October 2015

12.10.2015

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Nuevas Tech: Test facility for carbon capture from air (French)

French article on the direct air capture facility in Canada. "le contacteur d’air de génie carbone passe air ambiant à travers liquide pour produire une solution riche en dioxyde de carbone."

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12.10.2015

# New Publications

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Penner, Joyce E.; et al. (2015): Can cirrus cloud seeding be used for geoengineering?

Penner, Joyce E.; Zhou, Cheng; Liu, Xiaohong (2015): Can cirrus cloud seeding be used for geoengineering? In Geophys. Res. Lett., pp. n/a-n/a. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL065992 

"Here we use an updated version of the Community Atmosphere Model version 5 (CAM5) and re-evaluate whether seeding is a viable mechanism for cooling. We explore different model set-ups (with and without secondary organic aerosols acting as heterogeneous ice nuclei). None of the updated versions of the CAM5 model lead to a significant amount of negative climate forcing, and hence do not lead to cooling."

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12.10.2015

# Projects

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Project: Energy Department Selects Five Projects in First Step to Produce Fresh Water from CO2 Storage Sites

"Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects that will study the feasibility of using salty water – or brine – from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites to produce fresh water."

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12.10.2015

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The Market Business: Volcano Eruptions Can Change River Flows, Impact Water Availability

"Caution against geo-engineering as climate change solution The study, published in Nature Geoscience, also cautioned against so-called geo-engineering schemes proposed as a solution for cooling down an overheating planet."

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12.10.2015

# Political Papers

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EBTP (2015): Biomass with CO2 Capture and Storage (Bio-CCS). The way forward for Europe

EBTP (2015): Biomass with CO2 Capture and Storage (Bio-CCS). The way forward for Europe. European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants. Available online at http://www.biofuelstp.eu/bio-ccs.html.

"This report was produced by the Zero Emissions Platform with input from the European Biofuels Technology Platform. Bio-CCS combines sustainable biomass conversion with CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) – e.g. in biofuels and bioenergy production – and is already being deployed at industrial scale in the U.S. Use of biofuels and bioenergy is steadily increasing in the European Union (EU) due to targets for renewable energy sources and certain biofuels production routes could provide “low-hanging fruits” for early, low-cost CCS deployment."

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12.10.2015

# Political Papers

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Secretariat of the CBD (2015): Update on Climate Geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2015): Update on Climate Geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework (provisional agenda, item 4.2).

"The present note expands on the interim update prepared for SBSTTA-18, with the inclusion of additional information from the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other more recent publications. This report has been prepared by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity with the assistance of the lead authors of Parts I and II of CBD Technical Series No. 66."

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09.10.2015

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New York Times: Companies Struggle to Make Carbon Capture Viable

"Deep in Canada’s oil country, a group of energy companies is trying to perform something close to a miracle: making dirty fossil fuels green. The project — buoyed by grants from the Canadian government reaching almost $1 billion — involves capturing carbon dioxide from an oil plant near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and then pumping the emissions deep underground, out of harm’s way."

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09.10.2015

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Bay Today: Calgary company unveils groundbreaking carbon capture project in Squamish, B.C.

"The mountain air in Squamish, B.C., could soon be even fresher with the launch of a groundbreaking carbon capture operation."

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09.10.2015

# New Publications

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Service, Robert F. (2015): Tailpipe to tank

Service, Robert F. (2015): Tailpipe to tank. In Science (New York, N.Y.) 349 (6253), pp. 1158–1160. DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6253.1158 

"Chemists are striving to do better. Their hope is to essentially run combustion in reverse and remove CO2 from the atmosphere and combine it with water to make liquid fuels that are the mainstay of the world's transportation system. That would provide society with a source of fuels made from renewable energy."

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09.10.2015

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The Center for Carbon Removal: Ag. Tech's Role in Carbon Farming

"Over the past few years, venture capital investment in agriculture and food businesses (collectively referred to as "Agtech") has soared (see chart below), startup incubators dedicated to Agtech launched, and even the USDA has gotten into the Agtech game by creating a fund to support Agtech innovation. All of this innovation has provided farmers with new tools to help them forecast weather more effectively, plant crops more precisely, and apply fertilizer / use water more efficiently (among many other benefits); and has provided consumers with new choices for eating more sustainable food."

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