February 2016

28.02.2016

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Washington Post: The suddenly urgent quest to remove carbon dioxide from the air

Relative comprehensive article on CDR. "From the rooftop of Klaus Lackner’s seven-story building on the Arizona State University campus, photovoltaic panels seem to glisten in every direction. The school claims to have more solar installed than any other university in America – part of a plan to offset the carbon emissions of this institution of more than 80,000 students."

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26.02.2016

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Malay Mail Online: Acidic oceans stunting coral growth, scientists say

"Some researchers have proposed artificially reducing the acidity of ocean water around coral reefs — a form of geo-engineering — as a means of preserving shallow marine ecosystems. But even if the experiments underlying the study did exactly that, implementing such a scheme on the required scale would be nigh impossible, the authors caution."

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26.02.2016

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Physics Today: Nature spotlights deep skepticism about bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

"During the Paris climate summit late last year, European policy analyst Oliver Geden’s New York Times op-ed “The dubious carbon budget” warned that “we’re on the verge of repeating the same mistake that led to the financial crisis: relying on economic models that are completely detached from what’s going on in the real world.” With “magical thinking” and “questionable accounting,” Geden charged, climate scientists and economists are “betting primarily” on an unproven solution: BECCS, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage."

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26.02.2016

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Smithsonian: Five Ways You Can Store Excess Carbon In Your Home, Literally

"New technologies make it possible for your home to not just save energy but actually suck carbon out of the atmosphere"

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24.02.2016

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Cronkite News: Carbon-capture could ‘save the planet,’ ASU scientist says

"Steve Atkins, wearing khakis and a tucked button-down blue shirt, squints closely at a primitive unit set up on the roof of a research building on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The unit is about the size of a telephone booth. Two filters made of a resin material are placed above a see-through tank holding about 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide."

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24.02.2016

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New York Times: Bill Gates, the ‘Impatient Optimist,’ Lays Out his Clean-Energy Innovation Agenda

"In our conversation, Gates described the next steps for the Breakthrough Energy Coalition that was launched in Paris and surveyed the technologies he sees as most needed."

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24.02.2016

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[press review] Media responses to COP21 and climate engineering opportunities

Media responses to COP21 and climate engineering opportunities; contributions that include CE in the climate policy portfolio after the Paris climate talks. (see 'read more')

 


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24.02.2016

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UCLA Environment: Geoengineering: one way the planet might turn out alright, after all

"Author Oliver Morton discusses geoengineering, renewable energy, science fiction—and a positive way of imagining the future world."

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24.02.2016

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Tech Tank: The fair compensation problem of geoengineering

"The promise of geoengineering is placing average global temperatur under human control, and is thus considered a powerful instrument for the internatinoal community to deal with global warming."

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24.02.2016

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The Conversation: To meet the Paris climate goals, do we need to engineer the climate?

"Our read is that the Paris agreement will, through time, force closer consideration of so-called “climate engineering” or “geoengineering” schemes. In particular, we foresee increasing attention being paid to solar radiation management (SRM) or albedo modification technologies. This is a class of speculative responses that might cool the planet by reflecting some amount of solar energy back into space before it can trapped by the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Leading SRM proposals include depositing reflective sulfate particles into the stratosphere or increasing the reflectivity of marine clouds via the introduction of saltwater droplets."

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