November 2020

16.11.2020

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The Guardian: Governments urged to go beyond net zero climate targets

"The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the leading climate scientist Michael Mann are among a group of prominent environmentalists calling for the “restoration of the climate” by removing “huge amounts of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere”."

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13.11.2020

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse L. (2020): Is solar geoengineering ungovernable? A critical assessment of governance challenges identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Reynolds, Jesse L. (2020): Is solar geoengineering ungovernable? A critical assessment of governance challenges identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.690.

"I find seven such challenges identified in the IPCC reports: that SRM could lessen mitigation; that its termination would cause severe climatic impacts; that researching SRM would create a “slippery slope” to its inevitable and unwanted use; that decisions to use it could be contrary to democratic norms; that the public may not accept SRM; that it could be unethical; and that decisions to use SRM could be unilateral. After assessing the extent to which these challenges are supported by existing evidence, scholarly literature, and robust logic, I conclude that, for six of the seven, the IPCC's claims variously are speculative, fail to consider both advantages and disadvantages, implicitly make unreasonable negative assumptions, are contrary to existing evidence, and/or are meaninglessly vague."

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13.11.2020

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LegalPlanet: The IPCC Misses the Mark on Solar Geoengineering

"The Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change poorly portrays the “institutional and social constraints to deployment related to governance”."

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13.11.2020

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Carbon180: In search of carbon removal offsets

"What our (extremely arduous) journey to find carbon removal offsets tells us about the state of voluntary carbon markets today, and some ideas about how we can fix them."

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12.11.2020

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Environment + Energy Leader: New Partnership Aims to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage Research

"Sempra Energy and the Salk Institute today announced a new project to advance plant-based carbon capture and sequestration research, education, and implementation to help address the climate crisis."

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12.11.2020

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Maritime Executive: Enabling Carbon Capture Applying Existing Technology for CO2 Transport

"With the increasing focus on carbon capture and storage as a vital part of the effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the hunt is on for new technologies to provide maritime transportation solutions for CO2 transport." 

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12.11.2020

# New Publications

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DeLisi, Charles; et al. (2020): The Role of Synthetic Biology in Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Prospects and Challenges

DeLisi, Charles; Patrinos, Aristides; MacCracken, Michael; Drell, Dan; Annas, George; Arkin, Adam et al. (2020): The Role of Synthetic Biology in Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Prospects and Challenges. In BioDesign Research 2020, pp. 1–8. DOI: 10.34133/2020/1016207.

"The long atmospheric residence time of CO2 creates an urgent need to add atmospheric carbon drawdown to CO2 regulatory strategies. Synthetic and systems biology (SSB), which enables manipulation of cellular phenotypes, offers a powerful approach to amplifying and adding new possibilities to current land management practices aimed at reducing atmospheric carbon."

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11.11.2020

# Political Papers

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Rackley, Steve (2020): Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement. A preliminary research agenda and maturation roadmap

Rackley, Steve (2020): Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement. A preliminary research agenda and maturation roadmap. CarbonActionNow!

"This working paper follows the NASEM approach in establishing a preliminary research agenda for ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE), and also outlines a technology maturation roadmap towards large-scale deployment. The two-fold aim of this work is, firstly, to focus R&D attention on knowledge gaps that must be closed to enable informed decisions on OAE demonstration and later deployment activity and, secondly, to identify the potential longer term, primarily non-technical barriers to impact scale OAE deployment that need to be addressed, in parallel with other early stage work, in order to provide the foundation for such deployment, if this is eventually undertaken."

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11.11.2020

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China Dialogue: Has ‘geoengineering’ arrived in China?

"With the climate crisis becoming ever more urgent, Chinese and international experts are looking at the governance of geoengineering research and deployment."

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11.11.2020

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freethink: This Canadian Startup Wants to Make Our Buildings Out of CO2

"We can capture carbon from the air to fight climate change. But then what do we do with it?"

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