May 2015

31.05.2015

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New York Times (Opinion): Using Science to Fight Climate Change

Letters to the editor in reply to “Chemo for the Planet”.

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31.05.2015

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Gilbert, Alexander; Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2015): Emissions accounting for biomass energy with CCS

Gilbert, Alexander; Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2015): Emissions accounting for biomass energy with CCS. In Nature Climate change 5 (6), pp. 495–496. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2633.

"Sanchez et al. provide a viable technological roadmap for using biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in the western United States1. However, they oversimplify emissions accounting by assuming a zero or negative carbon emissions factor."

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31.05.2015

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Pittsburg Post-Gazette: We don’t need geoengineering; we need action from Congress

"The May 20 commentary on climate geoengineering (“Climate Change Backup Plan”) described a technique for controlling the warming climate that must never be used. This is the process of shooting large amounts of sulfates (sulfur dioxide) into the upper atmosphere."

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31.05.2015

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Pacific Standard: Since We Last Spoke: Sunblock With Consequences

"Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories. [...] Russ George, profiled by Bruce Falconer in our May/June 2014 issue, gained notoriety for his attempt to replenish Canadian salmon stocks by seeding the ocean with iron. In late February, the National Academy of Sciences released a report examining the feasibility of another geoengineering schem."

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31.05.2015

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[press review] Climate engineering and coral bleach

Press review to Kwiatkowski, Lester; et al. (2015) on saving coral reefs from mass bleaching.


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31.05.2015

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Mazo, Jeffrey (2015): Geoengineering: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Mazo, Jeffrey (2015): Geoengineering: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There. In Survival 57 (3), pp. 185–192. DOI 10.1080/00396338.2015.1046238.

"The US National Academy of Sciences confirms that geoengineering – through carbon-dioxide removal or solar-radiation management – covers a multitude of sins, with a few potential virtues."

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28.05.2015

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Friends of the Earth: US National Academy of Sciences backs untested geoengineering technologies

"Despite these shortcomings and financial and technical problems, the NAS nonetheless ultimately supports investment, research and experimentation into these technologies. It's a dangerous road that we are beginning to travel."

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26.05.2015

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Lomax, Guy; et al. (2015): Investing in negative emissions

Lomax, Guy; Lenton, Timothy M.; Adeosun, Adepeju; Workman, Mark (2015): Investing in negative emissions. In Nature Climate change 5 (6), pp. 498–500. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2627.

"Methods of removing CO2 from the atmosphere add vital flexibility to efforts to tackle climate change. They must be brought into mainstream climate policy as soon as possible to open up the landscape for innovation and development, and to discover which approaches work at scale."

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26.05.2015

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Phys.org: Climate engineering may save coral reefs, research shows

Media responses to Kwiatkowski, Lester; et al. (2015). "Geoengineering of the climate may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching, according to new research."

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26.05.2015

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Kwiatkowski, Lester; et al. (2015): Coral bleaching under unconventional scenarios of climate warming and ocean acidification

Kwiatkowski, Lester; Cox, Peter; Halloran, Paul R.; Mumby, Peter J.; Wiltshire, Andy J. (2015): Coral bleaching under unconventional scenarios of climate warming and ocean acidification. In Nature Climate change. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2655.

"Here we analyse the potential for geoengineering, through stratospheric aerosol-based solar radiation management (SRM), to reduce the extent of global coral bleaching relative to ambitious climate mitigation. Exploring the common criticism of geoengineering—that ocean acidification and its impacts will continue unabated—we focus on the sensitivity of results to the aragonite saturation state dependence of bleaching."

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