January 2020

20.01.2020

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Keble College News: Professor Steve Rayner (1953-2020)

"The College is deeply saddened by the death of Professorial Fellow Steve Rayner on Friday 17 January after a long battle with cancer."

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17.01.2020

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Microsoft: Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030

"By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975."

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17.01.2020

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PR Newswire: Santa Clara County, Earth Day Network, and Foundation for Climate Restoration Announce Launch of "Local Governments for Climate Restoration" Campaign

"With climate restoration as the underlying framework, all jurisdictions can pledge that 100 percent of their electrical power originates from clean renewable sources, that they commit to Building Electrification "Reach Codes" that call for all-electric buildings and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure during the new construction process, and that they incorporate carbon-negative building materials, including low embodied emissions in concrete to restore our atmospheric carbon dioxide to preindustrial levels."

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16.01.2020

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Cheng, Lijing; et al. (2020): Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019

Cheng, Lijing; Abraham, John; Zhu, Jiang; Trenberth, Kevin E.; Fasullo, John; Boyer, Tim et al. (2020): Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019. In Adv. Atmos. Sci. 37 (2), pp. 137–142. DOI: 10.1007/s00376-020-9283-7.

"Because the oceans are the main repository of the Earth’s energy imbalance, measuring ocean heat content (OHC) is one of the best way to quantify the rate of global warming (Trenberth et al., 2016; Von Schuckmann et al., 2016; Cheng et al., 2018). Following reports released in the previous two years (Cheng and Zhu, 2018; Cheng et al., 2019c), this article presents new OHC data for the year 2019. These data reveal that the world’s oceans (especially at upper 2000 m) in 2019 were the warmest in recorded human history."

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16.01.2020

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Newsweek: Smoke from Australia fires has now reached the stratosphere, NASA says

"Smoke from the devastating bushfires in Australia has traveled so high it has reached the stratosphere—the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere. It has also completed a full circuit around the world, arriving back in the skies over the country where it was produced, according to NASA."

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16.01.2020

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World Ocean Initiative: Technofixing the climate: who’s in charge?

"Failure to reverse greenhouse-gas emissions could herald the re-emergence of ideas to carry out geoengineering in the oceans. A new report considers the governance implications."

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16.01.2020

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Bloomberg Environment: Military Researching Ways to Suck Carbon From Air to Make Fuel

"Technology that would suck carbon dioxide from the air and ocean water could be more quickly scaled up to address climate change now that the military is getting involved, scientists say."

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16.01.2020

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Call for reviews: Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Deadline: 02. March 2020

"The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) takes this opportunity to make you aware of an ongoing Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Review. Expert comment is sought on the first-order draft of the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The review runs from 13 January - 8 March 2020. Experts can register direct with the IPCC here; an information note explaining the process can be found here. Registrants provide a self-declaration of expertise, and those who provide comments will be acknowledged in an annex to the final report, which is scheduled to be finalized in September 2021. Refer to the decision document for the approved outline."

If you're a Carbon Dioxide Removal expert, have a look at chapter 12.

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16.01.2020

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Climate Works: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California

"To achieve its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2045, California has an opportunity to lead the world in developing and investing in solutions to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."

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16.01.2020

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New patent: Temperature-Vacuum Swing Adsorption Process for Capture of CO2

"Methods and systems for capture of COfrom a hydrated gaseous stream are described. Systems can be utilized for direct air capture of COand incorporate a low energy temperature-vacuum swing adsorption (TVSA) process."

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