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Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes
Newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes, Suffolk, UK. Credit: geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the MCC; and Prof Gregory Nemet is associate professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

June 1, 2018 — Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions. Continue reading Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement’s pledged mitigation

deforestation in the amazon rainforest
Deforestation in the amazon rainforest. Credit: Brasil2/E+/Getty Images.

This is a guest post by Dr Jo House, reader in environmental science and policy at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, and Dr Giacomo Grassi, scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

February 27, 2017 — The Paris Agreement on climate change set new targets for the world. Notably, it called for warming to be limited to “well below” 2°C and for carbon neutrality (“net zero”) by the second half of this century. Continue reading Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement’s pledged mitigation

Abandon hype in climate models

The economic models that are used to inform climate policy currently contain an unhealthy dose of wishful thinking. Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air are assumed in the models that avoid dangerous climate change – but such technologies do not yet exist and it is unclear whether they could be deployed at a meaningful scale.

April 26, 2016 — The scenarios modelled for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report assume the large-scale deployment of technologies that achieve negative emissions that draw down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and permanently store it. Continue reading Abandon hype in climate models