03.06.2019

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Science: Promises and perils of the Paris Agreement

"Under the Paris Agreement, member states decide individually, in the form of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), what actions they will commit to taking toward the common goal of climate risk reduction. This institutional innovation offers a much-needed source of democratic renewal for global climate politics."

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03.06.2019

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DownToEarth: Can geoengineering help fight climate change? Scientists think so

"University of Cambridge has initiated first-of-its-kind Centre for Climate Repair to develop new ways to restrict solar radiation and refreeze the rapidly warming polar regions"

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03.06.2019

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Commonspace: SRM: A climate geoengineering 'distraction', or 'crazy not to take it seriously'?

"Mikey Jarrell (@MikeyJarrell), freelance science communicator and writer, examines the tension in the scientific community over SRM, a climate geo-engineering technique which is moving towards the spotlight"

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03.06.2019

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YaleEnvironment360: Geoengineer the Planet? More Scientists Now Say It Must Be an Option

"Human intervention with the climate system has long been viewed as an ill-advised and risky step to slow global warming. But with carbon emissions soaring, initiatives to study and develop geoengineering technologies are gaining traction as a potential last resort."

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01.06.2019

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Vox: The climate renegade. What happens when someone wants to go it alone on fixing the climate?

"Enter an eccentric San Francisco-based entrepreneur named Russ George. He had spent much of his career bouncing between ambitious environmental projects: cold fusion, reforestation, and, most recently at the time, a startup called Planktos, which focused on something called 'ocean restoration.'"

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31.05.2019

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Martin, M.; et al. (2019): Mitigation potential and environmental impact of centralized versus distributed BECCS with domestic biomass production in Great Britain

Martin, M.; Dowell, N. Mac et al. (2019): Mitigation potential and environmental impact of centralized versus distributed BECCS with domestic biomass production in Great Britain. In: GCB Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12630.

"New contingency policy plans are expected to be published by the United Kingdom government to set out urgent actions, such as carbon capture and storage, greenhouse gas removal, and the use of sustainable bioenergy to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the 4th and 5th carbon budgets. In this study, we identify two plausible bioenergy production pathways for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) based on centralized and distributed energy systems to show what BECCS could look like if deployed by 2050 in Great Britain."

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31.05.2019

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C2G2: Expanding the debate in Latin America

"Over recent months, there has been growing interest in Latin America and the Caribbean to better understand emerging approaches to the climate crisis, including large-scale carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation modification."

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31.05.2019

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Hemes, K.; et al. (2019): Assessing the carbon and climate benefit of restoring degraded agricultural peat soils to managed wetlands

Hemes, K.; Chamberlain, S.; Eichelmann, E.; Anthony, T.; Valach, A.; Kasak, K. et al. (2019): Assessing the carbon and climate benefit of restoring degraded agricultural peat soils to managed wetlands. In: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 268, S. 202–214. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.01.017.

"Restoring degraded peat soils presents an attractive, but largely untested, climate change mitigation approach. Drained peat soils used for agriculture can be large greenhouse gas sources. [...] Here, we synthesize 36 site-years of continuous carbon dioxide and methane flux data from a mesonetwork of eddy covariance towers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California, USA to compute carbon and greenhouse gas budgets for drained agricultural land uses and compare these to restored deltaic wetlands. We found that restored wetlands effectively sequestered carbon and halted soil carbon loss associated with drained agricultural land uses."

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31.05.2019

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de zeen: Salk Institute develops a plant that offers a solution to climate change

"California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that can store excess carbon dioxide in its roots, in a bid to curb the effects of climate change."

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31.05.2019

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Cabral, R.; et al. (2019): A synergistic approach for the simultaneous decarbonisation of power and industry via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Cabral, R.; Bui, M.; Mac Dowell, N. (2019): A synergistic approach for the simultaneous decarbonisation of power and industry via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). In: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 87, S. 221–237. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.05.020.

"There is a need for a rapid and large scale decarbonisation to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% within 12 years. Thus, we propose a method that accelerates decarbonisation across multiple sectors via a synergistic approach with bioenergy with CCS (BECCS), which is able to remove 740 kg from air per MWh electricity generated."

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