October 2015

27.10.2015

# Projects

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Project: Climateworks. About the Pilot and Demonstration Project

Swiss direct air capture project. "The overall goal is to design, build and continuously operate an industrial scale CO2 capture plant and sell atmospheric CO2 to a customer. The plant will be operational by mid-2016 and annually capture 900 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, enhancing the growth of vegetables and lettuce in a nearby greenhouse of Gebrüder Meier by up to 20 percent. The plant is constructed as part of a three-year pilot and demonstration project with Gebrüder Meier and Zweckverband Kehrichtverwertung Zürcher Oberland KEZO (a municipal waste disposal company) as project partners. The project is supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)."

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27.10.2015

# New Publications

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Heyen, Daniel; et al. (2015): Regional disparities in SRM impacts. The challenge of diverging preferences

Heyen, Daniel; Wiertz, Thilo; Irvine, Peter James (2015): Regional disparities in SRM impacts. The challenge of diverging preferences. In Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1526-8 

"We challenge this strong change-is-bad assumption by showing that diverging preferences are not only plausible, but may also have the potential to substantially alter assessments of regional disparities. We argue that current assessments yield little information on the ethical and political implications of SRM and that diverging preferences should receive more attention. Promising directions for future inquiry include bridging gaps to the general climate impact research and to research on the social implications of environmental change."

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24.10.2015

# Media

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The Center for Carbon Removal: Recap: Oxford Conference on Carbon Removal

"Here’s are the three most important things I took away from the event: 1. Research and development of carbon removal solutions is progressing in a number of the carbon removal fields. 2. But there are still numerous uncertainties surrounding all of the carbon removal solutions, particularly around the sustainable scale potential. 3. The policy and governance conversation around carbon removal is fairly advanced"

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21.10.2015

# New Publications

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Bürger, Gerd; Cubasch, Ulrich (2015): The detectability of climate engineering

Bürger, Gerd; Cubasch, Ulrich (2015): The detectability of climate engineering. In J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., pp. n/a-n/a. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023954 

"We assess the detection and attribution (D&A) of climate engineering (CE) as a function of their duration after initiation. We employ “surrogate” climates where observations are mimicked by simulations. Unlike classical, stationary D&A, the null hypothesis for this analysis is the non-stationary gradual warming caused by continued greenhouse gas (GHG) forcing, which creates a number of theoretical and technical complications."

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21.10.2015

# New Publications

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Datta, Shuvo Jit; et al. (2015): CO2 capture from humid flue gases and humid atmosphere using a microporous coppersilicate

Datta, Shuvo Jit; Khumnoon, Chutharat; Lee, Zhen Hao; Moon, Won Kyung; Docao, Son; Nguyen, Thanh Huu et al. (2015): CO2 capture from humid flue gases and humid atmosphere using a microporous coppersilicate. In Science 350 (6258), pp. 302–306. DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1680 

"We report a highly stable microporous coppersilicate. It has H2O-specific and CO2-specific adsorption sites but does not have H2O/CO2-sharing sites. Therefore, it readily adsorbs both H2O and CO2 from the humid flue gases and atmosphere, but the adsorbing H2O does not interfere with the adsorption of CO2."

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21.10.2015

# Media

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The Center for Carbon Removal: Carbon Removal Dialogue: DAC and Federal Policy

Responses to the question: "What changes to federal policy would have the greatest short-term impacts on the development and deployment of direct air capture systems?"

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21.10.2015

# Media

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FCEA: A Talk By David Morrow – Is it permissible to research solar climate engineering (Video)

"David Morrow, in a tightly constructed talk at American University on October 8, examines the arguments for and against a modest solar radiation management (SRM) research agenda, and concludes that further research into SRM is morally permissible."

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19.10.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 43

The news review of calendar week 43 in 2015 is now available here.


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19.10.2015

# New Publications

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Anderson, Kevin (2015): Duality in climate science

Anderson, Kevin (2015): Duality in climate science. In Nature Geosci. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2559 

"Delivery of palatable 2 °C mitigation scenarios depends on speculative negative emissions or changing the past. Scientists must make their assumptions transparent and defensible, however politically uncomfortable the conclusions."

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19.10.2015

# Media

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Springer: Is there a realistic chance for climat engineering? (German)

German article about the EuTRACE project.

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