12.05.2019

# New Publications

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Tanzer, Samantha Eleanor; Ramírez, Andrea (2019): When are negative emissions negative emissions?

Tanzer, Samantha Eleanor; Ramírez, Andrea (2019): When are negative emissions negative emissions? In: Energy Environ. Sci. 12 (4), S. 1210–1218. DOI: 10.1039/C8EE03338B.

"This paper highlights inconsistencies in negative emission accounting in recent NET literature, focusing on the influence of system boundary selection. A quantified step-by-step example provides a clear picture of the impact of system boundary choices on the estimated emissions of a NET system."

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12.05.2019

# Media

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Independent Australia: Forests, logging and climate change

"THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL for Climate Change (IPCC) recommends that "natural solutions" are employed to deal with climate change emergency. The immediate protection and restoration of natural systems for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) are preferred to geo-engineering and B.E.C.C.S — burning biomass as a fossil fuel substitute while using some sort of carbon capture and storage."

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12.05.2019

# Media

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Journal of Commerce: Vancouver commits to intensive carbon reduction strategy

"In addition to a reduction of 45 per cent by 2030, Vancouver is committing to a new target of negative emissions by 2050, with an objective of limiting warming to 1.5 C."

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12.05.2019

# Media

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New York Times: Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In

"With the money he made selling his last start-up to Google, Matt Rogers has been investing in companies that are trying to fight climate change. Mr. Rogers, one of the founders of the digital thermostat company Nest, has put millions of dollars into start-ups whose goal is to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon-removal technology, as it is known, is something that scientists have said will probably be necessary to avert an extreme increase in global temperatures."

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08.05.2019

# New Publications

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Low, Sean; Schäfer, Stefan (2019): Tools of the trade. Practices and politics of researching the future in climate engineering

Low, Sean; Schäfer, Stefan (2019): Tools of the trade. Practices and politics of researching the future in climate engineering. In: Sustain Sci 8 (1), S. 898. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-019-00692-x.

"We take a systemic and synthesizing view of some of the (inter)disciplinary methods by which these futures are derived: climate and integrated assessment modeling, ‘deductive’ modes of social science inquiry, deliberative stakeholder engagement, and foresight-based scenarios. We speak to the epistemologies, objectives, and user communities surrounding these research practices, highlighting that different modes of constructing and interpreting evidence about an unformed future yield different kinds of results and signals for actions to be taken. We show how different methods for exploring ‘futures’ form an evolving history of how the risks of CE have been assessed (or constructed), and conclude by echoing calls for a stronger shared understanding of the practices and politics that underpin future-oriented research."

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08.05.2019

# Media

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Nori: Andrew Yang talks carbon removal and geoengineering

"2020 Democratic presidential primary contender Andrew Yang discusses his plans for carbon removal and geoengineering if elected United States president."

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08.05.2019

# Media

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Concordia News: Climate engineering needs to look at the big picture, says researcher

"Concordia study examines the potential effects of large-scale projects designed to offset the Earth’s changing climate." Article on Mengis, N.; et al. (2019).

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06.05.2019

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 19 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 19 in 2019 is now available here.


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06.05.2019

# Media

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C2G2: Should solar geoengineering research proceed?

"While solar geoengineering could limit some harmful climate impacts, these approaches could also have adverse impacts and would not address the root cause of climate change: rising emissions of heat-trapping gases from burning fossil fuels – or some of the resulting impacts, such as ocean acidification. We also know very little about how it could impact regional weather patterns, global politics, and efforts to curb global warming emissions."

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06.05.2019

# Media

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Fast Company: Is solar geoengineering crazy, or just crazy enough to work?

"A debate on whether the scientific community should ignore the possibility of artificially altering the temperature of Earth managed to change a lot of the audience’s minds."

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