28.04.2016

# New Publications

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Salamanca, F.; et al. (2016): Citywide Impacts of Cool Roof and Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Deployment on Near-Surface Air Temperature and Cooling Energy Demand

Salamanca, F.; Georgescu, M.; Mahalov, A.; Moustaoui, M.; Martilli, A. (2016): Citywide Impacts of Cool Roof and Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Deployment on Near-Surface Air Temperature and Cooling Energy Demand. In Boundary-Layer Meteorol. DOI 10.1007/s10546-016-0160-y.

"We conduct a suite of sensitivity experiments (with different coverage rates of cool roof and rooftop solar photovoltaic deployment) for a 10-day clear-sky extreme heat period over the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas at high spatial resolution (1-km horizontal grid spacing). Results show that deployment of cool roofs and rooftop solar photovoltaic panels reduce near-surface air temperature across the diurnal cycle and decrease daily citywide cooling energy demand."

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28.04.2016

# Media

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Ecofys: Taking carbon from the atmosphere

"The dust is beginning to settle after Paris and the focus is now on implementation but one of the interesting questions to arise is what is needed to reach a 1.5°C target. What all the scenarios say is that you not only need to stop emitting carbon but you also need to have something that takes carbon out of the atmosphere. This is not as close to science fiction as it sounds – carbon is taken out of the atmosphere all the time through growing plants."

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28.04.2016

# Media

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BBC: How a giant space umbrella could stop global warming

"Our rapidly warming world could cause serious problems for civilisation in the decades to come. But could a giant space umbrella help cool down our planet? BBC Future investigates."

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28.04.2016

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Grist: Could a giant umbrella made of tiny robots save us from climate chaos?

"We might be able to stop the Earth from overheating by shooting 16 trillion small robots into space to form a huge sunshade, says astronomer Roger Angel. A better idea would be to just stop burning fossil fuels. But since we’re not doing so well on that front, scientists are cooking up various geoengineering scenarios that they say could help us avoid the worst impacts of climate change."

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28.04.2016

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the guardian: Abandon hype in climate models

"The economic models that are used to inform climate policy currently contain an unhealthy dose of wishful thinking. Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air are assumed in the models that avoid dangerous climate change – but such technologies do not yet exist and it is unclear whether they could be deployed at a meaningful scale. "

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28.04.2016

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Wired: The Senate Says Burning Trees Is Carbon Neutral. Oh Really Now?

"That's why the new engergy bill that just passed in the Senate - with bipartisan support, no less - includes an amendment saying that biomass should be classified as a carbon neutral energy source."

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26.04.2016

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Carbon Brief: Guest post: Do we need BECCS to avoid dangerous climate change?

"Prof Jason Lowe is Head of Knowledge Integration and Mitigation Advice at the UK’s Met Office and lead scientist for the government-funded AVOID2 research programme, which provided impartial advice on the feasibility of pathways designed to avoid “dangerous” climate change."

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25.04.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 18 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 18 in 2016 is now available here.


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25.04.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Part-time International Governance of Climate Engineering Program Assistant

Job offer, no deadline

"The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (www.ceassessment.org) is a scholarly initiative within the School of International Service, American University. We seek a part-time program assistant to join a team working on a new funded project."

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25.04.2016

# Media

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New Politics: Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Interview with Daniel Tanuro, Ecosocialist

"New Politics co-editor Dan La Botz had an opportunity to interview Tanuro about the Paris agreement at the Swiss Solidarity Spring University. [...] Tanuro: We should be very critical of this approach because of its social implications. But there are also environmental issues."

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