You may now call me ‘Doctor’

The rule is that nothing’s official until it’s been blogged about. Thus, in this spirit, I would like to announce that I am now Dr. Carruthers! This is despite having successfully defended the thesis at my Viva at the end of February with only minor corrections. But having now submitted those corrections, and now in…

GHGT12 poster crowd

EGU 2016 posters

This weekend I’m heading off to Vienna for the annual EGU general meeting, which runs 18-22 April. This is the last conference I will be attending as a PhD student, having passed my Viva at the end of February and heading for a June graduation. I’m presenting two posters at sessions ERE2.1 on Tuesday 19th…

North Berwick

Some relevant recent news

There has been an unfortunate lack of activity on this blog recently. I’ve been kept busy with various things, not least preparing for my PhD Viva tomorrow (the defence of my thesis). Fingers crossed that it goes well, and that the next time I write a post it will be as ‘Doctor’ Carruthers. In the…

1,557 days later…

There has been little activity on this blog for most of this year. The reason? I’ve been busy writing my PhD thesis! And now, finally, I have submitted it. Well, it was submitted a couple of weeks ago now; December 16th 2015 to be precise. That was 1,557 ± 7 days since I started my doctorate…

CCS in the UK: Tits up and no one is a winner

Today George Osborne surprised everyone by announcing that the £1bn ring-fenced pot of cash for carbon capture and storage deployment in the UK was being scrapped with immediate effect as part of the Government’s spending review. Much has already been written this afternoon about the announcement, which I think seemed to catch everyone off guard. BBC: UK government…

Has the failure of CCS at Longannet returned to haunt us?

Today BBC News is reporting that Longannet power station in Fife (Scotland) is among the top 30 CO2 emitters in Europe, in terms of millions of tonnes of CO2 emitted per annum from coal-fired power generation. This comes from a report apparently produced jointly by the WWF, CAN Europe, the European Envionmental Bureau, the Health and Environment Alliance and…

Flue stack

1st North Sea Young CCS Researchers Conference, Rotterdam

A few weeks back, a bunch of early career researchers (ECR’s) from the UK, Netherlands and Norway met in Rotterdam to look at the latest developments in carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Netherlands, and to negotiate a statement of intent called The First Declaration of Amsterdam. I wrote up the following text afterwards,…