November 2016

14.11.2016

# Political Papers

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MCC (2016): Betting on negative emissions

MCC (2016): Betting on negative emissions. Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. Berlin (MCC Policy Brief, 2).

"The 1.5-degree target significantly reduces the carbon budget compared to the 2-degree target. New technologies are hoped to reduce the CO2 debt. They aim to remove already existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—but also entail serious risks."

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14.11.2016

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Fern (2016): Report of the seminar 'Negative Emissions' facilitated by Fern

Fern (2016): Report of the seminar 'Negative Emissions' facilitated by Fern. Brussels.

"This seminar held in May 2016 brought key scientists together with environmental, development and human rights NGOs to understand the Paris Agreement’s implications for forests and land use."

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14.11.2016

# Political Papers

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Energy Technologies Institute (2016): The evidence for deploying Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) in the UK

Energy Technologies Institute (2016): The evidence for deploying Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) in the UK. With assistance of Geraldine Newton-Cross, Dennis Gammer. Loughborough.

"Bioenergy technologies when combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) can deliver negative emissions (net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere) whilst producing energy in the form of electricity, heat, gaseous and liquid fuels. Negative emissions provide important emissions ‘headroom’ as the UK transitions towards a low-carbon energy system, since the additional ‘breathing space’ afforded by negative emissions reduces the need for rapid emissions reductions in sectors such as heavy duty transport and aviation which are more difficult and expensive to decarbonise. Evidence from ESME, the ETI’s peer-reviewed energy system modelling environment, suggests that by the 2050s, BECCS could deliver c.-55 million tonnes of net negative emissions per annum (approximately half our emissions target in 2050), whilst meeting c.10% of the UK’s future energy demand. This would reduce the cost of meeting the UK’s 2050 GHG emissions target by up to 1% of GDP."

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14.11.2016

# Media

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The Ends Report: Biomass negative emissions technology ‘could be commercially viable’

"Biomass with CCS could remove millions of tonnes CO2 from the atmosphere and supply a substantial portion of energy demand given adequate government support, says the ETI"

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14.11.2016

# Media

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TU Delft: TU Delft students design new aircraft for last resort option of geoengineering

"Students of the TU Delft (faculty of Aerospace Engineering) have produced a research report* to describe the preliminary technical and operational design of a fleet of purpose-built Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Aircraft (SAGA) to deliver five megatons of aerosol per year to altitudes between 18.5 and 19.5 km to gain insight in the cost and impact of such a system."

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14.11.2016

# Media

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Climate Action Network: The Danger and Opportunities of 1.5°C for Smallholder Agriculture

"In order to meet the long-term goal, IPCC scenarios estimate that up to a billion hectares of land need to be dedicated to negative emissions efforts such as bioenergy—a strategy that can threaten land rights, trapping farmers between a warming world and restricted land access. If done wrong, climate action in the land sector could have massive negative impacts on food security, adaptive capacities, development potential, gender equality and the livelihoods of communities dependent on small-scale agriculture, as well as on biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, with an increased risk of land-grabbing and rises in food prices."

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12.11.2016

# Media

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FCEA Blog: Commentary: A Response to “Five Solar Geoengineering Tropes That Have Outstayed Their Welcome”

Commentary by Wil Burns on Reynolds, Jesse L.; et al. (2016): Five solar geoengineering tropes that have outstayed their welcome.

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12.11.2016

# Media

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Financial Times: Scientists grapple with geoengineering plans

"Schemes to control global temperatures remain unproven and risky"

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12.11.2016

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Carbon Brief: UK unveils research priorities for 1.5C climate change goal

"The UK government has given its clearest sign yet of how it intends to support efforts to limit warming to 1.5C, the ambitious goal that emerged from last year’s Paris Agreement on climate change. Carbon budgets, “negative emissions”, biodiversity, sea level rise and the Greenland ice sheet all feature in the 10 new research projects given the green light this week, with funding totalling £963,959."

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12.11.2016

# New Publications

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Lackner, Klaus S. (2016): The promise of negative emissions

Lackner, Klaus S. (2016): The promise of negative emissions. In Science 354 (6313), p. 714–714. DOI 10.1126/science.aal2432.

"Anderson and Peters provide no evidence that faith in negative-emissions technologies is to blame for a delay in implementing other mitigation plans or for the failure of countries to cut emissions."

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