13.12.2017

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Quartz: The compelling case for capturing carbon emissions and burying them underground

"One of the things that needs to be said over and over again is that CCS and even removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is not geoengineering. There are plenty of people who don’t want to keep them separate and make a pig’s breakfast of it. But they are radically different things."

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13.12.2017

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Christian Science Monitor: After the pledge: Scientists scramble to make politicians' climate goals a reality

"As global leaders meet Tuesday in Paris for the One Planet Summit, the world is waking up to the reality that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires more than good intentions."

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11.12.2017

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Geoengineering Monitor: Failure of Kemper County “clean coal” plant casts more doubts on BECCS

"The project’s failure should cast serious doubts on the prospects of both “clean coal” as well as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) – the current star child of techno-fix solutions to climate change."

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11.12.2017

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van Vuuren, Detlef P.; et al. (2017): Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed

van Vuuren, Detlef P.; Hof, Andries F.; van Sluisveld, Mariësse A. E.; Riahi, Keywan (2017): Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed. In Nat. Energy 2 (12), pp. 902–904. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0055-2.

"Although nearly all 2 °C scenarios use negative CO2 emission technologies, only relatively small investments are being made in them, and concerns are being raised regarding their large-scale use. If no explicit policy decisions are taken soon, however, their use will simply be forced on us to meet the Paris climate targets."

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11.12.2017

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Wired: The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

"In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find."

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11.12.2017

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Quartz: The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix

"That’d be all well and good except for the fact that 1 kg of cement releases more than than 0.5 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As a result, the cement industry is currently responsible for about 5% of global CO2 emissions—more than double the aviation industry. Worse still, unlike the electricity industry, which one day might be comprised of entirely clean, renewable energy, the chemistry of conventional cement dictates that the process will continue to produce huge amounts of carbon dioxide."

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10.12.2017

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Forbes: Get Paid Watching The Grass Grow: Carbon Sequestration, Texas-Style

"A planner working on flood control in Houston believes he has come upon a way—that conservatives will love—to remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Jim Blackburn sees carbon in the soil as a private-property right that landowners should be compensated for, considering the service they are providing to the ecosystem by storing it there."

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09.12.2017

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Third Way: All Things Carbon Capture (interactive map)

"There are 102 carbon capture projects globally, with 51 in the United States. These projects can capture, store, and utilize emissions from power and bioenergy plants, industrial facilities, and even directly from the air. Some are innovative new concepts being developed by startups, and others have been operating at commercial scale for decades. One thing they have in common: we’ll likely need this full suite of technologies to meet international and domestic climate goals. Click here to explore the interactive maps and learn more about the different types of carbon capture projects included in the map."

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09.12.2017

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Quartz: Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that

"This October, it went a step further, partnering with Climeworks, a Switzerland-based startup, to install a machine that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. That gas is also sent underground, where it, too, eventually turns to rock. The result is a “negative emissions” power plant that literally subtracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As of this writing, the Climeworks machine has already pulled out more than 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air and injected it underground, the equivalent of burying the annual carbon footprint of a household in India."

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07.12.2017

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FCEA: Podcast with Oliver Geden

"Oliver Geden has been writing about what he deems “magical thinking,” when it comes to assumptions about negative emissions, for almost three years.  At the close of the Climate Engineering Conference 2017, in Berlin, Germany, in October,  FCEA Faculty Fellow David Morrow spoke with Oliver about what he means by this."

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