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Yes, concrete is pretty much as terrible for the climate as we thought

Yes, concrete is pretty much as terrible for the climate as we thought

The MIT Technology Review publishes a post with the title Cement isn’t as terrible for the climate as we thought. The article notes that making cement pumps out a lot of CO2 through the chemical process of cooking limestone at high temperatures, and then Michael Reilly writes:

“But a new study in Nature Geoscience says that once a building is built (and even after it’s been torn down) the mortar, concrete, or rubble soaks back up a fair amount of carbon dioxide through chemical reactions with air and water. In all, the study suggests that this carbon sponge effect may account for as much as 43 percent of what was emitted in the first place.”

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Japanese co. to build Oregon plant after honing biomass-for-coal process

Japanese co. to build Oregon plant after honing biomass-for-coal process

An Oregon company unveiled technology that could help keep coal-fired power plants running in the United States and around the world – without the coal. The substitute fuel HM3 Energy has in mind is made from biomass, put through a process called torrefaction, which essentially roasts forest waste wood or other organic matter into an energy-dense form that can be dropped into a coal plant with minimal modification.

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Cross-country airline flight powered by logging slash

Cross-country airline flight powered by logging slash

A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests got a culminating test. A Boeing 737 is scheduled to take off with fuel tanks filled partly with a wood-based jet fuel. Alaska Airlines fueled a regularly scheduled cross-country flight from Seattle to Washington, DC with a blend of 80 percent regular jet fuel and 20 percent “biojet.”

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Missouri researchers say biomass mix can cut emissions at some coal plants

Missouri researchers say biomass mix can cut emissions at some coal plants

Burning woody refuse from logging and forest-products manufacturing could, at low cost, help coal-dependent Midwestern power plants meet the carbon-emission reductions mandated in the Clean Power Plan, according to the findings of a pair of researchers from the University of Missouri. Furthermore, the researchers proposed that carbon reductions would be greatest, and the cost lowest, if states shared those resources.

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