September 2018

20.09.2018

# Media

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rtulip.net: UN ignores carbon removal

"Last week, UN Secretary-General Gutierrez delivered a major speech on climate change that was utterly stunning for its vacuous failure to engage on key issues in climate science, by completely leaving out any mention of Carbon Dioxide Removal. "

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20.09.2018

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Nature: Don’t deploy negative emissions technologies without ethical analysis

"The IPCC report will confirm an open secret: in the light of growing emissions, targets for mitigating climate change increasingly depend on ‘negative emissions technologies’ that suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Staying within 2 °C could mean extracting billions of tonnes of CO2 this century."

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20.09.2018

# New Publications

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Torvanger, A. (2018): Governance of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): accounting, rewarding, and the Paris agreement

Torvanger, Asbjørn (2018): Governance of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): accounting, rewarding, and the Paris agreement. In: Climate Policy, S. 1–13. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1509044.

"This study aims to identify pragmatic ways forward for BECCS, through synthesizing the literature relevant to accounting and rewarding BECCS, and its relation to the Paris Agreement. BECCS is divided into its two elements: biomass and CCS."

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20.09.2018

# New Publications

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Gardiner, S.; et al. (2018): The Tollgate Principles for the Governance of Geoengineering: Moving Beyond the Oxford Principles to an Ethically More Robust Approach

Gardiner, S.; Fragnière, A. (2018): The Tollgate Principles for the Governance of Geoengineering: Moving Beyond the Oxford Principles to an Ethically More Robust Approach. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (2), S. 143–174. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1509472.

"This article offers a constructive critique of the Oxford Principles for the governance of geoengineering and proposes an alternative set of principles, the Tollgate Principles, based on that critique. Our main concern is that, despite their many merits, the Oxford Principles remain largely instrumental and dominated by procedural considerations; therefore, they fail to lay the groundwork sufficiently for the more substantive ethical debate that is needed. The article aims to address this gap by making explicit many of the important ethical questions lurking in the background, especially around values such as justice, respect and legitimacy."

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20.09.2018

# Political Papers

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Heinrich Böll Stiftung (2018): Frequently Asked Questions on 1.5°C and Geoengineering

"Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 1,5°C target and the topic of geoengineering."

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20.09.2018

# New Publications

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Ahlvik, L.; et al. (2018): Optimal geoengineering experiments

Ahlvik, L.; Iho, A. (2018): Optimal geoengineering experiments. In: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2018.08.008.

"We demonstrate this set-up through an economic analysis of an artificial oxygenation scheme designed to mitigate eutrophication in the Baltic Sea and find that while the expected marginal benefit falls short of costs, a field test representing some 10 percent of full deployment would be optimal."

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17.09.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 38 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 38 in 2018 is now available here.


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17.09.2018

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Quartz: Apple is investing in negative emissions

"On Friday (Sep. 14), the world’s most valuable company said it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade."

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16.09.2018

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NextBigFuture: Nuclear power and geoengineering are needed for climate solution

"The UN has said the world needs to cut as much as 70% of greenhouse-gas emissions by mid-century to have any chance of avoiding 2 ˚C of warming. More than half of the carbon dioxide emissions currently in the atmosphere will still be there 1,000 years from now—and roughly one-third will still be there in 20,000 years."

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16.09.2018

# New Publications

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Okesola, A. A.; et al. (2018): Direct Air Capture. A Review of Carbon Dioxide Capture from the Air

Okesola, A. A.; Oyedeji, A. A.; Abdulhamid, A. F.; Olowo, J.; Ayodele, B. E.; Alabi, T. W. (2018): Direct Air Capture. A Review of Carbon Dioxide Capture from the Air. In: IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 413, S. 12077. DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/413/1/012077.

"The process focusses on capturing carbon dioxide that have found their way into the atmosphere through other smaller sources such as automobile exhaust, domestic power generators, fossil fuel burning equipment and many other sources not reported or captured in the international data base. A summation of the above named sources will amount to a huge impact on the environment and a method to remove the contaminant at a cheap, affordable and sustainable way will be of immense benefit world wide most especially developing countries in tackling climate change."

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