17.07.2019

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Forum for Climate Enigneering Assessment: When essential research might be a bad thing. The carbon removal research dilemma. (Blogpost)

"The UK recently adopted a legislative 2050 target for ‘net-zero’ climate-changing emissions. Other countries are also moving towards similar goals. Such targets are hugely welcome in the face of growing climate change impacts. Yet delivering ‘net-zero’ depends not only on accelerated mitigation, but also critically on the development and deployment of carbon removal techniques. This creates something of a dilemma."

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17.07.2019

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RealClimate: Can planting trees save our climate?

"n recent weeks, a new study by researchers at ETH Zurich has hit the headlines worldwide (Bastin et al. 2019). [...] Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true. Because apples are compared to oranges and important feedbacks in the Earth system are forgotten. With a few basic facts about the CO2 increase in our atmosphere this is easy to understand. Mankind is currently blowing 11 billion tonnes of carbon (gigatonnes C, abbreviated GtC) into the air every year in the form of CO2 – and the trend is rising."

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15.07.2019

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Newsletter of Week 29 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 29 in 2019 is now available here.


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15.07.2019

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Too good, to be true" (German)

German article on CE

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15.07.2019

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Reef Trust Partnership (2019): Annual Work Plan 2019-2020

Reef Trust Partnership (2019): Annual Work Plan 2019-2020. Ed.: Australian Government, Reef Trust und Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

"The Great Barrier Reef is globally recognised as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and attracts over two million visitors each year. Australians are proud of the Reef and want to ensure that everything is being done to protect and restore our national icon. This is a defining moment for the Reef and this partnership is an unprecedented opportunity to drive the collaboration and action needed for the Great Barrier Reef, now and for the future."

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15.07.2019

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Allgaier, J.: Science and Environmental Communication via Online Video: Strategically Distorted Communications on Climate Change and Climate Engineering on YouTube

Allgaier, J.: Science and Environmental Communication via Online Video: Strategically Distorted Communications on Climate Change and Climate Engineering on YouTube. In: Frontiers in Communication 2019. DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00036.

"The online video-sharing website YouTube is extremely popular globally, also as a tool for information on science and environmental topics. However, only little is known about what kind of information users find when they are searching for information about climate science, climate change and climate engineering on YouTube. This contribution presents results from an exploratory research project that investigates whether videos found on YouTube adhere to or challenge scientific consensus views."

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15.07.2019

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Phys.org: Exaggerating how much carbon dioxide can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action

"Planting almost a billion hectares of trees worldwide is the "biggest and cheapest tool" for tackling climate change, according to a new study. The researchers claimed that reforestation could remove 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere—equivalent to about 20 years' worth of the world's current emissions. This has been criticized as an exaggeration. It could actually be dangerous."

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15.07.2019

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Can Trees, Oceans and Giant Carbon Sucking Machines Save Us from Climate Catastrophe? (Blog)

"As we confront ever more obvious impacts of a warming world, we must immediately tackle the political and technical challenges of reducing the pollution causing climate change. And, just as actively, seek ways to remove, store and manage carbon to bring our climate back into balance."

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15.07.2019

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Phys.org: Breaching a 'carbon threshold' could lead to mass extinction

"Daniel Rothman, professor of geophysics and co-director of the Lorenz Center in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, has found that when the rate at which carbon enters the oceans pushes past a certain threshold—whether as the result of a sudden burst or a slow, steady influx—the Earth may respond with a runaway cascade of chemical feedbacks, leading to extreme ocean acidification that dramatically amplifies the effects of the original trigger."

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14.07.2019

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Call for Papers: Governance of Emerging Climate Technologies (Global Policy)

Deadline: 26. July 2019

"The Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) and Global Policy are collaborating to produce a Special Issue focusing on the governance of emerging climate technologies: Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Modification (SRM). The issue is planned for launch in May 2020, allowing time for published articles to be considered in the literature review for the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR6)."

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