November 2020

23.11.2020

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Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment: A New Horizon for Governance?

"But in the excitement of finally having the most progressive presidential platform yet seen for climate change in hopes of limiting temperature rise and achieving net-zero emissions, there remains an important question in this arena: will this administration grapple with solar geoengineering?"

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23.11.2020

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Phys.org: Could kelp help relieve ocean acidification?

"Ethereal, swaying pillars of brown kelp along California's coasts grow up through the water column, culminating in a dense surface canopy of thick fronds that provide homes and refuge for numerous marine creatures. There's speculation that these giant algae may protect coastal ecosystems by helping alleviate acidification caused by too much atmospheric carbon being absorbed by the seas."

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20.11.2020

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Amador, Giana; et al. (2020): Transition Book. Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

Amador, Giana; Jacobson, Rory; Kosar, Ugbaard; Simonelli, Lucia; Steeves, Tim; Suarez, Vanessa et al. (2020): Transition Book. Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+. Edited by Emily Reich. Carbon180.

"The next administration will need to take bold action in 2021 and beyond to drastically and swiftly reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy. This report serves as a guide for transition teams as they explore pathways for administrative action on climate."

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20.11.2020

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The Conversation: Net zero emissions targets are everywhere – we need to sort the genuine from the greenwash

"With colleagues, we have developed the minimum criteria – or “starting line” – for the UN-backed Race To Zero. Through this campaign, over 2,000 organisations have committed to “four Ps”: not only to pledge net zero, but to set a plan to deliver it, proceed with immediate action and publish their progress."

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19.11.2020

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Odoulami, Romaric C.; et al. (2020): Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering could lower future risk of ‘Day Zero’ level droughts in Cape Town

Odoulami, Romaric C.; New, Mark; Wolski, Piotr; Guillemet, Gregory; Pinto, Izidine; Lennard, Christopher et al. (2020): Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering could lower future risk of ‘Day Zero’ level droughts in Cape Town. In Environ. Res. Lett. 15 (12), p. 124007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbf13.

"Here, we assess the potential for geoengineering using stratospheric aerosols injection (SAI) to offset the risk of 'Day Zero' level droughts in a high emission future climate using climate model simulations from the Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Large Ensemble Project. Our findings suggest that keeping the global mean temperature at 2020 levels through SAI would offset the projected end century risk of 'Day Zero' level droughts by approximately 90%, keeping the risk of such droughts similar to today's level."

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19.11.2020

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Podcast: Duke University: "Operation Climate" Podcast

"Our content is geared towards Duke community members across all departments to show how environmentalism and climate action/justice really intersect with every academic, political, and everyday sphere of life."

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19.11.2020

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NewClimate Institute & DataDriven EnviroLab (2020): Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets

NewClimate Institute & DataDriven EnviroLab (2020): Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets. Research report prepared by the team of: Thomas Day, Silke Mooldijk and Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate Institute) and 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).

"This report analyses the momentum of targets for net-zero emissions across companies, cities and regions worldwide. We seek to unravel the ambiguity of net-zero targets to better enable the identification of truly ambitious actors and enhance support towards them. We offer recommendations for increasing target transparency with the aim of achieving greater accountability and ambition."

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19.11.2020

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GreenBiz: Is 'net-zero' greenwash?

"As the report notes, net-zero commitments vary widely in terms of their metrics and transparency, among other things. That is, no single standard governs the way net-zero is defined or measured, or even how it should be communicated."

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19.11.2020

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World Economic Forum: To achieve climate-neutrality, the EU needs a carbon sink strategy. Here's why

"Anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gases rightfully occupy a central position in the roadmap towards achieving climate neutrality. However, we must also get serious about preserving and expanding CO2 sinks; in other words, about capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it permanently."

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19.11.2020

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Carbon Engineering: Carbon Engineering chosen as sustainability partner for Virgin’s new rewards club, Virgin Red

"Today, the Virgin Group launched its new rewards club, Virgin Red, on an exclusive, invitation-only basis. In a world-first for a loyalty programme, Virgin Red has included an option for members to directly support the development of an emerging climate change solution – Direct Air Capture (DAC)."

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