September 2019

17.09.2019

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Financial Post: Occidental CEO calls for new U.S. laws to boost carbon capture

"Occidental Petroleum Corp plans to shift toward a carbon-neutral production model, it chief executive said on Thursday, but new U.S. laws are needed to support technologies designed to fight global warming. Occidental, which recently purchased oil producer Anadarko Petroleum in $38 billion deal, is advancing its use of technologies to capture carbon, and prevent the element from escaping into the atmosphere."

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17.09.2019

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Carbon Brief: The net-zero climate change conference in Oxford

"This week, the city of Oxford played host to an international conference on “achieving net-zero”. The event follows hot on the heels of the UK becoming the first major economy to set a net-zero climate target."

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17.09.2019

# New Publications

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Halstead, John (2018): Stratospheric aerosol injection research and existential risk

Halstead, John (2018): Stratospheric aerosol injection research and existential risk. In Futures 102, pp. 63–77. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.004.

"This paper discusses whether Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI) should be researched, on the controversial ethical assumption that reducing existential risk is overwhelmingly morally important. On the one hand, SAI could eliminate the environmental existential risks of climate change (arguably around a 1% chance of catastrophe), and reduce the risks of interstate conflict associated with extreme warming."

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17.09.2019

# New Publications

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Breyer, Christian; et al. (2019): Direct Air Capture of CO2. A Key Technology for Ambitious Climate Change Mitigation

Breyer, Christian; Fasihi, Mahdi; Bajamundi, Cyril; Creutzig, Felix (2019): Direct Air Capture of CO2. A Key Technology for Ambitious Climate Change Mitigation. In Joule. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.08.010.

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17.09.2019

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Harvard University Blog: Uncovering the Origins of False Claims in the Solar Geoengineering Discourse

"The story behind a recent news article reveals how activist groups—with the media’s help—cause misleading and false assertions to arise, persist, and spread."

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17.09.2019

# New Publications

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Pan, YiWen; et al. (2019): A sea trial of air-lift concept artificial upwelling in the East China Sea

Pan, YiWen; Li, Yifan; Fan, Wei; Zhang, DaHai; Qiang, Yongfa; Jiang, ZongPei; Chen, Ying (2019): A sea trial of air-lift concept artificial upwelling in the East China Sea. In Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-18-0238.1.

"Artificial upwelling (AU), as one of the geoengineering tools, has received worldwide attention because of its potential ability to actualize ocean fertilization in a sustainable way. The severe challenges of AU are the design and fabrication of a technologically robust device with structural longevity which can maintain the function in a variable and complex hydrodynamics of the upper ocean. In this work, a sea-trial of an air-lift concept AU system driven by self-powered energy was carried out in the East China Sea (ECS) (30°8′14″N, 122°44′59″E) to assess the logistics of at-sea deployment and the durability of the equipment under extremely complex hydrodynamic condition from Sep 3rd to 7th, 2014."

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17.09.2019

# Political Papers

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NFU: NFU unveils its plan for British farming to deliver net zero

"The NFU's new report, Achieving Net Zero: Farming’s 2040 Goal, sets out three pillars of activity that will help the industry to reach its ambitious goal. These are: Improving farming’s productive efficiency - Improving land management and changing land use to capture more carbon - Boosting renewable energy and the wider bio-economy."

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17.09.2019

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GOV.UK: Over £500m new investment in green technologies for a cleaner and healthier future

"Plans for a cleaner and healthier Britain stepped up a gear today (10 September 2019), as Ministers announced more than half a billion pounds of investment in green technologies."

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17.09.2019

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BAM2020: Will the Next President Spearhead Climate Restoration?

"Most 2020 Presidential candidates agree we face a "climate emergency" and have plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions to slow global warming.  It is imperative that candidates also embrace bold Climate Restoration solutions that are urgently needed to reverse global warming and restore a healthy climate. A new coalition, Build A Movement 2020 (BAM2020) is calling for Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) to rapidly deploy technologies for CO2 removal and to restore Arctic ice."

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16.09.2019

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Geden, Oliver; Schenuit, Felix (2019): Climate neutrality as long-term strategy. The EU’s Net Zero Target and Its Consequences for Member States

Geden, Oliver; Schenuit, Felix (2019): Climate neutrality as long-term strategy. The EU’s Net Zero Target and Its Consequences for Member States. In swp (C 33), pp. 1–4. DOI: 10.18449/2019C33.

"As a traditional frontrunner in international climate policy, the European Union (EU) is under great pressure to meet global expectations. In 2020, it must present its long-term decarbonisation strategy to the United Nations. Political attention has so far focussed on the lack of consensus among the Member States on whether they should adopt the European Commission’s proposed goal of “greenhouse gas neutrality” by 2050."

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