26.08.2019

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Newsletter of Week 35 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 35 in 2019 is now available here.


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26.08.2019

# New Publications

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DeLisi, C. (2019): The role of synthetic biology in climate change mitigation

DeLisi, Charles (2019): The role of synthetic biology in climate change mitigation. In: Biol Direct 14 (1), S. 1–5. DOI: 10.1186/s13062-019-0247-8.

"There is growing agreement that the aim of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system, is not likely to be met without inclusion of methods to physically remove atmospheric carbon. A number of approaches have been suggested, but the community appears to be silent on the potential of one of the most revolutionary technologies of the current century, systems and synthetic biology (SSB)."

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26.08.2019

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Call for attendance: Towards a 20 GT Negative CO2 Emissions Industry (webinar)

"The webinar will examine those drivers including policy, price signals and incentives and others. It will address the gaps in the innovation pipeline and what is needed to incentivize development and create new markets for carbon and how California leadership in staking state tax incentives with 45Q and other policy commitments can be a model for other states and federal action."

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26.08.2019

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Tan, R. R.; et al. (2019): Optimal synthesis of negative emissions polygeneration systems with desalination

Tan, Raymond R.; Aviso, Kathleen B.; Foo, Dominic C.Y.; Lee, Jui-Yuan; Ubando, Aristotle T. (2019): Optimal synthesis of negative emissions polygeneration systems with desalination. In: Energy, S. 115953. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2019.115953.

"In this paper, a novel scheme that integrates the ROD/IOC process with combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) generation is proposed as a new negative emissions polygeneration system (NEPS). A mixed integer linear programming model is then developed for the optimal synthesis and operation of such a system. The model uses a multi-period formulation to account for hourly variations in product demand and electricity price."

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26.08.2019

# Media

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GreenBiz: Why IKEA and others are going 'climate positive'

"IKEA is pursuing an even more ambitious strategy by pledging to go climate positive by 2030 without the use of offsets. "We are confident that natural carbon storage in our products and positive effects of responsible land use, as well as going beyond IKEA and enabling reductions outside of our own value chain will secure the remaining needed reductions," said Andreas Ahrens, head of climate at IKEA Range and Supply, the business within the IKEA group that develops and supplies IKEA products."

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26.08.2019

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Medium: Big Oil is funding future climate tech — but should they?

"Oil companies’ investments in direct air capture raise questions about climate justice."

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26.08.2019

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Anthropocene: While we debate geoengineering the ocean, it seems we’re already doing it

"Researchers in the United States analyzed iron in air samples collected on a research cruise in the North Atlantic Ocean. They used stable isotopes—forms of the same chemical element with different atomic weights—to discern the signature of different sources of iron."

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26.08.2019

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Call for applications: VERGE 19 Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: 13. September 2019

"To empower the next generation of sustainable business leaders, enable them to attend VERGE 19 and ensure that the sustainability field includes voices from diverse backgrounds, we're thrilled to again offer the Emerging Leaders Scholarship, sponsored by United Airlines."

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26.08.2019

# Political Papers

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Delaney, J. (2019): Delaney Announces Plan to Invest in Negative Emissions Technology

"Today, John Delaney announces his campaign plan to increase investment in negative emissions technology (NET). Delaney calls for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels and for a $5 billion annual subsidy for negative emissions technology. Combined with a carbon tax, innovation in negative emissions technologies can lead to net zero carbon by 2050."

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26.08.2019

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GreenBiz: Can blockchain catalyze carbon removal?

"When online payments entrepreneur Stripe last week declared its intention to achieve “negative emissions” — by funding carbon removal projects, not just traditional offsets — I could practically hear Nori CEO Paul Gambill cheering from the blockchain startup’s Seattle headquarters."

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