January 2020

23.01.2020

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BBC News: Space mission to reveal 'Truths' about climate change

"The UK is going to lead a space mission to get an absolute measurement of the light reflected off Earth's surface."

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23.01.2020

# Calls & events

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Job: Fellowships at Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP)

Deadline: 28. February 2020

"We encourage applications from scholars in a range of disciplines, including the natural sciences, economics, law, government, public policy, public health, medicine, design, and the humanities. We also encourage applicants who are new to the field of solar geoengineering, and who have critical views."

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23.01.2020

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E4tech: Bioenergy and hydrogen & fuel cells identified as key areas for UK Government innovation support

"Investing in the deployment of early commercial gasification based plants, and building on the UK’s expertise in Miscanthus breeding and use, were identified as areas that the UK government should support. In hydrogen and fuel cells, bringing down the cost of both electrolysers and fuel cells through advanced manufacturing techniques and lower cost materials were identified as focus areas, to enable their widespread use in hydrogen production and transport."

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23.01.2020

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Bloomberg Green: Why Oil Giants Figured Out Carbon Costs First: Gernot Wagner

"In 1991, an Exxon subsidiary calculated the need for a price of $75 per ton of carbon dioxide to stabilize Canada's carbon emissions—a steep price much higher than even today’s consensus views."

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23.01.2020

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Climate Home News: UK to stop funding coal abroad but will help Africa with oil, gas

"The UK will formally end all direct support for coal mining and power plants abroad but still help African countries “extract and use” oil and gas, prime minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday."

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23.01.2020

# New Publications

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Hu, Bin; et al. (2020): Can bioenergy carbon capture and storage aggravate global water crisis?

Hu, Bin; Zhang, Yilun; Li, Yi; Teng, Yanguo; Yue, Weifeng (2020): Can bioenergy carbon capture and storage aggravate global water crisis? In Science of the Total Environment, p. 136856. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136856.

"A bottom-up analysis approach was applied in this paper to calculating water consumption for BECCS and estimating water quality deterioration caused by increasing fertilizer and pesticide application. The results indicated that water usage of BECCS was equal to adding 12.86%–16.64% (switchgrass) and 17.59%–26.06% (miscanthus) additional water stress on global available water resources at 2100. Additional N fertilizer application in 2100 would be equal to over 84%, 55% and 42% for both switchgrass and miscanthus under three CCS capture efficiency scenarios, respectively, comparing to such global scale in 2012."

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23.01.2020

# New Publications

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Pinto, Izidine; et al. (2020): Africa's Climate Response to Solar Radiation Management with Stratospheric Aerosol

Pinto, Izidine; Jack, Christopher; Lennard, Christopher; Tilmes, Simone; Odoulami, Romaric C. (2020): Africa's Climate Response to Solar Radiation Management with Stratospheric Aerosol. In Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1029/2019GL086047.

"We investigate the potential impact of SRM on temperature and rainfall means and extremes over sub‐Saharan Africa using simulations from the Geoengineering Large Ensemble (GLENS). We found SRM significantly reduces temperature means and extremes, however, the effect on precipitation is not as linear."

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23.01.2020

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Geek Wire: Seattle startup Nori raises cash for blockchain marketplace to fight climate change

"The cryptocurrency would pay farmers to capture the gas by using sustainable farming techniques that promote the growth of microbes and bacteria in topsoil. The microscopic organisms pull CO2 out of the air and hold it in the ground where it won’t heat the planet."

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22.01.2020

# Calls & events

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Job: Postdoc (2 years) on politics of climate change and negative emissions (Lunds Universitet)

Deadline: 09. February 2020

"The successful applicant will be appointed for two years and will work within one or both of the below two work packages. We ask applicants to clearly state how their application is positioned in relation to these work packages.

1. Discursive analysis of emerging narratives on carbon dioxide removal, across private sector and civil society groups, and focusing on a range of possible negative emission technologies.

2. Political economic analysis of emergent carbon removal practices, based on case study methods. This working package involves document analysis and interviews with companies and other stakeholders, following industry events and policy seminars."

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22.01.2020

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The Guardian: Trump blasts 'prophets of doom' in attack on climate activism

"Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace’s executive director, said: “The 1tn trees initiative didn’t make up for the lack of a wider attack on the climate emergency, and Trump had failed to appreciate the scale of the crisis."

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