Latest Carbon sink Stories

2009-05-27 14:42:00

ST. LOUIS, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced it has joined the National Carbon Capture Center as a corporate partner and advisory member alongside several of its major customers, including Southern Company, American Electric Power and Luminant. The National Carbon Capture Center is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and leading energy companies to develop and test advanced technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from...

2009-05-24 18:43:13

Governments seeking to stop global warming must give a higher priority to protecting marine ecosystems, scientists said Sunday in Washington. Meeting at the International Marine Conservation Congress, the scientists stressed that because the oceans act as a vital carbon sink absorbing much of the ever-increasing supply of carbon emissions, maintaining their health is a prerequisite for battling climate change, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a Swiss environmental group,...

2009-05-05 12:47:00

DCNR Findings Could Lead to Innovative Ways to Combat Climate Change, Create Opportunities to Use Coal in Environmentally Friendly Way HARRISBURG, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recently issued report from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shows Pennsylvania's underground geology may hold the key to protecting the environment against climate change while leading to new opportunities for the state's coal industry. Acting DNCR Secretary John Quigley said the report...

2009-04-23 08:10:00

In the latter half of the 20th century, the lush vegetation of China's forests and grasslands was absorbing roughly one third of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.  According to a recent study, however, that rate is declining rapidly. Peking University researchers say that a combination of factors including high rainfall, government programs to replant forests, shifts in crop use and a higher concentration of bamboo biomass have all played a part in absorbing some 28 to 37...

2009-04-17 13:37:21

The Earth's forests serve as crucial carbon sinks due to their ability to absorb greenhouse gases, but that ability is "at risk of being lost entirely", according to a new United Nations report. Currently, the Earth's forests soak up about 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, but that capability could be reversed if the Earth heats up 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees F) more. A rise in temperature could cause severe droughts and heat waves that would kill off many of the Earth's forests...

2009-04-01 14:42:05

Researchers said on Wednesday that water deep below ground has safely trapped carbon dioxide for millions of years and may one day help absorb emissions of the greenhouse gas to help slow climate change, Reuters reported. Chris Ballentine, a researcher at the University of Manchester, who worked on the study, said the finding shows that such carbon capture and storage is possible provided scientists find an area where the geology is suitable. Therefore, researchers can locate ancient deep...

2009-03-25 16:45:00

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Wednesday that its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which compensates landowners to idle their farmland, could become one of the nation's biggest carbon sequestration program on private land. Some members of Congress  who represent farm states say work to reduce greenhouse gases could ultimately pay off for rural America, since some agricultural activities, such as reduced tillage, can lock carbon into the soil. "Land...

2009-03-06 12:45:00

The Amazon is surprisingly sensitive to drought, according to new research conducted throughout the world's largest tropical forest. The 30-year study, published today in Science, provides the first solid evidence that drought causes massive carbon loss in tropical forests, mainly through killing trees. "For years the Amazon forest has been helping to slow down climate change. But relying on this subsidy from nature is extremely dangerous", said Professor Oliver Phillips, from the University...

2009-02-26 14:59:57

A top Australian scientist said Thursday that the nation's bushfires, which have devastated Victoria state, have released millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The Victoria fires, many of which are still burning, have killed more than 200 people and were the worst in Australia's history. Mark Adams of the University of Sydney said forest fires could become a growing source of carbon pollution as the Earth continues to warm, triggering a vicious cycle in which forests...

2009-02-23 10:10:00

Researchers have great expectations for the soon-to-launch NASA satellite that will provide an unprecedented map of carbon dioxide emissions on Earth. Slated to launch on Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will give scientists a more accurate depiction of concentrations of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Ground-based carbon dioxide monitoring efforts can only provide so much information, and NASA believes its orbiting observatory will...

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