May 2020

27.05.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Applications: ARPA-E: Funding Opportunity Announcements

Deadline: 22. July 2020

"O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater" & "P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air"

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27.05.2020

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BBC Future: Planting trees doesn’t always help with climate change

"Reforestation is seen as a way to help cool the climate, sucking excess warming carbon out of the atmosphere. But it’s not always that simple."

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27.05.2020

# New Publications

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Geden, Oliver, and Felix Schenuit. 2020: “Unkonventioneller Klimaschutz: Gezielte CO2-Entnahme aus der Atmosphäre als neuer Ansatz in der EU-Klimapolitik.”

Geden, Oliver, and Felix Schenuit. 2020: “Unkonventioneller Klimaschutz: Gezielte CO2-Entnahme aus der Atmosphäre als neuer Ansatz in der EU-Klimapolitik.” SWP-Studie 10. May 2020. 2020. doi:10.18449/2020S10.

‌German-language publication on the role of atmospheric CDR in EU climate policy. 

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27.05.2020

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BBC Future: The remarkable power of the prickly pear

"A stalwart of the Mexican landscape is finding a second life powering up buildings in the desert, and it is proving to be an unusually sustainable biofuel."

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27.05.2020

# New Publications

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Offermann-van Heek, Julia; et al. 2020: “Assessing Public Acceptance of the Life Cycle of CO2-Based Fuels: Does Information Make the Difference?”

Offermann-van Heek, Julia, Katrin Arning, André Sternberg, André Bardow, and Martina Ziefle. 2020: “Assessing Public Acceptance of the Life Cycle of CO2-Based Fuels: Does Information Make the Difference?” Energy Policy 143: 111586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111586.

‌"Besides technological feasibility of required process steps (CO2 capture, CO2 transport, fuel production infrastructure), a successful adoption requires acceptance of alternative CO2-based fuels and their infrastructure. This study focuses on public acceptance of CO2-based fuels' life cycle by laypeople (N = 325) using conjoint analysis."

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27.05.2020

# New Publications

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McLaren, Duncan. 2020: “Quantifying the Potential Scale of Mitigation Deterrence from Greenhouse Gas Removal Techniques.”

McLaren, Duncan. 2020: “Quantifying the Potential Scale of Mitigation Deterrence from Greenhouse Gas Removal Techniques.” Climatic Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02732-3.

‌"The paper reviews the expectations of GGR implied by integrated assessment modelling, categorizes ways in which delivery or promises of GGR might instead deter or delay emissions reduction, and offers a preliminary estimate of the possible extent of three such forms of ‘mitigation deterrence’."

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27.05.2020

# New Publications

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Michaelowa, Axel. 2020: "The governance of solar geoengineering by Jesse L. Reynolds, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019."

Michaelowa, Axel. 2020: "The governance of solar geoengineering by Jesse L. Reynolds, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019." Environmental Politics (29/4), 759-760. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2020.1757582.

"While there is a rapidly growing number of research articles on geoengineering as well as several books discussing its challenges aiming at a general audience, Reynolds’s book is the first that achieves a complete overview of the governance questions linked to SRM. It is a ‘must read’ for any political scientist or economist trying to understand how to manage SRM on various levels and will remain a key reference for the foreseeable future."

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27.05.2020

# Media

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Axios: Climate activists target Big Tech over fossil fuel work

"Big Tech is making splash with its aggressive carbon reduction goals, but some of its employees and climate activists are criticizing Google, Microsoft and Amazon for nonetheless partnering with fossil fuel companies to use artificial intelligence to find hidden hydrocarbons and bring them to market."

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27.05.2020

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Independent: Climate crisis: Tropical rainforest ‘tipping point’ identified as scientists call for immediate action to tackle global warming

"Tropical rainforests’ vital ability to store carbon is under threat due to rising global temperatures, and the Amazon is particularly at risk, scientists have warned."

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27.05.2020

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The New Yorker: What will it take to cool the planet?

"I pointed out last week that the covid-19 pandemic has taught us something interesting: even locking down most of the planet didn’t cut emissions as much as we might have thought."

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