September 2019

25.09.2019

# Media

0 Comments

TED Blog: Is geoengineering a good idea? A brief Q&A with Kelly Wanser and Tim Flannery

"As we recklessly warm the planet by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some industrial emissions also produce particles that reflect sunshine back into space, putting a check on global warming that we’re only starting to understand. In her talk at TEDSummit 2019, “Emergency medicine for our climate fever,” climate activist Kelly Wanser asked: Can we engineer ways to harness this effect and reduce the effects global warming?"

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Truthout: We Cannot Afford to Gamble on Geoengineering to Achieve Net Zero

"On the surface, Guterres’s call to action aligns with the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report finding that to keep global warming from crossing the vital threshold of 1.5°C, we will need to reach net zero by 2050. However, the devil is in the details, for how we plan now to achieve net zero will determine whether we really hit 1.5°C or take a huge gamble with the future of the planet."

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# New Publications

0 Comments

MacMartin, Douglas G.; et al. (2019): Technical characteristics of a solar geoengineering deployment and implications for governance

MacMartin, Douglas G.; Irvine, Peter J.; Kravitz, Ben; Horton, Joshua B. (2019): Technical characteristics of a solar geoengineering deployment and implications for governance. In Climate Policy 22, pp. 1–15. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1668347.

"We examine the science of solar geoengineering in order to clarify the technical dimensions of decisions about deployment – both strategic and operational – and how these might influence governance considerations, while consciously refraining from making specific recommendations. The focus here is on a hypothetical deployment rather than governance of the research itself. We first consider the complexity surrounding the design of a deployment scheme, in particular the complicated and difficult decision of what its objective(s) would be, given that different choices for how to deploy will lead to different climate outcomes. Next, we discuss the on-going decisions across multiple timescales, from the sub-annual to the multi-decadal."

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Desmog: Are ISO's Draft Guidelines on Climate Action the First Steps Toward Geoengineering?

"In August, the French news service AFP revealed that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been drafting new climate action guidelines for businesses that raise concerns about promoting geoengineering as a climate solution. The ISO is an industry-driven  non-governmental organization that sets international standards for products, services, and systems, giving it a powerful voice in the global business community."

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Political Papers

0 Comments

Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) (2019): Clearing the Air

Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) (2019): Clearing the Air. A Federal RD&D Initiativeand Management Plan for Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies.

"This report provides a set of recommendations and detailed implementation plans for a comprehensive, 10-year, $10.7 billion research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) initiative in the United States to bring new pathways for technological carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to commercial readiness."

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Calls & events

0 Comments

Job at Carbon180

Deadline: 2. November 2019

"Coming back from the brink will require every idea, every skill. The Carbon180 Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship prepares visionary leaders to confidently enter the high-potential carbon removal industry. Are you ready to make a difference?"

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Political Papers

0 Comments

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment: Negative emissions technologies

"In May 2017, a number of scientists working in Switzerland addressed the public in a white paper in which they argued that an open societal conversation on the role of negative emissions technologies (NETs) and solar radiation management (SRM) in achieving internationally agreed climate targets was overdue. Their analysis is based on the science underpinning the Paris Agreement. What is Switzerland's position in response to these new policy imperatives aimed at mitigating climate change?"

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# New Publications

0 Comments

Anderson, Kevin; Jewell, Jessica (2019): Debating the bedrock of climate-change mitigation scenarios

Anderson, Kevin; Jewell, Jessica (2019): Debating the bedrock of climate-change mitigation scenarios. In Nature 573 (7774), pp. 348–349. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-02744-9.

"Researchers and policymakers rely on computer simulations called integrated assessment models to determine the best strategies for tackling climate change. Here, scientists present opposing views on the suitability of these simulations. "

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Media

0 Comments

Circular Carbon Network: A First Look at the Industry of the Future

"We are pleased to share the largest public database ever compiled of companies working to capture, use, re-use, and sequester the world’s excess CO2. Our initial survey reveals that over $2 billion has been invested in these “circular carbon” companies to date.  As you will see below, this sector is growing rapidly and has the potential to be one of the most important industries of the 21st Century – if we work together to unlock the resources it will need to scale. "

LINK


Read more »

25.09.2019

# Media

0 Comments

The Intercept: The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK

"At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will “vigorously oppose” federal climate legislation that promotes “corporate schemes” like carbon-capture and storage."

LINK


Read more »