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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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Natural gas power plant breaks ground in La Porte

Natural gas power plant breaks ground in La Porte

Construction began on a one-of-a-kind natural gas power plant Wednesday in La Porte, Texas. The 50-megawatt demonstration project is unique in that it produces zero emissions. New technology will send carbon dioxide it creates into a sequestration pipeline. The carbon emissions can then be stored for industrial use or enhanced oil recovery. Net Power is developing the plant, which will connect to ...

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US Congress backs court challenge to Obama’s climate plan

US Congress backs court challenge to Obama's climate plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 members of the U.S. Congress are backing a court challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington argues that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority and defied the will of Congress by regulating carbon dioxide emissions. ...

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South Dakota officials laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules

South Dakotans laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are praising action by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily halt new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants. Justices have put the rules on hold while a legal challenge proceeds. The White House issued a statement saying it disagreed with the decision. President Barack Obama last August ...

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Obama vows to press ahead after Clean Power Plan setback

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2010, file photo, shows Xcel Energy’s Sherco Power Plant is shown in Becker, Minn. A divided Supreme Court agreed Feb. 9, 2016, to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab." (Jason Wachter/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)

WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 ...

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Japan’s coal power plants face headwinds over CO2

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TOKYO — Power companies’ plans to construct coal power plants to secure low-cost electricity are facing headwinds in Japan, as the Environment Ministry has raised objections from the viewpoint of preventing global warming. On November 13, Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the ministry cannot approve a coal-fired power plant that Kansai Electric Power Co. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. plan to ...

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Assessing the risks of storing CO2 underground

All of the carbon dioxide siphoned from power plant flue gas has to go somewhere — not back into the sky as greenhouse gas. That somewhere is typically underground. CO2 can be used for enhanced oil recovery — to stimulate the flow of untapped oil in fields exhausted by conventional methods. It can also just be pumped deep underground through ...

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Research: Could re-injecting captured gas enhance production?

In search of new methods for enhanced oil recovery, an assistant professor at Montana Tech’s petroleum engineering department is researching methods of utilizing gas that would otherwise be burned off into the atmosphere. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, Todd Hoffman is in the process of developing and testing the viability of retrieving and compressing gas at the well site ...

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