18.10.2021

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Video: Recording: ICRLP 1st Annual Conference_ Domestic Legal Framworks for Ocean CDR (Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy)

"Scientists are currently investigating a range of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) techniques which, if shown to be feasible, will need to be tested in situ in the open ocean. Previous in situ tests of one ocean CDR technique—ocean fertilization—were highly controversial, with many groups expressing concern about the apparent lack of oversight of the tests. Given this experience, and the growing interest in testing other approaches, many researchers and policy-makers are seeking to better understand the legal framework governing ocean CDR. Prior research has explored how existing international agreements and customary international law could apply to ocean CDR research and deployment. However, international agreements and customary international law generally do not impose binding obligations on private actors (e.g., individual and corporations). Those actors are subject only to the domestic laws of the country in whose territory, or under whose jurisdiction, they are operating. Further, domestic law in many cases impose rules and regulations beyond those required by international law. It is, therefore, essential for researchers and others involved in ocean CDR projects to understand the applicable domestic laws. This panel will feature legal academics from the U.S. and Europe to discuss how existing domestic laws in their countries could apply to the testing and deployment of different ocean CDR techniques (including ocean fertilization, ocean alkalinity enhancement, artificial upwelling and downwelling, and seaweed cultivation). Key gaps and shortcomings in existing laws will be identified and possible reforms explored."

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18.10.2021

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Chemical Engineering: Integration of CO2 Direct Air Caputre and Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels Manufacturing

"A feasibility study is underway for the world’s first commercial facility that integrates direct air capture (DAC) of atmospheric carbon dioxide with gas fermentation of CO2 and production of aviation fuels. LanzaTech (Chicago, Ill.; www.lanzatech.com) and Carbon Engineering (Squamish, B.C.; www.carbonengineering.com) have partnered on this first-of-its-kind facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel from atmospheric CO2."

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18.10.2021

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ReCharge: ‘We will produce carbon-negative green hydrogen at a third of the price of standard renewable H2’

"A new international joint venture (JV) is to build a $100m-plus project in Australia that will produce carbon-negative green hydrogen and ammonia from woody waste biomass using a “unique” gasification process."

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18.10.2021

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Reuters: EXCLUSIVE White House, top Democrats agree to boost carbon capture credit in budget bill -sources

"The White House and top Democratic lawmakers have agreed to boost a tax credit for industrial carbon capture projects in a deal that could help solidify support for the budget reconciliation bill at the heart of President Joe Biden's economic agenda, two sources with knowledge of the matter said."

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18.10.2021

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The Conversation: A global carbon removal industry is coming – experts explain the problems it must overcome

"There are several ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere. One is called bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or Beccs. Here, vast acres of fast-growing plants are grown and then harvested and burned to generate electricity or make biofuel for vehicles. Beccs can even use waste from farms or timber plantations. The carbon normally released during the burning or fermentation stage is instead captured and pumped underground in old oil and gas wells or deep rock formations called saline aquifers. These storage sites can be beneath land (which is common in the US) or the seabed. There are over 20 years of experience in storing CO₂ under the Norwegian North Sea, for instance."

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11.10.2021

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Gulf Times: What climate change requires of economics

"This summer’s record-breaking heatwave in the American northwest offered a reminder – as if it were needed – of what anthropogenic climate change will mean for living conditions now and in the future. Average global temperatures have already risen to 1.2C above pre-industrial levels and could increase by another 5C over the next 80 years. This warming is hastening the extinction of many species and rendering parts of the world less hospitable for human habitation. By some estimates, climate change may force more than 1bn people to migrate by 2050.
Confronted with such massive long-term risks, many of our long-held assumptions will need to be revised, and the economics discipline is no exception. If we are going to avoid misguided policy pathways such as those that would abandon economic growth completely (even though billions of people around the world are still in poverty), we need to adapt mainstream economics to new climate realities."

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11.10.2021

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NZZ: How geoengineers fight global warming (German)

German newspaper article on solar radiation management. 

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11.10.2021

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Bloomberg Green: For Effective Climate Policy, the First Step is the Hardest

"After more than three decades of trying, Austria moves to tax carbon. Austria has a carbon tax or, in slightly more dramatic terms: 'Habemus CO₂ tax.' But the reception in Austria and beyond was quite a bit more muted than the joyous announcement of a new pope. Environmental group Greenpeace called it “too weak, too late and ineffective.” They have a point."

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11.10.2021

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Podcast: How scence fiction can inspire humanity's response to the climate crisis (The Conversation)

"Chris Pak, lecturer in English Literature at Swansea University, explores the history of science fiction stories about terraforming, geoengineering, space and climate change. As COP26, the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, approaches Pak says authors of science fiction are consulted by organisations and governments to help us think about the risks and challenges of the future in ways inaccessible to other disciplines. He says we urgently need more of this imaginative impulse."

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11.10.2021

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Podcast: September's cig carbontech funding announcements (Carbon Removal Newsroom)

"In this business-focused episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, we’re discussing the major carbontech funding announcements that occurred throughout September, along with the news from Norway’s $1.4 trillion sovereign wealth fund that they’ll be requiring their portfolio holdings to go net-zero."

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