10.04.2017

# Media

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Center for Carbon Removal: Mammoths, Permafrost & Soil Carbon Storage: A Q&A about Pleistocene Park

"Noah Deich, the Executive Director here at the Center for Carbon Removal, recently spoke with Dr. Guy Lomax about the carbon sequestration potential of Pleistocene Park, an ambitious Ice Age rewilding project near Chersky, Siberia."

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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Bala, Govindasamy (2017): Why is a solution to climate change, environmental degradation and the sustainability crisis eluding us?

Bala, Govindasamy (2017): Why is a solution to climate change, environmental degradation and the sustainability crisis eluding us? In Current Science 112 (7), pp. 1307–1308.

"Can S&T solutionssolve environmental degradation? [...] The take-home message is that the problems of climate change, sustainability and environmental degradation do not have solution in natural sciences alone.
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10.04.2017

# Political Papers

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Mead, Leila; et al. (2017): Summary of the 45th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 28-31 March 2017

Mead, Leila; Davenport, Deborah; Kosolapova, Elena; Woods, Bryndis (2017): Summary of the 45th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 28-31 March 2017. In Earth Negotiations Bulletin 12 (690), pp. 1–14.

IPCC meeting report including discussion on CE.

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10.04.2017

# Projects

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Project: Pleistocene Park: Rewilding Siberia to Save the Climate

"In the heart Siberia a sleeping giant has awakened. The permafrost, frozen for thousands of years, is starting to thaw. As the climate heats up, methane trapped in the permafrost could kick climate change into overdrive. A team of Russian Scientists, led by Ecologists Nikita and Sergei Zimov, have a solution for stopping permafrost meltdown in the Taiga…by restoring an ancient ecosystem." (see also this link)

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10.04.2017

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Motherboard: Trump Is Giving Geoengineering Another Moment

"New concerns over whether Trump will use geoengineering for evil are almost entirely unfounded."

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10.04.2017

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Huffington Post: Trump Circle Touts Risky ‘Climate Engineering’

"Responsible scientists have little faith in untested proposals to re-engineer the earth’s climate system."

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10.04.2017

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Project: Emmett Institute Takes on Climate Engineering Project

"The potential and pitfalls of climate engineering technologies are the subjects of a new research project led by UCLA School of Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment."

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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Kantola, Ilsa B.; et al. (2017): Potential of global croplands and bioenergy crops for climate change mitigation through deployment for enhanced weathering

Kantola, Ilsa B.; Masters, Michael D.; Beerling, David J.; Long, Stephen P.; DeLucia, Evan H. (2017): Potential of global croplands and bioenergy crops for climate change mitigation through deployment for enhanced weathering. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0714 

"Enhanced weathering (EW) in agricultural soils—applying crushed silicate rock as a soil amendment—is a method for combating global climate change while increasing nutrient availability to plants. EW uses land that is already producing food and fuel to sequester carbon (C), and reduces N2O loss through pH buffering. As biofuel use increases, EW in bioenergy crops offers the opportunity to sequester CO2 while reducing fossil fuel combustion. Uncertainties remain in the long-term effects and global implications of large-scale efforts to directly manipulate Earth's atmospheric CO2 composition, but EW in agricultural lands is an opportunity to employ these soils to sequester atmospheric C while benefitting crop production and the global climate."

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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Edwards, David P.; et al. (2017): Climate change mitigation: potential benefits and pitfalls of enhanced rock weathering in tropical agriculture

Edwards, David P.; Lim, Felix; James, Rachael H.; Pearce, Christopher R.; Scholes, Julie; Freckleton, Robert P.; Beerling, David J. (2017): Climate change mitigation: potential benefits and pitfalls of enhanced rock weathering in tropical agriculture. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0715

"We review the potential for deployment of enhanced weathering (EW), via the application of crushed reactive silicate rocks (such as basalt), on over 680 million hectares of tropical agricultural and tree plantations to offset fossil fuel CO2 emissions. Warm tropical climates and productive crops will substantially enhance weathering rates, with potential co-benefits including decreased soil acidification and increased phosphorus supply promoting higher crop yields sparing forest for conservation, and reduced cultural eutrophication."

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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering

Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0859

"We argue that ethical concerns have a place alongside empirical, political and social factors as we consider how to best respond to the critical challenge that anthropogenic climate change poses. We review these concerns, considering the ethical issues that arise (or would arise) in the large-scale deployment of enhanced weathering. We discuss post-implementation scenarios, failures of collective action, the distribution of risk and externalities and redress for damage."

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