11.10.2021

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Bloomberg Green: For Effective Climate Policy, the First Step is the Hardest

"After more than three decades of trying, Austria moves to tax carbon. Austria has a carbon tax or, in slightly more dramatic terms: 'Habemus CO₂ tax.' But the reception in Austria and beyond was quite a bit more muted than the joyous announcement of a new pope. Environmental group Greenpeace called it “too weak, too late and ineffective.” They have a point."

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08.10.2021

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Green Wire: USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with climate change."

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27.09.2021

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Scientific American: Infrastructure Bill Could Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly a Gigaton

"The reconciliation bill working its way through Congress could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a gigaton by 2030, according to a new report.The analysis, released today by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, offers a first look at how the sprawling suite of climate policies Democrats are considering as part of their $3.5 trillion package could overhaul energy and contribute to President Biden’s Paris Agreement emissions-cutting pledge."

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27.09.2021

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Podcast: Climate 201: Negative Emissions III: Technological Promises, or Prevarications

"In this episode, we discuss whether the promises that some new technology - like negative emissions - will come along and "solve climate change" for us are genuine, or if they have instead shaped climate policy into prevarication and procrastination."

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20.09.2021

# New Publications

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Heyen, Daniel; Lehtomaa, Jere (2021): Solar Geoengineering Governance: A Dynamic Framework of Farsighted Coalition Formation

Heyen, Daniel; Lehtomaa, Jere (2021): Solar Geoengineering Governance: A Dynamic Framework of Farsighted Coalition Formation. In Oxford Open Climate Change. DOI: 10.1093/oxfclm/kgab010.

"Climate interventions with solar geoengineering could reduce climate damages if deployed in a globally coordinated regime. In the absence of such a regime, however, strategic incentives of single actors might result in detrimental outcomes. A well-known concern is that a "free-driver" (Weitzman 2015), the country with the strongest preference for cooling, might unilaterally set the global thermostat to its preferred level, thus imposing damages on others. Governance structures, i.e. more or less formal institutional arrangements between countries, could steer the decentralized geoengineering deployment towards the preferable global outcome. In this paper, we show that the coalition formation literature (an excellent summary is Ray & Vohra 2015) can make a valuable contribution to assessing the relative merit of different governance schemes."

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17.09.2021

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Euractive: EU plans certification scheme for carbon dioxide removals

"The European Commission will publish a policy paper by the end of the year on “the sustainable management of the carbon cycle” – the first step towards an EU-wide certification scheme for negative emissions coming from agriculture, forestry and other sources, that will be tabled in 2022."

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06.09.2021

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Energy Post: Only Carbon Removal can make Germany’s new climate goal a reality

"Germany can’t hit its emissions targets without significant carbon dioxide removal (CRD), explain Simon Göss and Hendrik Schuldt at cr.hub. Clean energy and energy efficiency won’t do it alone. Policymakers have grasped that hard-to-abate sectors (industry, agriculture, buildings, transport) will struggle to deliver the reductions needed. Meanwhile, the climate disasters (floods, wildfires, etc.) that have cost lives this year are piling on pressure from the public."

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25.08.2021

# New Publications

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Lezaun, Javier (2021): Hugging the Shore: Tackling Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal as a Local Governance Problem

Lezaun, Javier (2021): Hugging the Shore: Tackling Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal as a Local Governance Problem. In Front. Clim. 3, p. 38. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.684063.

"This Perspective explores the local governance of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Proposals to enhance the ability of oceans and marine ecosystems to absorb atmospheric CO2 are often discussed as examples of “geoengineering,” but this framing obscures the site-specific nature of most of the suggested interventions. The Perspective outlines some of the key local dimensions of marine CDR as currently imagined, and suggests a framework for increasing local participation in its assessment."

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19.08.2021

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Nature: ‘Polluter pays’ policy could speed up emission reductions and removal of atmospheric CO2

"To meet climate targets, technologies that remove atmospheric carbon dioxide will probably be needed. An analysis shows how their development and use could be accelerated if carbon emitters are obliged to remove their own CO2."

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16.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Kosar, Ugbaa; Suarez Vanessa (2021): Removing Forward. Centering Equity and Justice in a Carbon-Removing Future

Kosar, Ugbaa; Suarez Vanessa (2021): Removing Forward. Centering Equity and Justice in a Carbon-Removing Future. Carbon180.

"Before many environmental organizations began sounding the alarm on climate change, environmental justice (EJ) groups had been warning the public that pollution was harming Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color and low-income communities."

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