September 2020

23.09.2020

# New Publications

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Sawall, Yvonne; et al. (2020): Discrete Pulses of Cooler Deep Water Can Decelerate Coral Bleaching During Thermal Stress: Implications for Artificial Upwelling During Heat Stress Events

Sawall, Yvonne; Harris, Moronke; Lebrato, Mario; Wall, Marlene; Feng, Ellias Yuming (2020): Discrete Pulses of Cooler Deep Water Can Decelerate Coral Bleaching During Thermal Stress: Implications for Artificial Upwelling During Heat Stress Events. In Front. Mar. Sci. 7, p. 720. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00720.

"Artificial upwelling of cooler deep water to the surface layer may be a possible mitigation/management tool. In this study, we investigated the effect of simulated artificial upwelling with deep water off Bermuda collected at 50 m (24°C) and 100 m (20°C) on coral symbiont biology of 3 coral species (Montastrea cavernosaPorites astreoides, and Pseudodiploria strigosa) in a temperature stress experiment."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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USC Dornsife: USC Dornsife’s Public Exchange and UN Foundation partner on climate change study

"The study will examine people’s responses to terms such as “adaptation,” “mitigation,” “carbon dioxide removal” and “sustainable development.”"

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22.09.2020

# New Publications

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Corbett, Charles R. (2020): "Extraordinary" and "Highly Controversial": Federal Research of Solar Geoengineering Under NEPA

Corbett, Charles R. (2020): "Extraordinary" and "Highly Controversial": Federal Research of Solar Geoengineering Under NEPA. (September 21, 2020). Northwestern University Law Review Online (forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3696942.

"This Essay argues that NOAA should use its discretion to conduct a programmatic environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) as an initial step in complying with Congress’s mandate. Federal research into solar geoengineering is an extraordinary and highly controversial policy. The agency should carefully consider the environmental, social, and political impacts that may come with this undertaking. Further, the public deserves an opportunity to weigh in on the matter and to be appraised of its risks."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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Maritime Executive: Who Governs Climate Intervention and Geoengineering on the High Seas?

"With a range of marine geoengineering field trials inching forward, attention is turning to how research and eventual deployment should be governed."

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22.09.2020

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Karma: U.K. May Become Carbon-Negative in Electricity Sector by 2033

"Country targets reducing carbon emissions to net zero for all sectors by 2050 to tackle climate change."

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22.09.2020

# New Publications

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Domke, Grant M.; et al. (2020): Tree planting has the potential to increase carbon sequestration capacity of forests in the United States.

Domke, Grant M.; Oswalt, Sonja N.; Walters, Brian F.; Morin, Randall S. (2020): Tree planting has the potential to increase carbon sequestration capacity of forests in the United States. In PNAS, p. 202010840. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2010840117.

"Here we use data from more than 130,000 national forest inventory plots to describe the contribution of nearly 1.4 trillion trees on forestland in the conterminous United States to mitigate CO2 emissions and the potential to enhance carbon sequestration capacity on productive forestland."

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22.09.2020

# Political Papers

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Data-Driven EnviroLab & NewClimate Institute (2020): Accelerating Net Zero: Exploring Cities, Regions, and Companies’ Pledges to Decarbonise

Data-Driven EnviroLab & NewClimate Institute (2020): Accelerating Net Zero: Exploring Cities, Regions, and Companies’ Pledges to Decarbonise. Research report prepared by the team of: Angel Hsu, Zhi Yi Yeo, Amy Weinfurter, Yin Xi Tan, Ian French, Vasu Namdeo, Odele Tan, Sowmya Raghavan, Elwin Lim, and Ajay Nair (Data-Driven EnviroLab) and Thomas Day, Silke Mooldijk, Niklas Höhne, and Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate Institute).

"This report explores where there have been huge uptakes in net-zero commitments in surprising sectors and geographies, quantifying the scale of net-zero commitments from cities, regions, and business actors. The findings show the growing momentum towards zero carbon, while revealing areas where there is the potential to scale up and accelerate crucial action in the coming decades."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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Morgan Stanley: Morgan Stanley Announces Commitment to Reach Net-Zero Financed Emissions by 2050

"As part of that effort, the Firm recently joined the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) and will seek to play a leadership role in capacity building."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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Bloomberg: Wildfires Prove We Got Climate Risks All Wrong

"For too long we assumed the worst effects were manageable and would advance slowly."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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UPenn Almanac: Jennifer Wilcox: Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy

"Jennifer Wilcox has been named the Presidential Distingished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy."

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