03.04.2018

# New Publications

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Tanaka, Katsumasa; O’Neill, Brian C. (2018): The Paris Agreement zero-emissions goal is not always consistent with the 1.5 °C and 2 °C temperature targets

Tanaka, Katsumasa; O’Neill, Brian C. (2018): The Paris Agreement zero-emissions goal is not always consistent with the 1.5 °C and 2 °C temperature targets. In Nature Climate change 8 (4), pp. 319–324. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0097-x.

"Here, we use a reduced-form integrated assessment model to examine the consistency between temperature- and emission-based targets. We find that net zero GHG emissions are not necessarily required to remain below 1.5 °C or 2 °C, assuming either target can be achieved without overshoot. With overshoot, however, the emissions goal is consistent with the temperature targets, and substantial negative emissions are associated with reducing warming after it peaks."

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30.03.2018

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The Guardian: Climate scientists debate a flaw in the Paris climate agreement

"Ultimately the only thing that matters: we need to cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as fast as possible"

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27.03.2018

# New Publications

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Scott, Vivian; Geden, Oliver (2018): The challenge of carbon dioxide removal for EU policy-making

Scott, Vivian; Geden, Oliver (2018): The challenge of carbon dioxide removal for EU policy-making. In Nat. Energy. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0124-1.

"Most scenarios to meet the Paris Agreement require negative emissions technologies. The EU has assumed a global leadership role in mitigation action and low-carbon energy technology development and deployment, but carbon dioxide removal presents a serious challenge to its low-carbon policy paradigm and experience."

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27.03.2018

# Media

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New York: The Paris Climate Accords Are Looking More and More Like Fantasy

"We don’t just need to draw down fossil fuels to stay below two degrees; doing so also requires “negative emissions” — extracting carbon from the atmosphere, essentially buying back some amount of existing fossil-fuel pollution through a combination of technological and agricultural tools."

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25.03.2018

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Reveal: What on Earth? Why climate change skeptics are backing geoengineering

"In the emerging field of geoengineering, which envisions large-scale efforts to fight climate change by directly manipulating the natural environment, Field’s privately funded Ice911 project is a small player.  Under the Trump administration, these eclectic, messianic and mostly untested projects have been gaining unprecedented momentum."

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19.03.2018

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Aljazeera: The Paris Agreement is deeply flawed - it's time for a new deal

"The Paris accord is built on speculative 'tech fantasies'. It can not save us from climate catastrophe."

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26.02.2018

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Reuters: Dirty industry undermines push to curb global warming - ex-UN climate chief

"Despite the challenges to the Mission 2020 goal, Figueres cautioned against relying on controversial “geoengineering” techniques to try to cool the planet’s temperature. So-called “negative emissions” technologies - to suck carbon back out of the atmosphere - could involve capturing gases and storing them underground or fertilizing oceans to make them absorb more carbon dioxide."

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14.02.2018

# Media

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Tagesspiegel: An inconvenient truth - and many questions

A German newspaper opinion article by reserachers from Kiel (SPP).

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01.02.2018

# Political Papers

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EASAC (2018): Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?

EASAC (2018): Negative emission technologies: What role in meeting Paris Agreement targets? Halle (Saale) (EASAC policy report, 35).

"In a new report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), senior scientists from across Europe have evaluated the potential contribution of negative emission technologies (NETs) to allow humanity to meet the Paris Agreement’s targets of avoiding dangerous climate change. They find that NETs have “limited realistic potential” to halt increases in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at the scale envisioned in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios."

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01.02.2018

# Media

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Climate Wire: A Republican likes geoengineering. Is that middle ground?

"Republicans and Democrats may be taking baby steps toward an agreement on a minor piece of climate policy."

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