Projects Aimed at Advancing State-of-the-Art Carbon Capture from Coal Power Plants Selected for Further Development
August 15, 2011
US Department of Energy
“Four projects aimed at reducing the energy and cost penalties of advanced carbon capture systems applied to power plants have been selected for further development by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE)”. The projects are valued at $67 million over 4 years, with the overall goal to achieve at least 90 percent CO2 removal at no more than a 35 percent increase in the cost of electricity.
August 5, 2011
Doubling root length from the typical 1 meter to 2 meters could help capture and sequester more carbon under the ground, as well as “make crops more drought resistant, improve soil structure and moisture, store more nutrients and reduce erosion”. The study is published in Annals of Botany, and includes a carbon calculator for global crop and grasslands.
US Department of Energy
6 years after the original Billion Ton Study (pdf, 2.6mb), the DOE has released an update. “The conclusion remains the same: There are more than enough biomass sources to satisfy a goal of displacing 30 percent of the country’s petroleum consumption by 2030 (http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/08/12/5).” In 2 scenarios provided for future biomass supply, the 1 billion ton mark is reached in each, and in the high yield scenario, the mark is far exceeded.
Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University
This article represents the lessons learned from an October 2009 workshop organized by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute on scenarios of future climate (details of the workshop are here http://occri.net/news-and-events/workshop-on-scenarios-of-future-climate). The article appeared last week in EOS, the Transactions of the American Geophysical Union.
The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is now accepting applications for 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU).
This program offers rural U.S. [only] communities the opportunity to be part of climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact.
Local communities are on the front line making key land use decisions in regards to climate change. Through a peer learning network that links underserved rural communities across the U.S., Climate Solutions University (CSU) provides training, expertise, and support to communities engaged in climate adaptation planning.
Climate Solutions University (CSU) helps rural communities design and implement climate adaptation plans that protect local forest and water resources and support viable rural economies. CSU strengthens local leadership and public engagement and promotes the following outcomes: protection of forests, streams, human and ecological health; preservation of natural resource based economies; and builds broad public support.
Each community develops and implements a Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plan and Case Study by participating in a four-step multi-year process.
Scholarships Available : Six communities will be provided $10,000 scholarships.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, Monday, September 19, 2011
Apply Here: www.mfpp.org