Carbon emissions approach pre-pandemic levels

Global carbon emissions are close to returning to pre-pandemic levels, according to this year’s Annual Global Carbon Budget from the Canberra-based Global Carbon Project. In a briefing with the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), ANU professor Frank Jotzo, who was not involved in creating the budget, and CSIRO’s Pep Canadell explained the results and future … Continue reading Carbon emissions approach pre-pandemic levels

Out of thin air: direct carbon capture is on the horizon

An Australian company could be selling modules that suck carbon dioxide directly from the air as early as next year, but it will be up to the highest bidder to decide what happens to that CO2 once it’s been captured. Melbourne-based Southern Green Gas (SGG) has just announced a partnership with Swiss Re, a multinational … Continue reading Out of thin air: direct carbon capture is on the horizon

Gorgon’s carbon capture shortfall

The self-described “world’s largest carbon capture and storage project” hasn’t captured enough carbon to meet its goals. The Gorgon LNG Project, a large-scale gas-mining project off the West Australian coast, has not been able to capture 80% of the carbon dioxide it has emitted over the past five years – a target on which its initial state government … Continue reading Gorgon’s carbon capture shortfall

Global methane emissions hit record high

Global emissions of methane have reached the highest levels on record, according to a new study. This has been driven by coal mining, oil and natural gas production, cattle and sheep ranching and landfills, the researchers say, with more than half of all emissions now linked to human activities. And unlike with carbon emissions, it’s … Continue reading Global methane emissions hit record high

Climate change in northern climes

Two new studies could help scientists better monitor – and hopefully manage – climate change in the Earth’s northerly regions. In the first, a 59-strong team of scientists from Canada, Russia, the US, Germany and Scandinavia highlights dramatic differences in the ways forests and peatlands regulate water loss to the atmosphere in a warming climate. … Continue reading Climate change in northern climes

Keeping an eye on methane

NASA is tracking methane to get a better handle on how and where it moves, and how it behaves when it gets there. Scientists have created a 3D portrait of its concentrations by combining multiple data sets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetland sources into a high-resolution computer model. Carbon dioxide is the main … Continue reading Keeping an eye on methane