Friday News You Can Use - Dec 9

This week, the UK makes headway into the carbon capture space.

Keadby 3 To Become UK’s First Carbon Capture Power Station

By Vasil Velev, Carbon Herald, December 9, 2022

“The UK government has granted a planning permission for the Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station in the Humber. The station will be constructed by SSE Thermal and Equinor and is expected to be operational by 2027 if all future approval and investment requirements are met.

Keadby 3 is set to have a generating capacity of up to 910MW and capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually. This alone would be equal to 5% of the 2030 target set by the government.”

Meanwhile, despite promises at the last two COP gatherings, the UK has also approved construction of a new coal mine. That said, the project is being pushed forward under the premise that the products will be used in making steel, not for power generation.

Britain Approves New Coal Mine Despite Climate Concerns

By Stanley Reed, The NYT, December 8, 2022

“The British government approved on Wednesday the country’s first coal mine in decades, a project promoted as a source of new jobs but which has been criticized as a reversal of efforts to control climate change.

The proposal, by West Cumbria Mining, originally called for investing 160 million pounds, or $195 million, in a mine that would create more than 500 jobs. The coal would be used not in power plants, but instead in the making of steel, an industry still heavily reliant on coal.”

Carbon aside, now that winter’s here, we thought you might like to geek out about the science of snowflakes like we’ve been doing since we stumbled across this article…

No snowflakes are the same. These stunning close-up photos are proof.

By Amudalat Ajasa, The Washington Post, December 7, 2022


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