October 2019

25.10.2019

# Projects

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Project: “Solid Carbon: A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions”

"The $1.5 million, four-year PICS Theme Partnership entitled “Solid Carbon: A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions” brings together researchers from Canada, the United States and Europe. The team aims to combine state-of-the-art technologies in a way that has never been conceived until now, to deliver safe and reliable carbon dioxide (CO2) removal."

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25.10.2019

# Calls & events

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Job at PICS: Researcher in Residence, Negative Emissions Technology

Deadline: 01. December 2019

"Reporting to the Executive Director, the Researcher in Residence will mobilize knowledge between research and decision-makers to maximize the utility of climate solutions developed under the Institute’s new Research Engagement Program. The Researcher will also work to attract new partners, and link new opportunities, with PICS research teams."

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25.10.2019

# Calls & events

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PhD Opportunity: The synthesis of novel alkaline materials for carbon mineralisation to prevent climate change (Research Centre for Carbon Solutions at Heriot-Watt University)

Deadline: 20 December 2019

"The aim of this PhD project will be to develop novel process of creating low-carbon alkaline materials, using laboratory experiments to synthesise these materials and assess how they react with CO2. Also, the student will work with industrial partners who create and manage these materials, to produce relevant guidance or best practice."

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24.10.2019

# New Publications

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Buck, Holly Jean (2019): Challenges and Opportunities of Bioenergy With Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) for Communities

Buck, Holly Jean (2019): Challenges and Opportunities of Bioenergy With Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) for Communities. In Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s40518-019-00139-y.

"BECCS cannot be viewed on just the community scale without considering how national and global scales influence system design. The limited research relevant to BECCS on the community scale looks at public acceptance or social license, rather than opportunities for communities. Future research can move beyond “social impact” to study “social demand” for BECCS, and identify opportunities for communities along the farm-to-underground or farm-to-product chain."

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23.10.2019

# New Publications

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Smith, Pete; et al. (2019): Land-Management Options for Greenhouse Gas Removal and Their Impacts on Ecosystem Services and the Sustainable Development Goals

Smith, Pete; Adams, Justin; Beerling, David J.; Beringer, Tim; Calvin, Katherine V.; Fuss, Sabine et al. (2019): Land-Management Options for Greenhouse Gas Removal and Their Impacts on Ecosystem Services and the Sustainable Development Goals. In Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 44 (1), pp. 255–286. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033129.

"Land-management options for greenhouse gas removal (GGR) include afforestation or reforestation (AR), wetland restoration, soil carbon sequestration (SCS), biochar, terrestrial enhanced weathering (TEW), and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). We assess the opportunities and risks associated with these options through the lens of their potential impacts on ecosystem services (Nature's Contributions to People; NCPs) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

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23.10.2019

# New Publications

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Smith, Laurence G.; et al. (2019): The greenhouse gas impacts of converting food production in England and Wales to organic methods

Smith, Laurence G.; Kirk, Guy J. D.; Jones, Philip J.; Williams, Adrian G. (2019): The greenhouse gas impacts of converting food production in England and Wales to organic methods. In Nat Commun 10 (1), pp. 1–10. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12622-7.

"Here we assess the consequences for net GHG emissions of a 100% shift to organic food production in England and Wales using life-cycle assessment. We predict major shortfalls in production of most agricultural products against a conventional baseline."

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23.10.2019

# Media

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Podcast: IMF: The Value of Whales and Every Other Breath

"In this podcast, economist Ralph Chami, and whale conservationist Michael Fishbach, explain the carbon capture potential of whales and how supporting international efforts to restore whale populations around the world is one of the simplest ways to fight climate change."

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23.10.2019

# Media

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F&D: Nature’s Solution to Climate Change

"A strategy to protect whales can limit greenhouse gases and global warming"

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22.10.2019

# Media

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Forbes: If Climate Scenarios Are Wrong For 2020, Can They Get 2100 Right?

"How we think and talk about climate policy is profoundly shaped by 31 different computer models which produce a wide range of scenarios of the future, starting from a base year of 2005. With 2020 right around the corner, we now have enough experience to ask how well these models are doing.  Based on my preliminary analysis reported below, the answer appears to be not so well."

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22.10.2019

# Calls & events

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Call for Papers: Green Finance and Low-Carbon Economy (Advances in Climate Change Research)

Deadline: 31 January 2020

"This special issue on Advances in Climate Change Research aims to highlight recent advances in the field and provide a forum for informing policies to promote sustainable development. We therefore invite high quality research submissions covering some key topics."

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