October 2018

29.10.2018

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Newsletter of Week 44 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 44 in 2018 is now available here.


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29.10.2018

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Earther: Y Combinator Is Funding Some Seriously Wild Ideas For Sucking Carbon Out of the Air

"It’s increasingly clear that we can’t maintain a stable climate without pulling carbon out of the air. But the technologies for doing so are are completely unproven at the scale needed. Which is why Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that’s invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox and other wildly successful companies, is now looking to fund carbon capture companies working on some pretty outlandish ideas."

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29.10.2018

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Colorado State University: Report: Carbon-removal strategies, not just reduced emissions, are critical to fighting climate change

"The report, which urges a substantial research initiative to advance such technologies posthaste, is co-authored by Colorado State University’s Keith Paustian, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Paustian was tapped to serve on a 17-member national committee whose goal was to develop a research agenda and recommended actions for effective carbon dioxide removal and reliable sequestration methods."

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29.10.2018

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Forbes: Negative Emissions Won't Rescue Us From Climate Change

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s interim report on global warming, released earlier this month, is jarring stuff. It describes the extensive environmental and economic damage that will befall Earth as global warming approaches 1.5 degrees Celsius, even as we speed on a trajectory that will warm the planet twice as much by the end of this century."

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29.10.2018

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Wired: Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

"On paper, carbon capture is a simple proposition: Take carbon that we’ve pulled out of the Earth in the form of coal and oil and put into the atmosphere, and pull it out of the atmosphere and put it back in the Earth. It’s like hitting undo on the Industrial Revolution. And scientists can indeed yank CO2 out of thin air, except that the process is expensive, not very efficient, and morally complicated."

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29.10.2018

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Telepolis: NGOs reject geoengineering as a last resort for the global climate (German)

German article on CE.

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29.10.2018

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BBC News: Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others have all stated that extracting CO2 from the air will be needed if we are to bend the rising temperature curve before the end of this century."

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29.10.2018

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Grist: The debate is over: We need to start sucking carbon from the air

"If we don’t suck carbon now, life will suck later. That’s the underlying theme of a report out Wednesday from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The 350-page paper looks at the prospects for carbon sucking — known to the fancy-talk types as 'negative emissions technologies.'"

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29.10.2018

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Khurram, A.; et al. (2018): Tailoring the Discharge Reaction in Li-CO2 Batteries through Incorporation of CO2 Capture Chemistry

Khurram, A.; He, M.; Gallant, B. (2018): Tailoring the Discharge Reaction in Li-CO2 Batteries through Incorporation of CO2 Capture Chemistry. In: Joule. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.09.002.

"This work presents the design and study of a novel chemistry for post-combustion CO2 capture and conversion. We show that adding a CO2 capture agent such as an alkyl amine into an organic, Li+-containing electrolyte yields a new redox-active species that can be directly reduced at a catalyst-free carbon electrode in a Li-CO2 battery with high discharge voltage and capacity. The central advance reported herein is the first-time coupling of CO2 capture chemistry to nonaqueous electrochemistry, which opens up new avenues for realizing electrochemical CO2 transformations with high selectivity."

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29.10.2018

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The Christian Science Monitor: Unintended consequences: Climate-hacking poses big ethical questions

"The idea of blotting out the sun, whether floated by Frédéric Bastiat or Montgomery Burns, has long stood as a metaphor for human arrogance."

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