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'Clean up your act,' U.N. climate chief urges industry

By Alister Doyle and Susanna Twidale WARSAW (Reuters) - The U.N. climate chief urged a radical clean-up of the coal industry on Monday to help limit global warming, at an industry meeting in Warsaw condemned by environmentalists as a distraction from the nearby U.N. climate change conference. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N.'s Climate Change Secretariat, told the coal summit that the industry had to change "rapidly and dramatically" to limit high pollution and carbon emissions, including in heavily coal-dependent Poland.

Energy Dept. approves $84M for 18 carbon-capture projects to combat climate change

WASHINGTON - The Energy Department said Thursday it has awarded $84 million to 18 projects across the country to help limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. The projects focus on so-called carbon-capture technologies intended to limit pollution blamed for global warming.

Below-ground gas injection linked to Texas quakes

A method of storing harmful greenhouse gases by injecting them below ground has likely triggered a series of earthquakes in Texas, some larger than magnitude 3, a US study said Monday. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences mark the first time that carbon storage has been linked to temblors ranging from 3.0 to 4.4 in severity. Researchers warned last year in the same journal that carbon capture and storage risked causing earthquakes, but there had been no direct evidence of such quakes until now.

S. Korean scientists develop new, advanced material for carbon capture

SEJONG, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- A group of South Korean scientists has developed a new and much more advanced material that can capture carbon dioxide, and at a significantly lower price, the science ministry said Friday. Using nano particles, the team from Seoul's Hanyang University has developed a new membrane that can specifically capture only carbon dioxide or other molecules of different sizes if necessary, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Norway drops carbon capture plan it had likened to "Moon landing"

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's outgoing center-left government dropped plans on Friday for a costly large-scale project to capture carbon dioxide that it once compared in ambition to sending people to the Moon. The International Energy Agency says deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is critical to reducing carbon emissions, but so far there is no full-scale commercial plant operating anywhere in the world.

Norway abandons carbon capture and storage plan

Norway said Friday it was abandoning its much-touted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground to prevent emissions from escaping into the atmosphere. The pilot project, launched in 2007 by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg amid much fanfare, has encountered numerous delays and cost overruns. The plan was to capture and store CO2 emissions from the Mongstad oil refinery in western Norway and its adjoining gas plant as of 2014.

Canada sees path for Keystone but won't talk details

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Canada will do more in the global fight against climate change as the nation develops its vast oil sands resources and tries to win backing for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the country's energy minister said on Monday. The proposed pipeline that would link oil sands fields in western Canada to Gulf Coast refiners should come in tandem with plans to curtail carbon dioxide pollution, said Canada's energy minister Joe Oliver after a meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz .

Germany's Linde to build big Saudi carbon capture-and-use plant

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has hired Germany's Linde Group to build the world's largest plant for capturing and using climate-warming carbon dioxide, the Saudi petrochemical giant said on Wednesday. The United Jubail Petrochemical Company (UNITED), an affiliate of SABIC, plans to capture around 1,500 tons a day of carbon dioxide from ethylene plants and purify it for use in SABIC-owned petrochemical plants in the industrial city of Jubail.

Factbox - Highlights of Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday released a plan to cut global carbon pollution and address the effects of climate change in three broad ways: cutting carbon pollution domestically, preparing the country to be resilient to climate impacts, and leading international efforts to target climate change. Below are key highlights of the administration's "Climate Action Plan:" THE DOMESTIC FRONT:

Gov't to invest W23 bln in developing carbon capture technology

SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- The government on Wednesday announced plans to invest 23 billion won (US$20.3 million) this year to develop new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies that will help reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions and also ensure the country's leadership in the growing global market. The global market for CCS technologies and facilities is expected to grow to 84 trillion won or $74 billion in 2050, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.
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