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Coverage of carbon dioxide emissions since March 21, 2024.

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

"...An upcoming decision by the Iowa Utilities Board about whether to grant a pipeline permit and approve Summits eminent domain requests will be key to the larger effort throughout the Midwest. Iowa is the nations leader in corn and ethanol production..."

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Are Canadians paying wacko high gasoline taxes?

"...What do our international peers pay?Let’s start by looking at what others pay in gasoline taxes across the three dozen nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On my first chart below, each nation has a blue bar that shows the size of their gasoline tax. Can you guess which one is Canada? Are Canadians paying “wacko” high gasoline taxes? Not compared to most other OECD nations..."

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Concerns arise as sales of SUVs hit record high in 2023

"...Chart by IEA. Licence: CC BY 4. 0The IEA said the main reasons behind the surge in SUVs were “the appeal of SUVs as a status symbol," marketing by automakers, and perceptions that they are more comfortable..."

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Have Chinas emissions peaked as oil demand ground to a halt?

"...Theanalysisfor Carbon Brief by Lauri Myllyvirta, senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute and lead analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, cites official figures and commercial data to call an end to the emissions increase that began when China reopened its economy after the COVID-19 pandemic..."

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Saskatchewan's carbon capture not meeting expectations, report says

"...A signature carbon capture and storage project in Saskatchewan continues to miss emissions reduction goals, raising questions about the cost-effectiveness of the technology, says a report. "We don't think carbon capture works as well as industry and promoters claim," said David Schissel, an analyst who wrote the report for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an international non-profit agency. "We don't think it's a good use of money to keep coal-fired power plants running..."

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Saskatchewan's Boundary dam carbon capture project underperforms, report says

"...“We don't think carbon capture works as well as industry and promoters claim,” said David Schissel, an analyst who wrote the report for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an international non-profit agency..."

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Fort McMurray hopeful Trans Mountain pipeline opening will boost local fortunes

"...Fort McMurray, population 68,000, is situated in northern Alberta in the heart of the Athabasca oilsands, the world's third-largest proven crude oil reserve. The oil industry permeates every aspect of life here. Every morning, oil workers clad in blue-and-yellow coveralls line up at the local Tim Hortons for double-doubles, and diesel trucks and big rigs churn up dust on their way out to industrial work sites..."

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Making cement is very damaging for the climate. One solution is opening in California

"...Some jurisdictions including Vancouver, British Columbia have building standards that encourage lower-carbon concrete. California passed a law in 2021 that requires the states Air Resources Board to develop a strategy for the states cement industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2035 and achieve net zero by 2045..."

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How Newfoundland is becoming a green hydrogen hotbed

"...Canadas ambitions are aligned. The federal governments 2020 Hydrogen Strategy sets out to make Canada a major exporter of hydrogen and hydrogen technologies and foresees up to 30% of the countrys end-use energy coming from green hydrogen by 2050. PM Trudeau has been discussing the possibility of a trilateral clean hydrogen market with Mexico and the United States..."

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Economists miss the point about the carbon tax revolt: op-ed

"...An open letter is circulating online among my economist colleagues aiming to promote sound thinking on carbon taxes. It makes some valid points, and will probably get waved around in the House of Commons before long. But its conspicuously selective in its focus and unfortunately ignores the main problems with Canadian climate policy as a whole..."

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Pathways Alliance to file for regulator approval on carbon capture project

"...CALGARY The Pathways Alliance consortium of oilsands companies has confirmed it will submit an application this week to the Alberta Energy Regulator for approval of its proposed massive $16. 5-billion carbon capture pipeline project..."

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Contemplating a renewable hydrogen energy future - Professor Masakazu Sugiyama (University of Tokyo)

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"...IFE Grand Challenge Lecture - recorded on on 23 August 2019 at QUT Gardens Point..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about carbon dioxide emissions.

A coal power station without the coal! How 'WIN-WIN' solutions could save an industry.

"...Coal fired power stations are being retired in record numbers all over the world as we move towards more sustainable energy..."

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Why don't we all just use Geothermal Energy?

"...There's no carbon dioxide emissions and no air pollution with geothermal, and it's literally right there beneath our feet..."

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Passive House . A low carbon future for our homes?

"...These amazing ultra low energy buildings have been around for thirty years and save their owners thousands in energy bills each year, not to mention the huge reduction in carbon dioxide emissions up into the atmosphere..."

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Certified Natural Gas: The Future of LNG?

"...Customer demands and market forces are driving LNG exporters in particular to demonstrate that their LNG has been produced with lower methane and carbon dioxide emissions..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about carbon dioxide emissions relevant to the latest news.

Assessing the decarbonization roadmap of a RoPax ferry

"...In this study, we investigate the environmental and economic performance of marine diesel oil (MDO), liquified natural gas (LNG), liquified biogas (LBG), and a mixture of LNG and LBG..."

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Revisiting the nexus between digital trade, green technological innovation, and environmental sustainability in BRICS economies

"...Hence, this study determines the effect of digital trade (DGT) and green technological innovation (GTI) on environmental sustainability (ENS) by considering the role of renewable energy consumption (REC), globalization (GLOB), and economic growth (EG)..."

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Techno-economic and environmental analysis for the application of renewable energy sources in seaports

"...The current study aims to study the environmental benefits and techno-economic challenges of converting three Egyptian ports to eco-friendly green ports by using solar panels, offshore wind turbines, and hydrogen fuel cells..."

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Multi-objective optimization of the hybrid photovoltaic-battery-diesel-desalination system based on multi-type of desalination

"...Our findings reveal that the RO desalination method, when combined with renewable energy, outperforms other methods both economically and environmentally..."

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Dynamic efficiency evaluation of electric power and environmental treatment efficiency in China

"...Energy and especially power generation are key requirements for economic growth; however, the excessive use of fossil fuels for power generation has resulted in serious environmental pollution problems..."

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Evaluation of efficient policies on the renewable penetration in electricity sector for an integrated energy planning model in

"...Increasing the share of variable renewable energy (VRE) in various sectors of the economy is an important element in achieving energy and climate targets..."

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Accessing the efficacy of green growth, energy efficiency, and green innovation for environmental performance in top manufactur

"...In this context, a number of earlier studies have investigated the environmental problems through the lens of different environmental indicators such as ecological footprint and carbon dioxide emissions..."

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Perception and Acceptance of Terrace and Balcony Gardening for Sustainable Future of Bengaluru

"...The incorporation of vegetative systems into the town fabric has the capability to reduce negative environmental impacts and proliferate the economic and social wellbeing..."

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