29.11.2018

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Biomass: Drax: Bioenergy carbon capture, storage pilot now underway

"The commissioning of an innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant at Drax Power Station has started with the first carbon dioxide expected to be captured in the coming weeks."

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21.11.2018

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Die Debatte: Reducing CO2 - but how? (German)

German article on CE.

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21.11.2018

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Die Debatte: International regulations for geoengineering? (German)

German article on CE.

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12.11.2018

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CNN: Can this carbon capture technology save us from climate change?

"It's a stark prognosis: To save the world from the worst effects of climate change, it's likely not enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions; we need to start scrubbing carbon pollution from the atmosphere, too."

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12.11.2018

# New Publications

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Brent, K.; et al. (2018): Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering

Brent, K.; McDonald, J.; McGee, J.; Gogarty B. (2018): Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering. In: Australian Law Journal 92 (10), S. 830–838. Online verfügbar unter http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2018/10/30/australian-law-journal-update-vol-92-pt-10-special-issue-climate-change-and-the-law/.

"Australia has vast land and marine estates so has a natural advantage to contribute to the research, field-testing and development and implementation of CDR. Despite this, there has been little analysis to date of how Australian law might govern CDR research, testing and development. Using case studies of BECCS and ocean fertilisation CDR techniques, this article examines the capacity of current Australian law to govern CDR research. We find that general environmental legislation might provide a basic governance framework for research and field-testing of BECCS and ocean fertilisation, but recommend that specific laws be developed if CDR is to play a prominent role in meeting Australia’s international climate change commitments."

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29.10.2018

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Earther: Y Combinator Is Funding Some Seriously Wild Ideas For Sucking Carbon Out of the Air

"It’s increasingly clear that we can’t maintain a stable climate without pulling carbon out of the air. But the technologies for doing so are are completely unproven at the scale needed. Which is why Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that’s invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox and other wildly successful companies, is now looking to fund carbon capture companies working on some pretty outlandish ideas."

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29.10.2018

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Forbes: Negative Emissions Won't Rescue Us From Climate Change

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s interim report on global warming, released earlier this month, is jarring stuff. It describes the extensive environmental and economic damage that will befall Earth as global warming approaches 1.5 degrees Celsius, even as we speed on a trajectory that will warm the planet twice as much by the end of this century."

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29.10.2018

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BBC News: Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others have all stated that extracting CO2 from the air will be needed if we are to bend the rising temperature curve before the end of this century."

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29.10.2018

# New Publications

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Khurram, A.; et al. (2018): Tailoring the Discharge Reaction in Li-CO2 Batteries through Incorporation of CO2 Capture Chemistry

Khurram, A.; He, M.; Gallant, B. (2018): Tailoring the Discharge Reaction in Li-CO2 Batteries through Incorporation of CO2 Capture Chemistry. In: Joule. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.09.002.

"This work presents the design and study of a novel chemistry for post-combustion CO2 capture and conversion. We show that adding a CO2 capture agent such as an alkyl amine into an organic, Li+-containing electrolyte yields a new redox-active species that can be directly reduced at a catalyst-free carbon electrode in a Li-CO2 battery with high discharge voltage and capacity. The central advance reported herein is the first-time coupling of CO2 capture chemistry to nonaqueous electrochemistry, which opens up new avenues for realizing electrochemical CO2 transformations with high selectivity."

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29.10.2018

# New Publications

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Fridahl, M. (Ed.) (2018): Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. From global potentials to domestic realities

Fridahl, M. (Ed.) (2018): Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. From global potentials to domestic realities. Brussels: The European Liberal Forum. Online verfügbar unter http://fores.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BECCS_Fridahl_editor.pdf, 29.10.2018.

"This book explores the role of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in climate governance. It starts by discussing BECCS’ global mitigation potential, as depicted in the idealized world of climate scenarios. Chapter 2 shows that almost all climate scenarios compatible with the high likelihood of limiting global warming to 2°C deploy BECCS. While excluding BECCS from these models’ technology portfolios does not necessarily make 2°C compatible scenarios impossible, it does mean that the projected cost of meeting that goal increases."

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