19.02.2017

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Center for Carbon Removal: Debunking 3 Soil Carbon Myths

"While there has been noteworthy progress on soil policy, there is still a great deal of work to be done to support the development and implementation of soil carbon sequestration practices in a realistic, verifiable manner. Progress, however, is hindered by a number of myths about soil carbon that continue to circulate, both from advocates and skeptics. Below we debunk three common misconceptions about soil carbon and set the facts straight about the efficacy of soil carbon sequestration as a tool to fight climate change."

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14.02.2017

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Fuss, Sabine; et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions

Fuss, Sabine; Jones, Chris D.; Kraxner, Florian; Peters, Glen P.; Smith, P.; Tavoni, Massimo et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (11), p. 115007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/115007.

"While there are few pathways to 2 °C that do not rely on negative emissions, 1.5 °C scenarios are barely conceivable without them. Building on previous assessments of NETs, we identify some urgent research needs to provide a more complete picture for reaching ambitious climate targets, and the role that NETs can play in reaching them."

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11.02.2017

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Bollen, Johannes; Aalbers, Rob (2017): Biomass-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Should Be Used Immediately

Bollen, Johannes; Aalbers, Rob (2017): Biomass-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Should Be Used Immediately. CPB Netherlands Beureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB Policy Brief, 2017/02).

"The European Union aims at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 by 80-95% in order to prevent climate change. In this Policy Brief we analyse the potential role of negative-emissions technology in reducing these emissions."

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09.02.2017

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Mathias, Jean-Denis; et al. (2017): On our rapidly shrinking capacity to comply with the planetary boundaries on climate change

Mathias, Jean-Denis; Anderies, John M.; Janssen, Marco A. (2017): On our rapidly shrinking capacity to comply with the planetary boundaries on climate change. In Scientific reports 7, p. 42061. DOI: 10.1038/srep42061.

"Here, we use the DICE model to analyze the set of adaptive climate policies that comply with the two planetary boundaries related to climate change: (1) staying below a CO2 concentration of 550 ppm until 2100 and (2) returning to 350 ppm in 2100. Our results enable decision makers to assess the following milestones: (1) a minimum of 33% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2055 in order to stay below 550 ppm by 2100 (this milestone goes up to 46% in the case of delayed policies); and (2) carbon neutrality and the effective implementation of innovative geoengineering technologies (10% negative emissions) before 2060 in order to return to 350 ppm in 2100, under the assumption of getting out of the baseline scenario without delay."

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09.02.2017

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POST (2017): Greenhouse Gas Removal

POST (2017): Greenhouse Gas Removal. UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POSTnotes, 549).

"The 2015 Paris Agreement called for a balance between sources of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and their removal by 2100 to halt global temperature rise. This POSTnote explains why Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques may be required to achieve this goal, outlines the benefits of and concerns about them, and considers policy options."

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09.02.2017

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Inverse: Super Basic Power Plants Build Mussels

"To geochemist Greg Rau, the future looks like a seaside power plant. More specifically, it looks like a biomass combustion plant that’s actually carbon-negative because the CO2 emissions are dissolved and captured in a mix of seawater and alkaline minerals through a process called chemical weathering. Why does Rau want to see that plant erected, perhaps along the coast near UC Santa Cruz, where he works? Because he believes that energy generation can solve the problems created by energy generation. He believes that this is how you begin to turn back 150 years of carbon dioxide emissions before sea level rise engulfs the landscape and would-be power plant operators have to look for new real estate."

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07.02.2017

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Inside Climate News: Slowing Climate Change Will Require Vastly More Carbon Capture, Study Says

"Countries will need far more capacity to capture carbon and store it to reach their emissions reductions goals as outlined in the Paris agreement, study concludes."

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05.02.2017

# New Publications

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Fridahl, Mathias (2017): Socio-political prioritization of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

Fridahl, Mathias (2017): Socio-political prioritization of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. In: Energy Policy 104, S. 89–99. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.01.050 .

"This article provides a unique intercontinental mapping of the prioritization of BECCS for the long term transition of the electricity supply sector. Based on survey responses from 711 UN climate change conference delegates, the article reports the low prioritization of BECCS relative to alternative technologies, indicating an urgent need for studies of the socio-political preconditions for large-scale BECCS deployment."

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03.02.2017

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Phys.org: Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals: study

The study itself does not include NETs/BECCS systematically. "Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday. Even if solar and wind capacity continues to grow at breakneck speed, it will not be fast enough to cap under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set down in the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change."

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01.02.2017

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Treehugger: Beyond organic: Carbon farming is a pathway to climate stabilization and resilient soils

"Through the adoption of smart carbon farming practices, an acre of land could store anywhere from 10 to 100 tons or more of carbon, which can help both mitigate climate change and improve crop yields."

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