May 2018

23.05.2018

# Projects

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Project: Drax to pilot Europe’s first carbon capture storage project

"Pilot could lead to Drax’s biomass power generation becoming carbon negative, putting Britain at the forefront of the race to develop BECCS"

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23.05.2018

# Media

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Axios: Foundations wary of carbon capture and nukes in climate fight

"A new peer-reviewed analysis of hundreds of millions of dollars in climate and energy-related funding from a number of major philanthropies from 2011-2015 shows they devoted few resources to pushing carbon capture and none to nuclear power."

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22.05.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 21 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 21 in 2018 is now available here.


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22.05.2018

# Media

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Audubon: Audubon Joins Carbon Capture Coalition

"As the first wildlife advocacy organization to join, Audubon brings unique perspective to the table."

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22.05.2018

# Media

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Bloomberg: Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs

"We humans are all too good at putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Can we come up with a way to vacuum it out? Scientists, engineers and governments are focusing on technologies that capture carbon to buy time as the global economy tries to kick the fossil-fuel habit. But as predictions of the climate’s trajectory grow more dire, the most authoritative studies are concluding that large-scale carbon removal -- enough to massively reduce absolute carbon levels, not just lower the rate of increase -- is humanity’s best hope of avoiding calamity. Current technology is a long way from being able to help."

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22.05.2018

# Media

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Cornell Chronicle: Atkinson Center brainstorms solutions for carbon removal

"The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future hosted a workshop May 4 to find ways to marshal the research capacity at Cornell University and work with partner organizations to develop interdisciplinary solutions for drawing carbon out of the air and oceans and sequestering it. The eventual goal is to nurture a “new carbon economy” that would put the carbon to good use – and financial benefit – as feedstocks for construction materials, fuels and chemicals."

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22.05.2018

# New Publications

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Majumdar, Arun; Deutch, John (2018): Research Opportunities for CO 2 Utilization and Negative Emissions at the Gigatonne Scale

Majumdar, Arun; Deutch, John (2018): Research Opportunities for CO 2 Utilization and Negative Emissions at the Gigatonne Scale. In Joule 2 (5), pp. 805–809. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.04.018.

"This commentary outlines a framework to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentration at the scale of gigatonne per year (GT scale) and identifies research opportunities in CO2utilization and negative emissions to achieve this goal. Given that the largest atmosphere-land carbon flux occurs via photosynthesis (∼120 GtC/year), research focused on increasing the fraction of carbon stored on land via plant engineering and land management in agriculture and forestry deserves increased attention. Lowering the cost of carbon capture from dilute sources requires research on advanced sorbents and reactor systems with much improved performance."

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22.05.2018

# New Publications

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Field, L.; et al. (2018): Increasing Arctic Sea Ice Albedo Using Localized Reversible Geoengineering

Field, L.; Ivanova, D.; Bhattacharyya, S.; Mlaker, V.; Sholtz, A.; Decca, R. et al. (2018): Increasing Arctic Sea Ice Albedo Using Localized Reversible Geoengineering. In Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1029/2018EF000820.

"In this paper, a novel localized surface albedo modification technique is presented that shows promise as a method to increase multi‐year ice using reflective floating materials, chosen so as to have low subsidiary environmental impact. Detailed climate modeling studying the climate impact of such a method reveals more than 1.5 °C cooler temperatures over a large part of the Arctic when simulating global sea ice albedo modification. In a region north of Barents and Kara Seas temperatures have been reduced by 3 °C and in North Canada by almost 1 °C. Additionally, there are notable increases in sea ice thickness (20‐50 cm Arctic wide) and ice concentration (>15‐20% across large parts of central Arctic). These results suggest that the geoengineering technology proposed in this study may be a viable instrument for restoring Arctic ice. "

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22.05.2018

# Media

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A plant that could save civilization, if we let it

"Working with nature to address the damage we have inflicted is a smart strategy, and Chory’s “super” carbon-fixing legumes provide a compelling plan of action, but waiting to develop them through cross-breeding is like trying to win a high-speed car race with a horse and buggy. Developing and deploying these plants should be a global priority."

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22.05.2018

# Media

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Business Green: 'Hugely exciting': Drax to test carbon capture technology at North Yorkshire biomass plant

"In a major boost for both CO2 capture development and hopes that a negative emissions industry could one day play a key role in a net zero emission economy, the energy firm said it was partnering with C-Capture - a spin out from the University of Leeds - to invest £400,000 in "what could be the first of several pilot projects" at Drax to deliver "rapid, low cost demonstration of BECCS" (bioenergy CCS)."

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