05.12.2016

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ETC Group (2016): Geoengineering at COP 13 of the CBD. Briefing for delegates

ETC Group (2016): Geoengineering at COP 13 of the CBD. Briefing for delegates.

Policy briefing by ETC Group for the conference of parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity 13.

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01.12.2016

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Columbia Climate Center (2016): A 5˚C Arctic in a 2˚C World. Challenges and Recommendations for Immediate Action from the July 21-22, 2016 Workshop

Columbia Climate Center (2016): A 5˚C Arctic in a 2˚C World. Challenges and Recommendations for Immediate Action from the July 21-22, 2016 Workshop. WWF; Arctic 21; Woods Hole Research Center.

Outcomes: "To avert massive environmental impacts beyond the time frame of a few decades, it is critical to immediately scale up implementation of alternative energy production, as well as decarbonization of the energy system. We also should greatly increase efforts in research and development and subsequent deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on a global scale."

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19.11.2016

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FCEA (2016): Academic Working Group on the International Governance of Climate Engineering. 2nd Meeting

FCEA (2016): Academic Working Group on the International Governance of Climate Engineering. 2nd Meeting. Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. Washington, D.C. (Meeting Report).

"The Academic Working Group (AWG) on International Governance of Climate Engineering is an international group of senior academics who have been assembled to formulate perspectives on the international governance of climate engineering research and potential deployment, with a focus on proposed solar radiation management (SRM) technologies. The AWG was convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment."

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17.11.2016

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The White House (2016): United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

The White House (2016): United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization. Washington, D.C.

Including carbon removal/BECCS. "The Paris Agreement further invited countries to develop by 2020 “mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.” This document answers that call, laying out a strategy to deeply decarbonize the U.S. economy by 2050."

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14.11.2016

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MCC (2016): Betting on negative emissions

MCC (2016): Betting on negative emissions. Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. Berlin (MCC Policy Brief, 2).

"The 1.5-degree target significantly reduces the carbon budget compared to the 2-degree target. New technologies are hoped to reduce the CO2 debt. They aim to remove already existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—but also entail serious risks."

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14.11.2016

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Fern (2016): Report of the seminar 'Negative Emissions' facilitated by Fern

Fern (2016): Report of the seminar 'Negative Emissions' facilitated by Fern. Brussels.

"This seminar held in May 2016 brought key scientists together with environmental, development and human rights NGOs to understand the Paris Agreement’s implications for forests and land use."

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14.11.2016

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Energy Technologies Institute (2016): The evidence for deploying Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) in the UK

Energy Technologies Institute (2016): The evidence for deploying Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) in the UK. With assistance of Geraldine Newton-Cross, Dennis Gammer. Loughborough.

"Bioenergy technologies when combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) can deliver negative emissions (net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere) whilst producing energy in the form of electricity, heat, gaseous and liquid fuels. Negative emissions provide important emissions ‘headroom’ as the UK transitions towards a low-carbon energy system, since the additional ‘breathing space’ afforded by negative emissions reduces the need for rapid emissions reductions in sectors such as heavy duty transport and aviation which are more difficult and expensive to decarbonise. Evidence from ESME, the ETI’s peer-reviewed energy system modelling environment, suggests that by the 2050s, BECCS could deliver c.-55 million tonnes of net negative emissions per annum (approximately half our emissions target in 2050), whilst meeting c.10% of the UK’s future energy demand. This would reduce the cost of meeting the UK’s 2050 GHG emissions target by up to 1% of GDP."

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10.11.2016

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Pasztorf, Janos; et al. (30.10.2016): Briefing Paper on Climate Engineering

Pasztorf, Janos; Nicholson, Simon; Morrow, David R. (30.10.2016): Briefing Paper on Climate Engineering. Carnegie Council (Briefing).

"Climate engineering (also often referred to as climate geoengineering or simply geoengineering) is defined as large-scale, deliberate intervention in the Earth system to counteract climate change. Two major sets of techniques are usually included: those that could remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (carbon dioxide removal—CDR), and those that might offset the amount of incoming solar radiation in order to cool the planet (solar radiation management—SRM). Recently there has been increasing discussion about the potential development and deployment of climate engineering."

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04.11.2016

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Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer

Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Waterloo (Special Report).

"This report examines the specific provisions of the Paris Agreement with a view to identifying where legal and policy questions in relation to climate engineering are likely to arise. Inclusion of CDR technologies as part of a state’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is permissible under article 4 of the Paris Agreement, but will likely trigger concerns respecting technological readiness and equity. SRM technologies would appear to have little entry room within the Paris Agreement, but the process mechanism of the agreement provides opportunities to satisfy SRM research governance demands for transparency and public deliberation."

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04.11.2016

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CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Technical Series, 84).

"The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming. Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all climate models that limit the increase in mean global temperature to below 2°C.
“A rapid transition to a low-carbon economy is the priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn reduce the adverse impacts of climate change, including impacts on biodiversity,” said CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, in the foreword of the new report."

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