Tagged with Climate Change

Gaseous Carbon Waste Streams: Utilization Status and Research Needs

National Research Council https://bit.ly/2EwJbu3 In the quest to mitigate the buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere, researchers and policymakers have increasingly turned their attention to techniques for capturing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, either from the locations where they are emitted or directly from the atmosphere. Once captured, these gases can … Continue reading

Deep Decarbonization as a Risk Management Challenge

Rand Corporation/ by Robert J. Lempert, Horacio R. Trujillo https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE303.html Deep decarbonization—reducing net human greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the 21st century—is best pursued as a risk management challenge. This Perspective explores three concepts that are particularly important to the implementation of risk management for deep decarbonization—risk governance, complexity, and robustness. Risk governance provides a … Continue reading

Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda

National Research Council https://bit.ly/2EIXhsj [New York Times] With time running out to avoid dangerous global warming, the nation’s leading scientific body on Wednesday urged the federal government to begin a research program focused on developing technologies that can remove vast quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in order to help slow climate change… …According … Continue reading

Limits to Growth of Forest Biomass Carbon Sink Under Climate Change

Nature Communications (July 13, 2018; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05132-5) / by Kai Zhu, Jian Zhang, Shuli Niu, Chengjin Chu and  Yiqi Luo https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05132-5 [Climate Wire, sub. req’d] …A paper released today in the journal Nature Communications finds that forests in the United States and Canada have already hit about 78 percent of their carbon-sequestering capacity… The study indicates that under the best of … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

National Park Service (Natural Resource Report Series 2018/1648) https://bit.ly/2IKSLHe [Press Release] Approximately one-fourth of all National Park Service (NPS) sites are situated on or near the coast. These parks protect a diverse array of ecosystems, historic sites, recreational areas, and infrastructure. From the submerged reefs of Biscayne National Park to the elevated span of the Golden Gate … Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure

U.S. Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-720 Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information on the economic effects of climate change is developing and imprecise, but it can convey insights into the nation’s regions and … Continue reading

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists / by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, et al. http://bit.ly/2vyakDt [Washington Post] …The study identifies 167 communities in 13 states that by 2035 will face chronic inundation — which it defines as when high tides flood 10 percent or more of the community’s usable, non-wetland area at least 26 times per year. Twenty-two of those communities … Continue reading