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First look: Mapping carbon capture projects

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The centrist think tank Third Way is publishing today a new map and database its creators say is the most comprehensive yet tracking all types of projects working to capture carbon emissions.

Why it matters: The United Nations' scientific body concluded in its most recent assessment of climate science in 2014 that if this technology isn't widely deployed, it would be 138% more expensive to keep global temperatures below a roughly 2-degree Celsius rise over the next century.

Gritty details: The database identified more than 100 projects, with just over half of them in the U.S., and most aren't about coal but other industrial processes, like cement and steel. It also includes the couple of projects around the world that capture carbon emissions from the air, not at the onset from facilities like power or industrial plants, which is more common.

The big picture: Carbon capture technology, struggling for decades to gain political relevancy and commercial scale, is suddenly getting a lot more attention from people on both the left and right. This database shows how this once-obscure technology is breaking through and going mainstream -- mainstream in energy and climate circles, anyway.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios 

Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.

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Package believed to be en route to Austin explodes at FedEx facility

Austin police chief Brian Manley preparing to speak to media.
Austin police department chief Brian Manley preparing to speak to the media after a bombimg. Photo: Brian Manley via Twitter

A package reportedly on its way to Austin, where there have been four bombings in less than three weeks. exploded inside a Texas FedEx facility early Tuesday morning, per the Washington Post. No one is believed to be injured.

The latest: Local authorities said an earlier Sunday night explosion had “similarities” to the other package bombings that killed two people and injured two others earlier this month. They're now investigating what they consider to be a “serial bomber” situation.