May 2016

24.05.2016

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New York Times: Exxon Mobil Backs FuelCell Effort to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

"For years, FuelCell Energy has been considered a company to watch. Its technology promised to help economically reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which could help combat climate change. The Danbury, Conn., company might be able to make a difference, experts said, if only it had a partner with really deep pockets."

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24.05.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor: In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement, nature and humanity lose

"Finally the Paris Agreement does not speak explicitly about geoengineering or BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage)—but that does not mean these topics are not being discussed by governments. Since emissions cuts in the INDCs fall short of the ‘below 2ºC’ target, corporations have jumped on the opportunity to propose dangerous, untested and risky technologies which they argue would help reach it."

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23.05.2016

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Job: Part-time International Governance of Climate Engineering Program Assistant

(no deadline)

"The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (www.ceassessment.org) is a scholarly initiative within the School of International Service, American University. We seek a part-time program assistant to join a team working on a new funded project."

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23.05.2016

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Science Daily: Atmospheric aerosols can significantly cool down climate

"It is possible to significantly slow down and even temporarily stop the progression of global warming by increasing the atmospheric aerosol concentration, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland."

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23.05.2016

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Job: PhD position-Modelling earth systemic and hydrologic impacts of terrestrial climate engineering (Potsdam, Germany)

Deadline: 10. June 2016

"PIK, in cooperation with the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg, invites applications from outstanding PhD candidates within the new CE-LAND+ project funded by the DFG Science Priority Program “Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?”."

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23.05.2016

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the reluctant geoengineer Blog: Self defence

Response to Patrick Taylor Smith's article on CE as self defence.  "I read it, disagreed with some of it, and thought it would be an interesting exercise to unpick it."

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23.05.2016

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Tech Times: Iron Fertilization In The Pacific Will Not Solve Climate Change

"Iron fertilization in the Pacific is not an effective solution to climate change, a new research has revealed."

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19.05.2016

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Canmua: 'Natural geoengineering’ could slow global warming

"Hence the appeal of what might be called “natural geoengineering.” Natural ecological processes already offer many reliable and safe ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Currently, natural processes — such as photosynthesis by tropical trees and marine phytoplankton, and CO2 absorption by ocean waters — remove and store more than half of the carbon emissions generated by human activities. With thoughtful environmental stewardship there is the promise of doing more, and doing it in more environmentally friendly ways."

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19.05.2016

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Salt: Hacking the Climate: can geoengineering solve climate change?

"A large failing behind some of these research ideas is an understanding of ecology and interdependence. Life on this planet does not depend upon one factor, and we cannot simply treat our species as a separate system from this delicate and intricate web of interaction. Life has evolved over 3.5 billions of years with a vast multitude of its own experiments and optimisations that we ourselves are part."

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19.05.2016

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Climeworks company: Press release on UN Climate Change Conferenc

"To achieve climate targets, e.g. reducing global warming to 1.5°C, CO2 might have to be extracted from atmospheric air on a gigaton scale. There are only a few negative emission technologies with the potential to capture and store the
necessary amounts of CO2 until 2100: In combination with storage technology Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture technology (DAC) is one of these. The implementation of the COP21 Paris agreement will be discussed at the Bonn UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (May 16th to 26th) – the Swiss cleantech startup Climeworks will be able to inform the members of the conference about the need for negative emission technologies and its DAC technology at a trade show booth."

(See also general site here.)

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