October 2016

14.10.2016

# New Publications

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Anderson, K.; Peters, G. (2016): The trouble with negative emissions

Anderson, K.; Peters, G. (2016): The trouble with negative emissions. In Science 354 (6309), pp. 182–183. DOI 10.1126/science.aah4567.

"The Paris Agreement requires that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission sources and sinks are balanced by the second half of this century. Because some nonzero sources are unavoidable, this leads to the abstract concept of “negative emissions,” the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through technical means. The Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) informing policy-makers assume the large-scale use of negative-emission technologies. If we rely on these and they are not deployed or are unsuccessful at removing CO2 from the atmosphere at the levels assumed, society will be locked into a high-temperature pathway."

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14.10.2016

# Media

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LawSci Forum: Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property

"The potential role of private actors in SCE is unclear. On the one hand, decisions regarding whether and how to intentionally alter the planet’s climate should be made through legitimate state-based processes. On the other hand, the private sector has long been the site of great innovation, which SCE technology development requires. Such private innovation is both stimulated and governed through governmental intellectual property (IP) policies."

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14.10.2016

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Washington Post: We’re placing far too much hope in pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, scientists warn

"In the past decade, an ambitious — but still mostly hypothetical — technological strategy for meeting our global climate goals has grown prominent in scientific discussions. Known as “negative emissions,” the idea is to remove carbon dioxide from the air using various technological means, a method that could theoretically buy the world more time when it comes to reducing our overall greenhouse-gas emissions."

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13.10.2016

# New Publications

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Zhao, Liyun; et al. (2016): Glacier evolution in high mountain Asia under stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection geoengineering

Zhao, Liyun; Yang, Yi; Ji, Doying; Moore, John C. (2016): Glacier evolution in high mountain Asia under stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection geoengineering. In Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., pp. 1–21. DOI 10.5194/acp-2016-830.

"We examine this hypothesis for the glaciers in High Mountain Asia using a glacier mass balance model driven by climate simulations from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP). The G3 and G4 schemes specify use of stratospheric sulphate aerosols to reduce the radiative forcing under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 scenario for the 50 years between 2020 and 2069, and for a further 20 years after termination of geoengineering."

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13.10.2016

# Political Papers

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Committee on Climate Change (2016): UK climate action following the Paris Agreement

Committee on Climate Change (2016): UK climate action following the Paris Agreement. London.

"The Paris Agreement marks a significant positive step in global action to tackle climate change. This report considers the domestic actions the UK Government should take as part of a fair contribution to the aims of the Agreement. [...] Set out a strategy for developing options to remove greenhouse gases from the air"

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13.10.2016

# Media

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the guardian: UK must focus on carbon removal to meet Paris goals, climate advisers urge

"Report from the Committee on Climate Change says a government strategy to deploy new, radical technologies at scale by 2050 must begin now"

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13.10.2016

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Daily Mail: Greenhouse gas removal technologies needed to meet climate goals, experts warn

"Schemes to take greenhouse gases back out of the atmosphere - from planting trees to new technology - will be needed to meet global climate goals, government advisers have said."

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13.10.2016

# Media

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: The 1.5-Degree-Question (German)

German newspaper article on keeping 1.5 °C by using CE/negative emissions.

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12.10.2016

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CSC: Will geoengineering save us from a certain doom?

"Renowned glacier researcher emphasizes the role of high-performance computing in climate research. [...] Geoengineering is expected to provide solutions, but it is certainly not without problems. "Is choosing geoengineering like a smoker choosing a lung transplant instead of quitting tobacco?" Moore asks, and leaves us to think about the answer."

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10.10.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 42 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 42 in 2016 is now available here.


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