11.02.2019

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Union of Concerned Scientists: UCS Position on Solar Geoengineering

"Deep cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and investments in adaptation to now unavoidable impacts must remain humanity’s first-line responses to climate change. Emission reductions and adaptation must be carried out at a greatly accelerated pace, and in a manner consistent with sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty."

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11.02.2019

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Start Magazine: Come si dibatte tra Stati Uniti e Onu sulla minaccia del Climate Change alla Sicurezza Nazionale. La Geoingegneria (terza parte) (Italian)

Italien article on CE

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11.02.2019

# New Publications

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Dagon, K.; et al. (2019): Quantifying the effects of solar geoengineering on vegetation

Dagon, K.; Schrag, D. (2019): Quantifying the effects of solar geoengineering on vegetation. In: Climatic Change 13 (5), S. 776. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02387-9.

"Solar geoengineering has potential to reduce the climate effects of greenhouse gas emissions through albedo modification, yet more research is needed to better understand how these techniques might impact terrestrial ecosystems. Here, we utilize the fully coupled version of the Community Earth System Model to run transient solar geoengineering simulations designed to stabilize radiative forcing starting mid-century, relative to the Representative Concentration Pathway 6 (RCP6) scenario."

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11.02.2019

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The Hill: Geoengineering is one way to fight climate change and cool the planet

"In 2006, James Hansen, noted climate activist and at the time director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, made a dire prediction. 'We have at most 10 years, not 10 years to decide upon action, but 10 years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions,' he wrote. If we fail to do so, he added, 'Climate disasters will become unavoidable.'"

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11.02.2019

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New Civil Engineering: World's first for carbon capture at Drax power plant

"The massive 4,000MW Drax power plant in North Yorkshire has started using bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology to capture up to 1t of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) every day."

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11.02.2019

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Sato, Y.; et al. (2019): How do aerosols affect cloudiness?

Sato, Y.; Suzuki, K. (2019): How do aerosols affect cloudiness? In: Science (New York, N.Y.) 363 (6427), S. 580–581. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw3720.

"Aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere that originate from sources such as agricultural waste, forest fires, sea spray (see the photo), desert dust, and industrial pollution. They alter the energy balance of Earth's climate system through direct reflection and absorption of solar radiation as well as through modulating cloud properties by serving as nuclei for cloud particles."

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11.02.2019

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Solarify: For the first time negative emissions from biomass (German)

German article on CE

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04.02.2019

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Newsletter of Week 06 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 06 in 2019 is now available here.


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04.02.2019

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Phys.org: Carbon capture and conversion must not rely on rare metals

"Last year, humans emitted approximately 37 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – a disastrous and unsustainable figure. To avoid the worst effects of climate change we could capture some of that carbon as it is released by power plants and store it permanently below ground. Better still, some of that waste carbon dioxide could be converted into useful chemicals or fuel."

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04.02.2019

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The Times: Carbon plan captures big companies’ imaginations

"A company founded by a chemistry professor has secured investment from both BP and Drax to develop its novel technology for capturing carbon emissions."

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