Year: 2018

The many benefits of increasing soil carbon

    Increasing soil organic carbon is one of the most straightforward means of removing carbon from the atmosphere – reversing the large amounts (globally more than 100 Gt) that have been released by agriculture. Eight measures to achieve that goal were identified in a Nature article print-published on 6 December, with the paper’s authorship… Read more The many benefits of increasing soil carbon

Canberra GGR conference: policy summary and presentations now online

Two international conferences on carbon removal (as negative emissions) were held in 2018. The first in Gothenburg, 22-24 May; the second, in Canberra, 30-31 October. Whilst separately organized, both attempted comprehensive science responses to crucial climate change questions: what contribution, together and on their own, could different CO2 removal techniques make towards the goals of… Read more Canberra GGR conference: policy summary and presentations now online

Slag-based carbon removal on BBC TV news

Dr Phil Renforth’s GGR research project, on carbon removal in the iron and steel industry, featured prominently on BBC1 TV news on 29 November 2018, with an associated BBC Science and Environment online article.  Filmed on the Blaenarvon slag heap in South Wales, Phil and his colleague Sarah Gore demonstrated to David Shukman how silicate… Read more Slag-based carbon removal on BBC TV news

Last chance to review IPCC Special Report drafts on land, ocean and ice

Following closely behind its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5˚C, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is now finalising two other Special Reports, on Climate and Land, and Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, for publication in 2019.  The ‘second order drafts’ (near-final versions) of these reports are now open for expert… Read more Last chance to review IPCC Special Report drafts on land, ocean and ice

UK net-zero by 2050 – or before? Advice to government now in prep

Next March, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will deliver its advice to the government on the UK’s long-term reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, whether national strategy should match – or exceed – the EU target for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.  Such increase in UK ambition would be fully consistent with… Read more UK net-zero by 2050 – or before? Advice to government now in prep

How the UK might achieve net zero emissions

On 12 September the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering published their joint report on Greenhouse Gas Removal in response to a request from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  The RS/RAE report’s Working Group was chaired by a GGR consortium leader, Gideon Henderson, and included four other GGR project leaders/researchers. Ten… Read more How the UK might achieve net zero emissions