June 2015

05.06.2015

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Nova Next: The Coal That’s Good for the Climate

"But biochar has another trick up its sleeve. By retaining carbon even after combustion, it may not just help boost Diatta’s low yields. Some researchers believe it could be part of a solution to climate change, one of the most intractable problems of our era."

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05.06.2015

# New Publications

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Larson, Edward J. (2015): The Common Law of Geoengineering. Building an Effective Governance for Stratospheric Injections

Larson, Edward J. (2015): The Common Law of Geoengineering. Building an Effective Governance for Stratospheric Injections. In The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law (329).

"After examining the roadblocks to such governance, this paper explores the statutory and common law frameworks that could provide some form of stop-gap approaches until the needed regulatory regime emerges."

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03.06.2015

# Political Papers

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Bruintjes, Roelof (2015): Report of the Expert Team on Weather Modification Meeting. World Meterological Organization

Bruintjes, Roelof (2015): Report of the Expert Team on Weather Modification Meeting. World Meterological Organization. Phitsanulok.

"The main purpose of AREP in Weather Modification is to promote scientific practices in weather modification research. This is done through the WMO Expert Team on Weather Modification and through organizing the quadriennial scientific conferences on weather modification."

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03.06.2015

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Bellona: World Bank report highlights necessity of CCS

"The World Bank this month released a decarbonisation guide laying out three steps for countries to follow in order for the planet to produce zero net emissions by 2100. The steps include establishing a carbon price, providing support for those most affected by climate change, and setting defined targets. Importantly, the report notes that a failure to invest in technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) now may mean they are not available by mid-century when they are absolutely needed to avoid irreversible damage from climate change."

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03.06.2015

# New Publications

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Li, Canbing; et al. (2015): Modeling and optimal operation of carbon capture from the air driven by intermittent and volatile wind power

Li, Canbing; Shi, Haiqing; Cao, Yijia; Kuang, Yonghong; Zhang, Yongjun; Gao, Dan; Sun, Liang (2015): Modeling and optimal operation of carbon capture from the air driven by intermittent and volatile wind power. In Energy. DOI 10.1016/j.energy.2015.04.098.

"In order to investigate how flexible CO2 capture regarding the variations in wind power supply, an optimal operation model is established. Each device in the system of CO2 capture is considered as a separate load, thus devices are dispatched separately rather than as a whole to improve the acceptance of fluctuant wind power. The results demonstrate the feasibility of using intermittent and volatile wind power to capture CO2 from air."

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02.06.2015

# New Publications

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Sanchez, Daniel L.; et al. (2015): Reply to 'Emissions accounting for biomass energy with CCS'

Sanchez, Daniel L.; Nelson, James H.; Johnston, Josiah; Mileva, Ana; Kammen, Daniel M. (2015): Reply to 'Emissions accounting for biomass energy with CCS'. In Nature Climate change 5 (6), p. 496–496. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2634.

"Our Letterassesses the impact on regional carbon emissions if biomass energy is used to replace fossil fuels in the electricity system, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) is used to sequester most of the emissions associated with electricity production. Our bioenergy assessment prioritizes, but does not…"

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02.06.2015

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Bull Market: Geo-Engineering Doesn’t Reduce Long-Term Risk

"Mark Buchanan — who is actually a physicist, after all — makes a compelling argument against relying on geo-engineering to deal with our climate change problem. For one thing, some of the proposed technologies simply won’t work, because they do nothing about the fact that the poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet. For another, the geo-engineering fairy is being used to lobby against other approaches — conservation and renewable energy sources — that would deal with climate change at its source."

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02.06.2015

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EconTalk: Martin Weitzman on Climate Change

"Weitzman argues that climate change is a fat-tailed phenomenon--there is a non-trivial risk of a catastrophe. Though Weitzman concedes that our knowledge of the climate is quite incomplete, he suggests that it is prudent to take serious measures, including possibly geo-engineering, to reduce the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

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02.06.2015

# New Publications

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Hamilton, Clive; et al. (2015): The anthropocene and the global environmental crisis

Hamilton, Clive; Bonneuil, Christophe; Gemenne, François (Eds.) (2015): The anthropocene and the global environmental crisis: Routledge.

Book about the Anthropocene with references to CE. "The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis captures some of the radical new thinking prompted by the arrival of the Anthropocene and opens up the social sciences and humanities to the profound meaning of the new geological epoch, the ‘Age of Humans’. Drawing on the expertise of world-recognised scholars and thought-provoking intellectuals, the book explores the challenges and difficult questions posed by the convergence of geological and human history to the foundational ideas of modern social science."

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01.06.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 23

The news review of calendar week 23 in 2015 is now available here.


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