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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27.11.2017

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Bioenergy Insight: Bioenergy combined with CCS will help UK to transition to low-carbon energy economy, expert says

"Bioenergy technologies combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) can play a significant role in the UK’s future UK energy system, according to Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) strategy manager for bioenergy Hannah Evans. The ETI is a UK-based company formed from global industries and the UK government. It was formed in 2007, but its programme is officially ending at the end of this year."

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20.11.2017

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IFSA Blog: Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches

"At COP 23 most ideas focus on reducing GHG emissions in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. A much less widely discussed approach is to make use of negative emissions that can occur mostly in the field of Forestry/ Forest Conservation and Agriculture. Negative emissions do as well occur in other fields of land uses, but not in equally significant measures as the above-mentioned land uses do. "

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20.11.2017

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Negative CO2: Myths and facts about negative emissions

"Some argue that developing carbon negative technologies gives us permission to slack away, but we are actually slacking away if we do not consider CO2 removal"

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13.11.2017

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Third Way: Negative Emissions Primer

" fact, today, we’ve already gone through about 73% of our carbon budget (aka how much carbon can be in the air before warming rises to an unsafe level). We can and should ramp up deployment of clean energy technologies. But, we also have a secret weapon that many experts think we’ll absolutely need to keep warming to a safe level: negative emissions technologies."

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30.10.2017

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Carbon Brief: Who will deliver the negative emissions needed to avoid 2C warming?

"With every year that global carbon emissions don’t fall, it becomes more likely that human society will need to turn to more unconventional options to slow the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere. “Negative emissions”, also known as “carbon dioxide removal” (CDR), refers to a group of approaches and technologies that take CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land, underground or in the oceans."

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23.10.2017

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The Hindu: It’s time to make deep emission cuts

"The prospect of limiting global warming through ‘negative emissions’ is bleak"

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11.10.2017

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Reuters: Carbon-sucking technology needed by 2030s, scientists warn

"As efforts to cut planet-warming emissions fall short, large-scale projects to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be needed by the 2030s to hold the line against climate change, scientists said on Tuesday. Many new technologies that aim to capture and store carbon emissions, thereby delivering "negative emissions", are costly, controversial and in the early phase of testing."

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