13.09.2021

# New Publications

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Otto, Danny; et al. (2021): Exploring Narratives on Negative Emissions Technologies in the Post-Paris Era

Otto, Danny; Thoni, Terese; Wittstock, Felix; Beck, Silke (2021): Exploring Narratives on Negative Emissions Technologies in the Post-Paris Era. In Front. Clim. 3. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.684135.

"Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs)—technologies that remove additional greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere—are receiving greater political attention. They are introduced as a backstop method for achieving temperature targets. A focal point in the discussions on NETs are the emission and mitigation pathways assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Drawing on perspectives from Science & Technology Studies (STS) and discourse analysis, the paper explores the emergence of narratives about NETs and reconstructs how the treatment of NETs within IPCC assessments became politicized terrain of configuration for essentially conflicting interests concerning long-term developments in the post-Paris regime."

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30.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Abram, S.; et al. (2020): Just Transition: Pathways to Socially Inclusive Decarbonisation. COP26 Universities Network Briefing

Abram, S.; Atkins, E.; Dietzel, A.; Hammond, M.; Jenkins, K.; Kiamba, L. et al. (2020): Just Transition: Pathways to Socially Inclusive Decarbonisation. COP26 Universities Network Briefing. COP26. UK. Available online at https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_758106_smxx.pdf.

"To avoid the worst effects of climate change, the world needs to decarbonise at an unprecedented speed and scale. A growing number of countries, including the UK, have set ‘net-zero’ targets to end their contribution to global warming within the next decades, with differing degrees of popular support. [...] Covid-19 serves as a stark reminder that socio-economic disruptions tend to worsen social inequalities, with pandemic policies disproportionately affecting low-skilled workers, minorities, women and other vulnerable groups. Incidentally, the Covid-19 response has simulated an unintended and short-lived decarbonisation experience – taking a heavy toll on society and especially those most vulnerable to poverty. Against this backdrop, it is increasingly recognised that the transition to a post-carbon economy needs to be green, sustainable and socially inclusive, with the Paris Agreement referring to the ‘imperatives of a just transition’ and the EU vowing to ‘leave no one behind’ in its proposed Green Deal. This briefing outlines what kind of governance policies, modalities, institutions, spaces and actors will be required to make sure that the transition is socially inclusive and supported by citizens."

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13.08.2021

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IPCC (2021): AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

IPCC (2021): AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.

"The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations."

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02.08.2021

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CNBC: IIF sees huge potential for voluntary carbon credits, predicts $100 billion a year market by 2050

"It comes at a time when policymakers and business leaders are under intensifying pressure to deliver on promises made as part of the landmark Paris Agreement ahead of this year’s COP26, due to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November."

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28.04.2021

# New Publications

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Pasztor, Janos; Harrison, Nicholas (2021): Introduction to the Special Issue: ‘Governing Climate‐altering Approaches’

Pasztor, Janos; Harrison, Nicholas (2021): Introduction to the Special Issue: ‘Governing Climate‐altering Approaches’. In Glob Policy 12 (S1), pp. 5–7. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12943.

"This special issue presents new insights relating to the governance of climate‐altering approaches together with possible ways to address knowledge and governance gaps in future."

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28.04.2021

# New Publications

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Mace, M. J.; et al. (2021): Large‐Scale Carbon Dioxide Removal to Meet the 1.5°C Limit: Key Governance Gaps, Challenges and Priority Responses

Mace, M. J.; Fyson, Claire L.; Schaeffer, Michiel; Hare, William L. (2021): Large‐Scale Carbon Dioxide Removal to Meet the 1.5°C Limit: Key Governance Gaps, Challenges and Priority Responses. In Glob Policy 12 (S1), pp. 67–81. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12921.

"This paper considers governance challenges that arise from the need to rely on CDR to meet the Paris Agreement’s long‐term temperature goal."

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28.04.2021

# New Publications

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Duan, Hongbo; et al. (2021): Assessing China's efforts to pursue the 1.5°C warming limit

Duan, Hongbo; Zhou, Sheng; Jiang, Kejun; Bertram, Christoph; Harmsen, Mathijs; Kriegler, Elmar et al. (2021): Assessing China's efforts to pursue the 1.5°C warming limit. In Science (New York, N.Y.) 372 (6540), pp. 378–385. DOI: 10.1126/science.aba8767.

"By conducting a multimodel study, we find that the 1.5°C-consistent goal would require China to reduce its carbon emissions and energy consumption by more than 90 and 39%, respectively, compared with the “no policy” case."

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13.04.2021

# New Publications

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van Soest, Heleen L.; et al. (2021): Net-zero emission targets for major emitting countries consistent with the Paris Agreement

van Soest, Heleen L.; Elzen, Michel G. J. den; van Vuuren, Detlef P. (2021): Net-zero emission targets for major emitting countries consistent with the Paris Agreement. In Nat Comms 12 (1), p. 2140. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22294-x.

"Here, we look at national-level neutrality-years based on globally cost-effective 1.5 °C and 2 °C scenarios from integrated assessment models. These results indicate that domestic net zero greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions in Brazil and the USA are reached a decade earlier than the global average, and in India and Indonesia later than global average."

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01.02.2021

# Political Papers

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The Federal Council of Switzerland (2021): Switzerland's Long-Term Climate Strategy

The Federal Council of Switzerland (2021): Switzerland's Long-Term Climate Strategy.

"Switzerland’s strategy shows how it can attain the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."

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18.12.2020

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resilience: UNEP: Net-zero pledges provide an ‘opening’ to close growing emissions ‘gap’

"The recent net-zero pledges by major emitting countries and the potential for a “green recovery” from the Covid-19 pandemic “presents the opening” for the world to close the growing “gap” between existing commitments and what is needed to limit global warming to meet the Paris Agreement goals."

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