19.10.2020

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Newsletter of Week 43 of 2020

The newsletter of calendar week 43 of 2020 is now available here.


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19.10.2020

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Boston Globe: The world needs to explore solar geoengineering as a tool to fight climate change

"As with other technologies, the risks of solar geoengineering cannot be sensibly evaluated without a scenario for goals and governance."

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19.10.2020

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PBS: Can We Cool the Planet?

"Scientists look to geoengineering to pull carbon from the atmosphere and cool the planet. (Premiering October 28 at 9 pm on PBS)"

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19.10.2020

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Bier, Harald; et al. (2020): Biochar-based carbon sinks to mitigate climate change

Bier, Harald; Gerber, Helmut; Huber, Marcel; Junginger, Hannes; Kray, Daniel; Lange, Jörg et al. (2020): Biochar-based carbon sinks to mitigate climate change. EBI Whitepaper. European Biochar Industry Consortium e.V. (EBI).

"In parallel with the reduction of emissions, a start must now be made on expanding and further developing the existing options for creating carbon sinks. The magnitude of the task is enormous: in order to achieve climate neutrality in the European Union, the volume of sinks to be created annually must increase to at least 850 million tonnes of CO2 by the year 2050. Three solutions: afforestation/reforestation; biochar/biomass pyrolysis; and the build-up of soil organic matter can be implemented in the short and medium term and there is no reason why they should not be expanded rapidly."

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19.10.2020

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MEM: Zero Carbon Humber Partnership Submits £75 million Bid to Advance UK’s First Net Zero Industrial Cluster

"Twelve leading companies and organisations across the Humber have jointly submitted a public and private sector funded bid worth around £75 million to accelerate decarbonisation in the UK’s most carbon intensive industrial region, helping to support clean growth, future-proof vital industries and protect and create new jobs."

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19.10.2020

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Job: Project Vesta: Oceanographer – Geological, Physical and/or Chemical

No Deadline

"The oceanographer will be involved in all aspects of our scientific program, including guiding the project team’s decisions, laboratory studies, pilot studies, modeling work, writing papers, and designing new research projects that help us answer essential questions about the safety and feasibility of this approach to carbon dioxide removal."

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19.10.2020

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Job: Project Vesta: Marine Geochemical Analyst/Lab Manager

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"We are preparing to deploy our first pilot project on a Caribbean island to quantify the effects of olivine on the ecosystem and we have an immediate need for an “everything” analyst and lab manager to help run and oversee the experiment."

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19.10.2020

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Venture Lab: Climeworks’ TOP 100 keynote: ‘Stick to your purpose, and eventually, you will achieve your vision’

"Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, the two Climeworks founders, are here to tell us more about their entrepreneurial journey and their innovative subscription model that allows people to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to contribute to reversing climate change."

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19.10.2020

# New Publications

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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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19.10.2020

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Call for Abstracts: The Ethics of Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies

Deadline: 16. December 2020

"Reflection on the ethical and social implications of the governance of CDR technologies is vital for informed decision-making within research and public policy. The discussion of these questions - and more - from an ethical point of view is a central step in navigating the balance between technological possibilities, political demands and moral requirements. This Research Topic aims to contribute to this task by analysing the ethical and social implications in governing CDR technologies, and discussing the fairness of potential implementations in practice."

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