23.04.2018

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New York Times: How Big Forests Solve Global Problems

"How will we pay for a future with forest wilderness? Part of the answer lies in programs to avert climate change. A recent economic study indicates that a large share of intact forests could be preserved at a cost of $20 per ton of carbon. That’s less than half of one indicative benchmark figure: the $52 midpoint price projected by California for its regulated carbon emissions market in 2030."

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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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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

# Projects

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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

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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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Clean Technica: Nori: Fighting Global Warming With blockchain

"Nori, a company which recently emerged from stealth, is creating the Noriton. It’s a cryptocurrency token that represents a ton of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and sequestered in one of a number of potential ways. This isn’t a cap-and-trade or carbon-tax system, but a market mechanism which values removed tons of CO2. Like carbon offset programs for fliers and drivers, it allows individuals and businesses to offset their CO2 emissions with guaranteed removal of CO2 from the atmosphere."

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19.04.2018

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New York Times: Can Dirt Save the Earth?

"Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land."

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19.04.2018

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Center for Carbon Removal: What Does 45Q Mean for Carbontech?

"To casual observers, the provisions of the FUTURE Act might have seemed last minute and the mixed backing unexpected. In reality, its successful passage largely owed to the continuous advocacy of the Carbon Capture Coalition. This coalition of organized labor, coal companies, oil companies, and environmental groups was able to effectively message to both political parties. When the ink dried, the bill had 24 co-sponsors in the Senate."

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16.04.2018

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Algea Industry Magazine: Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

"The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important negative emission technology to combat climate change. Their research, “Integrating Algae with Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (ABECCS) Increases Sustainability,” is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy award and was recently published in the journal Earth’s Future."

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