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August 15th, 2009

PESD releases new working paper on "finesse" and "game-changer" strategies for advancing carbon capture and storage

in the news

In a new PESD working paper, Robert A. James of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP classifies frontier project development strategies into "finesses" and "game-changers." James then considers the implications of this framework for the case of carbon capture and storage (CCS), where numerous legal, business and technological barriers seem to stand in the way of wide technology deployment.




August 11th, 2009

PESD CCS research quoted in The Washington Post

in the news: The Washington Post on August 11, 2009

A Washington Post article on 11 August 2009 titled "Coal's Future Wagered on Carbon Capture" by Steven Mufson quoted PESD research on the economics and scale of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The article discusses the need for CCS at scale, and also highlights the technological and cost challenges of CCS. Read more »



August 3rd, 2009

Burton Richter in Roll Call: US climate bill needs more support for energy R&D

Op-ed: Roll Call on August 3, 2009

PESD affiliated faculty Burton Richter argues in Roll Call that the climate bill passed by the US House of Representatives misses the mark on several fronts, especially in its inadequate funding for long-term research. The Senate must do better. Read more »



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.




June 22nd, 2009

David Victor on the need for more research and international protocols governing geo-engineering

in the news: Atlantic Monthly

As the threat of global warming grows more urgent, a few scientists are considering radical and possibly extremely dangerous schemes for re-engineering the climate by brute force. Their ideas are technologically plausible and quite cheap. So cheap, in fact, that a rich and committed environmentalist could act on them tomorrow. And that's the scariest part. Read more »



June 17th, 2009

Global warming: why the 2 °C goal is a political delusion

in the news: Nature on June 18, 2009

In a letter to the editors of Nature, David Victor submits the complicating and dangerous factors involved with a maximum 2 °Celsius target to rein in global warming by adopting a cumulative budget for carbon emissions. Governments need shorter-term goals that can translate into credible promises they make to each other and carry out now. Read more »



June 5th, 2009

A drop in Chinese electricty production, for now

in the news: DotEarth Blog, New York Times on May 21, 2009

Not surprising, given the depth of the world recession, China continues to experience a decline in electricity production, finds PESD researchers, Richard K. Morse and Gang He. +VIDEO+
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