April 2020

30.04.2020

# New Publications

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Gertler, Charles G.; et al. 2020: “Weakening of the Extratropical Storm Tracks in Solar Geoengineering Scenarios.”

Gertler, Charles G., Paul A. O’Gorman, Ben Kravitz, John C. Moore, Steven J. Phipps, and Shingo Watanabe. 2020: “Weakening of the Extratropical Storm Tracks in Solar Geoengineering Scenarios.” Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020gl087348.

‌"Here, we first analyze climate model simulations from experiment G1 of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), in which a reduction in incoming solar radiation balances a quadrupling of CO2. The Northern Hemisphere extratropical storm track weakens by a comparable amount in G1 as it does for increased CO2 only. The Southern Hemisphere storm track also weakens in G1, in contrast to a strengthening and poleward shift for increased CO2."

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30.04.2020

# Calls & events

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Job: Ph.D. Research Assistantship in climate and agricultural modeling in the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program at Rutgers University

No Deadline

"The ideal candidate will already hold an M.S. degree in atmospheric science, climate science, agricultural modeling, or a related science, have experience with climate or agricultural modeling, have computer programming skills, such as with Fortran, python, GrADS, Matlab, or other similar computer languages, and have excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral. 

All our graduate students receive a generous salary, currently $33,170 per year, full tuition, and benefits, including health care.  We also have funds for travel to scientific conferences.

To apply, create in a single document (e.g., a Word or pdf file) the following:
 
  1. A cover letter explaining the interest in pursuing this degree
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. Unofficial GRE scores
  5. List of three professional references and their contact information
 
Send the file, and any questions, to Prof. Alan Robock, robock@envsci.rutgers.edu.
Formal application to our graduate program at Rutgers University is required after your selection.  Please read about our Atmospheric Science Graduate Program at http://envsci.rutgers.edu/academics/atmos_grad/

Application review will start immediately, and a successful applicant may start as early as Fall 2020."


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30.04.2020

# Media

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Mining.com: Mining technologies could capture ‘billions of tonnes of CO2 per year,’ says UBC prof

"To stabilize the global climate, they say, we will need to achieve net negative emissions by pulling more CO2 out of the atmosphere than we emit. The mining industry could play a significant role in helping to achieve this, according to Greg Dipple, a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC)."

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30.04.2020

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Bloomberg: The Best Way to Slow Global Warming? You Decide in This Climate Simulator

"Climate Interactive, a nonprofit think tank, has spent the last nine years developing a tool with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and Ventana Systems Inc., dubbed En-ROADS, that lets everyone test the impact of climate solutions. It’s a policy simulator designed for use in role-playing workshops for negotiators, academic seminars, and as a learning aid for curious individuals."

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30.04.2020

# Media

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Ethanol Producer Magazine: DOE funds CCUS project at ethanol plant, opens new CCUS FOA

"The U.S. Department of Energy on April 24 announced plans to award funding to a carbon capture and storage (CCUS) project under development at an Illinois ethanol plant. The agency is also soliciting applications for a new round of CCUS project funding."

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30.04.2020

# New Publications

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Markusson, Nils; et al. 2020: “Social Science Sequestered.”

Markusson, Nils, Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, Jason Chilvers, Peter Healey, David Reiner, and Duncan McLaren. 2020: “Social Science Sequestered.” Frontiers in Climate. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2020.00002.

"Greenhouse gas removal (GGR) raises many cultural, ethical, legal, social and political issues, yet in the growing area of GGR research, humanities and social sciences (HASS) research is often marginalised, constrained and depoliticised. This global dynamic is illustrated by an analysis of the UK GGR research programme."

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30.04.2020

# Media

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Video: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Prospects for Global Coordination in an Age of Pandemics and Emerging Climate Technologies

"At the same time, new technologies to alter the climate are emerging, posing their own challenges to multilateralism. What, if anything, can we learn from the global response to the pandemic that might aid us in governing new, climate-altering technologies?"

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30.04.2020

# New Publications

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Duan, Lei; et al. 2020: “A Model‐Based Investigation of Terrestrial Plant Carbon Uptake Response to Four Radiation Modification Approaches.”

Duan, Lei, Long Cao, Govindasamy Bala, and Ken Caldeira. 2020: “A Model‐Based Investigation of Terrestrial Plant Carbon Uptake Response to Four Radiation Modification Approaches.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125 (9). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019jd031883.

"Using the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Earth System Model, we performed simulations that represent four idealized radiation modification options: solar constant reduction, sulfate aerosol increase (SAI), marine cloud brightening, and cirrus cloud thinning (CCT)."

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30.04.2020

# Political Papers

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Friedmann, S.J.; et al. 2020: “Capturing Investment: Policy Design to Finance CCUS Projects in the U.S. Power Sector.”

Friedmann, S.J., Emeka R. Ochu, and Jeffrey D. Brown. 2020: “Capturing Investment: Policy Design to Finance CCUS Projects in the U.S. Power Sector.” New York: Columbia SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy. https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/file-uploads/CCUS-Finance_CGEP-Report_040220.pdf.

"The authors undertook an analysis to help predict which policy configurations would incentivize widespread deployment of CCUS in the US electric generation industry. We examined a set of options and applied them to representative existing US power plant types—supercritical pulverized coal and natural gas combined cycle—with two ownership/revenue structures: traditionally regulated, vertically integrated investor owned utilities (IOUs) and independent power producers (IPPs) selling to IOUs under regulator-approved contracts."

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28.04.2020

# Media

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Video: ICRLP Explainer Webinar: Direct Air Capture

"In this webinar, Jen Wilcox, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Christoph Beuttler, Climeworks; and Sahag Voskian, MIT will discuss the ins and outs of Direct Air Capture. David Morrow, Director of Research at the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy moderates. This webinar is part of a series explaining various carbon removal approaches."

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