29.06.2020

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Renew Economy: Zero emissions target by 2050 will require $30 carbon price, more for 2040

"If Australia is to successfully cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with a global goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C, it could require an economy wide carbon price of as high as $100 per tonne, according to a new analysis by carbon markets specialists Reputex."

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29.06.2020

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IEA Press Release: IEA offers world governments a Sustainable Recovery Plan to boost economic growth, create millions of jobs and put emissions into structural decline

"Based on analysis conducted in cooperation with the IMF, new IEA report outlines energy-focused policies and investments to move the world towards a cleaner and more resilient future."

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22.06.2020

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Fabre, Adrien; et al. (2020): Availability of risky geoengineering can make an ambitious climate mitigation agreement more likely

Fabre, Adrien; Wagner, Gernot (2020): Availability of risky geoengineering can make an ambitious climate mitigation agreement more likely. In Humanit Soc Sci Commun 7 (1). DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0492-6.

"Some countries prefer high to low mitigation (H  L). Some prefer low to high (L  H). That fundamental disagreement is at the heart of the seeming intractability of negotiating a climate mitigation agreement. Modelling global climate negotiations as a weakest-link game brings this to the fore: Unless everyone prefers H to L, L wins. Enter geoengineering (G). Its risky and imperfect nature makes it arguably inferior to any country’s preferred mitigation outcome."

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04.06.2020

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C2G: Blog post: Tracking corporate plans for carbon dioxide removal

"The terms carbon neutralcarbon negative, and net-zero, long familiar to scientists and environmentalists, are increasingly providing grist for corporate press releases. Recently, corporations from sectors ranging from aviation to finance to retail have made commitments to an emerging suite of climate responses referred to as carbon removal."

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03.06.2020

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Video: Our Changing Climate: Could Geoengineering save us from climate change? (ft. @ClimateAdam)

"In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I join forces with @ClimateAdam to look at silver bullet geoengineering solutions to climate change. Specifically, we look at how silver bullet geoengineering ideas can be appealing in theory, but in practice they often have a lot of ethical, economic, and social drawbacks."

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20.05.2020

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Stripe: Stripe’s first negative emissions purchases

"Last year, Stripe announced our Negative Emissions Commitment, pledging at least $1M per year to pay, at any price, for the direct removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and its sequestration in secure long-term storage. [...] Today, after a rigorous search and review by a panel of independent scientific experts[1], we’re excited to announce our first purchases."

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16.04.2020

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Phys.org: Paris climate goals failure 'could cost world $600 tn'

"Nations' failure to fulfil the promises they made in the Paris climate agreement to make drastic emissions cuts could cost the global economy as much as $600 trillion this century, new analysis showed Tuesday."

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15.04.2020

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Foreign Affairs: How Technology Can Save the Planet

" In the decades to come, innovation could make severe cuts in emissions, also known as “deep decarbonization,” achievable at reasonable costs. That will mean reshaping about ten sectors in the global economy—including electric power, transportation, and parts of agriculture—by reinforcing positive change where it is already happening and investing heavily wherever it isn’t."

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19.03.2020

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Project Syndicate: Compound Growth Could Kill Us – or Make Us Stronger

"The power of compound growth has long been recognized as essential to economic development. But in both the COVID-19 pandemic and the slower-moving climate crisis, this same mathematical force is cutting the other way, revealing dangerous shortcomings in how we manage externalities."

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02.03.2020

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Project Syndicate: The True Price of Carbon

"For decades, economists have been wrestling with how best to weigh the current cost of emissions reductions against costs that will come years or even centuries from now. But a consensus has proved to be elusive, because traditional economic models don't treat atmospheric carbon like an asset."

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