14.02.2017

# New Publications

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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

# Political Papers

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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

# New Publications

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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

# Political Papers

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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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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

# Media

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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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19.01.2017

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Yale environment 360: How Far Can Technology Go To Stave Off Climate Change?

"With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise, an increasing number of experts believe major technological breakthroughs —such as CO2 air capture — will be necessary to slow global warming. But without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough."

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02.01.2017

# New Publications

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Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets

Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets. In: Nature Climate change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3193.

"Political upsets could stall coordinated international mitigation action, but emissions and investments over the next few years will have long-term consequences. Any delays to mitigation or cuts to renewable energy research by the US will likely render the 2 °C target unachievable if a global precedent is set. [...] The only alternative would be an overshoot in temperature and negative emissions thereafter. Research in negative emissions should therefore be a priority, but near term policy should work under the assumption that such technology would not be available at large scale and low cost soon."

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08.12.2016

# New Publications

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Geden, Oliver; Schäfer, Stefan (2016): “Negative Emissions”: A Challenge for Climate Policy

Geden, Oliver; Schäfer, Stefan (2016): “Negative Emissions”: A Challenge for Climate Policy. (swp comments 53). In swp, pp. 1–4.

English version of post. "To date, climate policy has largely ignored the necessity for “negative emissions” to achieve the temperature targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Discussions on the underlying model assumptions, potentials and risks of imaginable technological options, as well as their political implications, are only just beginning."

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05.12.2016

# Media

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IASS Blog: COP22 and Beyond – Achieving the Paris Agreement

"In order to meet growing concerns about climate change and the challenges presented by mitigation and adaption, delegations from around the world met last year in Paris to negotiate a new and binding international agreement to limit climate change. The first major steps towards implementation of the Paris Agreement were discussed during the 22nd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (“COP22”) in Marrakech, in November of this year."

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