26.05.2018

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Hoffmann Centre: Betting on BECCS? Exploring Land-Based Negative Emissions Technologies

"The workshop explored the role of negative emissions, particularly bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), in achieving the UNFCCC Paris Agreement goals. Significant deployment of BECCS is common to most Paris-compliant emissions reduction pathways, but raises important questions for policymakers."

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26.05.2018

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Daily Guardian: Geoengineering and climate change

"As pointed out in the book of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Freidman, Hot, Flat and Crowded, our climate and energy crisis are interconnected – we can’t solve one without addressing the other. As ordinary citizens, we can do a big part in energy conservation and by changing our lifestyle that it is not energy expensive."

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19.05.2018

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Africa Times: African scientists: Who has the right to pursue climate geoengineering?

"Asfawossen Asrat is professor of geology, School of Earth Sciences at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Nelson Torto is executive director at The African Academy of Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya. What they have in common – along with 10 other scientists from the Global South – is a concern over geoengineering strategies now being considered in the fight against a warming climate."

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18.05.2018

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Keith Group: A Discussion About Counter-Geoengineering: Reflections on New Research

Video on diskussion about paper on counter-geoengineering.

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11.05.2018

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Chicago Tonight: Harvard Scientist: Climate Change May Be Worse Than We Think

"Adding to his grim forecast, Schrag says reversing the trend will be neither easy nor quick. For one thing, more than half of the CO2 currently affecting climate change will remain in our atmosphere 1,000 years from now. “A silver-bullet solution is not around the corner. It will require innovative investments sustained for at least the next century,” he says."

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11.05.2018

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CBC: Geoengineering could help fight climate change, but topic politically taboo, says scientist

"New methods to regulate the earth's temperature don't displace the need to lower CO2 emissions"

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04.05.2018

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Geden, Oliver; et al. (2018): Integrating carbon dioxide removal into EU climate policy. Prospects for a paradigm shift

Geden, Oliver; Scott, Vivian; Palmer, James (2018): Integrating carbon dioxide removal into EU climate policy. Prospects for a paradigm shift. In WIREs Clim Change 354 (1), e521. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.521.

"Here we explore the political dimensions and policy implications of expectations for “negative emissions” in the European Union (EU), considering its largely successful leadership role in mitigation action and corresponding low‐carbon technology development and deployment. Carbon dioxide removal and especially Bio‐Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage present significant challenges to the EU's dominant climate policy paradigm and low‐carbon policy experience. Considering this challenge, we assess expectations for widespread implementation of carbon dioxide removal in the EU to be unrealistic, and explore possible pathways for its more limited introduction."

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20.04.2018

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E&P: Bipartisan Energy Legislation Highlights Benefits Of Carbon Capture

"The Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act, or USE IT Act (S. 2602), sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) aims to encourage carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects that lower emissions and to improve the permitting process for CO2 capture and infrastructure projects. As part of the effort, technology prizes would also be awarded to selected projects that capture more than 10,000 tons of CO2 annually and can be deployed for less than $200 per ton of CO2 captured."

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20.04.2018

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Activist Post: Former United Nations Climate Expert Calls For Global Rules on Geoengineering

"Geoengineering research has rapidly increased in the last decade as nations consider the options for fighting climate change. Until recently the research has exclusively been the playground of wealthier nations in the West. That may be changing soon as scholars begin calling for including smaller nations in Africa and Asia in discussions regarding geoengineering."

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15.04.2018

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van Vuuren, Detlef P.; et al. (2018): Alternative pathways to the 1.5 °C target reduce the need for negative emission technologies

van Vuuren, Detlef P.; Stehfest, Elke; Gernaat, David E. H. J.; van den Berg, Maarten; Bijl, David L.; Boer, Harmen Sytze de et al. (2018): Alternative pathways to the 1.5 °C target reduce the need for negative emission technologies. In Nature Climate change 5, p. 519. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0119-8.

"The question arises whether alternative deep mitigation pathways exist. Here, using an integrated assessment model, we explore the impact of alternative pathways that include lifestyle change, additional reduction of non-CO2 greenhouse gases and more rapid electrification of energy demand based on renewable energy. Although these alternatives also face specific difficulties, they are found to significantly reduce the need for CDR, but not fully eliminate it. The alternatives offer a means to diversify transition pathways to meet the Paris Agreement targets, while simultaneously benefiting other sustainability goals."

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