April 2016

17.04.2016

# New Publications

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Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2016): On the potential for BECCS efficiency improvement through heat recovery from both post-combustion and oxy-combustion facilities

Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2016): On the potential for BECCS efficiency improvement through heat recovery from both post-combustion and oxy-combustion facilities. In Faraday Discuss. DOI 10.1039/C6FD00051G.

"In this study, the impact of biomass co-firing rate and biomass moisture content on BECCS efficiency with both post- and oxy-combustion CO2 capture technologies evaluated. It was found that post-combustion capture BECCS (PCC-BECCS) facilities will be appreciably less efficient than oxy-combustion capture BECCS (OCC-BECCS) facilities."

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17.04.2016

# Media

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DN: Sweden should have a zero tolerance for greenhouse gas emissions (Swedish)

On mitigation and BECCS. (Translated)

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17.04.2016

# Media

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National Geographics: Saving Planet Earth & Stop Climate Change (Video)

National Geographic documantary about CE (from 2014, now on Youtube).

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15.04.2016

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Carbon Brief: How BECCS became climate change’s ‘saviour’ technology

"Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage – better known by the acronym “BECCS” – has come to be seen as one of the most viable and cost-effective negative emissions technologies."

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15.04.2016

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Ina Moeller Blog: Imagining Geoengineering

"My aim is to explore the role of human imagination in our perception and reaction to climate change, and explain the inherent attraction of geoengineering. It is inspired by the wave of post-apocalyptic hollywood movies – snow piercer, mad max, the day after tomorrow, the road – that use a drastic change in the climate as a setting for their stories."

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13.04.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Weeks 14, 15, and 16 of 2016

The news review of calendar weeks 14, 15, and 16 in 2016 is now available here.


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13.04.2016

# Media

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Eureka Street: Sulphur sunshade is a stupid pollution solution

"It's a credo of consumer capitalism: never address the cause when you can create an industry treating the symptoms."

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13.04.2016

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse; et al. (2016): Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property. Toward a Research Commons. (forthcoming)

Reynolds, Jesse; Contreras, Jorge L.; Sarnoff, Joshua D. (2016): Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property. Toward a Research Commons. (forthcoming). In Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology.

"However, the role of patents, research data, and trade secrets in SCE research remains unclear and contested. To this end, this article identifies concerns that may arise through the acquisition of intellectual property rights in SCE and proposes the formation of an SCE “research commons” to facilitate responsible SCE research and development."

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13.04.2016

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FCEA Blog: Non-ideal theory and climate engineering

"Which actions do non-ideal circumstances justify? As we understand it, non-ideal theory allows actions that are (1) effective at reducing injustice, (2) politically feasible, and (3) morally permissible, given the less-than-ideal circumstances, even if they would not be permissible in ideal circumstances. We understand that third criterion as allowing acts of protection or punishment that create injustices, as long as those injustices are proportionate to the injustice being alleviated and better than the alternatives in terms of the ratio of injustice done to injustice averted."

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13.04.2016

# New Publications

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Kärcher, B. (2016): The importance of contrail ice formation for mitigating the climate impact of aviation

Kärcher, B. (2016): The importance of contrail ice formation for mitigating the climate impact of aviation. In J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., pp. n/a-n/a. DOI 10.1002/2015JD024696.

CE relevant study on cirrus cloud reduction. "The improved scientific understanding of initial ice formation processes allows atmospheric effects of mitigation options related to contrail cirrus to be investigated in unprecedented detail, especially those associated with the use of alternative aviation fuels. This study will enable a leap forward toward more reliable simulations addressing global climatic effects of contrail-induced cloudiness."

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