December 2015

23.12.2015

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FCEA Blog: Building Better Concepts in Climate Engineering: why bother with CDR and SRM?

By Patrick Taylor Smith. "I want to take a step back from the particulars of the conversation between Horton and McLaren and ask the following question: what is the point of drawing—or of failing to draw—a distinction between SRM and CDR? The very question, “Should we treat SRM and CDR the same or different?” presumes that there are useful categories—‘SRM’ and ‘CDR’—that ought to serve as the foundation of our analysis of geoengineering."

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23.12.2015

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arte: Intervene into the climate: Info graphs (French)

Info graphs on certain CE technologies. Text in French.

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23.12.2015

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National Geographics: Santa's Home Is Melting. Will We Ever Bring It Back?

"Later this century, after the North Pole is open water, we may have the technology to bring back the Arctic ice—if we want to."

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23.12.2015

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Daily Camera: Bob Greenlee: Geoengineering could offer solutions to climate change

"Perhaps the climate summit could have produced more creative solutions had emphasis been placed on seeking scientific geoengineering solutions. Twenty-five years ago, a massive volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines briefly reversed most of the global warming that occurred since the start of the Industrial Revolution"

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23.12.2015

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Envisionation: Climate Justice? “Let them eat cake!” Discussion: Professor Kevin Anderson & Dr. Hugh Hunt

"In this spontaneous conversation between two of Britain’s most vocal scientists on climate change and engineering, we see a frank analysis of the details that bely inconvenient truths for each one us. Our current carbon pollution rate is taking us towards a planet that is on average 4ºC warmer than today with regional variations far exceeding this and changes to the natural world that will be so profound that it is fair to say, this will not be the same planet."

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23.12.2015

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Nature: Talks in the city of light generate more heat

"Rather than relying on far-off negative-emissions technologies, Paris needed to deliver a low-carbon road map for today, argues Kevin Anderson. [...] Governments, prompted by their advisers, have plumped for BECCS (biomass energy carbon capture and storage) as the most promising 'negative-emissions technology'."

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21.12.2015

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Before they Vanish Blog: Forestry in China: An Introduction

"Carbon sequestration through reforestation and afforestation is disproportionate to the rate of carbon emissions and the carbon sink loss due to deforestation. Deforestation, according to the IPCC, accounts for 20% of overall greenhouse gas emissions (Barker et al. 2007). A staunch believer in the potential of anthropogenic intervention in climate change, Watson claims that “significant reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions” are possible with technology and “policy measures in the…agricultural and forestry sectors”. "

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21.12.2015

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The Ellsworth American: Climate engineering

"The agreement reached in Paris is a monumental achievement, but it will only become real if individual countries make good on their commitments, including conversion of energy production and use away from fossil fuels to renewables. This, in turn, will require a huge effort by the technical community funded by investors and corporations to make green energy better and cheaper — and soon."

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21.12.2015

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Foreign Policy: The Dirty Secret of the Paris Climate Deal

"In order to hit the goal of warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, we’re relying on a host of unproven, risky future technologies."

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18.12.2015

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Scientific American: An Unusual Tech Bet Could Slow Climate Change

On CCS and BECCS. "Ethanol, saltwater and fermentation all get involved"

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