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the process of reducing or removing carbon dioxide (from energy sources). For questions specifically about [carbon-offsetting] please use that tag. For questions about [carbon-sequestration] use that tag.

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What's the fastest growing plant by carbon density?

What is the fastest growing plant by amount of carbon stored in the wood? Bamboo is one of the fastest growing woody plants (by height), but it is mostly hollow, and so I'm not sure that it stores ...
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How can I decarbonise my domestic heating, given severe physical constraints?

tl;dr : For the millions of dwellings that have significant physical constraints imposed by the physical fabric of the building, its configuration and location, that rule out heat pumps, biomass and ...
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Where are commercial conditions for a CCS NG or coal plant most likely to emerge in the US?

The first (likely) commercial scale coal ccs plant is scheduled to begin operation at Boundary Dam in Canada by the end of the first quarter of 2014 (Estevan Mercury). A few key points about the ...
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Optimising crop yields without using fossil-fuel-manufactured fertiliser

The green revolution produced a step change in crop yields. Although nitrogen-based fertilisers have been produced without fossil fuels, a very large proportion of global fertiliser production depends ...
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Are there meaningful ways to offset greenhouse-gas emissions through carbon offset schemes?

There are various schemes offering carbon offsets. What attributes would make such a scheme meaningful? That is, where would my additional money into the scheme lead to lower global emissions than ...
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Best options for decarbonising steel production?

At the moment, a very large proportion of steel production relies on coke. So even though electric-arc furnaces are reasonably energy-efficient (Professor Julian Allwood says that the best ones run at ...
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Would “Guerilla Gardening” help combat climate change and/or be feasible/legal?

I live in Washington, and travel around the Pacific Northwest often. It's a beautiful environment, full of huge plains of grass with (virtually) nothing in them. I was wondering if, in order to help ...
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Most promising decarbonisation routes for clinker, cement and concrete?

Clinker is a major component of cement, which is a major component of concrete. Which means the production of clinker, globally, is huge. But currently, clinker production releases very large amounts ...
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How far had Iceland gone by 2012 in decarbonising its energy system?

Iceland is an unusual place. Its electricity grid is not widely connected to other countries. It has lots of geothermal energy. And it has been working hard on decarbonising (removing greenhouse gas ...
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For airlines that have "vowed to offer carbon-neutral flights" how do they say they plan to actually make some flights demonstrably carbon-neutral?

CNN's June 20, 2022 Boeing unveils new 777 'ecoDemonstrator' test jet includes the following sentence near the end: Many airlines have already vowed to offer carbon-neutral flights and explore ...
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What's the applicability of biochar?

Could the cost of biochar production ever be less than that of coal extraction? Is the thermal potential good enough? I have seen certain articles (sorry, no links) that point to its applicability ...
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Which are the 66 (65?) countries that vowed carbon neutrality by 2050 at the September 2019 UN Climate summit?

I couldn't find the list anywhere. See: Straits Times -- 66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050: UN Sixty-six countries have signalled their intent to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions ...
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Which climate change mitigations take longer than 12 years to see a net benefit?

The recent IPCC SR15 Report has garnered a lot of press coverage because it warns that we must dramatically reduce CO2 emissions by the year 2030, less than 12 years away. Global net anthropogenic ...
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How "green" is using wood as a material?

There are simultaneous calls for not using paper in any form because it causes deforestation, but when it comes to building and making products from wood it is considered environmentally sustainable, ...
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Are there any unsustainable supply-chain issues unique to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles?

I was recently reading that lithium mining for electric vehicle batteries is wreaking havoc on deserts in Chile. One proposed alternative to EVs in the search for a replacement for petroleum-fueled ...
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What is the relationship between decarbonisation and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why decarbonisation takes us further down the road to sustainability; and what real-world circumstances might mean that some specific ...
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Direct Electrical Heating

For a college project, I'm looking to learn about direct electrical and biomass heating as a means of decarbonization of our college campus? Where can I learn about these? Searching for direct ...
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How can I separate carbon monoxide from wood gas?

I am thinking about using open source wiki designs from allpowerlabs to construct a wood gas generator. The motivation came from experiencing a 10 day power outage after super storm Sandy. The ...
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Is Hygenic Earth Energy feasible?

This company: https://proton.energy/ Is trying to inject oxygen into old oil wells for it to combust and extract only hydrogen using steam reforming and a filter. Making steam reforming happen ...
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Why not use scarce California water for almond milk?

Many argue that we should not drink almond milk as it uses scarce water. (e.g. https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/food-drink/shopping-guide/soya-non-dairy-milk). However given that consuming almond milk ...
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Electric cars and grid power capacity

The UK has a target to be carbon-neutral by 2050: As we can see in the image large cuts across all type of CO2 emissions are required. This article by the BBC suggests a number of ways in which ...
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Why do most car manufacturers prefer electric batteries over hydrogen fuel cells?

Is this due to cost, or infrastructure, or path dependency, or incentives? I understand that batteries are more efficient (1) - but this does not take into account the quantity of rare materials ...
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Shortcut carbon emission trading by buying and sinking coal

Carbon emission trading is supposed to use market mechanisms to make carbon-intense processes less attractive. Unfortunately, the EU market is flooded with emission certificates, such that the ...
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How do hybrid planes work?

How do hybrid planes work? Where does electricity come from? Faradair is planning to develop and sell a hybrid-electric passenger plane, aimed at the regional aviation market. It would have up to 19 ...
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When the topic of transport decarbonization comes up, all I hear is batteries and hydrogen. But what about renewable natural gas (RNG)?

When the topic of transport decarbonization comes up, all I hear is batteries and hydrogen. But what about renewable natural gas (RNG)? The milage is better, less energy loss, as I understand. You can ...
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