11.10.2021

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Podcast: New Research Checks the Math of Large-Scale Tree Planting (Carbon Removal Newsroom)

"First this week, we're looking at new research schowing "Limited effects of tree planting on forest canopy cover and rural livelihoods in Northern India," and understanding why one researcher referred to the large-scale tree planting program in Northern India as a failure. We explain the significance of these research findings and the potential improvements necessary to ensure that tree planting achieves its stated goals of sequestering carbon dioxide, increasing biodiversity, and improving the livelihoods of local communities. Plus, a recent Twitter thread from German journalist Tin Fischer tells the story of a “Trillion Trees,” a figure that hardly held substance when first suggested, then took off in popular culture faster than climate scientists could shut it down. While it’s a catchy idea, the scientific paper used to support Trillion Trees in 2017 was widely critiqued for miscalculations and ultimately rescinded. We look at why this idea gained so much traction and what the realistic role of large-scale tree planting might be in drawing down carbon and addressing climate change. Finally, we put reforestation up against the portfolio of carbon removal solutions, looking at where it fits in and how it should be funded."

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11.10.2021

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Video: Recording: Webinar: Negative emissions and net zero: how do technologies for carbon dioxide removal measure up? (CCUS Projects Network)

"The European Union is committed to keeping the average temperature rise to well below 2°C, preferably closer to 1.5°C, which according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) requires bringing global GHG emissions to net zero by 2050. The IPCC scenarios show that alongside implementing other climate mitigation policies it is essential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR) which includes negative emission technologies (NETs). Various options are being reviewed and discussed, including both nature-based solutions and CCS-based solutions. The most common CCS-related solutions identified are direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) and CCS on energy production from biomass (BECCS). This event will discuss policy mechanisms for the delivery of CDR, storage longevity and the role of offsetting, and present some real project examples and the potential range of biogenic sources that combined with CCS can enable CDR."

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10.10.2021

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Video: Training video - Cooking and making biochar with crop waste

"In this video, you will learn how to burn crop waste for cooking fuel while making biochar. This is free and easy and it makes very little smoke. You can stop collecting firewood. And, you don't have to tend the fire. Just light on top and you can leave to do other things. When you return, your meal is ready. And the valuable biochar you make can be used to greatly improve your crops."

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10.10.2021

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Yale Climate Connections: What is geoengineering? … and why it’s a ‘break glass’ plan

"Everyday wisdom tells us it’s much better to avoid a problem than to try to fix it afterward. That’s one reason cutting greenhouse emissions is by far the preferred option for limiting climate change. Yet society has dragged its collective heels on climate action for decades, and it’s unclear whether the world will achieve the roughly 50% emission cuts this decade that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deems essential to avert the worst consequences of a human-warmed planet. Enter the notion of geoengineering. Often referred to as “climate intervention” or “climate-altering technologies,” geoengineering refers to the idea of messing with the climate system that humans have already been messing up – this time in an effort to turn back the clock and restabilize the climate."

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08.10.2021

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Green Wire: USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with climate change."

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08.10.2021

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Reuters: Made-from-CO2 concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

"What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention."

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08.10.2021

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Fast Company: These carbon-capturing robotic seaweed farms are like planting forests in the ocean

"Phykos is trying to pioneer a new form of carbon sequestration: using automated boats to grow seaweed in the middle of the ocean, then sinking it to the ocean floor."

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08.10.2021

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Tech Crunch: Made of Air, a maker of ‘carbon negative’ thermoplastics, locks in $5.8M

"Berlin-based climate tech startup Made of Air has closed a €5 million (~$5.8 million) seed funding round, led by Norwegian sustainability-focused family fund, TD Veen. [...] As the name (kind of) implies, Made of Air (MoA) is producing durable materials for a variety of use cases that make use of (pyrolyzed) wood waste in order to lock up carbon for long periods in the resulting hardened carbon-negative thermoplastic compound. (Which is literally made from biochar and bioplastics)."

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08.10.2021

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Labiotech: Novo Nordisk Foundation Pumps €85M into Carbon Capture Research

"As pressure mounts to tackle climate change, the Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted €84.7M to the world’s first research institution dedicated to capturing carbon dioxide from the air and harnessing the gas as a raw material."

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08.10.2021

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Gasworld: Shell to use BASF Sorbead tech for CCS

"Major player in the energy industry Shell is to incorporate catalyst expert BASF’s Sorbead Adsorption Technology into its carbon reduction plan following a collaborative partnership. The collaboration involved working together to study the use of the Sorbead technology for pre- and post-combustion carbon capture and storage (CCS) activities."

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