Carbon Sequestration

Guest post by Rud Istvan, As most WUWT readers know, the issue of carbon sequestration is an important but largely IPCC undiscussed ‘anthropogenic global warming’ question. I got to thinking about it again as a result of the Australian brush fires that are dramatically releasing sequestered brush carbon. And it has been years since the…

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E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide

What could go wrong? ~cr From Nature Feat could turn bacteria into biological factories for energy and even food. The bacterium Escherichia coli has been engineered to grow by consuming carbon dioxide.Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/SPL E. coli is on a diet. Researchers have created a strain of the lab workhorse bacterium — full name Escherichia coli…

Department of Energy Announces $43 Million to Develop Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

From Energy.gov November 14, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $43 million in funding to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. The…

2017 NOAA Study Authors Recommended Fewer Controlled Burns, Because Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the study authors, frequent controlled burns reduce the ability of some forests to sequester CO2. More frequent fires reduce soil carbon and fertility, slowing the regrowth of plantsLong-term effects of repeated fires on soils found to have significant impacts on carbon storage not previously considered in global greenhouse…

Group of orange fungi photographed at the King's Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William, New Brunswick, Canada.

Plants and fungi together could slow climate change

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change. Human-induced transformations of Earth’s ecosystems have strongly affected distribution patterns of plant-fungus symbioses known as…

Stanford study casts doubt on carbon capture

Stanford University One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere – and reducing the risk of climate change – is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science,…

Clay minerals call the shots with carbon

Rivers discharge a constant supply of sediment into the world’s oceans. This sediment is largely composed of various clay minerals – the products of rock weathering – and organic compounds of plant origin that have decomposed in soils. These two components end up in rivers as a result of erosion. On its way to the…

New research puts Australia at forefront of blue carbon economy

In world-first research, Edith Cowan University researchers and an international team of collaborators have accurately quantified the amount of greenhouse gasses — or ‘blue carbon’ — being absorbed and emitted by Australian marine ecosystems Edith Cowan University In world-first research, Edith Cowan University researchers and an international team of collaborators have accurately quantified the amount…