07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Francaviglia, R.; et al. (2019): Assessing “4 per 1000” soil organic carbon storage rates under Mediterranean climate: a comprehensive data analysis

Francaviglia, R.; Di Bene, C.; Farina, R.; Salvati, L.; Vicente-Vicente, J. (2019): Assessing “4 per 1000” soil organic carbon storage rates under Mediterranean climate: a comprehensive data analysis. In: Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change 24 (5), S. 795–818. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-018-9832-x.

"Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is considered a proxy of soil health, contributing to food production, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change and other ecosystem services. Implementing Recommended Management Practices (RMPs) may increase SOC stocks, contributing to achieve the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties agreements reached in Paris, France. In this framework, the “4 per 1000” initiative invites partners implementing practical actions to reach a SOC stock annual growth of 4‰."

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Caves Rugenstein, J.; et al. (2019): Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes

Caves Rugenstein, J.; Ibarra, D.; Blanckenburg, F. von (2019): Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes. In: Nature 571 (7763), S. 99–102. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1332-y.

"The long-term cooling, decline in the partial pressure of carbon dioxide, and the establishment of permanent polar ice sheets during the Neogene period have frequently been attributed to increased uplift and erosion of mountains and consequent increases in silicate weathering, which removes atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, geological records of erosion rates are potentially subject to averaging biases, and the magnitude of the increase in weathering fluxes—and even its existence—remain debated. "

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07.07.2019

# Media

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Legal Planet: Can Planting Trees Solve Climate Change?

"That is, the authors claim that reforestation is more effective than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, this is misleading, if not false, as well as potentially dangerous. It is misleading for several reasons."

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Bastin, J.; et al. (2019): The global tree restoration potential

Bastin, J.; Finegold, Y.; Garcia, C.; Mollicone, D.; Rezende, M.; Routh, D. et al. (2019): The global tree restoration potential. In: Science (New York, N.Y.) 365 (6448), S. 76–79. DOI: 10.1126/science.aax0848.

"The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change. Bastin et al. used direct measurements of forest cover to generate a model of forest restoration potential across the globe (see the Perspective by Chazdon and Brancalion)."

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07.07.2019

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The Guardian: Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

"Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas."

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07.07.2019

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Biomass Magazine: C-Capture secures grant to scale up Drax carbon capture pilot

"C-Capture, the designer of world-leading and innovative chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal, and working alongside the Drax Group, has secured a £5 million grant from the U.K. government for a two year program of work to progress their bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at Drax Power Station."

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07.07.2019

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DesingNews: Nano-Organisms Can Eat Carbon Dioxide to Produce Bio-Fuels and Plastics

"Researchers are constantly searching for new and inventive ways to develop cleaner plastics and bio-fuels to solve some of the pollution problems the world faces. As part of this effort, researchers at Colorado University Boulder have developed perhaps one of the most interesting inventions thus far—nanobio-hybrid organisms that “eat” airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen and can use it to produce a variety of plastics and fuels."

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07.07.2019

# Media

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The Economist: Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030

"THE PARIS climate deal commits its signatories to cuts in climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions over the coming decades. But even if countries stick to their promises (and some may not), that may not be enough to avert catastrophe. [...] Under these conditions, it seems likely that some countries will propose the use of a technique called “solar geoengineering” to cool the planet or slow its warming."

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07.07.2019

# Media

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Dailymail online: 'Planet hacking' methods to tackle climate change will NOT unfairly impact the world's most vulnerable if used in moderation, experts claim

"'Planet hacking' may still be a viable counter to climate change if used moderately, as to lower the risk of side effects unfairly impacting the world's most vulnerable. Solar geoengineering schemes would see aerosol particles injected into the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight back into space."

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07.07.2019

# Media

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Independent: Tackle climate change by fertilising ocean with iron, expert says

"Daring geoengineering schemes to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere are increasingly being explored as part of emergency backup plans to save the planet from climate breakdown."

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