July 2020

20.07.2020

# Media

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McKinsey & Company: Driving CO2 emissions to zero (and beyond) with carbon capture, use, and storage

"Any pathway to mitigate climate change requires the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions and negative-emissions technologies to cut atmospheric concentrations. Technology and regulation will be the key."

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14.07.2020

# Political Papers

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Biniaz, Susan; Bodansky, Daniel (2020): Solar Climate Intervention. Options for International Assessment and Decision-Making

Biniaz, Susan; Bodansky, Daniel (2020): Solar Climate Intervention. Options for International Assessment and Decision-Making. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions & SilverLining.

"This paper posits a scenario in which a group of countries seeks a cooperative, science-based1 approach to decision-making regarding the potential use of SCI, in the context of increasingly dangerous climate conditions, taking into account “two safeties:” the safety of the global climate, and the safety of SCI, if any, in response."

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14.07.2020

# Political Papers

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Florin, Marie-Valentine; et al. (2020): lnternational governance issues on climate engineering Information for policymakers

Florin, Marie-Valentine; Rouse, Paul; Hubert, Anna-Maria; Honegger, Matthias; Reynolds, Jesse (2020): lnternational governance issues on climate engineering Information for policymakers. EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC). Lausanne.

"Driven by questions and needs from the international policymaking community to better understand the potential benefits as well as opportunities, risks, uncertainties and other challenges of CDR and SRM, at both technical and governance levels, this report reviews and compares technologies and their potential contributions, costs, risks, uncertainties, before surveying the current legal and institutional landscape of governance regarding climate engineering."

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14.07.2020

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EPFL: A call for better governance of climate engineering technologies

"In a study for the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment EPFL’s International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) has brought together a group of global experts to point the way forward for international policymakers grappling with the risks and benefits posed by Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Radiation Modification."

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14.07.2020

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SRMGI: Interview with Dr. Casimir Y. Da-Allada

"The Benin team’s first paper was published in June in Earth’s Future, and it explores how SRM could affect the West African summer monsoon. We recently had a chance to discuss the paper with Casimir, and to learn more about the pathways that brought him from rural Benin to leading the world’s first LDC study on SRM."

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14.07.2020

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SRMGI: Interview with Dr. Khalil Karami

"In June, the Iran DECIMALS team led by Dr Khalil Karami published its first SRM research paper.  We talked with Khalil about the study and his path to leading the region’s first SRM research team."

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14.07.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Proposals: ClimateWorks Foundation: Marine Macroalgae Cultivation and Utilization research

Deadline: 31. July 2020

"A 10-month contract up to $150,000 USD will be awarded to build a sensitivity model that estimates net CO2 removal and emission reductions associated with marine macroalgae cultivation and utilization."

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14.07.2020

# New Publications

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McCormack, Phillipa C.; et al. (2020): Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia

McCormack, Phillipa C.; McDonald, Jan; Brent, Kerryn A. (2020): Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia. In Climate Law 10 (2), pp. 123–150. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-01002001.

"We argue that domestic laws should be used to maximize the benefits of nets while minimizing trade-offs for biodiversity. These laws should ensure that trade-offs are, at the very least, explicit and transparent, both in terms of their implications for current biodiversity and in the context of an acceleration of climate-driven biodiversity decline."

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14.07.2020

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Soil Carbon Alliance: Rock Powder with Biorock: Synergies & Co-Benefits

"Biochar and rock powders can provide major, cost-effective, atmospheric CO2 sinks to reverse climate change through nature-based solutions, or planetary BioGeoTherapy."

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14.07.2020

# New Publications

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Vries, I. E. de; et al. (2020): A specialised delivery system for stratospheric sulphate aerosols (part 2): financial cost and equivalent CO2 emission

Vries, I. E. de; Janssens, M.; Hulshoff, S. J. (2020): A specialised delivery system for stratospheric sulphate aerosols (part 2): financial cost and equivalent CO2 emission. In Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02686-6.

"[T]his paper quantifies the initial and operating financial costs and initial and operating equivalent CO2 (CO2eq) emissions of the specialised aircraft-based SAI delivery system developed with relatively high-fidelity tools in part 1 of this series. We analyse an interval of operating conditions, within which we devote special attention to four injection scenarios outlined in part 1: Three scenarios where H2SO4 vapour is directly injected at several dispersion rates and one SO2 injection scenario."

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