10.05.2021

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EU: Proposal on the European Climate Law reflecting the agreement between the European Parliament and Council

"The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990."

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06.05.2021

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Shawhan, Daniel; et al. (2021): The Value of Advanced Energy Funding. Projected Effects of Proposed US Funding for Advanced Energy Technologies

Shawhan, Daniel; Cleary, Kathryne; Funke, Christoph; Witkin, Steven (2021): The Value of Advanced Energy Funding. Projected Effects of Proposed US Funding for Advanced Energy Technologies. Issue Brief 21-03. Resources for the Future.

"Expert analysis and RFF modeling show that authorizing funding for key technologies under the Energy Act of 2020 would create significant societal benefits from 2040-2060. Combined with a clean energy standard, a majority of these benefits would come from lower consumer electric bills."

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03.05.2021

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Bodansky, Daniel; Wanser, Kelly (2021): Think Globally, Govern Locally: Designing a National Research Program on Near-Term Climate Risks and Possible Interventions

Bodansky, Daniel; Wanser, Kelly (2021): Think Globally, Govern Locally: Designing a National Research Program on Near-Term Climate Risks and Possible Interventions. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions & SilverLining.

"In this paper, authors Dan Bodansky and Kelly Wanser describe how the establishment of a well-designed national research program on near-term climate risks and interventions can generate knowledge to support international cooperation and set a precedent for responsible climate intervention research internationally. The authors outline the elements of a model national program aimed at providing information in a timely, safe, and open manner to allow for evaluation by policymakers and the public."

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19.04.2021

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Carbon180 (2020): Annual Report 2020

Carbon180 (2020): Annual Report 2020.

"Historic gains in federal funding. A cascade of net-zero and net-negative commitments. 2020 was a time of singular growth for the field — and for Carbon180."

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19.04.2021

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Summit for DAC Climate Mobilization (2020): Mobilize Now: Scaling up Direct Air Capture. Protect the Climate and Create Economic Prosperity. Turning a Threat into an Opportunity

Summit for DAC Climate Mobilization (2020): Mobilize Now: Scaling up Direct Air Capture. Protect the Climate and Create Economic Prosperity. Turning a Threat into an Opportunity. Elk Coast Institute.

"In Summer 2020, the Elk Coast Institute hosted the Summit for DAC Climate Mobilization with the participation of experts representing a variety of organizations related to Climate, Carbon Utilization, Finance, Policy, and Outreach. The participants had a common objective of understanding the current state of DAC technology, articulating the need to act with a sense of urgency, and outlining the steps needed to enable DAC to contribute to successfully addressing the threat of climate change."

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05.04.2021

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Black, R.; et al. (2021): Taking Stock: A global assessment of net zero targets

Black, R., Cullen, K., Fay, B., Hale, T., Lang, J., Mahmood, S., Smith, S.M. (2021): Taking Stock: A global assessment of net zero targets, Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and Oxford Net Zero.

"In our latest report Taking Stock: A global assessment of net zero targets we present what is, we believe, the first quantitative analysis of net zero commitments across countries, sub-national governments and major companies. Teaming up with Oxford Net Zero, we surveyed more than 4,000 significant entities: all nations; all states and regions in the 25 highest-emitting countries; all cities with a population above 500,000; and all companies in the Forbes Global 2000 list."

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29.03.2021

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CSSN Briefing (2021): CSSN Position Paper 2021:2 Solar Geoengineering Research in the United States: Key Critical Questions

CSSN Briefing (2021): CSSN Position Paper 2021:2 Solar Geoengineering Research in the United States: Key Critical Questions. Climate Social Science Network.

"In anticipation of the March 25th release of the National Academies report: Reflecting Sunlight: Recommendations for Solar Geoengineering Research and Research Governance, this brief primer outlines three areas of key questions to ask about any effort to advance solar geoengineering research using public funds."

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29.03.2021

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Shafiee, Roxana T. (2021): Blue Carbon

Shafiee, Roxana T. (2021): Blue Carbon. SPICe Briefing / Pàipear-ullachaidh SPICe. The Scottish Parliament.

"This briefing outlines the current understanding of carbon captured and stored in Scotland's coastal and marine environment, known as blue carbon. This briefing outlines the known threats to blue carbon stores, and compares their carbon storage capacity to Scotland's wellknown terrestrial carbon stores: peatland and forestry. In addition, this briefing explores Scottish policy areas relevant to the protection of blue carbon stores on the basis of their contributions to biodiversity and climate change mitigation."

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29.03.2021

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2021): Reflecting Sunlight: Recommendations for Solar Geoengineering Research and Research Governance

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2021): Reflecting Sunlight: Recommendations for Solar Geoengineering Research and Research Governance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25762.

"While efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts are the first line of defense, researchers are exploring other options to reduce warming. Solar geoengineering strategies are designed to cool Earth either by adding small reflective particles to the upper atmosphere, by increasing reflective cloud cover in the lower atmosphere, or by thinning high-altitude clouds that can absorb heat. While such strategies have the potential to reduce global temperatures, they could also introduce an array of unknown or negative consequences."

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23.03.2021

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Larkin, Patricia; et al. (2021): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage - Polarization, public confidence and decision-making

Larkin, Patricia; Bird, Stephen; Gattinger, Monica (2021): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage - Polarization, public confidence and decision-making. University of Ottawa.

"The study consists of a review of academic, industry, and government publications, along with in-depth interviews with decision-makers from a variety of different sectors related to CCUS policy and implementation."

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