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June 23rd, 2009

PESD releases new working paper on potential for CCS technology to capture greenhouse gases in electricity sector

Focusing on capture systems for coal-fired power plants until 2030, a sensitivity analysis of key CCS parameters is performed to gain insight into the role that CCS can play in future mitigation scenarios and to explore implications of large-scale CCS deployment.




March 4th, 2009

PESD releases new working paper on a climate change policy framework for India

India has been famous for arguing that it (and the rest of the developing world) should incur no expense in controlling emissions that cause climate change. The West caused the problem and it should clean it up. That argument is increasingly untenable-both in the fundamental arithmetic of climate change, which is a problem that is impossible to solve without developing country participation, and in the political reality that important western partners will increasingly demand more of India and other developing countries. India's own public is also demanding more. +HTML+
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February 3rd, 2009

PESD releases new working paper on challenges to deployment of carbon capture and storage technology

PESD researchers Varun Rai, David Victor, and Mark Thurber find that the conventional wisdom used for deployment and diffusion of technologies is not applicable when thinking about deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS). +HTML+
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November 24th, 2008

PESD carbon storage project database update released

PESD researchers Varun Rai, Ngai-Chi Chung, Mark Thurber, and David Victor have released an updated version of the PESD Carbon Storage Project Database. The purpose of this work is to maintain an up-to-date database of all publicly-announced current and planned CCS projects worldwide. The database suggests that a much wider application of CCS for the electric power industry will be needed in the next decade or so if CCS is to be a central player in efforts to slash CO2 emissions. On current patterns, the world will invest just 0.1% to 1% what is needed if carbon storage is to play a central role in cutting emissions of warming gases consistent with stabilizing the atmosphere at levels that are widely discussed as safe. +HTML+
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November 3rd, 2008

David Victor on offsetting the human impact on climate change through geoengineering

In the recent issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, David Victor explores the possibilities of using geoengineering systems to offset the human impact on climate change. He argues that a regulatory framework to govern deployment of this technology system will be required promptly as a mechanism to address the human induced effects on the planet's climate. +HTML+ +PDF+
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October 13th, 2008

Nobel laureate outlines strategy to reduce nuclear proliferation risk

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In Issues in Science and Technology this month, PESD senior fellow and Nobel laureate in physics, Burton Richter, discusses how the international political community might address proliferation risk inherent in the expansion of nuclear energy. +HTML+ +PDF+
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July 1st, 2008

PESD Carbon Storage Project Database released

PESD researchers Varun Rai, Ngai-Chi Chung, Mark Thurber, and David Victor have released the PESD Carbon Storage Project Database, which tracks all publicly declared carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects worldwide. The database lays bare the slow pace of development of CCS projects relative to what is needed if CCS is to become an important "wedge" for fighting climate change.





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