29.10.2020

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Wang, Jing; et al. (2020): Large Chinese land carbon sink estimated from atmospheric carbon dioxide data

Wang, Jing; Feng, Liang; Palmer, Paul I.; Liu, Yi; Fang, Shuangxi; Bösch, Hartmut et al. (2020): Large Chinese land carbon sink estimated from atmospheric carbon dioxide data. In Nature 586 (7831), pp. 720–723. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2849-9.

"Here we present recently available data on the atmospheric mole fraction of CO2, measured from six sites across China during 2009 to 2016. Using these data, we estimate a mean Chinese land biosphere sink of −1.11 ± 0.38 petagrams of carbon per year during 2010 to 2016, equivalent to about 45 per cent of our estimate of annual Chinese anthropogenic emissions over that period."

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19.10.2020

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Feng, Dongdong; et al. (2020): Review of Carbon Fixation Evaluation and Emission Reduction Effectiveness for Biochar in China

Feng, Dongdong; Wang, Shizhang; Zhang, Yu; Zhao, Yijun; Sun, Shaozeng; Chang, Guozhang et al. (2020): Review of Carbon Fixation Evaluation and Emission Reduction Effectiveness for Biochar in China. In Energy Fuels 34 (9), pp. 10583–10606. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02396.

"As the world’s largest energy consumer (i.e., 24% of the world) and one of the largest biomass resource reserve countries (i.e., total reserves of 73.42 × 108 t a–1), for China, using biomass to prepare for biochar and store it in soil to realize the “carbon sequestration and emission reduction” is of great significance. This paper explores the physical–chemical properties of biochar and finds out its reason–manifestation–influencing factors for “carbon sequestration reduction”."

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16.10.2020

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CarbonBrief: Influential academics reveal how China can achieve its ‘carbon neutrality’ goal

"China’s electricity system would need to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 if the country is to meet its recently announced target of “carbon neutrality” before 2060."

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24.05.2019

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Bluemling, B.; et al. (2019): Seeding the clouds to reach the sky. Will China's weather modification practices support the legitimization of climate engineering?

Bluemling, B.; Kim, R.; Biermann, F. (2019): Seeding the clouds to reach the sky. Will China's weather modification practices support the legitimization of climate engineering? In AMBIO. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01180-3.

"In this Perspective, we discuss whether in times of quickly proceeding global environmental change, radical global interventions like “climate engineering” may gain legitimacy in China and eventually be deployed or supported. We argue that one cornerstone for whether climate engineering, and solar radiation management in particular, could gain legitimacy in China, is its current weather modification programme."

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03.08.2018

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Zeit Online: Greenhouse gases reach new record value (German)

German article on CE.

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10.11.2017

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Tribune Content Agency: China’s Ambitious Push for Geoengineering Research

"During the last three years, China has assembled one of the largest federally funded geoengineering research programs in the world, marking another area where it’s forging ahead of other nations on climate matters."

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17.07.2017

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China Daily: The great thaw

"'If such targets are met, then it is conceivable that plausible quantities of sulfate aerosol geoengineering may be able to maintain 2020 temperatures throughout the 21st century,' Zhao Liyun, a junior scientist at the same college as Moore, wrote in a recent paper, co-authored with him and three others."

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19.11.2016

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Moore, John C.; et al (2016): Will China be the first to initiate climate engineering?

Moore, John C.; Chen, Ying; Cui, Xuefeng; Yuan, Wenping; Dong, Wenjie; Gao, Yun; Shi, Peijun (2016): Will China be the first to initiate climate engineering? In Earth's Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000402.

"But will China be the first to pioneer climate engineering? The answer, we argue here, is likely to be "no!" We reach this conclusion from an analysis of the historic philosophical tradition that informs the Chinese world view, China's experience of mega-engineering projects both ancient and modern, and the policies implemented over the last 60 years."

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12.04.2016

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Chinadialogue: World would likely need geoengineering to meet Paris targets, but what are the risks?

"Capping global average temperatures at 1.5C or 2C might only be done by using untested geoengineering technologies, writes Olivia Boyd."

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21.12.2015

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Before they Vanish Blog: Forestry in China: An Introduction

"Carbon sequestration through reforestation and afforestation is disproportionate to the rate of carbon emissions and the carbon sink loss due to deforestation. Deforestation, according to the IPCC, accounts for 20% of overall greenhouse gas emissions (Barker et al. 2007). A staunch believer in the potential of anthropogenic intervention in climate change, Watson claims that “significant reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions” are possible with technology and “policy measures in the…agricultural and forestry sectors”. "

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