27.07.2016

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Horton, Joshua B.; et al. (2016): Implications of the Paris Agreement for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Geoengineering

Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W.; Honegger, Matthias (2016): Implications of the Paris Agreement for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Geoengineering. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (Policy Briefs).

"We survey the implications of the revamped climate policy regime for carbon removal and solar geoengineering, hereafter referred to using the common acronyms carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM)."

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02.05.2016

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Global Challenges Foundation (2016): Global Catastrophic Risks 2016

Global Challenges Foundation (2016): Global Catastrophic Risks 2016. With assistance of Owen Cotton-Barratt, Sebastian Farquhar, John Halstead, Stefan Schubert, Andrew Snyder-Beattie. Oxford.

With a chapter on CE risks. "These represent global catastrophic risks – events that might kill a tenth of the world’s population. With the Global Challenges Foundation, we have just released a report arguing that these risks remain and may even be growing, and exploring options for the international community to reduce the risks."

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23.04.2016

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Engelke, Peter; Chiu, Daniel Y. (2016): Climate Change and US National Security. Past, Present, Future

Engelke, Peter; Chiu, Daniel Y. (2016): Climate Change and US National Security. Past, Present, Future. Washington, D.C: Atlantic Council.

With a chapter on CE. "However, absent mitigation, a changing climate could feasibly overwhelm adaptation efforts. Under such circumstances, a state or even an individual might turn to geoengineering (also referred to as climate engineering) in order to fashion a solution. Yet attempts to geoengineer the Earth’s ecosystems would be risky because geoengineering is an unproven field and such efforts would hold unknown consequences."

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13.04.2016

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Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. How near-term grants to carbon removal canmake long-term climate goals a reality

Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. How near-term grants to carbon removal canmake long-term climate goals a reality. With assistance of Noah Deich, Gina Amador. Berkeley Energy and Climate.

"Finding path-bending negative emissions solutions will demand collaboration from a community of industry, government, academic, and philanthropic organizations — yet today we see a paucity of action from all sectors around carbon removal.
[...] Funding for this report is motivated by the hypothesis that philanthropies can have a large impact in carbon removal and that engaging philanthropies in constructive dialogue around carbon removal is urgently needed to advance our understanding and action in this area."

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23.03.2016

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Center for Climate Science and Policy Research (2016): Policy brief on climate engineering

Center for Climate Science and Policy Research (2016): Policy brief on climate engineering. With assistance of Victoria Wibeck, Anders Hansson, Raffael Himmelsbach, Mathias Fridahl, Björn-Ola Linnér, Jonas Anshelm. Linköping (Policy Briefs, 15).

"As these discussions will affect the forthcoming review of pathways toward 1.5°C warming, this policy brief takes stock of climate engineering. It draws on the expertise of Linköping University’s Climate Engineering (LUCE) interdisciplinary research programme. The brief provides an overview of the status of academic debate on climate engineering regarding bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS);  stratospheric aerosol injection; and mass media reporting and public engagement."

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14.12.2015

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van Vuuren, Detlef P.; et al. (2015): Implications of long-term scenarios for medium-term targets (2050)

van Vuuren, Detlef P.; van Sluisveld, Mariësse; Hof, Andries F. (2015): Implications of long-term scenarios for medium-term targets (2050). PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

Report with afforestation (3.5) and negative emissions (4). "If fast and substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is postponed further, there are fewer options available to stay below a 2 °C warming at the end of the century. Delayed action is likely to require measures that remove CO2 from the atmosphere by planting forests and/or using bioenergy in combination with carbon capture and storage in order to meet the 2 °C target. The latter technique still involves considerable challenges. Climate policy decisions in the next years are therefore likely to have long-term implications."

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09.12.2015

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Bellona Europa (2015): IPCC 5th Climate Assessment Report: An unequivocal call for action on (Bio-)CCS

Bellona Europa (2015): IPCC 5th Climate Assessment Report: An unequivocal call for action on (Bio-)CCS (Bellona Brief).

"Drastically increase decarbonisation costs; preclude reaching the 2°C / 450 ppm target this century; likely result in missing our only chance to deal with runaway climate change; alienate potential allies from industrial sectors needed for deep decarbonisation; and increase the political barriers to transformational change. This brief, summarising the case for action on CCS and Bio-CCS as laid out in the IPCC 5AR, is being launched today, 7 December 2015, at the UN Climate Conference COP 21, where Bellona’s Founder and President Frederic Hauge is speaking among the IPCC’s Vice Chair, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, and Associate Professor at Radbout University, Heleen de Coninck."

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07.12.2015

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Biofuelwatch (2015): Last-ditch climate option or wishful thinking? Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

Biofuelwatch (2015): Last-ditch climate option or wishful thinking? Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage. With assistance of Almuth Ernsting, Oliver Munnion.

"The report looks in detail at the technical and economic viability of the technologies involved, at the credibility of the idea that large-scale BECCS could be carbon-negative, at the evidence regarding the reliability of carbon storage and at the greenhouse gas impacts of combining Carbon Capture and Storage with Enhanced Oil Recovery."

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06.11.2015

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Biofuelwatch (2015): Smoke and Mirrors. Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)

Biofuelwatch (2015): Smoke and Mirrors. Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). Policy briefing.

"However, while BECCS might pose a major threat to biodiversity in theory, there is virtually no possibility of large-scale BECCS application because the technologies are technically and economically unviable. The real threats posed by promotion of BECCS are ongoing distraction from the urgent necessity of a rapid phase out of fossil fuel burning and ecosystem and biodiversity destruction, and the distraction of attention away from genuine and credible ways of sequestering carbon: agroecology and ecosystem regeneration."

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29.10.2015

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The Stanley Foundation; Perspectives (2015): Assessing Global Climte Engineering Governance. Policy dialogue brief

The Stanley Foundation; Perspectives (2015): Assessing Global Climte Engineering Governance. Policy dialogue brief. Zurich.

"This policy dialogue brief looks at five elements for enhancing global climate engineering governance: the development of knowledge, assessing technology options and deployment pathways, building institutional capacity, decisions and regulations on deployment, and a technology investment mechanism."

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