01.11.2019

# New Publications

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Beuttler, Christoph, et al. (2019): “The Role of Direct Air Capture in Mitigation of Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

Beuttler, Christoph, Jan Wurzbacher, and Louise Charles. 2019. “The Role of Direct Air Capture in Mitigation of Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Frontiers in Climate 1. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2019.00010.

"The paper will give a brief insight into DAC and in particular, the modular low temperature DAC technology developed by Climeworks of Switzerland. It will discuss potential co benefits, in particular in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and conclude by suggesting some policy approaches on how a climate relevant scale could be achieved in time."

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01.11.2019

# Calls & events

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London NERC DTP: PhD Project: The aridity, drought and biodiversity impacts of Solar Geoengineering

"In this PhD project, you will evaluate the hydrological impacts of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering on society and ecosystems. You will evaluate drought and aridity changes from a range of different perspectives: meteorological (how much precipitation is there?), hydrological (how much river run off is there?), and agro-ecological (how is vegetation faring?). You will assess these hydrological changes using output from the latest generation of climate models and in offline land model simulations."

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01.11.2019

# Media

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Phys.org: Climate engineering: International meeting reveals tensions

"The "hidden politics" of  engineering were partially revealed earlier this year at the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), when Switzerland proposed a resolution on geoengineering governance."

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01.11.2019

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Blog post by Prakash Kashwan on the Forum for CE Assessment: Should geoengineering be considered a global public good?

"“Geoengineering to be regulated as a public good” – this is the first among the five key “Oxford Principles” for the governance of geoengineering. However, ‘public goods’ means very different things to different audiences. Climate scientists, social scientists, economists, the general public, policymakers: all may carry quite different understandings of what it means to look at something as a public good."

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29.10.2019

# New Publications

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Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon: The hidden politics of climate engineering

Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon: The hidden politics of climate engineering. In Nat. Geosci., pp. 1–4. DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0483-7.

"Governments disagree even on the current state of climate change engineering governance, as became clear at the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly negotiations. They must develop mechanisms to provide policy-relevant knowledge, clarify uncertainties and head off potential distributional impacts."

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28.10.2019

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 44 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 44 in 2019 is now available here.


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28.10.2019

# Calls & events

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Call for Attendance: Symposium on Ecosystem Effects of Sulfate Geoengineering

1 November 2019, University of Minnesota / USA

"To introduce and explore this important topic, we are holding a one-day symposium funded by the UMN Institute on the Environment. The plenary speakers for the event will be Lili Xia (Rutgers), Chris Trisos (University of Cape Town), Peter Irvine (Harvard/University College London), and Jonathan Proctor (Harvard)."

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28.10.2019

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Blog post on Prentice's Climate Group: Colin Prentice: Alternative facts and carbon cycle.

"In today’s issue of ScienceBastin et al. hit back at critics (no less than four technical comments and three letters published today draw attention to errors and/or omissions in their original paper!). They have, at least, withdrawn their misleading claim that tree planting is the “best solution” to climate change."

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28.10.2019

# New Publications

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Jacobson, Mark Z. (2019): The Health and Climate Impacts of Carbon Capture and Direct Air Capture

Jacobson, Mark Z. (2019): The Health and Climate Impacts of Carbon Capture and Direct Air Capture. In Energy Environ. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C9EE02709B.

"Data from a coal with carbon capture and use (CCU) plant and a synthetic direct air carbon capture and use (SDACCU) plant are analyzed for the equipment’s ability, alone, to reduce CO2. In both plants, natural gas turbines power the equipment."

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28.10.2019

# Media

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Medium: The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work

"There is more consensus on what solutions are effective than there appears to be."

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