27.05.2020

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Axios: Climate activists target Big Tech over fossil fuel work

"Big Tech is making splash with its aggressive carbon reduction goals, but some of its employees and climate activists are criticizing Google, Microsoft and Amazon for nonetheless partnering with fossil fuel companies to use artificial intelligence to find hidden hydrocarbons and bring them to market."

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18.05.2020

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DownToEarth: What do science-based targets to limit climate change really look like?

"Commitment to climate justice demands that rich countries make deeper cuts to their emissions than merely equalising per-capita emissions by 2030."

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14.05.2020

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World Resources Institute: Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change

"Our view is that the practices grouped as regenerative agriculture can improve soil health and yield some valuable environmental benefits, but are unlikely to achieve large-scale emissions reductions."

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11.05.2020

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CarbonBrief: IEA: Coronavirus impact on CO2 emissions six times larger than 2008 financial crisis

"The world’s CO2 emissions are expected to fall by 8% this year as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down much of the global economy, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)."

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11.05.2020

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Nature: Rising carbon dioxide levels will make us stupider

"If allowed to soar unchecked, greenhouse-gas emissions will interfere with people’s ability to think."

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11.05.2020

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IPE: ESG: Keeping tabs on offsetting

"Companies are increasingly making net-zero emission commitments. They can deliver on those in a number of ways, including through purchasing emission reduction credits from third parties or directly funding projects in areas like renewable energy or negative emissions from third parties rather than by cutting their own emissions."

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30.04.2020

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Carbon capture and storage must be widely deployed to meet emission targets

"In late 2019, the owner of western Europe’s most polluting coal-fired power station made a bold promise: the facility will be carbon negative in just 10 years’ time."

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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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10.04.2020

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Bayer, Patrick, and Michaël Aklin. 2020: “The European Union Emissions Trading System Reduced CO2 Emissions despite Low Prices.”

Bayer, Patrick, and Michaël Aklin. 2020: “The European Union Emissions Trading System Reduced CO2 Emissions despite Low Prices.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1918128117.

"We argue that despite low prices, carbon markets can help reduce emissions. Using a statistical model and sectoral emissions data, we find that the EU ETS, which initially regulated roughly 50% of EU carbon emissions from mainly energy production and large industrial polluters, saved more than 1 billion tons of CO2 between 2008 and 2016."

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02.04.2020

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Time: Pausing the World to Fight Coronavirus Has Carbon Emissions Down—But True Climate Success Looks Like More Action, Not Less

"Successfully mitigating emissions implies the rapid deployment of new, clean technologies, not a collapse of the global supply chain. It implies more investment, not less."

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