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Climate change: Can 12 billion tonnes of carbon be sucked from the air?

Nov 29, 2018

BBC Science Editor, David Shukman, reports on the hopes for potentially removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere including research by Professor David Beerling and the team at the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M), into how agriculture can help tackle climate change.

Prof Beerling knows that some regard this as over-optimistic but he is clear that a grand strategy is needed. 

“Once CO2 goes up into the air, it doesn’t come down unless you do something about it, and the effects last for millennia. And once the ice sheets go, that’s it,” with millions of people living on or close to coastlines at risk.

“At the moment we have no idea how to remove billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere… it’s an enormous technological challenge that dwarfs anything we’ve seen before.”

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Philosophy PhD Studentship at University of Sheffield: ‘Climate Ethics and Enhanced Weathering’

Nov 6, 2018

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Philosophy, as part of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Sheffield. The studentship includes UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance stipend at the standard RCUK rate for up to four years. The student will examine ethical questions surrounding climate policy choice with relevance for research into, and deployment of, carbon dioxide removal methods including enhanced rock weathering. The project will be supervised by Dr Megan Blomfield, with a second supervisor to be assigned after selection.

For further information, including eligibility requirements, project description and how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/prospectivepostgraduates/climate-ethics-studentship

Application deadline: 17:00hrs  23rd January 2019.

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Greenhouse gas removal report

Sep 12, 2018

The Royal Society, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, has produced a report and associated summary to outline methods of greenhouse gas removal and how other influences like legislation, the environment, economics or social factors will affect their deployment. The report also considers how they might plausibly be used in the UK and globally to meet climate goals.

Methods such as growing forests, enhancing mineral weathering, and direct capture of CO2 from the air have been considered for the role they could play in counteracting hard-to-cut emissions like agriculture and air travel, and in preventing some of the more dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Farming crops with rocks to reduce CO2 and improve global food security

Feb 20, 2018

Pioneering research by LC3M suggests that adding fast-reacting silicate rocks to croplands could capture CO2 and give increased protection from pests and diseases while restoring soil structure and fertility.

The research, published 19 February 2018 in Nature Plants, examined the approach which involves amending soils with abundant crushed silicate rocks, like basalt, left over from ancient volcanic eruptions. As these minute rock grains dissolve chemically in soils, they take up carbon dioxide and release plant-essential nutrients.

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PhD Studentship at University of Sheffield: ‘Enhancing the soil carbon sink: towards defining and quantifying new stabilising mechanisms’

Nov 20, 2017

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship with the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Sheffield as part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment).

The post would suit a motivated student interested in ‘climate-smart soil’ research, with enthusiasm for a mix of laboratory and computer-based work. The student will gain excellent training in a range of cutting-edge transferable skills in soil science, including advanced spectroscopic and C-isotopic techniques.

For further information and details of & how to apply, please follow this link: Find a PhD.com

Closing date: 9th January 2018

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PhD Studentship at University of Southampton: ‘Can enhanced rock weathering be used as an effective climate change mitigation strategy?’

Nov 20, 2017

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to evaluate ERW in agricultural sites (corn/soy and oil palm) in Illinois, USA, and Malaysian Borneo respectively. The student will take part in fieldwork and quantify will the extent of CO2 drawdown by chemical weathering processes through analysis of the elemental and stable isotopic (e.g. Sr, Mg, Li) composition of stream, soil, and plant samples. The project will be supervised by Prof. Rachael James, Dr Grace Andrews and Dr Chris Pearce as part of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M).

For full details, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs/project/can-enhanced-rockweathering-be-used-effective-climate-change-mitigation-strategy

Applications close: 5th January 2018

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The Search is on for Pulling Carbon from the Air

Dec 27, 2016

Scientists are investigating a range of technologies they hope can capture lots of carbon without a lot of cost. At the AGU17 conference in San Francisco, David Beerling, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, explained an agricultural technique that could quicken weathering and theoretically benefit crops as well.

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A step up for geoengineering

Nov 30, 2016

The clock is ticking for climate change mitigation. Geoengineering is gaining ground as an option, but it needs to be examined at a large scale to determine its effectiveness and associated risks. Enhanced weathering will be investigated by the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation in a special facility at Illinois, US, in four hectares of corn fields over a period of ten years — a big step up from current modelling studies and small laboratory experiments.

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Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation launches at Royal Society

Sep 15, 2016

The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) was officially launched on Thursday 8th September 2016 at the Royal Society, London.

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£10 million Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at University of Sheffield announced

Dec 2, 2015

A new £10 million Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, led by the University of Sheffield, has been announced, in a bid to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

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