Daily Archives: April 21, 2016

Can Oil Companies Save the World from Global Warming? – Scientific American

Oil firms might pay to use CO2 emissions from power plants, but low petroleum prices could doom the effort

ENHANCED OIL: Pumping the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide underground can scour more oil out of already tapped reservoirs. Credit: © David Biello

RALEIGH, Miss.—Kevin Macumber wanted to be a forester. Today he manages about 4,000 acres of longleaf pine in Mississippi—not for the timber, but for what lies far beneath the woods. It’s black gold: oil, deep underground. And the key to getting it out is the same molecule that lets all those trees grow: carbon dioxide.

“Another day in paradise,” says Macumber as we meet at a Chevron gas station in southeastern Mississippi, about the closest thing to a landmark around here. We’re headed to the old trailer home that’s become the operational headquarters for Tellus Operating Group, a wildcat oil company with some old oil fields in this neck of the woods. I follow his black Chevy pickup down country byways until we finally turn off on a dirt road that winds through forests to the company trailer, where the coffee is fresh and Macumber can banter with a few of his workers on this warm sunny day.

The secret about old oil reservoirs below the surface is that they still have oil, sometimes a lot, but it no longer comes out easily. Companies can pump large volumes of CO2, piped in from natural deposits belowground, down into the wells, forcing out the oil that would otherwise stay put. Macumber used to work at Occidental, one of the large oil companies that helped pioneer this “enhanced oil recovery” technique in Texas. But now he’s helped found Tellus—named after one of the Roman Earth goddesses—to do the same thing in Mississippi.

Right now, Tellus gets its CO2 from a deposit called the Jackson Dome in western Mississippi, and other oil companies are using a similar approach at hundreds of old wells around the country. But Tellus is one of two U.S. oil companies that hopes to try something entirely new, any day now. Instead of piping in natural CO2, it will use the greenhouse gas captured at a coal-fired power plant just completed nearly 100 miles north of here and send it down into the reservoir, pushing oil out and leaving the greenhouse gas deep below, safely locked away from the atmosphere, so it does not add to global warming.

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Supporting climate compatible development – CDKN

Our mission

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. We do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. We work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. We hold strongly to the ideals of human development and environmental sustainability.

Who we are

The Climate Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, LEAD International, LEAD Pakistan, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth. Follow the links below to find out more about us:

What we do

CDKN is able to provide support through its alliance organisations and procure the best services from around the world. We strive to deliver the highest quality technical advice, forge uniquely effective partnerships, and drive the latest and best thinking on climate compatible development.

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, we work across four strategic themes:

  • Climate compatible development strategies and plans
  • Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance
  • Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk management
  • Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries.

How we are funded

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is currently funded over seven-year period from March 2010 to April 2017 by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS). We are changing from a dual Anglo-Dutch programme to becoming a multi-donor funded entity to ensure the long-term sustainability of CDKN beyond 2017. We are currently looking for new funding partners and collaborations – find out more here.

How we work

Technical assistance
CDKN’s Technical assistance service provides tailored and demand-driven support to developing country decision-makers in the design and delivery of climate compatible development policies and practices, and acts as a catalyst to maximise the impact of increasing flows of donor climate and development funding.

We work with the leaders and negotiators of developing countries to help them become better informed and more skilled at negotiating, as well as to become more active, networked and influential actors in the international climate change talks. Only once they have a strong voice and can exert their influence in the international negotiating arena will more robust, progressive and equitable outcomes be possible for all parties.

CDKN supports a wide range of demand-led, policy-relevant, applied research projects, led and implemented by a wide range of universities, private sector partners, NGOs and international agencies. We look for projects which not only demonstrate scientific excellence, but which also clearly respond to identified developing country needs and demand and promise high policy impact. We value innovative, game-changing research within the context of climate compatible development.

Independent Evaluation

To read independent reviews of CDKN’s work, please visit our Independent Evaluations page.

CDKN Annual Report 2015

Read about how our country-level work is making a significant contribution to developing countries and delivering value for money for the UK and Dutch taxpayers who generously support the work we do.

Download our 2015 Annual Report to read more about what we do.

Here, CDKN’s national advisors share their perspectives on how their countries will deliver the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs):

· “Pakistan has a long way to go to get from intended to implemented” – Ali T. Sheikh

· “No turning back after Paris” – Sam Bickersteth

· After Paris: A shift in Colombia’s climate change conversation – Claudia Martinez

· After Paris: “Going from intended to implemented, that is the question” – Margaret Kamau, Kenya

· After Paris: “About money and determination”, a view from Mihir Bhatt, India

· After Paris: Perspective from Ram Chandra Khanal, Nepal

· Follow Paris Agreement with green investment deals – Ari Huhtala

· Paris Agreement: Opportunities and challenges for developing countries – Munjurul Hannan Khan, Bangladesh


responded to developing countries’ requests for technical assistance on their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions before the Paris Summit: you can read about it on www.cdkn.org/indc CDKN will work intensively in partnership with others to help put the plans into action.

Please contribute your comments to these blogs (find comment boxes at the bottom of each) and keep visiting our landing page: www.cdkn.org/after-paris-perspectives for new additions to the series.

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Beyond Nuclear – Chernobyl+30 Fukushima+5


Leading international experts and compelling short films will headline a May 3rd Beyond Nuclear event in Washington, DC to mark the anniversaries of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters. Full program.


Beyond Nuclear and the Goethe-Institut, DC will co-host an afternoon and evening program that will mark the 5th anniversary of Fukushima and the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl. The legacy of both nuclear power plant disasters has included a marked increase in radiation-induced diseases and mutations, as found by some of the world’s leading researchers, several of whom will be speaking at the event.

The event takes place at the Goethe-Institut, DC, 1990 K St. NW (event entrance on 20th St.) The afternoon panel presentations run from 2pm to 5pm. The evening program is 7:30pm to 9pm. All events are free and open to the public. No registration required.

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The Uses and Abuses of Environmental Memory

BYU Kennedy Center

Published on Jun 10, 2015
Lawrence Buell

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University
Buell discusses four scales: biogeological memory, individual lifelines imagined as shaped by their symbiotic relation to place, narratives of community, and nations imagined as shaped by social processes.


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Panel Discussion on Ethics, Values, and the Environment

Harvard Divinity School

Published on Jun 2, 2014

A discussion on March 18, 2006, with all six speakers at the Ethics, Values, and the Environment conference. From left to right: Michael D. Jackson, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Lawrence Buell, Michael Zimmerman, Bron Taylor, and Donald Worster.

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Engineering Our Way Out of a Climate Catastrophe


Uploaded on Mar 24, 2009

Speaker: Daniel Schrag,Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Discussant: Dale Jamieson, Environmental Studies Program, New York University
Location: Princeton University
Date: Mar 3, 2009

Professor Daniel Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He has examined changes in ocean circulation over the last several decades, with particular attention to El Niño and the tropical Pacific. He has worked on theories for Pleistocene ice-age cycles including a better determination of ocean temperatures during the Last Glacial Maximum, 20,000 years ago.

Dan also helped develop the Snowball Earth hypothesis, proposing that a series of global glaciations occurred between 750 and 580 million years ago that may have led to the evolution of multicellular animals. Currently he is working with economists and engineers on technological approaches to mitigating future climate change.

Part of the Ethics and Climate Change Series, co-sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the University Center for Human Values

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Sustainability and Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice

Harvard Divinity School

Published on Aug 17, 2012

Hosted by the HDS Green Team and the student group EcoDiv, this panel discussion featured Timothy C. Weiskel, research director at Cambridge Climate Research Associates, and HDS Professors Susan Abraham, Dan McKanan, and Diane Moore.

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