11.10.2021

# Political Papers

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Luderer, Gunnar; et al. (2021): Ariadne Report: Germany on its way to net zero 2045 (German)

Luderer, Gunnar; Kost, Christoph; Sörgel, Doninika (Eds.) (2021): Ariadne Report: Deutschland auf dem Weg zur Klimaneutralität 2045. Szenarien und Pfade im Modellvergleich. Kopernikus-Projekt Ariadne. Potsdam. Available online at https://ariadneprojekt.de/publikation/deutschland-auf-dem-weg-zur-klimaneutralitat-2045-szenarienreport/.

German report on possible pathways to net zero in Germany. 

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29.09.2021

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Tamme, Eve; Beck, Larissa Lee (2021): European Carbon Dioxide Removal Policy: Current Status and Future Opportunities

Tamme, Eve; Beck, Larissa Lee (2021): European Carbon Dioxide Removal Policy: Current Status and Future Opportunities. In Front. Clim. 3, p. 2. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.682882.

"Over the past two years, the European Union, Norway, Iceland, and the UK have increased climate ambition and aggressively pushed forward an agenda to pursue climate neutrality or net-zero emissions by mid-century. This increased ambition, partly the result of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's landmark findings on limiting global warming to 1.5°C, has also led to a renewed approach to and revitalized debate about the role of carbon capture and storage and carbon dioxide removal. With increasing climate ambition, including a mid-century climate neutrality goal for the whole European Union, the potential role of technological carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is emerging as one of the critical points of debate among NGOs, policymakers, and the private sector. Policymakers are starting to discuss how to incentivize a CDR scale-up. What encompasses the current debate, and how does it relate to CDR technologies' expected role in reaching climate neutrality? This perspective will highlight that policy must fill two gaps: the accounting and the commercialization gap for the near-term development of a comprehensive CDR policy framework. It will shine a light on the current status of negative emission technologies and the role of carbon capture and storage in delivering negative emissions in Europe's decarbonized future. It will also analyze the role of carbon markets, including voluntary markets, as potential incentives while exploring policy pathways for a near-term scale-up."

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25.09.2019

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The Intercept: The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK

"At the start of this year, more than 600 environmental groups — including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Sunrise Movement — sent a letter to Congress saying they will “vigorously oppose” federal climate legislation that promotes “corporate schemes” like carbon-capture and storage."

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10.04.2018

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Yale Environment 360: Why Green Groups Are Split on Subsidizing Carbon Capture Technology

"Environmentalists are divided over a provision in the recently approved U.S. budget that increases tax credits for projects that capture and store CO2. Critics say new subsidies for “enhanced oil recovery” included in the budget bill would simply encourage companies to pump more oil."

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07.12.2017

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ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix

ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix. With assistance of Kathy Jo Wetter, Zundel.

"The “Big Bad Fix” provides policy makers, journalists, NGO activists, social movements, and other change agents with a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. It delivers a sound background analysis of the history of geoengineering, the various vested interests shaping it, and case studies on some of the most important technologies and experiments."

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23.10.2017

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Irish Examiner: Climate engineering is a risky gamble to fix planet’s problems

"Reducing carbon emissions is the only solution we know will work, while there are already safer and proven ways to pull CO2 from the atmosphere, writes Barbara Unmüßig."

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09.10.2017

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BUND: Civil society statement on CE (German)

Statement by BUND and Heinrich Böll Stifung on CE regarding CEC17 conference. (German)

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18.04.2017

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Greentumble: Are Geoengineering Methods Safe for Our Planet?

"As interesting as these technologies appear to be, it is worth noting that some types of carbon dioxide removal are already taking place in terms of halting deforestation or restoring peatlands. However, the scale at which these efforts would have to be taken to have a substantive effect on climate change is unprecedented. Moreover, the effects of technologies such as solar radiation management are almost entirely unknown. And while the challenge of climate change creates a moral imperative to leave no stone unturned, it is widely understood that these technologies are not a silver bullet, but rather a powerful supplement to eradicating carbon emissions."

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12.03.2017

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Pass Blue: Raising the Climate Change Battle to Geoengineer the Earth

Interviews also with NGOs. "“So here the question comes around in a different way,” he said. “Can we design a system that will be good for everybody; or, if it is not good for everybody, what can we do about that? These are the kind of governance challenges that our initiative is going to try to address.”"

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern

Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000464.

"This paper explores the humanitarian dimensions of geoengineering, specifically relating to solar radiation management (SRM). Drawing from the engagement of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in SRM discussions, we discuss how to improve linkages between science, policy and humanitarian practice. We further propose the creation of a geoengineering risk management framework to ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable are considered and addressed - including the voices of all stakeholders."

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