Mark your calendars for a new season of the Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series. These talks, from leaders in climate change mitigation science, practice, and analysis, are made possible through the U-M Distinguished Faculty and [...]
New BCN DOE Grant- Storing CO2 in Built Infrastructure: CO2 Carbonation of Precast Concrete Products
A team of Beyond Carbon Neutral researchers has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a research proposal related to work based on preliminary BCN seed funding. This project aims to promote carbon capture and storage technologies within coal-fired plant infrastructure and demonstrate economically viable CO2 storage opportunities. Precast technology developed from this study would have a substantially lower energy footprint, and could possibly be carbon negative due to stored CO2, the use of waste heat and fly ash from coal-based power plants, elimination of prestressing steel, recycling of waste streams from steel and mining industries, and the use of plant fibers. Potential benefits of this work could include development of low-CO2 emissions infrastructure products with longer lifetimes than current technology, incorporation of would-be industrial waste aggregate materials into construction, and creation of ubiquitous CO2 storage in the built environment. […]
This interdisciplinary seminar series brings leading researchers to campus in order to introduce faculty and students to atmospheric carbon dioxide removal and its associated opportunities, challenges and research needs. Entitled "Climate Change Mitigation: Moving Beyond Carbon [...]
ANN ARBOR—As the Trump administration repeals the U.S. Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions—from both environmental and economic perspectives. For the U.S.'s [...]
If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil's ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to researchers who say the resource [...]
Did you miss Mark Barteau’s Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series talk, "Carbon Dioxide Removal and the 'Beyond Carbon Neutral’ Initiative" on September 28? Audio- along with the slide presentation- are available below. Slide Presentation (PPT) [...]
Hundreds of experiments have suggested that biodiversity fosters healthier, more productive ecosystems. But many experts doubted that results from small-scale experiments would hold up in real-world ecosystems where nature is most unpredictable and complex. A [...]
This month, nine U-M faculty individuals and teams were awarded a second round of seed grants to conduct exploratory research on various scientific and societal aspects of carbon dioxide removal- a climate change reversal strategy [...]
Faculty from across the university are pursuing a multitude of research projects as part of the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative. This spring’s faculty workshop offered more than forty researchers a chance to learn about new research results from the project’s first-round seed grant recipients, half of whom have either published results or have results in the publication pipeline. Research shared at the workshop encompassed the three major themes of the BCN initiative: technology, the biosphere, and human systems
The U-M Energy Institute invites proposals for the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative. This initiative will support research investigating a wide range of topics related to increasing the rate at which CO2 or other greenhouse gases are removed from the atmosphere and can safely stored (in biomass, oceanic, or geologic reservoirs), or utilized.
A collaboration of scientists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem.
The new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity. The findings were published April 5 in Science Advances. The lead author of the paper is Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University. University of Michigan ecologist Bradley Cardinale is a co-author.
John Field’s full February 9 Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series talk, "What can ecosystem models tell us about carbon-negative bioenergy?” is available below.
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According to NASA, 2016 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. It was the third straight year to break the record for global average temperatures. Around the world, governments, businesses and individuals are taking steps to reverse this trend.
Brent Sohngen’s full January 12 Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series talk, "Forest Management and the Expanding Global Forest Carbon Sink” is available below.
Sequestering Carbon at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Actionable Science for Climate Change Mitigation
Most climate change mitigation measures can only focus on reducing future emissions. This is particularly true for interventions and policies that target the most important emission source, the burning of fossil fuels.
Here you’ll find slides from Klaus Lackner’s "Direct Air Capture as a Tool for Carbon Management.” Lackner is the Director of the Center for Carbon Removal at Arizona State University.
Climate Central September 13, 2016 Only a handful of institutions — among them are the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the Center for Carbon Removal in Berkeley, Calif. [...]
Climate Central August 09, 2016 When Sarang Supekar describes how he thinks global warming will have to be stabilized, he talks in terms of sucking a lot of carbon dioxide out of the air and [...]