April 2018

20.04.2018

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Daily Energy Insider: EPW Committee highlights support for carbon utilization, direct air capture research bill

"The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee recently highlighted support from various stakeholders for the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, which would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. The legislation would also support federal, state and non-governmental collaboration on the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines."

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20.04.2018

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E&P: Bipartisan Energy Legislation Highlights Benefits Of Carbon Capture

"The Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act, or USE IT Act (S. 2602), sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) aims to encourage carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects that lower emissions and to improve the permitting process for CO2 capture and infrastructure projects. As part of the effort, technology prizes would also be awarded to selected projects that capture more than 10,000 tons of CO2 annually and can be deployed for less than $200 per ton of CO2 captured."

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20.04.2018

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Climate Works Foundation: 2050 Priorities for Climate Action: Carbon Dioxide Removal is a Necessary Complement to Deep Decarbonization

"The math is clear—meeting Paris Agreement temperature goals will require not just reducing emissions but also removing them from the atmosphere. Studies suggest that by 2030 as much as 6 gigatonnes of carbon emissions needs to be captured and permanently stored each year—a target feasible with philanthropic grantmaking to catalyze investment"

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20.04.2018

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PRX: Engineering Climate Solutions

Podcast. "In an emergency, we’re told to “break the glass” and grab the fire extinguisher. If we’re in the midst of a climate emergency, is there a firehose we could spray into the sky to cool down our atmosphere? It may sound like science fiction, but some climatologists endorse research into such techniques known as geoengineering. But could tinkering with the stratosphere in this way lead to a new ice age – or worse? What group of people could be trusted with such God-like powers? Join us for a discussion of the scientific, moral, economic and technological dimensions of geoengineering."

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20.04.2018

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Mengis, Nadine; et al. (2018): 1.5 °C carbon budget dependent on carbon cycle uncertainty and future non-CO2 forcing

Mengis, Nadine; Partanen, Antti-Ilari; Jalbert, Jonathan; Matthews, H. Damon (2018): 1.5 °C carbon budget dependent on carbon cycle uncertainty and future non-CO2 forcing. In Scientific reports 8 (1), p. 5831. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24241-1.

"Estimates of the 1.5 °C carbon budget vary widely among recent studies, emphasizing the need to better understand and quantify key sources of uncertainty. Here we quantify the impact of carbon cycle uncertainty and non-CO2 forcing on the 1.5 °C carbon budget in the context of a prescribed 1.5 °C temperature stabilization scenario. [...] In this scenario, negative emissions would be required to compensate not only for the increasing non-CO2 climate forcing, but also for the declining natural carbon sinks."

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20.04.2018

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Project: Center for Climate Restoration

"The Center for Climate Restoration is comprised of five Working Groups and a Coordinating Council. Each Working Group has a specific topical focus: Carbon Dioxide Removal, Arctic Restoration, Finance, Narrative and Public Support, and Safety, Monitoring, and Governance. They are intended to provide a venue for experts in their respective fields to brainstorm, provide action plans, and generate momentum towards restoring the climate. The groups each have one or two leaders and a liaison to the Coordinating Council. Their first meetings will occur during the first Laudato Sí Climate Restoration Conference in Rome April 9-11, 2018, and they are expected to meet regularly thereafter to further their missions."

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20.04.2018

# New Publications

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Markusson, Nils; et al. (2018): Towards a cultural political economy of mitigation deterrence by Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques

Markusson, Nils; McLaren, Duncan; Tyfield, David (2018): Towards a cultural political economy of mitigation deterrence by Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques (AMDEG Working Paper, 1).

"This paper sets out a novel theoretical perspective to this challenge, enabling analysis that accounts for interactions between technologies, society and political and economic power. The paper argues that, seen in this light, the scope of GGRs to substitute for mitigation may be easily exaggerated, and thus that the risk of mitigation deterrence should be taken seriously. It proposes novel participative research methods designed to better reveal, evaluate, and enable effective responses to mitigation deterrence."

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20.04.2018

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Project: Assessing the Mitigation Deterrence Effects of GGRs (AMDEG)

"This project looks into the risks of greenhouse gas removal (GGR) technologies delaying or deterring climate mitigation. The project is funded by the RCUK programme Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere. The project is based at Lancaster University, and involves people from Lancaster Environment Centre and the Sociology Department."

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20.04.2018

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Activist Post: Former United Nations Climate Expert Calls For Global Rules on Geoengineering

"Geoengineering research has rapidly increased in the last decade as nations consider the options for fighting climate change. Until recently the research has exclusively been the playground of wealthier nations in the West. That may be changing soon as scholars begin calling for including smaller nations in Africa and Asia in discussions regarding geoengineering."

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20.04.2018

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New Scientist: Why climate engineers are targeting Earth’s last pristine spots

"Some of the last great wildernesses are being considered as likely candidates for geoengineering. It's a sad reflection of climate failings, says Olive Heffernan"

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