27.01.2020

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Newsletter of Week 05 of 2020

The newsletter of calendar week 05 of 2020 is now available here.


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27.01.2020

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RiverTowns: Scientists study new techniques to fight climate change

"Finding new solutions to problems caused by climate change is what David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard School of Engineering, works on every day. Keith, one of the featured speakers at the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College on Sept. 25, 2019, noted that three earlier problems involving smog, DDT pesticides, and stratospheric ozone, were problems that inspired quick action and effective results."

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27.01.2020

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Sierra Club: Could Geoengineering Help Save the World’s Ice?

"Slowing the rate of ice melt there and elsewhere would allow for critical adaptation in at-risk areas, such as islands and coastal cities. Some researchers are looking to geoengineering to accomplish this. Michael Wolovick, a researcher at Beijing Normal University, is one of them. He and his colleague John Moore have studied a number of geoengineering strategies to prevent or slow the collapse of Thwaites Glacier."

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27.01.2020

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IPCC News: IPCC authors meet in Portugal to advance preparations for Sixth Assessment Report

"Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Faro, Portugal, on 26 January – 1 February 2020 to advance preparations for the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)."

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27.01.2020

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The Washington Post: Davos elite want to plant 1 trillion trees to help the planet, but many still fight a carbon tax

"Leaders of the world’s most powerful companies sent one clear message this week as they gathered in this ski chalet town for the World Economic Forum: They care about the environment — to a point."

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27.01.2020

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Christian Science Monitor: Should we fiddle with Earth’s thermostat? This man might know how.

"Scientists are exploring a radical idea: dimming the sun. If it works, solar geoengineering could be a last-ditch option to buy time and avert ecological disaster. But it raises ethical, legal, and geopolitical questions."

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27.01.2020

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Biofuelwatch (2020): What have we learned about biochar since 2011?

Biofuelwatch (2020): What have we learned about biochar since 2011? Update by Rachel Smolker, January 2020.

"What we have concluded from that review is that 1 ) there has been a massive proliferation of studies of biochar over the past several years reflecting a greatly expanded interest and an influx of funding to soil science researchers. 2) There has been a widening of the scope of proclaimed “uses” for biochar – no longer just for carbon sequestration, but now for many other applications including increasing water retention in soils, improving nutrient uptake in agriculture, reducing fertilizer use and reducing emissions from fertilizer applications, use as feed for cattle to reduce methane emissions, and more."

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26.01.2020

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Union of Concerned Scientists: A Small Provision in the FY20 Spending Package Deserves a Much Bigger Discussion

"Within that almost incomprehensible amount, there was a small, yet important $4 million earmark that merits scrutiny: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was given this money specifically to conduct solar geoengineering research, the first time in the United States that Congress has allocated money to a federal agency to do so."

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26.01.2020

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Scientific American: NOAA Gets Go-Ahead to Study Controversial Climate Plan B

"Government climate scientists will study two geoengineering proposals to counteract global warming."

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26.01.2020

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C2G: Remembering Steve Rayner: the person who framed the geoengineering debate

"Steve Rayner framed the most important questions about geoengineering before most people had heard of the term. Crucially, through the Oxford Principles, he also offered a means to answer them."

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