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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25.10.2018

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Frankfurter Rundschau: The crux with the negative emissions (German)

German article on CE.

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25.10.2018

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Fajardy, M.; et al. (2018): Investigating the BECCS resource nexus

Fajardy, M.; Chiquier, S.; Mac Dowell, N. (2018): Investigating the BECCS resource nexus. Delivering sustainable negative emissions. In: Energy Environ. Sci. 11, S. 1581. DOI: 10.1039/C8EE01676C.

"In this study, we present a series of thought experiments, using the Modelling and Optimisation of Negative Emissions Technologies (MONET) framework, to provide insight into the combinations of biomass feedstock, origin, land type, and transport route, to meet a given CO2 removal target. The optimal structure of an international BECCS supply chain was found to vary both quantitatively and qualitatively as the focus shifted from conserving water, land or biomass, to maximising energy generated, with the water use in particular increasing threefold in the land and biomass use minimisation scenario, as compared to the water minimisation scenario."

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22.10.2018

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Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation: No time for false saviours

"Scientists already agree that rapid carbon dioxide emission cuts will not be enough: we must also remove them from the atmosphere. They disagree however about the “saviour technology" proposed as a way of achieving them - Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)."

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