August 2020

04.08.2020

# New Publications

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Fawzy, Samer; et al. (2020): Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review

Fawzy, Samer; Osman, Ahmed I.; Doran, John; Rooney, David W. (2020): Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review. In Environ Chem Lett. DOI: 10.1007/s10311-020-01059-w.

"This article reviews the main strategies for climate change abatement, namely conventional mitigation, negative emissions and radiative forcing geoengineering."

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04.08.2020

# Projects

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The Hill: Farm and forest carbon incentives can help climate and rural economies

"American forests already absorb the equivalent of about 15 percent of our annual carbon dioxide emissions. Maintaining and enhancing these "carbon sinks" will be critical to both climate protection and to help the economies of hard-hit rural areas, with the potential to create large numbers of new jobs."

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04.08.2020

# Projects

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Strelka: Design, Modeling & Governance at Planetary Scale: The Terraforming Projects

"An overview of the final projects of the first year of Strelka Institute’s The Terraforming design research program."

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04.08.2020

# Media

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Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy: The Democratic Party’s Draft Policy Platform and the Potential Role of Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technologies to Combat Climate Change

"The platform will be considered by the delegates to the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee convention next month, where the delegates will make final decisions on the text of the non-binding policy document."

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03.08.2020

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 32 of 2020

The newsletter of calendar week 32 of 2020 is now available here.


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03.08.2020

# Media

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IPCC: Energy is at the heart of the solution to the climate challenge

 

"Our climate challenge is a shared global challenge – and it is largely an energy challenge. Energy accounts for over two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. This means energy must be at the heart of any solution."

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03.08.2020

# Media

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Government Executive: Bipartisan Bill Would Establish Multi-Agency Effort for Carbon Removal

"A committee would develop a strategic plan for research and development on carbon dioxide removal in the air, lands and oceans."

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03.08.2020

# Media

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Climate & Capital Media: This tech nonprofit is moving carbon capture from sci-fi to reality

"Despite a multi-billion dollar market, carbon removal technology is still fringe. Carbon180 is out to make them mainstream."

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03.08.2020

# Political Papers

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Levin, K.; et al. (2020): Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets

Levin, K., D. Rich, K. Ross, T. Fransen, and C. Elliott (2020): Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets. Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at www.wri.org/design-net-zero.

"This paper aims to support countries in designing and communicating their net-zero targets to ensure they fully contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement’s goals."

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03.08.2020

# New Publications

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Cao, Zhi; et al. (2020): The sponge effect and carbon emission mitigation potentials of the global cement cycle

Cao, Zhi; Myers, Rupert J.; Lupton, Richard C.; Duan, Huabo; Sacchi, Romain; Zhou, Nan et al. (2020): The sponge effect and carbon emission mitigation potentials of the global cement cycle. In nature communications 11 (1), p. 3777. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17583-w.

"Cement plays a dual role in the global carbon cycle like a sponge: its massive production contributes significantly to present-day global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, yet its hydrated products gradually reabsorb substantial amounts of atmospheric CO2 (carbonation) in the future. The role of this sponge effect along the cement cycle (including production, use, and demolition) in carbon emissions mitigation, however, remains hitherto unexplored. Here, we quantify the effects of demand- and supply-side mitigation measures considering this material-energy-emissions-uptake nexus, finding that climate goals would be imperiled if the growth of cement stocks continues."

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