The letter, which noted that the "carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass are well established", cites a report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) which notes: "In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit. Demand for wood helps keep land in forest and incentivizes investments in new and more productive forests, all of which have significant carbon benefits."
Reviewing more than 30 years of scientific research on forest biomass utilization, scientists from Yale, Harvard, and Georgia to Washington, Idaho, Berkeley and others identified four fundamentals for science-based decision-making on biomass energy production:
National Grid will remain the distributor, providing the transmission lines and equipment by which electricity is delivered, regardless of source.
(Source: Town of Harvard, Harvard Press, 29 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Town of Harvard, www.harvard.ma.us
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"It's very interesting that a rule that purports to be trying to reduce pollution -- by their own projection -- might increase it. There is a part of the proposal that would allow coal plants to update, allowing them to run longer without putting any pollution controls on. That's kind of a life extension project for coal plants.
"So a policy that says that it's supposed to be reducing pollution actually increases it under certain projections. And I think a court might have a hard time with that and say how could this be defended as a rational plan." -- Jody Freeman, Former Obama White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change; founder of the Harvard University Environment and Energy Law Program (Source: NPR News, 12 July, 2019)
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The economists are specifically supporting the Baker-Schulz plan authored by former Republican U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and George Schultz in 2017. The statement comprises four main pillars: gradually increasing a carbon fee; returning all proceeds from the fee to Americans via dividends; instituting border carbon adjustments; and eliminating regulations that are no longer necessary upon the fee's enactment.
The Economists' Carbon Dividends Plan aims to be a first step in solving climate change through a carbon tax based on basic economic principles.
(Source: Climate Leadership Council, Harvard Crimson, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Harvard Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Tackling Climate Change, Harvard University,
www.harvard.edu/tackling-climate-change; Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
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If the new technique proves commercially viable, it could "transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change", according to Carbon Engineering.
(Source: Carbon Engineering, Harvard Univ., CBC News, Examiner, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, email@example.com, www.carbonengineering.com
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The project, which is being funded by Bill Gates, involves the capture of air and technology involving water electrolysis and fuels synthesis to make a liquid, carbon-neutral synthetic fuel.
Carbon Engineering's prototype plant will extract 1 tpd of pure CO2 for a year. The company is working with Greyrock Energy and directly synthesizing CO2 and hydrogen split from water with clean electricity, and a mixture of petrol and diesel, to create a process called Air-to-Fuels (A2F). (Source: Carbon Engineering, GreenerIdeal, 10 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Carbon Engineering, Geoff Holmes, Dir. Business Dev., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.CarbonEngineering.com; Greyrock Energy, Robert Schuetzle, CEO, Charles Nelson, VP Sales & Marketing, email@example.com, www.greyrock.com
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LanzaTech's process uses patented microbes to convert carbon-rich wastes into renewable fuels and chemical products through gas fermentation. According to the company, the process can be applied to municipal waste, as well as wastes and residues from the steel, manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production industries.
TeselaGen's team of molecular biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers hail from the University of California, Stanford, Harvard, and both Catolica University and the University of Chile in Santiago, according to the company website.
(Source: TeselaGen Website, Others, 24 Jan., 2018)Contact: TeselaGen Biotechnology, Mike Fero, CEO, www.teselagen.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The SEAL Awards launched in 2017 is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization that believes environmental progress requires leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability,
SEAL Awards information and grant applications are
(Source: Seal Awards, PR, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Seal Awards, Matt Hamey, Founder, (619) 878-9015, wwwsealawards.com
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The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.
XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.
ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is
active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
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The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.
In Easton, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8-MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The college will buy electricity generated by the system at a competitive rate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower which requires no upfront investment.
In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1-MW SunPower® Helix™ Roof system at Ajax United Drive, LLC. Green Street will own the offsite solar power system and renewable energy credits while Attleboro Public Schools will purchase the power through a 20-year PPA. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75 pct of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.
SunPower solar technology has also helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. (Source: SunPower Corp., PR, Stockhouse, June, 2017) Contact: Solect Energy , www.solect.com; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP, www.sunpower.com
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Although a carbon tax would raise the price on energy generated from oil, natural gas and coal, the tax would be rebated back to Massachusetts residents and businesses, under the model used in the Harvard study. The calculations are based on a $10 per ton tax gradually increasing to $40 a ton.
The study was paid for by the Merck Family Fund, which gives grants to environmental nonprofits, the Clean Water Fund, and private donations.
(Source: Harvard School of Public Health, MassLive, 27 April, 2017) Contact: Harvard School of Public Health, Prof. Jonathan Buonocore, email@example.com, www.harvard.edu
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The University's reduction goal, adopted in 2008 and measured from a 2006 baseline, was met despite 15 pct growth in campus building square-footage -- an addition of 3 million square-feet -- and an increase in the energy intensity of existing space. The prestigious school achieved its goal by reducing demand through widespread implementation of energy-efficiency measures (net energy use measured 10 percent less in 2016 than in 2006), an increase in renewable energy sources, and by "decarbonizing" -- shifting to low-priced natural gas, a less carbon-intensive fossil fuel than oil or coal.
Ninety-seven pct of the University's emissions are attributable to energy use in buildings. (Source: Harvard Univ., Harvard Magazine, 8 Dec., 2016)
Contact: Harvard University, Office of Sustainability,
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