December 2018

17.12.2018

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der Freitag: Fire on the horizen (German)

German article on CE

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17.12.2018

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The Conversation: Should we engineer the climate? A social scientist and natural scientist discuss

"Indeed, the spectre of climate engineering hung heavily over the recent United Nations climate conference in Katowice, COP24, having featured in several side events as negotiators agreed on how to implement the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, but left many worried that it does not go far enough."

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17.12.2018

# Calls & events

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Jobs at Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative

Deadline: 20. January 2019

"Vacancies:
Science Advisor (apply by 20 January 2019)
Officer – Communication (apply by 20 January 2019)
Officer – Knowledge Management (apply by 20 January 2019)"

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17.12.2018

# Calls & events

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Jobs at Carnegie Energy Innovation

No Deadline

"We currently have two job postings for postdoctoral researchers. We can potentially hire several people under each posting. The first one is a general posting and the second one is more specific on one aspect of our work. Feel free to contact Ken Caldeira about possible employment up to two years in advance  of your expected start date."

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17.12.2018

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Helmholtz Blogs: Got it? #59 Dr. Greenhouse (German)

German comic on CE.

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17.12.2018

# New Publications

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Reynolds, J. (2018): The politics and governance of negative emissions technologies

Reynolds, J. (2018): The politics and governance of negative emissions technologies. In: Glob. Sustain. 1. DOI: 10.1017/sus.2018.13.

"It is well known that the Paris Agreement aims to keep climate change – perhaps the greatest current challenge to global sustainability – to within 2 °C of warming, and to strive for 1.5 °C. Many people point toward the scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and conclude that this is feasible if only our leaders had the political will to do what’s necessary. However, it is less widely known that these scenarios assume the use of technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at very large scales."

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17.12.2018

# New Publications

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Lu, L.; et al. (2018): Wastewater treatment for carbon capture and utilization

Lu, L.; Guest, J.; Peters, C.; Zhu, X.; Rau, G.; Ren, Z. (2018): Wastewater treatment for carbon capture and utilization. In: Nature Sustainability 1 (12), S. 750–758. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-018-0187-9.

"This Review summarizes alternative wastewater treatment pathways capable of simultaneous CO2 capture and utilization, and demonstrates the environmental and economic benefits of microbial electrochemical and phototrophic processes. Preliminary estimates demonstrate that re-envisioning wastewater treatment may entirely offset the industry’s greenhouse gas footprint and make it a globally significant contributor of negative carbon emissions."

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17.12.2018

# New Publications

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Yuan, N.; et al. (2018): Extreme climatic events down-regulate the grassland biomass response to elevated carbon dioxide

Yuan, N.; Moser, G.; Mueller, C.; Obermeier, W.; Bendix, J.; Luterbacher, J. (2018): Extreme climatic events down-regulate the grassland biomass response to elevated carbon dioxide. In: Scientific reports 8 (1), S. 17758. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36157-x.

"Terrestrial ecosystems are considered as carbon sinks that may mitigate the impacts of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration ([CO2]). However, it is not clear what their carbon sink capacity will be under extreme climatic conditions. In this study, we used long-term (1998–2013) data from a C3 grassland Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment in Germany to study the combined effects of elevated [CO2] and extreme climatic events (ECEs) on aboveground biomass production."

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17.12.2018

# Projects

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Project: Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) Advisory Committee

"The SCoPEx research team has sought external advice from a range of stakeholders for governing SCoPEx. We [...] have decided to establish an independent Advisory Committee to provide advice on the research and governance of SCoPEx.This Advisory Committee will be established under the auspices of the Harvard Dean of Engineering, Frank Doyle, and the Harvard Vice-Provost for Research, Richard McCullough, who will work as mediators between the Advisory Committee and the SCoPEx research team. The Advisory Committee will provide advice to the Harvard Dean of Engineering, the Harvard Vice-Provost for Research, and the SCoPEx Principal Investigator, Frank Keutsch."

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17.12.2018

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The Wire: Geoengineering: Should India Tread Carefully or Go Full Steam Ahead?

"Solar geoengineering doesn’t help reduce carbon emissions, and is founded on reckoning with the distressing possibility that reduction strategies won’t be enough."

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