[HCA-list] [CDR] Newsletter of Week 53 of 2019 #climate

Ron Larson


This message below to two climate groups should have many more interested readers on this list.  The Climate Action Reserve group is dedicated to California climate issues.  They are having a an Internet meeting about soil carbon on 15 January - and asking persons like the almost 1000 on this biochar list to communicate with them if interested.  This is to hope some of you will.


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From: Ronal Larson <rongretlarson@...>
Subject: Re: [HCA-list] [CDR] Newsletter of Week 53 of 2019
Date: January 1, 2020 at 4:03:20 PM MST
To: John Nissen <johnnissen2003@...>
Cc: Carbon Dioxide Removal <CarbonDioxideRemoval@...>, Healthy Climate Alliance <healthy-climate-alliance@...>, Thomas Goreau <goreau@...>

John and ccs (I’m responding as one of John’s original addressees)

1.  Thanks for the alert.  I would have missed this, I’m afraid.  I have signed up and will try to report back to these lists - as you have requested.

The statement about the meeting on the 15th is:   "The Climate Action Reserve is pleased to announce that we are launching an offset protocol development process to incentivize agricultural practices that enhance carbon storage in soils (Soil Enrichment Project Protocol, or SEPP). This work is being generously funded by Indigo Ag, with whom we are collaborating on the development of the protocol content. The primary GHG benefit targeted will be accrual of additional carbon in agricultural soils. We also hope to incentivize GHG emission reductions from other sources, such as N2O from fertilizer use. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to consider submitting a Statement of Interest form for workgroup participation. Please contact policy@... with any questions or comments."

2.  After I registered, I received this above in their reply.  Nothing new. After registering.  This group is almost entirely California based.
But there is a lot in the background material at (A down load near the bottom this page related to the 15 January event.)

I am a little worried that biochar may be left out - as the only reference (in 47 pages) to biochar said this in Section 1.3 (p2), after maybe leaving biochar out in the previous sentence:
"It would also be useful to consider if biochar or enhanced weathering applications can be included as eligible practices without significantly expanding eligibility guidelines or quantification methods used to capture SOC changes.”
This scares me.  Biochar is clearly more challenging to analyze (perhaps especially because of what happens in out-years), but biochar commercialization will be slowed if not included.

3.  This project is limited to agriculture and grasslands;  not to include forests or urban spaces.  There is a lot of good material in the 47 pages on how to best measure soil carbon.  A major part of the 47 pages is a non-fee publication on soil carbon measurements - with Keith Paustian as first author (first out of dozens).

John.  Thanks again for the alert and your continued support for biochar.


On Dec 31, 2019, at 8:25 AM, John Nissen <johnnissen2003@...> wrote:

Hi all,

The Soil Organic-Carbon-Accrual Scoping Paper [1] is being discussed on a Webinar on 15 January, see Climate Engineering news, first item under "calls and deadlines".  I was aware of the IndigoAg initiative, billed as the start of a $15 trillion business [2], but not of all the issues surrounding this method of CDR.  I am not an expert in this area, but restorative agriculture seems have the greatest chance of getting the funding for drawing down the CO2 on the scale required for climate restoration.  I would be grateful if anyone attending the webinar could report back to us on the HCA and CDR lists concerning the viability of SOC accrual for climate restoration. 

There'd need to be a business model to get CDR going at scale.  Perhaps governments should pay farmers to convert to the necessary practices for the carbon sequestration, e.g. using biochar [3]; and they could pay for the monitoring and accreditation.  The actual sequestration could then be paid for, at a fixed rate per tonne of CO2, by fossil fuel companies to doubly offset the emissions associated with the consumption of the fossil fuel they sell.  Thus, for any amount of carbon taken out the ground, twice as much would be put back, and the level of CO2 in the atmosphere would drop.

Cheers, John

[1] The scoping paper is available to download from this web page, see "resources" at the end of the page.


[3] I note that China has a biochar initiative where the government is setting up biochar kilns all over the country for local use.

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 10:58 AM info@... <info@...> wrote:
Climate Engineering Newsletter - by KIEL EARTH INSTITUTE -

Climate Engineering Newsletter

for Week 53 of 2019


Upcoming Events

  • 12.-16.01.2020, Conference: AMS100 Annual Meeting, Boston / US
  • 16.-21.02.2020, Conference: Ocean Science Meeting 2020, San Diego, CA / USA
  • 25.02.2020, Book launch: David Morrow - Values in Climate Policy, Washington D.C. / USA
  • 19.-24.04.2020, Conference: 7th Conference of the International Society For Applied Phycology, Chiba / Japan
  • 3.-8.05.2020, Conference: EGU General Assembly 2020, Vienna / Austria
  • 12.-15.05.2020, Conference: 2nd International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions, Gothenburg / Sweden
  • 27.-28.06.2020, Gordon Research Seminar (GRS): Climate Engineering, Newry, ME / US
  • 28.06.-3.07.2020, Gordon Research Conference (GRC): Climate Engineering, Newry, ME / US
  • 29.06.-1.07.2020, Conference: 2020 International Energy Workshop, Freiburg / Germany
  • 15.-17.09.2020, Conference: 2020 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance, Bratislava / Slovakia
  • 06.-09.10.2020, Climate Engineering Conference 2020, Berlin / Germany
  • 19.11.2020, Conference: ICGG 2020: 14. International Conference on Geotechnics and GeoengineeringNA

Calls and Deadlines

  • 15.01.2020, Webinar: Soil Enrichment Project Protocol
  • 15.01.2020, Call for Abstracts: EGU General Assembly 2020
  • 17.01.2020, Call for Papers: 7th Conference of the International Society For Applied Phycology
  • 17.01.2020, Call for Participation: Ecological Impacts of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Geoengineering Workshops
  • 31.01.2020, Call for Papers: Green Finance and Low-Carbon Economy (Advances in Climate Change Research)
  • 14.02.2020, Call for Applications: PICS Theme Partnership Program
  • 25.02.2020, Book launch: David Morrow - Values in Climate Policy
  • 27.03.2020, Call for Speaker Applications: Gordon Research Seminar: Physical Processes and Societal Impacts of Radiation Management Approaches to Climate Change
  • 30.05.2020, Call for Applications: Gordon Research Seminar: Physical Processes and Societal Impacts of Radiation Management Approaches to Climate Change
  • 31.05.2020, Call for Application: Gordon Research Conference: Climate Engineering


  • 05.02.2020, Job: Postdoc in Environmental Change, specialisation in climate politics and negative carbon dioxide emissions (Linköping University)
  • (no deadline), Job: Two Post-Doctoral Researchers: Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

New Publications

Political Papers

  • Leiserowitz, A., et al. (2019): Climate change in the American mind: November 2019
  • C2G: Infographic: Why do we need to govern nature-based solutions for large-scale carbon dioxide removal?


    (no new projects)

Selected Media Responses

  • Climate Home News: Net zero: the story of the target that will shape our future
  • Eos: Dead Reefs Keep Calcifying but Only by Day
  • Podcast: NPR: The Decade, Past And Future, In Climate Change
  • The New York Times: In France, Holiday Skating Rinks Are an Unlikely Climate Battleground
  • Washington Post: How we know global warming is real
  • Edition: Maldives calls for ICC to criminalise ecocide
  • Klima der Gerechtigkeit: Why the failure of the climate negotiations in Madrid is (also) a stroke of luck
  • CarbonBrief: Interactive: When will the Arctic see its first ice-free summer?
  • CarbonBrief: COP25: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Madrid

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