June 2016

13.06.2016

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News Review of Week 25 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 25 in 2016 is now available here.


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13.06.2016

# New Publications

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Matter, Juerg M.; et al. (2016): Rapid carbon mineralization for permanent disposal of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions

Matter, Juerg M.; Stute, Martin; Snaebjornsdottir, Sandra O.; Oelkers, Eric H.; Gislason, Sigurdur R.; Aradottir, Edda S. et al. (2016): Rapid carbon mineralization for permanent disposal of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. In Science (New York, N.Y.) 352 (6291), pp. 1312–1314. DOI 10.1126/science.aad8132.

Relevant to BECCS, but mostly CCS. "This study demonstrates for the first time the permanent disposal of CO2 as environmentally benign carbonate minerals in basaltic rocks. We find that over 95% of the CO2 injected into the CarbFix site in Iceland was mineralized to carbonate minerals in less than 2 years."

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09.06.2016

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2016): Transdisciplinary co-design of scientific research agendas. 40 research questions for socially relevant climate engineering research

Sugiyama, Masahiro; Asayama, Shinichiro; Kosugi, Takanobu; Ishii, Atsushi; Emori, Seita; Adachi, Jiro et al. (2016): Transdisciplinary co-design of scientific research agendas. 40 research questions for socially relevant climate engineering research. In Sustain Sci. DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0376-2.

"In this paper, we both as Japanese scientists and stakeholders collaboratively identify 40 socially relevant research questions on climate engineering with a particular emphasis on stratospheric aerosol injection, using a method designed to encourage science–policy collaboration. While we acknowledge some methodological problems and the difficulty in obtaining active participation from stakeholders, the list of identified questions covers broad interdisciplinary perspectives and diverse interests, and may provide an important foundation for future transdisciplinary research on climate engineering."

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09.06.2016

# New Publications

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Jackson, L. S.; et al. (2016): An intensified hydrological cycle in the simulation of geoengineering by cirrus cloud thinning using ice crystal fall speed changes

Jackson, L. S.; Crook, J. A.; Forster, P. M. (2016): An intensified hydrological cycle in the simulation of geoengineering by cirrus cloud thinning using ice crystal fall speed changes. In J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. DOI 10.1002/2015JD024304.

"Proposals to geoengineer Earth's climate by cirrus cloud thinning (CCT) potentially offer advantages over solar radiation management schemes: amplified cooling of the Arctic and smaller perturbations to global mean precipitation in particular. Using an idealized climate model implementation of CCT in which ice particle fall speeds were increased 2×, 4×, and 8× we examine the relationships between effective radiative forcing (ERF) at the top of atmosphere (TOA), near surface temperature and the response of the hydrological cycle."

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09.06.2016

# Media

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Energy Institute at Haas: Giving Up on Carbon Markets in Favor of a Giant Vacuum in the Sky?

"Betting the farm on direct capture makes geo-engineering a Plan B (which, you know, is the second letter of the alphabet)."

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09.06.2016

# New Publications

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Masco, Joseph (2016): Terraforming Planet Earth: The Age of Fallout

Masco, Joseph (2016): Terraforming Planet Earth: The Age of Fallout. In Rens van Munster, Casper Sylvest (Eds.): The Politics of Globality since 1945: Assembling the Planet: Taylor and Francis Ltd.

Chapter on nuclear testing with regard to CE ideas. "The (nuclear-petrochemical) industrial state has thus been geoengineering since 1945, remaking both atmospheres and ecologies, creating problems impossible to remediate or clean up."

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09.06.2016

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Yale environment 360: Why CO2 'Air Capture' Could Be Key to Slowing Global Warming

"Physicist Klaus Lackner has long advocated deploying devices that extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to combat climate change. Now, as emissions keep soaring, Lackner says in a Yale Environment 360 interview that such “air capture” approaches may be our last best hope."

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09.06.2016

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Environmental Leader: Seawater Carbon Capture Process Produces Fuel Stock

Carbon capture and utilization. "A method to extract carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater has been patented by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)."

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08.06.2016

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Center for Climate Protection: Can we cool the earth through geoengineering?

"This article is based on a recent talk he gave for former World Bank staff. It first appeared in The American Oxonian, Fall 2015, vol. CII:4. Major sources include Earthmasters (Yale 2014) by Clive Hamilton; the online publication Yale environment 360; and online sources including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."

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08.06.2016

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Money Week: What is geoengineering?

"I interviewed D’Maris Coffman – an associate professor from University College London – about the idea known as “geoengineering”. It’s an exciting suite of technologies that may give us a new hope in the fight against climate change. We’ll be looking below at what it means for your investments – and for your planet."

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