Cool clean coal – just add refrigeration

From the University of Oregon a wacky idea to refrigerate smokestacks. Cooled coal emissions would clean air and lower health and climate-change costs EUGENE, Ore. — (Aug. 27, 2012) — Refrigerating coal-plant emissions would reduce levels of dangerous chemicals that pour into the air — including carbon dioxide by more than 90 percent — at…

SLACing the soot

From the DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures Laser probes microscopic components of air pollution Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the most detailed images to date of airborne soot particles, a key contributor to global warming and a health…

AGW threat seen under every rock and behind every tree

Global warming threat seen in fertile soil of northeastern US forests In ‘vicious cycle,’ heat may boost carbon release into atmosphere, UCI-led study finds — Irvine, Calif., June 11, 2012 — Vast stores of carbon in U.S. forest soils could be released by rising global temperatures, according to a study by UC Irvine and other researchers in…

'Cap and Trade' fails for lack of incentives

Well, duh. From the DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory New research suggests cap and trade programs do not provide sufficient incentives for innovation Cap and trade programs to reduce emissions do not inherently provide incentives to induce the private sector to develop innovative technologies to address climate change, according to a new study in the journal…

Congress suspends light bulb ban funding

UPDATE 2: 12/16/11 9AMPST It appears early reports were wrong, junkscience.com now reports that The deal agreed to in Congress merely deprives the Department oF Energy the funds to enforce the ban for 2012. The ban is still on the books — so the DOE may very well get the money next year or the…

Turning CO2 into fuel

From the University of Illinois – Ionic liquid catalyst helps turn emissions into fuel University of Illinois chemical and biological engineering professor Paul Kenis and his research group joined forces with researchers at Dioxide Materials, a startup company, to produce a catalyst that improves artificial photosynthesis. The company, in the university Research Park, was founded…

Solyndra Solar raided by FBI

I guess the feds want to know where that $535 million dollar “green jobs” DOE loan went. Via Andrew Breitbart and from NBC Bay Area News: FBI agents armed with search warrants descended this morning on bankrupt solar company Solynrda this morning.