane, Policy, Scenarios, Solutions

Coal definitely creates less net warming in the short-term because of aerosols. Aerosols pollution emitted from coal is basically smog. The sulfates in smog rom burning fossil fuels are global cooling pollutants. Coal has far more sulfate pollution than oil and oil has far more sulfates than natural gas. Though natural gas emits less CO2…

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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, what are the ramifications of short-lived climate pollutants that are…

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US Falling Emissions a Mirage: Offshoring and Fracking by Bruce Melton

By CO2, Emissions, Fracking, Methane, Truthout.org

(First published on Truthout April 2, 2014) America’s emissions are not falling, as suggested by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The two main reasons are offshored goods and services and fracked natural gas. The EIA does two things that obscure reality when evaluating emissions. One is that it counts only emissions made in the…

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CO2 Changing 14,000 Times Faster than Normal

By CO2

This article in the journal Nature Geoscience looked at CO2 changes from the last 610,000 years as told in the bubbles of trapped air in Antarctic ice cores. It is a well known part of climate science that states that CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere differ based on the climate.  CO2 levels are lower on…

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Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Today are Double What We Thought

By CO2

Breecker, et. al., Atmospheric CO2 concentrations during ancient greenhouse climates were similar to those predicted for A.D. 2100, PNAS, October 2009. http://www.pnas.org/content/107/2/576.full.pdf+html Between 65 and 300 million years ago, during the Permian and Mesozoic greenhouse climate eras. The new discoveries have come from two places now. Originally, these 3,000 ppm CO2 concentration analysis came from…

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