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The new budget has served up a big hit to Australia’s environment. The new budget has served up a big hit to Australia’s environment. Anton Balazh/Shutterstock

Litany of deep cuts for environmental programs

Budgets are often framed as give and take. But in the case of the environment, the government is taking large amounts of money in cuts, while giving little back beyond funding the Direct Action climate…
Can CCS cast a new light on fossil fuel-fired power stations? Can CCS cast a new light on fossil fuel-fired power stations? Alan Murray-Rust

A step forward for CCS, but much greater strides are needed

Despite the evidence that shows greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are leading to changes in the planet’s climate, the development of large scale technologies to slow or stop these effects has…
New source of making chemicals. New source of making chemicals. fahrertuer

Carbon dioxide from exhaust fumes used to make new chemicals

To stop global warming, most governments are advocating reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂), a greenhouse gas, put into the atmosphere. But some argue that such action won’t be enough – we will…
Steel: red hot and dirty. Steel: red hot and dirty. John Giles/PA

Using iron to clean steelmaking, a very dirty business

Iron and steel are components of an almost limitless number of infrastructure and consumer goods. From forks to tanks, syringes to satellites, cars to computers, from buildings to the power stations that…
Solid plastic made from gas. Solid plastic made from gas. Novomer

Explainer: what is carbon capture and utilisation?

Carbon and carbon dioxide are found all around us. All living things contain carbon - it’s one of the essential building blocks of life and is fundamental to many chemical processes. Carbon dioxide (CO2…
Renewable energy will march on in Australia, because it is economically competitive. Renewable energy will march on in Australia, because it is economically competitive. Dave Clarke

Even under a conservative government, coal-fired electricity has no future

Coal-fired electricity may have little or no economic future in Australia, a new analysis has found. While the new government seems determined to turn its back on renewable energy, our study shows that…
EU states have agreed that CCS is vital, but progress is slow. EU states have agreed that CCS is vital, but progress is slow. Owen Humphreys/PA

Explainer: what is carbon capture and storage?

The Energy Technologies Institute recently reported that without carbon capture and storage (CCS), the cost of reaching the UK’s climate change targets will double from around £30 billion per year in 2050…
Newly identified nanomaterials can sieve carbon dioxide from waste. Newly identified nanomaterials can sieve carbon dioxide from waste. Flickr/Micha

Want to capture carbon? Look to nanomaterials

Much of Australia’s large scale electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants. Given the cost of building alternative electricity infrastructure and Australia’s large reserves of coal, this…
Chemical Looping may eventually replace other carbon capture technologies. Chemical Looping may eventually replace other carbon capture technologies. AAP

Chemical looping: a carbon capture technology for the future

Chemical looping, a low carbon technology for the fossil fuel industry, is increasingly been viewed as a competitive technology in carbon capture and storage, with the successful completion of pilot plant…
Removing CO2 from the emissions of power stations is going to have to get a lot more experimental. Removing CO2 from the emissions of power stations is going to have to get a lot more experimental. D1V1D/Flickr

Carbon capture can’t rely on fine-tuning old technologies

Carbon capture, for those who don’t know already, is the term given to various different technologies that can “capture” the carbon dioxide in streams of gases that would normally be emitted to the atmosphere…
As demands to tackle emissions from fossil fuel power generation get stronger, green groups are giving CCS another go. As demands to tackle emissions from fossil fuel power generation get stronger, green groups are giving CCS another go. David King

Carbon capture and storage is becoming a green strategy

With the world closely watching the climate meetings underway in Doha there is renewed interest in the only proven technology that can substantially remove carbon dioxide from the use of fossil fuels…
The porous structure of metal-organic framework materials makes them perfect for storing and separating gases. The porous structure of metal-organic framework materials makes them perfect for storing and separating gases. justus.thane

MOF the chart: why a record-breaking surface area matters

You may not immediately think of world records when you consider chemistry, but that’s exactly what some chemists are thinking about during their research. Many, working on something called metal-organic…
How close is Australia to capturing emissions from its coal-fired power plants? How close is Australia to capturing emissions from its coal-fired power plants? Brian Yap

Building a future for carbon capture technology

Coal remains an important energy resource for Australia providing around 75% of our electricity and some 20% of export income. However it is also responsible for approximately 40% of greenhouse gas emissions…
Australia is on the lookout for new ways to dig up and burn coal without blowing our emissions budget. Australia is on the lookout for new ways to dig up and burn coal without blowing our emissions budget. AAP/Wesfarmers

Coal’s burning question - how much difference can technology make to emissions?

From time to time, new technologies are proposed to help us use even more of Australia’s abundant coal. Many of these technologies are designed to reduce emissions, either by drying the coal or capturing…
More fossil fuel is out there, but if policy doesn’t stop us, physics will. More fossil fuel is out there, but if policy doesn’t stop us, physics will. EvolveLove/Flickr

Can technology save us? Reality-checking Andrew Charlton’s Quarterly Essay

In his recent Quarterly Essay, Man-made world: choosing between progress and planet, economist Andrew Charlton presents technological innovation as the solution to climate change and the route to unbounded…
Removing CO₂ from a power station is very different from removing it from the atmosphere. Removing CO₂ from a power station is very different from removing it from the atmosphere. ianrthorpe

There’s more than one way to capture carbon

In his latest article for The Conversation Dr. David Karoly reports on the proceedings of a recent Canberra symposium on “Geo-engineering the Climate”. In his article, Dr. Karoly presents an insightful…
Meetings, meetings and more meetings. But does anything actually get decided? Meetings, meetings and more meetings. But does anything actually get decided? EPA/Nic Bothma

Trying to make a difference at Durban – what a climate change conference is really like

DURBAN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: Onlookers often wonder why it is so hard to reach an agreement on dealing with climate change. Every so often the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…
New climate institutions are finally putting Australia on track to meet its Kyoto obligations. New climate institutions are finally putting Australia on track to meet its Kyoto obligations. amandabhslater

Getting closer to our climate obligations: Australia’s legislation for change

DURBAN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: Australia’s new climate legislation is a historic breakthrough reform for the nation. Putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions ranks alongside any of the “big” reforms…
Sequestration of carbon dioxide is safe, effective and it’s happening right now. Sequestration of carbon dioxide is safe, effective and it’s happening right now. CO2CRC

Carbon capture and storage – a vital part of our climate change response

One of the biggest challenges in our fight against climate change is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy sector. Approximately 87% of current global primary energy supplies (and 67…

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