August 2019

12.08.2019

# New Publications

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Wu, Z.; et al. (2019): Biochar can mitigate methane emissions by improving methanotrophs for prolonged period in fertilized paddy soils

Wu, Z.; Song, Y.; Shen, H.; Jiang, X.; Li, B.; Xiong, Z. (2019): Biochar can mitigate methane emissions by improving methanotrophs for prolonged period in fertilized paddy soils. In: Environmental Pollution 253, S. 1038–1046. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.07.073.

"Biochar application to fertilized paddy soils has been recommended as an effective countermeasure to mitigate methane (CH4) emissions, but its mechanism and effective duration has not yet been adequately elucidated. A laboratory incubation experiment was performed to gain insight into the combined effects of fresh and six-year aged biochar on potential methane oxidation (PMO) in paddy soils with ammonium or nitrate-amendment."

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09.08.2019

# Media

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Nbcnews: This ice-making submarine would pop out bergs to help fight climate change

"From building floating cities and towering sea walls to erecting snow cannons in Antarctica to help replenish melting polar ice, scientists and urban planners have proposed all sorts of schemes to defend against rising seas — one of the most worrisome consequences of climate change."

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09.08.2019

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Science: Bioenergy plantations could fight climate change—but threaten food crops, U.N. panel warns

"In the effort to keep the planet from reaching dangerous temperatures, a hybrid approach called BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) has a seductive appeal. Crops suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, power plants burn the biomass to generate electricity, and the emissions are captured in a smokestack and pumped underground for long-term storage."

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09.08.2019

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Independent: Pseudoscience is taking over social media and putting us all at risk

"The videos peddling the conspiracy theories received the highest number of views. And those spreading these conspiracy theories used terms like 'geoengineering' to make it seem like their claims had a scientific basis when, in fact, they did not."

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07.08.2019

# Calls & events

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Job at Harvard University: Executive Coordinator, SCoPEx Advisory Committee

No deadline

"The Executive Coordinator will provide high-level administrative support for an independent Advisory Committee of the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), a small-scale outdoor experiment to advance understanding of stratospheric aerosols that could be relevant to solar geoengineering. [...] Independently responsible for all administrative coordination/logistics that support the work of the Chair and Members of the Advisory Committee. [...] We anticipate beginning the first round of interviews in late August."

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05.08.2019

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 32 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 32 in 2019 is now available here.


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05.08.2019

# Media

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Nature: Harvard creates advisory panel to oversee solar geoengineering project

"Plans to test a technique that would cool the planet by blocking sunlight are one step closer to reality. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has created an external advisory panel to examine the potential ethical, environmental and geopolitical impacts of this geoengineering project, which has been developed by the university’s researchers."

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05.08.2019

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Market Business News: Geoengineered snowstorm could halt Antarctic ice collapse, save coastal regions

"The ice sheet that covers the west Antarctic is at risk of collapsing into the ocean. The destabilization has gone too far for greenhouse gas reduction to stop the collapse, although it might restore ice sheet stability in other parts of the continents."

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05.08.2019

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Today online: Explainer: Can artificial snow save the West Antarctic ice sheet and prevent sea levels from rising?

"With the West Antarctic ice sheet starting to melt, which can lead to a rise in sea levels, a team of researchers has come up with a radical proposal: To artificially create snow to thicken up the ice sheet.
Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-melting-ice-sheet-and-how-rising-sea-levels-will-affect-singapore"

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05.08.2019

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The Conversation: Why science needs the humanities to solve climate change

"When thinking about climate solutions, people often picture technical fixes. The IPCC reports list many ideas for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation reduces greenhouse gas emissions through technologies like renewable energy. Adaptation, such as building sea walls, aims to manage climate change impacts. It also includes schemes to engineer Earth’s climate system – for example, releasing chemicals into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight back into space."

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