23.09.2021

# Political Papers

0 Comments

Möllersten, Kenneth; et al. (2021): Policies for the promotion of BECCS in the Nordic countries. Nordic Council of Ministers

Möllersten, Kenneth; Zetterberg, Lars; Nielsen, Tobias; Torvanger, Asbjörn; Siikavirta, Hanne; Kujanpää, Lauri; Hannula, Ilkka (2021): Policies for the promotion of BECCS in the Nordic countries. Nordic Council of Ministers. Copenhagen. Available online at https://pub.norden.org/temanord2021-538/temanord2021-538.pdf.

"This report aims to analyse barriers that slow down the development and deployment of bioenergy with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (BECCS) in the Nordic countries and to propose appropriate initiatives on the Nordic level that can support BECCS development and deployment."

LINK

 


Read more »

23.09.2021

# Media

0 Comments

Project Syndicate: We Need to Talk About Geoengineering

"Although climate change is primarily caused by excess greenhouse-gas emissions, there are many links in the chain between economic activities and the real-world effects of planetary warming. Each of these can be addressed in different ways, and all options should at least be on the table."

LINK


Read more »

17.09.2021

# New Publications

0 Comments

Pritchard, Rose (2021): Politics, power and planting trees

Pritchard, Rose (2021): Politics, power and planting trees. In Nat Sustain 365, p. 76. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-021-00769-5.

"Tree planting is often proposed as part of the solution to climate change. A new study demonstrates why it is critical to see this as a social science issue, not just an ecological one."

LINK


Read more »

13.09.2021

# Media

0 Comments

Podcast: Carbon Removal Newsroom: Biochar, carbon dioxide removal in the US, and geoengineering

"This week on Carbon Removal Newsroom, we’re starting off with an overview of biochar and discussing the main questions and concerns around this technology, including: How does biochar compare to other Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) methods? There is a lot of interest in making biochar, but does the market exist to use it? What can governments do to help scale up the use of biochar as a carbon removal technique? Are any governments taking action yet? Next, we transition to the CDR policy agenda in the United States. We look at the California Climate Crisis Act (AB 1395), which would Codify California’s commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and no later than 2045. If passed, this bill will set California on course to design a more comprehensive policy framework for CDR than exists in any state so far."

LINK


Read more »

13.09.2021

# Media

0 Comments

The Hill: A realistic response to the climate wake-up call

"Leaders across the world raised the alarm in response to the latest assessment of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Christiana Figueres, the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said, 'This is a massive wake-up call that is sounding yet another alarm bell.' Al Gore warned 'There is no time left to waste,' and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, 'A code red for humanity.'"

LINK


Read more »

08.09.2021

# Political Papers

0 Comments

Romany M. Webb, et al. (2021): Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement and Seaweed Cultivation. Legal Challenges and Opportunities. Columbia Law School: Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law

Romany M. Webb, Korey Silverman-Roati (2021): Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement and Seaweed Cultivation. Legal Challenges and Opportunities. Columbia Law School: Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law. New York. Available online at https://climate.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/Webb%20et%20al%20-%20Removing%20CO2%20Through%20Ocean%20Alkalinity%20Enhancement%.

"This paper explores two ocean-based carbon dioxide removal strategies—ocean alkalinity enhancement and seaweed cultivation. Ocean alkalinity enhancement involves adding alkalinity to ocean waters, either by discharging alkaline rocks or through an electrochemical process, which increases ocean pH levels and thereby enables greater uptake of carbon dioxide, as well as reducing the adverse impacts of ocean acidification. Seaweed cultivation involves the growing of kelp and other macroalgae to store carbon in biomass, which can then either be used to replace more greenhouse gas-intensive products or sequestered. This paper examines the international and U.S. legal frameworks that apply to ocean alkalinity enhancement and seaweed cultivation. Depending on where they occur, such activities may be subject to international, national, state, and/or local jurisdiction."

LINK


Read more »

06.09.2021

# Media

0 Comments

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."

LINK


Read more »

06.09.2021

# New Publications

0 Comments

Rodrigues, Renato; et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe

Rodrigues, Renato; Pietzcker, Robert; Fragkos, Panagiotis; Price, James; McDowall, Will; Siskos, Pelopidas et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe. In Energy, p. 121908. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2021.121908.

"The tightened climate mitigation targets of the EU green deal raise an important question: Which strategy should be used to achieve carbon emissions net neutrality? This study explores stakeholder-designed narratives of the future energy system development within the deep decarbonization context. European carbon net-neutrality goals are put under test in a model comparison exercise using state of the art Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) models: ETM-UCL, PRIMES and REMIND."

LINK


Read more »

06.09.2021

# New Publications

0 Comments

Rickels, Wilfried; Schwinger, Jörg (2021): Implications of temperature overshoot dynamics for climate and carbon dioxide removal policies in the DICE model

Rickels, Wilfried; Schwinger, Jörg (2021): Implications of temperature overshoot dynamics for climate and carbon dioxide removal policies in the DICE model. In Environ. Res. Lett. Available online at http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac22c0.

"Assessing climate policies involving temporary overshoot of temperature targets require an accurate representation of carbon cycle and climate dynamics. Here, we compare temperature overshoot climate policies obtained with the Dynamic Integrated Climate–Economy (DICE) integrated assessment model using two different climate-carbon cycle sub-models: First, the original DICE implementation, and second an implementation of the Finite Amplitude Impulse Response (FaIR) simple climate model. We analyze in a cost-effectiveness framework the minimum abatement and carbon dioxide removal costs for compliance against a (future) ceiling on temperatures."

LINK


Read more »

03.09.2021

# Media

0 Comments

The Atlantic: How the U.S. Could Slash Climate Pollution by 2030

"Democrats will soon reveal how the Biden administration’s plans could cut U.S. climate pollution in half this decade. Is that goal even possible?"

LINK


Read more »