Rosneft and ExxonMobil expand strategic cooperation in Russian Arctic and Alaska

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil will expand their cooperation under their 2011 Strategic Cooperation Agreement ( earlier post ) to include an additional approximately 600,000 square kilometers (150 million acres) of exploration acreage in the Russian Arctic and potential participation by Rosneft (or its affiliate) in the Point Thomson project in Alaska. It is estimated that Point Thomson contains approximately 25% of the known gas resource base in Alaska’s North Slope.

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ICCT: US domestic airlines show modest improvement in fuel efficiency since 2010, top performers Alaska and Spirit widen lead

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Alaska Airlines had the most efficient US domestic operations in both 2011 and 2012, the same position it occupied in a 2010 benchmark assessment published by the ICCT last year. Alaska and Spirit have widened their lead over other airlines since 2010, the study found, by deploying advanced aircraft and other technologies as well as through more efficient operations practices. Airlines’ in-use fuel efficiency is directly related to aviation’s climate impact.

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UAF installs ocean acidification buoy in Alaska waters; first such in high-latitude coastal sea

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A new set of buoys in Alaska waters will help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting the pH level of northern seas. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) researchers placed the first buoy last month. Other moorings have been deployed with ocean acidification sensors, but this is the first complete package in Alaska. This is the first dedicated ocean acidification mooring to be deployed in a high-latitude coastal sea.

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ConocoPhillips and US DOE project testing production of methane from hydrates via CO2 injection on Alaska North Slope

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A fully instrumented well that will test innovative technologies for producing methane gas from hydrate deposits has been installed on the North Slope of Alaska. Researchers are addressing issues such as seafloor stability, drilling safety, and a range of environmental issues, including gas hydrate’s role in changing climates.

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Scientists call for careful use of time scales, reference dates and statistical approaches in analyzing climate change trends to avoid distortion and hampering of response

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Interpolated surfaces showing the change in mean annual temperature across Alaska for three different time series: 1949?2009, Demonstrating that the use of different time scales, reference dates, and statistical approaches can generate highly disparate results in climate reports, scientists at the University of Alaska Anchorage argue that careful use of these tools is critical for correctly interpreting and reporting climatic trends in Alaska and other polar regions.

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Some places, like Alaska, suffer the effects of global warming more than others.and the rest of the us depend on places like Alaska to keep OUR climate stable

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Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. California refineries have increasingly turned to foreign sources of crude oil as production in California and Alaska has declined.

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Global Ice Age Climate Patterns Influenced by Bering Strait

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In a vivid example of how a small geographic feature may have far-reaching impacts on climate, new research shows that water levels in the Bering Strait—which separates the US and Russia by only 90 kilometers (56 miles)—helped drive global climate patterns during ice age episodes dating back more than 100,000 years. The global climate is sensitive to impacts that may seem minor. As the climate cooled because of changes in Earth’s orbit, northern ice sheets expanded.

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BOEMRE releases study on incorporating climate effects into oil-spill risk analysis for Arctic

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) released a new report evaluating how climate change may affect the environmental conditions measured and used in mathematical modeling for oil-spill trajectory analysis in the Arctic region. As we make decisions regarding potential energy development in the Arctic, we need the best scientific data available to understand the impact of the changing climate.

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US Global Change Research Program Issues Report on Impacts of Climate Change in US; Details Point to Potential Value of Early, Aggressive Action

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Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now in the US and are expected to increase. Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to the final release of the report “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”. It is clear that climate change is happening now. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.

EGEB: British secret service is spying on countries’ polluting actions

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The head of the UK’s MI6 says it checks that industrial nations are “playing fair” on climate change promises. Oil production in Alaska reaches lowest level in more than 40 years.

Neste supplying sustainable aviation fuel to three major US airlines for flights from SFO

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Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The low-carbon and high-quality fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their climate goals.

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US designates Graphite One Project as “High-Priority Infrastructure Project”

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announced that it received notice on 15 January 2021 that its Alaska-based Graphite Creek Project has been designated a High-Priority Infrastructure Project (HPIP) by the US Government’s Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Committee (FPISC). Canada-based Graphite One Inc.

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Obama issues Executive Order establishing Arctic Executive Steering Committee to enhance coordination of national efforts in the Arctic

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President Obama issued an executive order establishing the Arctic Executive Steering Committee to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies and to enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies, offices, State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors.

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Senators Sanders, Boxer propose legislation to institute GHG price on large stationary sources and remove support for fossil fuel industries

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The proposal was drafted as two measures, the Climate Protection Act —which sets the carbon price and finance programs for sustainable technologies—and the Sustainable Energy Act —which ends federal support for fossil fuel companies and research and extends tax incentives for renewables. Climate Change Coal Emissions Natural Gas Oil PolicyBernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

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NRC report projects sea level off most of California will rise at slightly higher rate than global average; lower rate for Oregon, Washington, NorCal; variety of factors affect outcome

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fingerprints) of melting of ice from Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica; and vertical land motions along the coast. The output of GCMs (global climate models) was used to project the steric contribution (primarily thermal expansion) to global sea-level rise over the three time frames. Climate Change Climate modelsProjected sea-level rise off California, Oregon, and Washington for 2030 (blue), 2050 (green), and 2100 (pink), relative to 2000, as a function of latitude.

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5 phase SRM motors

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I don't think the ambient temperature matters much, because all modern EV motors run high enough power density that they need active (normally liquid, often oil) cooling; their internal operating temperature can get pretty high, even in a temperate climate. When the internal temperature of the motor is more than hot enough to boil water, it doesn't matter much if the ambient temperature is typical of Alaska or Arizona. Quote: Originally Posted by brian_.

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US DOE to award up to $20M for research on methane hydrates

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Clearly, methane hydrate has a significant role in the global carbon cycle, and it is gaining recognition as an important player in global climate processes and climate change. DOE-Alaska cooperation on unconventional resources. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy will be responsible for developing R&D opportunities in Alaska and providing scientific expertise and resources in support of projects.

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Study Finds East Siberian Arctic Shelf Showing Instability and Widespread Venting of the GHG Methane; Releases May Be Much Larger and Faster Than Anticipated

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A section of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) seafloor that holds vast stores of frozen methane (CH 4 ) is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the gas, according to the findings of an international research team led by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists Natalia Shakhova and Igor Semiletov. That, combined with the sheer amount of methane in the region, could add a previously uncalculated variable to climate models. Top left.

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EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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Factors such as size, population density, available fuels, types of businesses, climate, all play a role in both total and per capita emissions, the EIA noted. tonnes/person) and Alaska (54.6 Climate Change Emissions Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report, State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010.

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Does the US Senate Have The Balls To Stand Up For Your Children? Not Without YOU Forcing Them To

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Here on the local scene in the South Bay of Los Angeles our local elected officials are doing their homework, understand the tipping point we now stand upon and are acting to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by completing their carbon inventories and creating Climate Action Plans to get us to the safe zone of 350 ppm of CO2. But this half-assed step is world’s better than no step, or more delay while the climate reaches the point of no return.

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FAA selects 6 sites for unmanned aircraft systems research for integration into US airspace

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In selecting the six test site operators, FAA said it considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk. In selecting the test sites, the legislation mandated that the FAA, in consultation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense, consider geographic diversity, climatic diversity, location of ground infrastructure and research needs in choosing the sites.

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Expansion of sugarcane crop in Brazil to areas previously occupied by crops or pastureland leads to local cooling

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A new study led by Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology has found that the expansion of sugarcane crop in Brazil in areas previously occupied by other Brazilian crops cools the local climate. The study is published in the second issue of Nature Climate Change. The research team, led by Carnegie’s Scott Loarie, is the first to quantify the direct effects on the climate from sugarcane expansion in areas of existing crop and pastureland of the cerrado, in central Brazil.

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US House Members Introduce Bipartisan Disapproval Resolution to Block EPA Regulation of GHG; Mirrors Murkowski Resolution

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US Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it never gave EPA the explicit authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of stopping global climate change. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Policy

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InDEED, a success

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With the pandemic, with climate change issues coming to the forefront, with a change in Administration, there’s just incredible interest in EVs right now.” DEED road rally in Juneau, Alaska. Drive Electric Earth Day sets new records in attendance.

Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, built their climate change bill last year in large measure around it. As Senators Graham, Kerry and Lieberman try to resuscitate the climate change bill by introducing a revised bill in mid-to-late April, twenty-three U.S. Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Support for this use of allowance value stems from the idea that the climate-regulating services of the atmosphere are a common property resource. Perspective by Brian J.

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ICL, CMU study associates PM2.5 air pollution in US with >30,000 deaths and reduced life expectancy

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Air quality in the US may be linked with increased mortality and reduced life expectancy according to new research from Imperial College London and the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions at Carnegie Mellon University. excluding Alaska and Hawaii) between 1999 and 2015.

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NOAA: global combined land and sea temperatures 22nd warmest on record for February, 17th warmest for Dec-Feb period

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While the contiguous United States just experienced the fourth warmest winter on record, the globe experienced its 22 nd warmest February since record keeping began in 1880, according to the latest State of the Climate report from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. 2012 selected climate anomalies and events. Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across nearly all of Canada and Alaska, the eastern half of the United States, southern Greenland, and north central Russia.

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NOAA: US records warmest March, precipitation above average

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Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the US, contributing to the warmest March on record since 1895 for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its monthly State of the Climate report. Of the more than 1,400 months (117+ years) that have passed since the US climate record began, only one month, January 2006, has seen a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012.

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New NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning

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Between 2004 and 2008, multi-year ice cover shrank 595,000 square miles—nearly the size of Alaska’s land area. Tags: Climate Change Polar ICESat measurements of winter multi-year ice cover in the Arctic Ocean between 2004 and 2008, along with the corresponding downward trend in overall winter sea ice volume, and switch in dominant ice type from multi-year ice to first-year ice. Credit: Ron Kwok, NASA/JPL. Click to enlarge.

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Arctic oil on life support

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As drilling technology advances, conventional oil reserves become harder to find, and climate change contributes to melting sea ice, the Arctic has moved up on the list of priorities in oil company board rooms. That had companies moving north: Royal Dutch Shell off the coast of Alaska; Statoil in the Norwegian Arctic; and ExxonMobil in conjunction with Russia’s Rosneft in the Russian far north. by Nick Cunningham for Oilprice.com. Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years.

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NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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The monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is based on records going back to 1880. Cooler-than-normal regions included Mongolia and eastern Russia, northern and western Europe, Mexico, northern Australia, western Alaska and the southeastern United States. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to continue its influence in the Northern Hemisphere at least through the spring.

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NOAA: Global temperatures in March make coolest March since 1999 even with US’ record-breaking warmth

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According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to dissipate by the end of April 2012. Cooler-than-average regions included Alaska, Australia, eastern and western Russia, and parts of New Zealand. The average global temperature for March 2012 made it the coolest March since 1999, and the 16 th warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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ARPA-E to award $22M to 18 projects to accelerate production of macroalgae for energy and other uses; MARINER

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From Alaska to the Gulf Coast, the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 percent of our demand for transportation fuel. The system is anticipated to be suitable for diverse “attached-growth” seaweeds and scalable across multiple temperate climate regions. University of Alaska Fairbanks – Fairbanks, AK. Test deployments for the integrated system are planned for locations in Alaska and New England.

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Six refineries in $425M settlement with EPA and DOJ over emissions violations

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The settlement, a consent decree lodged in US District Court for the Western District of Texas, includes provisions that resolves ongoing Clean Air Act violations at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, California; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, North Dakota; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Washington. Refineries also emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, as well as fugitive VOCs.

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Obama and Trudeau put majority of US and Canadian Arctic water off-limits to offshore oil and gas leasing

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Canada will designate all Arctic Canadian waters as indefinitely off limits to future offshore Arctic oil and gas licensing, to be reviewed every five years through a climate and marine science-based life-cycle assessment. million acres which have previously been leased near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau jointly announced sweeping restrictions to offshore oil and gas leasing in the US and Canadian Arctic waters.

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Pacific Northwest Transportation and Aviation Consortium Launches Initiative to Assess Regional Biomass Sources for Renewable Jet Fuel

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Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University have launched a strategic initiative to promote aviation biofuel development in the Pacific Northwest. The assessment process will be managed by Climate Solutions , a Northwest-based environmental nonprofit organization, which will align the effort to sustainability criteria developed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels.

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US Court of Appeals Halts Alaskan Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday halted a 5-year oil and gas leasing program begun under the Bush Administration that had expanded previous lease offerings in the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas off the coast of Alaska, pending further environmental review. The court dismissed the NEPA-based climate change claim, the NEPA baseline data clime, and the ESA claim.

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FAA launches new Center of Excellence for alternative jet fuels; $40M in funding over 10 years

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Research and development efforts by the team will focus on NextGen environmental goals for noise, air quality, climate change and energy. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence ( COE ) for alternative jet fuels and the environment.

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NOAA: Global Combined Land and Ocean Surface Temperature Was Second Warmest for September

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The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides. The near-Antarctic southern ocean and the Gulf of Alaska featured notable cooler-than-average temperatures.

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NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record; Also Warmest January-April

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The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services that NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions. Warmer-than-normal conditions dominated the globe, with the most prominent warmth in Canada, Alaska, the eastern United States, Australia, South Asia, northern Africa and northern Russia.

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USGS assessment finds mean CO2 storage potential of 3,000 gigatonnes in US

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The assessment comes on the heels of a national climate action plan announced by President Obama. Carbon sequestration in the President’s climate plan. Two other regions with significant storage capacity include the Alaska region and the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains region. Pie chart showing mean estimates by the USGS of technically accessible storage resources (TA SR ) for CO 2 by region. Click to enlarge.

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Study Finds That Geoengineering Technique of Ocean Iron Fertilization Can Stimulate Toxic Diatom Blooms

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In a new collaborative study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), oceanographers and students from Canada and the United States have demonstrated that ocean iron enrichment—a proposed geo-engineering technique designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and curb climate change—sharply increases the chances of developing toxic diatom blooms.

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