09.09.2019

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Newsletter of Week 37 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 37 in 2019 is now available here.


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09.09.2019

# Calls & events

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Job at TU Delft: Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Uncertainty (Tenure Track)

Deadline: 7. October 2019

"The position is proposed to investigate soil mechanical material behaviour accounting for uncertainties relating to, for example, measurements, statistics, transformation from measured to derived properties, and external (including environmental) loadings."

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09.09.2019

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Branch, O.; et al. (2019): Deliberate enhancement of rainfall using desert plantations

Branch, Oliver; Wulfmeyer, Volker (2019): Deliberate enhancement of rainfall using desert plantations. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1904754116.

" We have demonstrated that large plantations do enhance rainfall in arid regions and identified the underlying process chain. By using this knowledge we have developed a global index to assess which deserts are most favorable for weather modification and discuss how rainfall impacts can be intensified using agricultural methods."

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09.09.2019

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CNBC: This Bill Gates-funded chemical cloud could help stop global warming

"Bill Gates is backing the first high-altitude experiment of one radical approach called solar geoengineering. It’s meant to mimic the effects of a giant volcanic eruption."

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09.09.2019

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MIT Technology Review: Four tech takeaways from the climate town hall

"And why it matters that millions got to see US presidential candidates defend their competing plans for the single biggest issue of our age."

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07.09.2019

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Euractiv: Scientist: ‘I’m pretty sure we will need carbon removal technologies’

"Sucking CO2 from the air to mitigate global warming may sound silly at first, but it’s likely to be necessary nonetheless, says Nils Røkke. And the more we delay it, the higher will be the demand for carbon removal technologies in the future, he warns."

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06.09.2019

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Daggash, H.; et al. (2019): Higher Carbon Prices on Emissions Alone Will Not Deliver the Paris Agreement

Daggash, Habiba Ahut; Mac Dowell, Niall (2019): Higher Carbon Prices on Emissions Alone Will Not Deliver the Paris Agreement. In: Joule. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.08.008.

"We investigate the effectiveness of carbon prices in achieving the deep decarbonization needed in the power system. We find that if only CO 2 emitters are penalized, increasing prices to the social cost of carbon is sufficient to achieve a decarbonized system in the medium-term but not maintain it in the long-term."

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06.09.2019

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Mac Dowell, N.; et al. (2019): Negative Emissions: Priorities for Research and Policy Design

Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde; Daggash, Habiba; Patrizio, Piera (2019): Negative Emissions: Priorities for Research and Policy Design. In: Front. Clim. 1, S. 6. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2019.00006.

"Five CDR technologies – including afforestation/reforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture and Storage, biochar, direct air capture and enhanced weathering – are compared in this work. We discuss main technical, socio-economic and regulatory bottlenecks that have been scarcely investigated at regional level, and provide directions for further research. We identify the availability of accessible land, water, low carbon energy and CO2 storage as key regional drivers and bottlenecks to most CDR technologies. We discuss the caveats in CO2 accounting in assessing the performance of each technology, and the need for an international regulatory framework which captures these differences."

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06.09.2019

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SEI: What land can and cannot do about climate change

"In its latest report, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) looks at the interconnections between climate change and land. Land use accounts for roughly 23 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions – but also serves as a sink for carbon dioxide. Francis X. Johnson, one of the lead authors of the report, explains the potential of and limitations to using land to reduce emissions."

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06.09.2019

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Climeworks: Climeworks AG and Antecy B.V. are joining forces & thereby boosting technology portfolio

"Climeworks AG, Switzerland and Antecy B.V., the Netherlands share the same goal of removing climate-relevant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and joining forces renders this goal more achievable. The combination of their technologies will result in even more powerful solutions for both carbon dioxide removal, as well as direct air capture and CO2 utilization."

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