December 2017

07.12.2017

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The Guardian: Researchers share $22m Breakthrough prize as science gets rock star treatment

"Chory now has ambitious plans to breed plants that can suck vast quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in a bid to combat climate change. She believes that crops could be selected to absorb 20 times more of the greenhouse gas than they do today, and convert it into suberin, a waxy material found in roots and bark that breaks down incredibly slowly in soil. “If we can do this on 5% of the landmass people are growing crops on, we can take out 50% of global human emissions,” she said."

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07.12.2017

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Popular Mechanics: The New Plants That Could Save Us From Climate Change

"Breakthrough Prize Winner Joanne Chory is designing plants that could take incredible amounts of CO2 out of the atmosphere."

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07.12.2017

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Quartz: In a way, climate change is a straightforward problem to solve

"We’d need a global consensus before trying the experiment. Considering how difficult it was to reach a consensus for a weak Paris climate agreement with voluntary goals, it’d be nearly impossible to come to an agreement on a geoengineering project with so many uncertainties associated—and with so many potential regional impacts."

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07.12.2017

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Quartz: A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

"Net Power, a North Carolina-based energy startup, is betting on that prediction. At its pilot plant in Houston, the company is making a $150-million investment in a new approach to deploy carbon-capture technology that it believes could completely change the way we use natural gas to generate electricity. [...] These models show that, without the mass deployment of carbon-capture technology, there is no way to keep the global average temperature from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In fact, 101 of the 116 options modeled by the IPCC say the world needs to not only capture emissions from fossil-fuel power plants and industries, but also to suck it out of the air to produce “negative emissions,” a technology yet to be commercialized."

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07.12.2017

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Climate Discovery: Very Large Negative Emissions: Beyond Paris Emissions Reductions to a Safe and Healthy Climate

"James Hansen, 32 year director of the U.S. national climate modeling agency, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (1981-2013, now retired), has had a new fundamental piece of climate work published. His team looks at the negative emissions required–in addition to various scenarios for emissions reductions–that are needed to achieve “non-dangerous” warming. Under Hansen’s scenarios, to limit warming to 1.3 or 1.4 C maximum, and have the temperature fall back to about 1 C by the end of the century, we need to remove 7 to 32 gigatons of CO2 directly from the sky every year until 2100–in addition to 80 percent emissions reductions by 2050 and 100 percent by 2080. We emit nearly 40 Gt CO2 annually today."

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07.12.2017

# Political Papers

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ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix

ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix. With assistance of Kathy Jo Wetter, Zundel.

"The “Big Bad Fix” provides policy makers, journalists, NGO activists, social movements, and other change agents with a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. It delivers a sound background analysis of the history of geoengineering, the various vested interests shaping it, and case studies on some of the most important technologies and experiments."

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04.12.2017

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Newsletter of Week 49 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 49 in 2017 is now available here.


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03.12.2017

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Shillong Times: How to fight global warming

"Geo-engineering is one area that has gathered momentum in recent years. It requires the deliberate intervention in the climate system with the aim of curbing global warming. One example is Solar Radiation Management, which involves reflecting more of the sun’s rays away from the planet back into space. This could be done by pumping sulphur aerosols into the high reaches of the atmosphere, where they would have similar reflective properties to the ash released naturally by volcanoes."

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03.12.2017

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New York Times: Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet

"The earth possesses five major pools of carbon. Of those pools, the atmosphere is already overloaded with the stuff; the oceans are turning acidic as they become saturated with it; the forests are diminishing; and underground fossil fuel reserves are being emptied. That leaves soil as the most likely repository for immense quantities of carbon."

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03.12.2017

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Videos: Watch full panel sessions from ClimateTECH

"Idea Lab: Plan B for the Planet with David Keith"

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