15.09.2021

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Carbon 180: What to do with wood pellets? Burning issues in BECCS and forestry

"Trees are a key piece of the carbon removal puzzle—both as they grow and after they’re harvested. Recently, the use of wood pellets (portable, compacted sawdust) in the UK and EU’s renewable energy production portfolio has been steadily growing. Given the US’s status as the top wood pellet exporter, there are concerns over subsequent impacts to forest ecosystems — and their ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere. As we shape the role of wood pellets as feedstock for climate technologies, it’s imperative that we take a holistic approach when exploring the entangled issues of forests and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)."

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15.09.2021

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Center for American Progress: To Harness the Power of the Ocean To Fight Climate Change, the Biden Administration Needs a Plan

"The recent Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed only narrow pathways to preventing the Earth from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. [...] Indeed, even if governments worldwide collectively move to stop using fossil fuels and fully transition to clean sources of energy by midcentury, given the amount of existing GHGs already in the atmosphere, additional measures are needed to achieve negative emissions and keep the Earth within 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. Negative emissions scenarios can only be accomplished using a combination of mitigation pathways that include 100 percent clean energy as well as methods to draw down and sequester excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere—a process, known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR), that can be either nature- or technology-based."

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15.09.2021

# Calls & events

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Job: Research Associate Zoology (University of Oxford)

Deadline: 22. October 2021

"The CO2RE programme is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher (PDRA) to investigate the socioeconomic and ecological (including biodiversity) outcomes of different pathways to achieving net zero in the UK. The research will blend empirical work with simulation modelling to understand the timeframes and spatial scales over which the different, biological approaches to GGR can enhance carbon stores and reduce GHG emissions, whilst also supporting biodiversity, human adaptation to climate change and food security."

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15.09.2021

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Project: Carbfix Atlas

"As a sign of ever-increasing interest in CO2 mineral storage, Carbfix has compiled a mapping tool that shows the feasibility of applying the Carbfix technology for industries and nations to assess as a part of their climate strategy. The global storage potential is greater than the emissions of the burning of all fossil fuels on Earth.It is estimated that Europe could theoretically store at least 4,000 billion tons of CO2 in rocks while the United States could store at least 7,500 billion tons."

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13.09.2021

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Newsletter of Week 37 of 2021

The newsletter of calendar week 37 of 2021 is now available here.


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13.09.2021

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Video: Climeworks: Launch of Orca

"Climeworks launches the world's first direct air capture and storage plant in Hellisheidi, Iceland. This marks a milestone in the fight against climate change."

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13.09.2021

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Podcast: CCS size and failure risk - Wang

"Nan Wang explains why bigger CCS projects are more likely to fail. 'What went wrong? Learning from three decades of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) pilot and demonstration projects'."

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13.09.2021

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Video: Climate Chat Club: The Godfather of Carbon Capture: Klaus Lackner (Interview)

"Dr. Klaus Lackner was one of the first scientists to explore how to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. In this wide-ranging masterclass interview, Klaus and host Dan Miller discuss the feasibility, scalability, safety, and cost of large-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) and sequestration of atmospheric CO2. Klaus Lackner is the director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University."

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13.09.2021

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Marine Technology News: China Pursuing Bigger Ocean Carbon Sinks to Help Meet Climate Goals

"China will explore ways to increase its ocean 'carbon sink' and enhance climate resilience in its marine ecological system as part of its pledge to reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2060, officials said."

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13.09.2021

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UK News Today: Drax looks to build supply chain to support major move to negative emissions

"Renewable energy giant Drax is calling on UK businesses to help deliver pioneering climate saving negative emissions technology. The huge electricity generator wants firms of all sizes to join the UK’s first bioenergy with carbon capture and storage supplier engagement programme."

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