March 2018

08.03.2018

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Cambridge Network: Cambridge Science Festival: Is time running out to tackle climate change?

"Commenting ahead of the event, Dr Hunt, said: “This talk presents technologies that may be urgently required to slow down the progress of Arctic melting.  One project, SPICE (Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering), proposed a small experiment but the experiment was shut down for fear of ‘the slippery slope’."

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06.03.2018

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Job: Research Assistant/Associate in Climate Policy for the Energy Policy Research Group (Fixed Term)

Deadline: 15. March 2018

"We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate at Cambridge Judge Business School within the economics and policy subject group. The post holder will support a new multi-institution consortium focused on assessing greenhouse gas removal (GGR) technologies such as bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) and direct air capture of CO2 (DAC) in addition to other measures such as afforestation. "

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06.03.2018

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Lederer, Markus; Kreuter, Judith (2018): Organising the unthinkable in times of crises. Will climate engineering become the weapon of last resort in the Anthropocene?

Lederer, Markus; Kreuter, Judith (2018): Organising the unthinkable in times of crises. Will climate engineering become the weapon of last resort in the Anthropocene? In Organization 4, 135050841875918. DOI: 10.1177/1350508418759186.

"In this article, we ask how the approaches of climate engineering – mostly highly technological approaches to address the challenge of global climate change – might be organised in the age of the Anthropocene. We understand the term ‘Anthropocene’ to be characterised by crisis, on one hand, and by promise, on the other. In particular, we aim to raise doubts on the dominant perspective on the organisation of climate engineering, which assumes these approaches to be regulated through legalistic means. Drawing an analogy to the early development stages of nuclear weapons, we point out that, instead of following a legalistic rationale, climate engineering organisation might pursue a logic of technical feasibility, political acceptance and bureaucratic momentum."

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06.03.2018

# Calls & events

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Call for Application: Travel grant for Negative Emissions Conference

Deadline: 16. May 2018

"Explaining complicated scientific concepts is hard. Explaining those concepts to your 80-year-old grandma? Way harder than joining her and all her friends in a game of bridge. We are looking for students who can explain carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to a grandparent in 300 words or less. Four winners will receive a $1000 travel grant and waived registration to the 2018 International Conference for Negative CO2 Emissions!"

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05.03.2018

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Newsletter of Week 10 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 10 in 2018 is now available here.


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05.03.2018

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Climate Council: Bhutan is the world’s only carbon negative country, so how did they do it?

"Bhutan has stepped onto the international stage as the first country to become carbon negative. Bhutan is a small land-locked country in the Himalayas situated between India and China, with a population of approximately 790,000 people, and a bold promise to remain carbon neutral for all time. Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative."

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02.03.2018

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Job: ETC is Hiring

Deadline: 02. April 2018

"ETC Group is hiring! Come join our small and dynamic team, working closely across continents on socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies.  We are currently looking to fill 3 positions."

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02.03.2018

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Die Furche: We missed the bus (German)

German newspaper interview with Gernot Wagner.

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02.03.2018

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Muri, Helene (2018): The role of large - scale BECCS in the pursuit of the 1.5°C target – an Earth system model perspective

Muri, Helene (2018): The role of large - scale BECCS in the pursuit of the 1.5°C target – an Earth system model perspective. In Environ. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab324.

"Here, the potential of large-scale BECCS deployment in contributing towards the 1.5ºC global warming target is evaluated using an Earth system model, as well as associated climate responses and carbon cycle feedbacks. The geographical location of the bioenergy feedstock is shown to be key to the success of such measures in the context of temperature targets. Although net negative emissions were reached sooner, by ~6 years, and scaled up, land use change emissions and reductions in forest carbon sinks outweigh these effects in one scenario."

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02.03.2018

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Minn Post: Croplands can suck lots of CO2 from air if treated with crushed rock

"Most home gardeners know at a least a bit about soil amendments — how you can make plants grow better by working in compost to fertilize and loosen the loam, maybe some crushed limestone to lower acidity. What if the same principle could be applied, at a massive scale, to take globe-warming carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere?"

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