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The Bent Group: Atomic Architects
The Bent group at Stanford University uses an incredibly precise technique, called Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), to control the nanostructure of materials used in energy conversion and storage devices. To learn more about amazing research being done by the Bent group, visit http://bentgroup.stanford.edu/.
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BiCRS (a.k.a. BECCS): A 2-in-1 Climate Change Solution?
Could BiCRS (Bioenergy and Carbon Removal & Storage) be the dynamic duo we need to save the planet? Maybe not quite yet but with some more work, these two green technologies could help us remove carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, something that few existing technologies can do. Sources for this video include: 1) Carbon Brief- BECCS: The Story of Climate Change's Savior https://www.carbonbrief.org/beccs-the-story-of-climate-changes-saviour-technology 2) Carbon Brief- Why BECCS Might not Produce Negative Emissions After All https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-why-beccs-might-not-produce-negative-emissions-after-all 3) Energy.gov- Bioenergy Basics https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-basics 4) Columbia University: Biomass, Carbon Removal and Storage https://www.energypolicy.columbia.edu/events-calendar/biomass-carbon-removal-and-storage #BiCRS #BECCS #bioenergy #carboncapture #carbonstorage #climatechange
Direct Air Capture: It's Literally Rocket Science!
Direct Air Capture (DAC) companies are co-opting the same carbon scrubbing technology we use on spaceships to remove carbon dioxide from the air here on Earth. It is a great tool to reduce the impact of emissions from hard to decarbonize sectors here on Earth. #directaircapture #dac #carbonemissions #greenhousegases #climatechage #globalwarming
What is Arctic Amplification?
The Arctic Circle is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world- but why? The answer lies in several self-reinforcing feedback loops that have been set into motion by climate change. Sources for this video include: 1) Arctic Amplification: https://www.wired.com/story/why-the-arctic-is-warming-so-fast/ 2) Albedo effect: https://www.pnas.org/content/116/51/25369 3) Melting Permafrost: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-08240-4 4) Beaufort Gyre: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/arctic-ice-melt-is-changing-ocean-currents 5) Antarctic ice conditions: https://www.carbonbrief.org/six-things-to-know-about-antarctic-ice 6) Antarctic ice conditions: http://www.antarcticglaciers.org/glaciers-and-climate/antarctic-sea-ice/#:~:text=Increases%20in%20snow%20and%20rain,area%20of%20Antarctic%20sea%20ice. #climatechange #globalwarming #arcticamplification
The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC)
Economists have called the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) "the most important figure you've never heard of". It is a metric law makers use to estimate the damage caused by greenhouse gases and create policies to regulate emissions. Therefore, way the SCC is calculated has a profound effect on how our business operations impact the environment. Sources for this video include: 1) Biden's Executive Order No. 13990 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/ 2) Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). "Social Cost of Carbon". https://epic.uchicago.edu/area-of-focus/social-cost-of-carbon/ 3) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) " The Social Cost of Carbon". https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climatechange/social-cost-carbon_.html 4) National Geographic. "This single number could reshape our climate future". https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2021/01/this-single-number-could-reshape-our-climate-future/ 5) Carbon Brief. "Q&A: The Social Cost of Carbon". https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-social-cost-carbon 6) Institute for Policy Integrity- New York University School of Law. "The Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases and State Policy". "https://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/SCC_State_Guidance.pdf 7) JDSUPRA. "Reclaiming a Federal Lead on Social Cost of Carbon". https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/reclaiming-a-federal-lead-on-social-4086241/ 8) Resources for the Future. "Social Cost of Carbon 101". https://www.rff.org/publications/explainers/social-cost-carbon-101/ 9) Nature. "Eight Priorities for Calculating the Social Cost of Carbon". https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00441-0 #climatechage #globalwaring #SCC #climatepolicy #greenhousegases
COVID-19: The Largest Climate Experiment Ever
If the COVID-19 pandemic had one silver lining, it was the effect the lockdowns had on our environment. But was it worth it? How big of an impact did staying at home really have on global carbon emissions? Sources: - Liu, Z., Ciais, P., Deng, Z. et al. Near-real-time monitoring of global CO2 emissions reveals the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nat Commun 11, 5172 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18922-7 - Le Quéré, C., Jackson, R.B., Jones, M.W. et al. Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 647–653 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0797-x -https://rhg.com/research/preliminary-us-emissions-2020/ CarbonNix is dedicated to bringing together engineers, climate scientists, policy makers, business investors, and the people like you who are passionate about creating solutions to the climate crisis. Learn more by visiting our website at https://www.nixco2.com/. #climatechange #globalwarming #covid19 #carbonemissions
The Rise and Fall of the Green New Deal
A brief history on the short-lived Green New Deal, a resolution that was submitted to the U.S. Senate in early February 2019 and rejected just a few weeks later. However, hopefully the ideas laid out in the Green New Deal will live on in the free market. CarbonNix is dedicated to bringing together engineers, climate scientists, policy makers, business investors, and the people like you who are passionate about creating solutions to the climate crisis. Learn more by visiting our website at https://www.nixco2.com/. #climatechange #globalwarming #greennewdeal
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