04.06.2018

# New Publications

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Buck, Holly Jean (2018): The politics of negative emissions technologies and decarbonization in rural communities

Buck, Holly Jean (2018): The politics of negative emissions technologies and decarbonization in rural communities. In Glob. Sustain. 1, p. 327. DOI: 10.1017/sus.2018.2.

"This paper analyzes prospective challenges for negative emissions through examining how decarbonization practices are evolving in one particular landscape: the Imperial Valley in southeast California, a desert landscape engineered for industrial agriculture. Based on semi-structured interviews and site visits, this paper examines how community actors have received, participated in, imagined or contested new energy technologies and climate practices, and draws out takeaways for negative emissions policy."

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04.06.2018

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Carbon Brief: Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions

"Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions. This cognitive dissonance has seen the topic of “negative emissions” – also known as “carbon dioxide removal” (CDR) – move into the limelight in climate science and policy discussions. Increasingly, the only way to bridge the growing gap between short and long-term climate policy ambition appears to be developing the ability to remove billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land, underground, or in the oceans."

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04.06.2018

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Geoengineering Monitor: Geoengineering and the UNFCCC process: Spring 2018 update

"In 2018, pressure is rising for geoengineering to formally enter the UNFCCC negotiation process in some way or another. It has in recent years been a hot topic in the UNFCCC corridors, but it’s unclear if and how it will land in the official negotiation process. What is clear, however, is that bringing geoengineering into the mainstream of international climate policy carries a great risk of normalizing geoengineering as a legitimate response to climate change."

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04.06.2018

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ABC News: Geoengineering: The quick, and potentially catastrophic, fix for climate change

"Proposals for geoengineering projects sound like something out of science fiction. Pumping aerosols into the upper atmosphere to make clouds more reflective, for example. Or fertilizing oceans with iron to promote the growth of plankton and algae so they consume more carbon dioxide."

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04.06.2018

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New Food Economy: Carbon farming isn’t worth it for farmers. Two blockchain companies want to change that

"“There’s really no value in carbon and the best practices that improve soil,” says Torri Estrada, executive director of the Carbon Cycle Institute, which advocates for carbon farming and regenerative land management. “I think if there was, farmers would be integrating that, but there isn’t really. Like one of our farmers said, ‘If I got paid to grow carbon I would grow the heck out of it.'” Technically, many farmers can already get paid to “grow carbon”—they just don’t get paid very much, either because the value of the credit is too low, or because intermediaries and fees eat into their profit margins."

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04.06.2018

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Ott, Konrad (2018): On the Political Economy of Solar Radiation Management

Ott, Konrad (2018): On the Political Economy of Solar Radiation Management. In Front. Environ. Sci. 6, p. 29. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00043.

"The paper concludes that the U.S. economic system has strong affinities to SRM supported by an emerging agency network that tries to establish a pro-SRM narrative and launch SAI research initiatives. There is recent evidence that SRM has found support from policy makers. To supporters of “green” variants of capitalism, the main claims of the article provide reasons against SAI-research. The article finishes with some remarks why SAI-research should be conditional."

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04.06.2018

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Attfield, Robin (2018): The Ethics of Geo-engineering

Attfield, Robin (2018): The Ethics of Geo-engineering. In : Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy Documentation Center, pp. 23–27.

"Some favor this measure as a quick and inexpensive replacement for mitigation; but its possible side-effects and lack of an exit-strategy mean that its deployment would be misguided, and that researching it might undermine determination to reach a mitigation agreement. Some forms of Carbon Dioxide Removal (seeding the oceans with iron filings to grow carbon-reducing algae) face similar objections, but others, like afforestation and Carbon Capture and Storage (itself not yet operative), comprise acceptable enhancements of current technology. Even if they do not buy time, these measures could beneficially supplement a global Climate Change agreement."

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04.06.2018

# Media

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Washington Post: The inconvenient truth about carbon capture

"There is no silver bullet: no single technology is likely to provide all the CO2 removal that is required. All technologies have economic and environmental constrains. They are dependent upon the establishment of policy incentives. We therefore need to explore smart technology portfolios where multiple CO2 removal technologies are deployed at more modest scales. Only diversified portfolios can help us to hedge the risks associated with CO2 removal."

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04.06.2018

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Hester, Tracy; Gerrard, Michael B. (2018): Going Negative. The Next Horizon in Climate Engineering Law

Hester, Tracy; Gerrard, Michael B. (2018): Going Negative. The Next Horizon in Climate Engineering Law. In Natural Resources & Environment 32 (4), pp. 3–7.

"Specifically, negative emissions technologies would directly remove greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the ambient air and help to remove accumulated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by historical emissions. After over a decade of debate, substantive research and planning associated with negative emissions technologies and solar radiation management have begun to inch forward. But this movement is happening in unexpected ways, and some of the most important decisions and commitments are occurring outside of the spotlight. "

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04.06.2018

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Physics World: What’s the outlook for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage?

"Simply ramping up the deployment of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) may not be enough to guarantee an acceleration in meeting climate targets. Analysis based on a complex set of Earth system models shows that achieving net negative carbon dioxide emissions is also strongly linked to the geographical location of bio-energy feedstock. The study draws attention to the importance of maintaining tropical forests and their vital role as carbon sinks. Allowing deforestation in the tropics to facilitate large-scale BECCS appears to tip the balance towards higher atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide near the end of the century."

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