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The Pope, the Climate and the Donald

October 12, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The topic of climate change is suddenly so non-controversial that many of the world’s major religious leaders are in agreement—something has to be done. Ironically, much of the recent activity centered on the Paris climate conference held at the end of 2015 from which the general agreement, called the Paris...
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The free market and the Paris Accord

October 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_455" align="alignright" width="259"] Gov. Jerry Brown, D-CA[/caption] We’ve said before that the issue of climate change and what to do about it is transferring from the public sector to the private sector. We take a dim view of the Trump administration’s recent formalization of the decision to deconstruct the...
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Why photosynthesis is so attractive

October 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

There are many suggestions for removing carbon dioxide from the air to help reduce the impact of global warming including various mechanical approaches to capturing CO2 from the air and moving it to underground storage. However, if you evaluate these ideas by how much pollution causing energy they still need...
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Carbon Sinks 2.0

September 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

In Carbon Sinks 1.0 we explored the concept of capturing and storing or at least rendering unharmful to the climate, atmospheric CO2. Natural carbon sinks involve green plants that capture CO2 and turn it into various materials based on carbohydrates that can either become food sources or plant matter like...
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Carbon Sinks 1.0

September 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignright" width="300"] From the Sierra Club[/caption] When they discuss removing carbon from the atmosphere climate scientists and others refer to carbon sinks which are as varied as they are numerous and some work better than others. In this first of several posts on carbon sinks we will look...
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The carbon cycle

September 26, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Every living thing is dependent upon green plants for sustenance. Whether you’re a vegetarian, a herbivore, or a carnivore if you look back far enough in your food chain, what you eat comes from plants. Even fungi that breakdown once living things in the process of decay, earn a living...
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Why Photosynthesis is So Attractive

September 26, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

There are many suggestions for removing carbon dioxide from the air to help reduce the impact of global warming including various mechanical approaches to capturing CO2 from the air and moving it to underground storage. However, if you evaluate these ideas by how much pollution causing energy they still need...
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Plan B for the Carbon Cycle

September 22, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Every living thing is dependent upon green plants for sustenance. Whether you’re a vegetarian, a herbivore, or a carnivore if you look back far enough in your food chain, what you eat comes from green plants and ultimately the sun. Even fungi that breakdown once living things in the process...
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Cap and Trade

September 22, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a consortium of 9 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont that supports a mandatory market based program to lower CO2 pollution from the electric power sector. The states agreed in 2014 to cap CO2...
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Kahr-buh-n dahy-ok-sahyd (carbon dioxide)

September 22, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been blamed for planetary warming with resulting climate change. But what do we really understand about it? How much is out there and how much do we need to remove to blunt the worst effects of climate change? How would we...
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