January 2017

12.01.2017

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Inverse: Solar Engineering Is the Terrible Idea That Just Might Save Us

"Injecting sulfur dioxide by the megaton into the stratosphere is as crazy as it sounds."

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12.01.2017

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Inverse: Will Genetically Modified Plants Save Us From Climate Change?

"Geoengineering a solution to global warming is risky. Doing nothing is worse."

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12.01.2017

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New York Times: White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming

"A White House road map for federally funded climate research has for the first time recommended research into geoengineering, the concept of intervening in nature to slow or reverse global warming."

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12.01.2017

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Nexus Media: Concrete Jungles, Like Real Ones, Capture CO2

"Three new studies show promise for carbon capture."

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12.01.2017

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Counter Currents: Regenerative Agriculture: Our Best Shot At Cooling The Planet?

"But while engineers are scrambling to come up with grand geo-engineering schemes, they may be overlooking a simpler, less glamorous solution. It has to do with soil."

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12.01.2017

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Inverse: Government-Sponsored Climate Change Geoengineering Just Became a Thing

On the report of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. "This is what a last-ditch effort to save the planet looks like."

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12.01.2017

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The Problem With “Playing God”

"The phrase sows moral panic about science without helping to solve it. [...] The admonition against playing God has since been ceaselessly invoked as a rhetorical bogeyman. Secular and religious, critic and journalist alike have summoned the term to deride and outright dismiss entire areas of research and technology, including stem cells, genetically modified crops, recombinant DNA, geoengineering, and gene editing."

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12.01.2017

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Science Daily: Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air

Article reporting on Seipp, Charles A.; et al. (2016). "Scientists have found a simple, reliable process to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air, offering a new option for carbon capture and storage strategies to combat global warming."

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12.01.2017

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Seipp, Charles A.; et al. (2016): CO2 Capture from Ambient Air by Crystallization with a Guanidine Sorbent

Seipp, Charles A.; Williams, Neil J.; Kidder, Michelle K.; Custelcean, Radu (2016): CO2 Capture from Ambient Air by Crystallization with a Guanidine Sorbent. In: Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201610916.

"Carbon capture and storage is an important strategy for stabilizing the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2 and the global temperature. A possible approach toward reversing this trend and decreasing the atmospheric CO2 concentration is to remove the CO2 directly from air (direct air capture). Herein we report a simple aqueous guanidine sorbent that captures CO2 from ambient air and binds it as a crystalline carbonate salt by guanidinium hydrogen bonding."

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11.01.2017

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Science: Is wood a green source of energy? Scientists are divided

"The bottom line for climate can shift depending on how far into the future researchers peer. The EPA panel on which Abt and Khanna sit has endorsed a long view. In its latest draft, the group recommends doing carbon accounting over a 100-year timeframe, based on research suggesting that it takes that long for the planet to feel the full impact of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. Such long tallies give new forests plenty of time to mature and recapture carbon, making wood appear closer to carbon neutral."

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