April 2020

20.04.2020

# New Publications

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Lockley, Andrew, and Ted von Hippel. 2020: “The Carbon Dioxide Removal Potential of Liquid Air Energy Storage: A High-Level Technical and Economic Appraisal.”

Lockley, Andrew, and Ted von Hippel. 2020: “The Carbon Dioxide Removal Potential of Liquid Air Energy Storage: A High-Level Technical and Economic Appraisal.” Frontiers of Engineering Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42524-020-0102-8.

"‌Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) is at pilot scale. Air cooling and liquefaction stores energy; reheating revaporises the air at pressure, powering a turbine or engine (Ameel et al., 2013). Liquefaction requires water & CO2 removal, preventing ice fouling. This paper proposes subsequent geological storage of this CO2 – offering a novel Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) by-product, for the energy storage industry."

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20.04.2020

# Political Papers

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Sanchez, Daniel L.; et al. 2020: “Literature Review and Evaluation of Research Gaps to Support Wood Products Innovation.”

Sanchez, Daniel L., Teal Zimring, Catherine Mater, and Katie Harrell. 2020: “Literature Review and Evaluation of Research Gaps to Support Wood Products Innovation.” A report submitted to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"Innovative wood products hold the potential to drive carbon-benefcial, sustainable forest management in California. Their development and deployment can help the State of California increase the pace and scale of forest management and restoration efforts needed to address the problems of overstocked forests and climate change."

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20.04.2020

# Media

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GreenBiz: Is carbon sequestration on farms actually working to fight climate change?

"As efforts to wean society off fossil fuels have stalled, "natural climate solutions" such as soil carbon sequestration rapidly have gained steam."

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16.04.2020

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Phys.org: Paris climate goals failure 'could cost world $600 tn'

"Nations' failure to fulfil the promises they made in the Paris climate agreement to make drastic emissions cuts could cost the global economy as much as $600 trillion this century, new analysis showed Tuesday."

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16.04.2020

# New Publications

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Lackner, Klaus S. 2020: “Practical Constraints on Atmospheric Methane Removal.”

Lackner, Klaus S. 2020: “Practical Constraints on Atmospheric Methane Removal.” Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0496-7.

"Methane removal poses two challenges: extreme dilution and competition from natural processes. This raises the question of whether methane is really the best target for removal from the air."

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16.04.2020

# Media

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C2G: C2G in the age of COVID-19

"In January and early February, we saw some signs that the world was potentially entering a new political phase on climate."

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15.04.2020

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Foreign Affairs: How Technology Can Save the Planet

" In the decades to come, innovation could make severe cuts in emissions, also known as “deep decarbonization,” achievable at reasonable costs. That will mean reshaping about ten sectors in the global economy—including electric power, transportation, and parts of agriculture—by reinforcing positive change where it is already happening and investing heavily wherever it isn’t."

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15.04.2020

# New Publications

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Anderson, Paul S. 2020: “RoCC Kiln Manual: Rotatable Covered Cavity Kilns for Pyrolytic Production of Biochar and Energy (BC&E).”

Anderson, Paul S. 2020: “RoCC Kiln Manual: Rotatable Covered Cavity Kilns for Pyrolytic Production of Biochar and Energy (BC&E).” April 13, 2020. http://woodgas.com/resources/.

‌"This is the first public release of written details about an innovation to expand the use of pyrolysis to create biochar and release combustible gases (woodgas) from biomass."

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15.04.2020

# New Publications

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Jiang, Mingkai; et al. 2020: “The Fate of Carbon in a Mature Forest under Carbon Dioxide Enrichment.”

Jiang, Mingkai, Belinda E. Medlyn, John E. Drake, Remko A. Duursma, Ian C. Anderson, Craig V. M. Barton, Matthias M. Boer, et al. 2020: “The Fate of Carbon in a Mature Forest under Carbon Dioxide Enrichment.” Nature 580 (7802): 227–31. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2128-9.

‌"Here using data from the first ecosystem-scale Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment in a mature forest, we constructed a comprehensive ecosystem carbon budget to track the fate of carbon as the forest responded to four years of eCO2 exposure."

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15.04.2020

# Media

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Foreign Affairs: How to Fix a Failing Global Effort

"The key agreements, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris climate accord, have relied on voluntary arrangements, which induce free-riding that undermines any agreement."

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