December 2015

14.12.2015

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New Scientist: Geoengineering our way out of the climate mess

"Don't fear big science fixes: they buy us time to kick the carbon habit, argues Oliver Morton's powerful new book The Planet Remade"

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14.12.2015

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The Center for Carbon Removal: 6 things I learned at COP21 about carbon removal

"There has been lots of great analysis on what’s in the deal and what it means for our prospects for fighting climate. But what, specifically, are the implications of this deal for carbon removal (i.e. “negative emissions”) solutions? Below are six things I learned at COP21 about carbon removal."

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14.12.2015

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New Vision: Engineering climate: from pariah to saviour?

"Once dismissed as dangerous science fiction, schemes to stave off global warming by re-engineering Earth's climate may well gain in traction as a result of the Paris agreement."

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12.12.2015

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Yale environment 360: Can Pulling Carbon from Air Make a Difference on Climate?

"Numerous technologies exist to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and new companies are entering the field. But can CO2 ‘air capture’ scale up from a niche business to an industry that will lower atmospheric concentrations of CO2?"

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12.12.2015

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Ahram Online: COP21: $4bn for Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel

"Heads of states and government recommit to developing the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, one of the most ambitious projects ever put into action to address areas on the frontline of climate change"

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12.12.2015

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Cal Alumni: Strip It and Stash It: Climate Scientists Focus on Extracting the Carbon Already in Our Air

"Why the shift? Simply put, it looks like cutting human-generated emissions alone won’t be enough to keep Earth from warming more than the 2°C limit established as a goal by the UN. By scouring gaseous carbon from the atmosphere and locking it up in plants and rocks, the thinking goes, we can keep the element from performing its global warming mischief."

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10.12.2015

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Al Jazeera English: Could geo-engineering be used to stop global warming?

"In the absence of a strong agreement to cut carbon emissions, some scientists are working on other ways to tackle the problem of global warming."

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10.12.2015

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The Irish Times: COP21: Five technologies that could help – and five that will not

"Could mirrors in space save the planet? They could provide Earth with a cosmic sunshade"

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10.12.2015

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Scientific American: Blocking the Sun Is No Plan B for Global Warming

"Planet-wide geoengineering schemes might work—or backfire. Either way, there is no getting around the need to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere"

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09.12.2015

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Bellona Europa (2015): IPCC 5th Climate Assessment Report: An unequivocal call for action on (Bio-)CCS

Bellona Europa (2015): IPCC 5th Climate Assessment Report: An unequivocal call for action on (Bio-)CCS (Bellona Brief).

"Drastically increase decarbonisation costs; preclude reaching the 2°C / 450 ppm target this century; likely result in missing our only chance to deal with runaway climate change; alienate potential allies from industrial sectors needed for deep decarbonisation; and increase the political barriers to transformational change. This brief, summarising the case for action on CCS and Bio-CCS as laid out in the IPCC 5AR, is being launched today, 7 December 2015, at the UN Climate Conference COP 21, where Bellona’s Founder and President Frederic Hauge is speaking among the IPCC’s Vice Chair, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, and Associate Professor at Radbout University, Heleen de Coninck."

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