CO₂-removal News

Bolsen et al. (2021): Effects of Conspiracy Rhetoric on Views About the Consequences of Climate Change and Support for Direct Carbon Capture

Toby Bolsen, Risa Palm, Justin T. Kingsland IN: Environmental Communication, https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2021.1991967

Two survey-experiments were performed to test the impact of conspiracy rhetoric on the views of US residents about the consequences of climate change and support for direct carbon capture.

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McLaren et al. (2021): Attractions of delay – Using deliberative engagement to investigate the political and strategic impacts of greenhouse gas removal technologies

by Duncan McLaren, Rebecca Willis, Bron Szerszynski, David Tyfield, Nils Markusson

Concerns have been raised that a focus on greenhouse gas removals (GGR) in climate models, scientific literature and other media might deter measures to mitigate climate change through reduction of emissions at source – the phenomenon of ‘mitigation deterrence’. The paper describes narratives and ideas discussed regarding political and economic mechanisms through which mitigation deterrence might occur, the plausibility of such pathways, and measures recommended to reduce the risk of such occurrence.

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Boettcher and Kim (2021): Arguments and architectures – Discursive and institutional structures shaping global climate engineering governance

Miranda Boettcher and Rakhyun E. Kim IN: Environmental Science & Policy (2022), Volume 128, February 2022, Pages 121-131, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2021.11.015

Neo-institutionalist and post-structuralist perspectives were brought together in an innovative framework to analyse how both institutional and discursive structures together bound and shape the global governance opportunities which become thinkable and practicable in the face of new global environmental challenges.

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Southeast Asian expert perceptions of solar radiation management techniques and carbon dioxide removal approaches: caution, ambivalence, risk precaution, and research directions

Laurence L Delina IN: Environmental Research Communications https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ac3dc1

This paper describes the responses of seventeen climate and energy experts from southeast Asia on a purposively designed survey that collected expert opinions on SRM and CDR, their risks, impacts, and governance as they pertain to their countries and region. Respondents showed ambivalence towards these techniques, with many supporting ’natural‘ CDR research and deployment while being cautious about ‚technological‘ SRM and CDR research and deployment.

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This Is CDR EP14: The Carbon Removal Leadership Act (CRLA)

by OpenAir

In this special session of „This Is CDR“ the OpenAir Advocacy team unboxes the collective’s newest and most ambitious legislative mission to date. The Carbon Removal Leadership Act (CLRA) is soon to be introduced legislation in New York and other states that, as law, would establish a transparent, standards-based and equitable carbon dioxide removal state procurement obligation.

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Carbon dioxide removal’s role to the Paris Agreement’s goals

Ben Rubin and Jennifer Brown (American University, School of International Service, Institute for Carbon Removal law and Policy)

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and stopping the worst impacts of climate change raises important questions about the role of CDR, how much of it is required and when, and how it can be deployed responsibly. This resource helps answer these questions on CDR, which is also known as Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), by drawing on IPCC reports, a CDR Primer, and a report from the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy. 

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Pereira et al. (2021): From fAIrplay to climate wars: making climate change scenarios more dynamic, creative, and integrative

Laura M. Pereira, David R. Morrow, Valentina Aquila, Brian Beckage, Sam Beckbesinger, Lauren Beukes, Holly J. Buck, Colin J. Carlson , Oliver Geden, Andrew P. Jones, David P. Keller, Katharine J. Mach, Mohale Mashigo, Juan B. Moreno-Cruz, Daniele Visioni, Simon Nicholson, Christopher H. Trisos IN: Ecology and Society 26(4):30; https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-12856-260430

„We offer a step-by-step guide to the modified Manoa Mash-up method to generate more integrative, creative, and dynamic scenarios; reflect on broader implications of using this method for generating more dynamic scenarios for climate change research and policy; and provide examples of using the scenarios in climate policy communication, including a choose-your-own adventure game called Survive the Century (https://survivethecentury.net/), which was played by over 15,000 people in the first 2 weeks of launching.“

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Nature – Impact of declining renewable energy costs on electrification in low-emission scenarios

Gunnar Luderer, Silvia Madeddu, Leon Merfort, Falko Ueckerdt, Michaja Pehl, Robert Pietzcker, Marianna Rottoli, Felix Schreyer, Nico Bauer, Lavinia Baumstark, Christoph Bertram, Alois Dirnaichner, Florian Humpenöder, Antoine Levesque, Alexander Popp, Renato Rodrigues, Jessica Strefler, Elmar Kriegler IN: Nature Energy (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00937-z

„Here we show that further progress in solar- and wind-power technology along with carbon pricing to reach the Paris Climate targets could make electricity cheaper than carbon-based fuels. […] The lower production of bioenergy in our high-electrification scenarios markedly reduces energy-related land and water requirements.“

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Webinar: How Can Carbon Mineralization Help Fight Climate Change?

6 December 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

by Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy

A new report co-authored by Columbia University scholars finds the climate change benefits of enhancing carbon mineralization processes could be enormous. The ICEF Carbon Mineralization Roadmap explores several strategies, including injecting CO2-rich fluids into underground rock formations and exposing crushed rocks to CO2-rich gases. Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy as several co-authors of the report present their recommendations for using carbon mineralization processes.

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Cabiyo et al. (2021): Innovative wood use can enable carbon-beneficial forest management in California

Bodie Cabiyo, Jeremy S. Fried, Brandon M. Collins, William Stewart, Jun Wong, Daniel L. Sanchez IN: PNAS December 7, 2021 118 (49); https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2019073118

This study applies a systems approach to assess climate change mitigation potential and wildfire outcomes across forest management scenarios and several wood products. The results suggest a low-cost pathway to reduce carbon emissions and support climate adaptation in temperate forests.

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