01.07.2020

# New Publications

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Geden, Oliver; Schenuit, Felix (2020): Unconventional mitigation. Carbon Dioxide Removal as a New Approach in EU Climate Policy

Geden, Oliver; Schenuit, Felix (2020): Unconventional mitigation. Carbon Dioxide Removal as a New Approach in EU Climate Policy. SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 08, June 2020. Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. doi:10.18449/2020RP08.

"If the EU wants to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, enacting conventional climate change mitigation measures to avoid emissions of greenhouse gases will not be enough. To compensate for unavoidable residual emissions, unconventional measures to remove CO2 from the atmosphere will also be necessary – for example, through afforestation or the direct cap­ture of CO2 from ambient air."

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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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06.05.2020

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Workman, Mark; et al. 2020: “Decision Making in Contexts of Deep Uncertainty - An Alternative Approach for Long-Term Climate Policy.”

Workman, Mark, Kate Dooley, Guy Lomax, James Maltby, and Geoff Darch. 2020: “Decision Making in Contexts of Deep Uncertainty - An Alternative Approach for Long-Term Climate Policy.” Environmental Science & Policy 103 (January 2020): 77–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.002.

‌"Here, we critically examine both the use of BECCS in mitigation scenarios and the decision making philosophy underlying the use of integrated assessment modelling to inform climate policy."

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27.04.2020

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Crusius, John. 2020: “‘Natural’ Climate Solutions Could Speed Up Mitigation, With Risks. Additional Options Are Needed.”

Crusius, John. 2020: “‘Natural’ Climate Solutions Could Speed Up Mitigation, With Risks. Additional Options Are Needed.” Earth’s Future (8). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019ef001310.

‌"If climate change is to be minimized, no‐regrets approaches to natural mitigation should be considered (e.g., by reducing deforestation), as emissions targets that could limit warming to 1.5 °C cannot be met without mitigation of this magnitude. However, additional mitigation options should also be evaluated that can reduce CO2 emissions and remove CO2 from the air (and store it permanently)."

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06.04.2020

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Rissman, Jeffrey; et al. 2020: “Technologies and Policies to Decarbonize Global Industry: Review and Assessment of Mitigation Drivers through 2070.”

Rissman, Jeffrey, Chris Bataille, Eric Masanet, Nate Aden, William R. Morrow, Nan Zhou, Neal Elliott, et al. 2020: “Technologies and Policies to Decarbonize Global Industry: Review and Assessment of Mitigation Drivers through 2070.” Applied Energy 266 (May): 114848. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.114848.

‌"Full research report detailing the technologies and policies that can reach net zero global industrial emissions by 2050–2070. The paper was co-authored by 30 experts who attended the Aspen Global Change Institute workshop on Industry Decarbonization in November 2018."

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29.03.2020

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Phys.org: Researchers create framework for evaluating environmental stopgap measures

"A new paper in Nature Sustainability—written by 13 academics and nonprofit organization leaders, including UCLA experts in science, law and public policy—evaluates the effectiveness of such measures and recommends a framework for evaluating them."

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19.03.2020

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C2G: Blog post: Carbon Removal: The dangers of mitigation deterrence

"Everyone seems to be talking about trees these days – and in particular, the prospects to remove carbon from the atmosphere by planting more of them."

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13.02.2020

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Carbon Brief: Guest post: The irreversible emissions of a permafrost ‘tipping point’

"Abrupt permafrost thaw is one of the most frequently discussed “tipping points” that could be crossed in a warming world. However, research suggests that, while this thawing is already underway, it can be slowed with climate change mitigation."

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04.01.2020

# New Publications

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Gambhir, Ajay, and Massimo Tavoni (2019): Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration: How It Works and How It Could Contribute to Climate-Change Mitigation

Gambhir, Ajay, and Massimo Tavoni (2019): Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration: How It Works and How It Could Contribute to Climate-Change Mitigation. One Earth 1 (4): 405–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2019.11.006.

‌"Here, we explain how DACCS works, focusing on two major processes that have been developed into large-scale pilot plants. We discuss cost estimates and operational energy requirements, as well as ecological and ethical considerations. We highlight the role of DACCS in the low-carbon transition by discussing its benefits, while also noting potential trade-offs and uncertainties that deserve further investigation."

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13.12.2019

# New Publications

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Fabre, Adrien; Wagner, Gernot (2019): Risky Geoengineering Option Can Make An Ambitious Climate Mitigation Agreement More Likely

Fabre, Adrien; Wagner, Gernot (2019): Risky Geoengineering Option Can Make An Ambitious Climate Mitigation Agreement More Likely, NYU Wagner Research Paper Forthcoming, 12/9/2019.

"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. Enter geoengineering (G). Its risky and imperfect nature makes it arguably inferior to any country’s preferred mitigation outcome. However, absent a global high-mitigation agreement, countries facing disastrous climate damages might indeed wish to undertake it, effectively ranking H > G > L."

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