Carbon

On biomass, EPA should follow the science

In America's Southeastern states, there's a booming energy trend that's as big a step backward as imaginable.

Scientists nationwide call on EPA to create scientifically strong pollution standards for biomass energy

Ninety one researchers from institutions across the country have signed a letter urging the EPA to follow the latest science on climate impacts from Biomass Energy.

NY carbon goals among the most ambitious

For New York to achieve its goals in the Obama administration's plan to reduce carbon emission from power plants, the state will have to do more than cut back on dirty fuel

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Scientists attack biomass power subsidy

Some of the most distinguished scientists in the US have written to UK energy secretary Ed Davey, urging him to abandon the government's "misguided" subsidies for companies burning wood pellets to generate electricity.

Can we capture the carbon?

Podcast

When I speak to public audiences about climate change, people often ask: Isn't there a way to capture and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?

Hydroelectric dams and carbon sequestration

Podcast

One of the key ways of mitigating climate change is to keep carbon away from the atmosphere where it is found as carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. Carbon that is stored in trees and other woody plants, in soils, and in the oceans is said to be sequestered.

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The carbon impact of your meals

Podcast

Many people have adopted a philosophy of buying local food because they are concerned about the carbon footprint of transporting food long distances. People are rebelling against tomatoes from South America and garlic from China, because they can reduce greenhouse emissions by buying locally. Some people even start their own gardens for this reason.

New Perspectives on Biogeochemical Cycles

Video

Lecture by Cary President and biogeochemist Bill Schlesinger exploring new ways of examining global biogeochemical cycles and assessing human impact on the cycles of important biogeochemical elements.

Let's not put the last log on the fire

Podcast

In an attempt to wean the nation from coal—an unhealthy source of energy that drives global warming, several policy groups have suggested switching to wood. Existing coal-fired power plants could be converted to burn wood with relatively little cost and expense. And trees have the benefit of being a renewable resource.

Warming your home with wood-an old idea becomes new again

Podcast

In our quest for renewable energy, attention has shifted to our nation’s forests. Forest-based energy has the potential to be “carbon-neutral.” The carbon released into the atmosphere when trees are burned is taken back out of the atmosphere when new trees grow.

Carbon tax more efficient than cap-and-trade

Capitol Hill is abuzz with excitement over the Waxman-Markey bill, a 932-page document that includes cap-and-trade proposals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and combat global warming.

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