Wed, Dec 7, 2022

In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows

A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global energy use traditionally increases and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions also go up. Only when economies stumble and businesses shutter — as during the most recent financial crisis — does energy use typically decline, in turn bringing down planet-warming emissions.

Leaked EU paper outlines boost for coal plants

A leaked European Commission paper concerned with the European Union’s energy union shows a preference for capacity mechanisms which will benefit coal-fired power plants within the bloc.

The overhaul of the EU electricity market, according to the document, should target ending national public support for renewables, while encouraging governments to pay energy companies in other member states for idle power stations.

Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Rock, and Burying It

HENGILL, Iceland — In a cramped work trailer not far from Iceland’s largest geothermal power plant, a researcher pored over a box of core samples — cylinders of rock that a drilling rig had pulled from deep underground just a few minutes before.

Climate change efforts backfire in Brazil's steel industry

New research shows that climate change mitigation efforts in Brazil's steel industry have failed. Instead of reducing greenhouse gas pollution, scientists discovered that programs under an international climate treaty led to an overall doubling of carbon dioxide emissions in the industry.

EPA Delays Rule To Cut Carbon From New Coal Power Plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would delay for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants, thwarting for now one way the Republican-controlled Congress could have blocked the administration's plans on global warming.

Harvard Law professor says Clean Power Plan is unconstitutional

Laurence H. Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard University and former mentor to Barack Obama, said in an article last week that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is unconstitutional.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 22, Tribe asserted that as a father and grandfather he wants “to leave the Earth in better shape than when I arrived", but that he nonetheless has filed comments with the EPA urging the agency to withdraw the Clean Power Plan.

Toshiba sets artificial photosynthesis record

Japan’s tech giant Toshiba has developed new technology for artificial photosynthesis, which could be used in future to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to slow down global warming.

Using solar energy to convert carbon dioxide into solid or liquid carbon compounds with 1.5 per cent efficiency, Toshiba’s system works better than other earlier developed artificial photosynthesis technologies.