Global environmental challenges require unprecedented teamwork among scientists
March 5, 2013
Vancouver Sun journalist Scott Simpson talks to University of Alberta Professor Sushanta Mitra and UVic’s Peter Wild about the importance of collaborative research.
Deep Carbon study finds science-fiction worlds deep underground
Turns out space isn’t the only final frontier.
Scientists from 40 countries are boldly going deep, deep underground to study the movement of carbon kilometres below the Earth’s surface. Early results from the historic 10-year, $500-million research project outline strange new worlds right out of science fiction: colonies of microbes millions of years old, hydrogen-eating life forms, natural gas seeping from chemical processes within the bedrock itself.
“It is literally transforming our understanding of the planet and, through that, our understanding of other planets,” said Barbara Sherwood Lollar, a University of Toronto scientist who’s one of the directors of the Deep Carbon Observatory.
CO2 research sees opportunity in mine tailings
November 15, 2012
Waste not, want not.
A team of Canadian university researchers believes mine tailings could be reprocessed to trap greenhouse gas, creating both a source of revenue for mine operators and a method for the energy-intensive industry to offset the carbon dioxide emissions it generates.
An inconvenient portfolio
November 10, 2012
Winnipeg Free Press
Dr. Nader Mahinpey, CMC researcher and chemical engineering professor in the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering, tells a Winnipeg Free Press reporter although fossil fuels will remain an important source of energy for the foreseeable future, renewables will play an increasingly important role.
UK-Canada CCS trade mission visits campus
August 27, 2012
Carbon Capture Journal
The Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy and Carbon Management Canada co-hosted a UK-Canada trade mission focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) on Monday, August 20, 2012.
Carleton U political science prof dishes on what really went down at the Rio+20 conference
June 26, 2012
The Urban Hippie chatted with James Meadowcroft, professor of political science at Carleton University, who gave us a few important points to ponder about what went down at Rio+20.
Carbon control takes new breed of specialists
Mar. 7, 2012
The business of managing carbon — from carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in the oil and gas sector to taking carbon dioxide out of the air — is an emerging field that’s opening up job opportunities for engineers.
Can Rocks Really Store Enough CO2 to Keep it Out of the Atmosphere
Dec. 7, 2011
Sally Benson and her lab crew have been giving rocks a very hard time.
The energy resources engineering professor has been heating rock to 122 degrees and subjecting it to the pressure of a hundred atmospheres — the same pressure present at a half-mile or so underground — to see how carbon dioxide would move through the microscopic nooks and crannies.
UVic team will use fibre optics to assist carbon capture and storage research
Sept. 15, 2011
Carbon capture and storage is widely promoted as a method of curtailing greenhouse gas emissions from large-volume sources such as coal-fired generating plants, or natural gas processing.
U of A team coaxes bugs to produce gas
Aug. 24, 2011
Bacteria that feed on coal seams and create methane gas could be coaxed to produce more of the clean-burning fuel, a new source of energy locked in the world’s vast coal deposits.
Emprisonner davantage de gaz carbonique sous terre
Aug. 23, 2011
Radio Canada, Saskatchewan
L’ingénieur géologue Chris Hawkes de l’Université de la Saskatchewan pense avoir trouvé comment enfouir plus de gaz carbonique sous la surface terrestre afin d’éviter de polluer l’atmosphère.
New rules give CCS research a boost
Aug. 23, 2011
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
The carbon capture and storage industry got a big shot in the arm with Friday’s announcement by the federal government that coal-fired generating stations will have to clean up their act when new regulations come into effect in mid-2015.
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Another Saskatchewan-based researcher who is pleased with the federal announcement is Chris Hawkes, a University of Saskatchewan geological engineer, who is heading a research project to develop methods to ensure CO2 remains safely sequestered in geological formations.
Greenhouse gas storage research at the University of Saskatchewan
Aug. 23, 2011
The University of Saskatchewan’s been given a chunk of cash to squeeze rocks and see if air comes out . . . Chris Hawks is leaving this study.
Under fire over emissions, Alberta goes ahead with carbon capture plan
July 28, 2011
The Globe and Mail
EDMONTON — Alberta thrives on the strength of its oil and gas sector, while coal keeps the province’s lights on – as such, in an era where many demand lower emissions, the province is a carbon giant looking to change its ways.
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Industry members, politicians and academics said provincial funding is necessary because there’s little incentive to reduce emissions. CCS is “viable, but it comes at a cost,” said Don Lawton, a University of Calgary geophysicist who studies CCS. “But until there’s a price on carbon, it’s an expense that has to be borne by somebody.”
University of Toronto chemists envision new fuel economy
July 12, 2011
Carbon Capture Journal
Imagine pulling up to the pump and filling your tank with fuel derived from greenhouse gas emissions. This vision of a new fuel economy is taking shape as University of Toronto researchers put novel chemical reactions to work in order to develop a carbon-neutral system to recycle carbon dioxide, or CO2, into liquid fuel.
Carbon Management Canada funds 18 new projects
July 12, 2011
Carbon Capture Journal
Carbon Management Canada (CMC-NCE) is funding 18 new projects for a total of $10 million.
Researchers harness greenhouse gases with good microbes, chemistry, attitude
May 13, 2011
Exchange Morning Post
Microbes that convert coal into natural gas; the formation of icy carbon dioxide-hydrates; and public perceptions of carbon capture and storage are three areas of investigation that University of Calgary researchers are pursuing to address the problem of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.
Developing answers: Carbon Management Canada pushes for radical innovation in oilsands research
Heavy Oil & Oilsands Guidebook/2011
Game changing. Radical. Innovative. These ideals are easy to say but difficult to actually achieve. For one new organization, however, the catchphrases are being taken to heart.
Air & CO2 Reduction: What to do with CO2
Cool Companies, Canada/2011
With climate change as one of the most serious global threats we face, the world is focused on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as quickly as possible .
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Canada has a large team of scientists focused on CCS many of whom are part of the Carbon Management Canada (p.63).
Alleged leak of CO2 at Sask. farm to be probed
April 19, 2011
CBC Online/Technology & Science
Field work is set to begin in late June to determine whether carbon dioxide is leaking fro a Saskatchewan farm .
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Carbon Management Canada, a network of 22 Canadian universities researching large-scale ways to reduce carbon emissions in the fossil fuel industry, will provide specialists when required.
Carbon capture and storage to be researched at University of Calgary
January 18, 2011
Theme C leader Don Lawton featured in this article about CCS research.
Alberta moving to take lead in carbon capture and storage
Dec. 14, 2010
Globe and Mail, special climate change section
Alberta could become a leader in deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. Don Lawton, leader of CMC’s carbon capture and storage theme, says if Canada is going to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, safe CCS technologies will have to be rapidly developed and deployed. Read More.
Hamilton: Lack of carbon pricing hurting innovation
Dec. 9, 2010
New technologies offer ways to reuse carbon dioxide, but governments must move on cap-and-trade systems in order to push industry into adopting these technologies. CMC researcher Mark Jaccard says there is a way to design a national cap-and-trade system that would be fair to all provinces.
35th Anniversary Special
Nov. 13, 2010
CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks
Aimy Bazylak, CMC researcher, was among a panel of scientists interviewed for the 35th anniversary show of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. The topic of the science program, which is hosted by Bob McDonald, was the greatest advancements in science over the last 35 years.
CBC‘s Quirks and Quarks
Lift Off: Research into the possibility of engineering a better climate is progressing and an impressive rate – and meeting strong opposition
Nov. 4, 2010
Geoengineering is being taken seriously by many top scientists around the world. In this piece that examines a number of proposals, CMC researcher David Keith’s work on geoengineering the climate using sulphuric acid is mentioned.
Nancy Pelosi’s two dilemmas
Oct. 5, 2010
Richard Adamson, CMC Managing Director, is mentioned in this article examining a comment by Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Speaker of the House, that she is “not keen” on fossil fuels.
Probes have climate change sensors
Sept. 26, 2010
The Chronicle Herald
David Risk, CMC investigator, have developed a sensor to measure greenhouse gas emissions accurately and continuously, even in harsh weather conditions.
New CC probes developed
Albertan launches oil sands PR campaign
Sept. 20, 2010
Globe and Mail, Energy and Resource News
Carbon Management Canada’s workshops are mentioned in this article about Alberta’s oil sands.
University students to conduct seismic testing
Sept. 1, 2010
Okotoks Western Wheel
Don Lawton, Theme C leader, talks about seismic work being conducted in the Priddis-Millarville area.
July 13, 2010
Chemical and Engineering News
CMC Theme leader John Shaw and his research team have, for the first time, observed naturally-occurring liquid crystals in heavy fractions of crude oil.