March 2016

07.03.2016

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Biofuels Digest: IKEA joins advanced bioeconomy via Newlight deal

"Under the agreement, IKEA will purchase 50% of the material from Newlight’s 23,000 tonne per year plant in the United States, and subsequently IKEA has exclusive rights in the home furnishings industry to use Newlight’s carbon capture technology to convert bio-based greenhouse gases, first from biogas and later from carbon dioxide, into AirCarbon thermoplastics for use in its home furnishing products."

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07.03.2016

# New Publications

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Ferraro, Angus J.; Griffiths, Hannah G. (2016): Quantifying the temperature-independent effect of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering on global-mean precipitation in a multi-model ensemble

"We demonstrate here that stratospheric sulphate aerosol itself also acts to reduce global-mean precipitation independent of its effects on temperature. The temperature-independent effect of stratospheric aerosol geoenginering on global-mean precipitation is calculated by removing temperature-dependent effects from climate model simulations of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)."

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07.03.2016

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Jones, Anthony C.; et al. (2016): Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

Jones, Anthony C.; Haywood, James M.; Jones, Andy (2016): Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection. In Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16 (5), pp. 2843–2862. DOI 10.5194/acp-16-2843-2016.

"In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020–2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all three aerosol-injection scenarios, though there is a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail."

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07.03.2016

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Earth Techling: Could Oyster Shells Sequester Carbon?

"But CO2 is one of the ingredients that shellfish extract from the ocean to manufacture their shells. And some actually thrive in higher CO2 environments"

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07.03.2016

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Huffington Post: Nature Wants Her Carbon Back

"Those same studies report that transforming even a small part of industrial agriculture land to healthier, regenerative methods can lead to sequestering more than 100% of current CO2 emissions in just three years. And everything the soil sequesters that's above what we're currently emitting will come from -- you guessed it -- the excess in the atmosphere."

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07.03.2016

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Good Magazine: Peter Singer on the COP21 Agreement and the Ethics of Climate Change

"Peter Singer is arguably one of the world’s best-known modern philosophers. Singer has been based out of Princeton University since 1999 and has a host of awards and honors to his name. [...] Singer: One possibility that’s been discussed is to engage in some form of geo-engineering to artificially cool the planet. Nobody has talked about what kind of international law foundation there would be for doing that. But [in that case] we would get more rapid discussion of geo-engineering and at least research into it to see what would work."

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06.03.2016

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Climate Home: Nanotechnology trial shows route to carbon negative cars

"Carbon dioxide can be used to make batteries for electric vehicles, US scientists have shown"

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06.03.2016

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taz: Interview with the new head of IASS (German)

Interview (in German) with Ortwin Renn, the new head of IASS on climate, risks and CE.

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04.03.2016

# New Publications

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Ming, Tingzhen; et al. (2016): Fighting global warming by greenhouse gas removal. Destroying atmospheric nitrous oxide thanks to synergies between two breakthrough technologies

Ming, Tingzhen; de_Richter, Renaud; Shen, Sheng; Caillol, Sylvain (2016): Fighting global warming by greenhouse gas removal. Destroying atmospheric nitrous oxide thanks to synergies between two breakthrough technologies. In Environ Sci Pollut Res. DOI 10.1007/s11356-016-6103-9.

"This article proposes a combination of disrupting techniques to transform nitrous oxide (N2O), the third most important greenhouse gas (GHG) in terms of current radiative forcing, which is harmful for the ozone layer and possesses quite high global warming potential. Although several scientific publications cite “greenhouse gas removal,” to our knowledge, it is the first time innovative solutions are proposed to effectively remove N2O or other GHGs from the atmosphere other than CO2."

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02.03.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 10 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 10 in 2016 is now available here.


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