Video Friday: Old King Coal

Episode 13 of Dr. Joylette Portlock’s YouTube series Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something!  In this episode Dr. Portlock looks at “old king coal,” the dirtiest of of fossil fuels and the source of much of the world’s energy generation. Even though coal use is declining in America, primarily from the explosion natural gas fracking, coal consumption continues to expand globally….

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Smart Grids Made Smarter; Defending Coal (or trying to); Toxic Arctic, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Coal in the News: A small newspaper in Indiana defends the coal industry from more regulation Another small newspaper defends coal from the “attacks” of New York Mayor Bloomberg Carbon capture and sequestration efforts are already proving to the be the flop that environmentalists said…

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The Fallacy of Clean Coal

Clean coal As the tragedy at the Upper Big Branch Mine unfolds in West Virginia, our hope is that those left alive inside the mine will soon reach the safety of the surface and the comfort of their friends and family. Coal is a way of life for many in this region, but the tragedy helps focus the cost in…

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From CO2 to Cement: Recycling Carbon – the Commoditization of Carbon Emissions

Yesterday we posted on the just-released Clean Edge trends report for 2010 that outlines some of the prominent trends in clean tech and renewable energy. One emerging trend mentioned in the report is the commoditization of carbon, where captured emissions are bought and sold as feedstock for other industrial processes. The idea isn’t new, companies like Mantra Energy have been…

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Carbon capture and storage pros and cons explained

Schwarze Pumpe Part 2: CCS – Carbon Captured but Not Stored?

A followup to our first post on the Carbon Capture and Storage project at Schwarze Pumpe Germany, focusing on the challenges of long term carbon sequestration and storage.

Europeans Agree To Build Fifteen CO2 Capture And Storage Research Labs

Coal-fired power plants are major contributors to our planet’s pollution problems. Even though fewer new plants are being built, limited progress is made on capturing and sequestering the carbon released. At present, only a few million tons of CO2 are captured and stored annually. Recent MIT research suggests that carbon sequestering can reduce human generated CO2 to 80% of 1990…

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