18.07.2018

# New Publications

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Merk, Christine; et al. (2018): Do climate engineering experts display moral-hazard behaviour?

Merk, Christine; Pönitzsch, Gert; Rehdanz, Katrin (2018): Do climate engineering experts display moral-hazard behaviour? In: Climate Policy 37 (6), S. 1–13. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1494534.

"Discourse analyses and expert interviews about climate engineering (CE) report high levels of reflectivity about the technologies’ risks and challenges, implying that CE experts are unlikely to display moral hazard behaviour, i.e. a reduced focus on mitigation. This has, however, not been empirically tested. Within CE experts we distinguish between experts for radiation management (RM) and for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and analyse whether RM and CDR experts display moral hazard behaviour."

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18.07.2018

# Media

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Nori: Are Geoengineers Basically Immoral?

"Had to reference Paul Heyne’s famous essay, “Are Economists Basically Immoral?” Your tl;dr to both questions is no, they are not, but like any group some members can get a bit silly. Once you forgive me for abusively clickbaiting you, I hope you’ll feel fairly compensated if I lay out how the moral hazard argument works in climate change discussions in light of three main intellectual currents: mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering."

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18.07.2018

# Media

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The Sydney Morning Herald: 'Truly scary': researcher wants to brighten clouds to rescue the Great Barrier Reef

"Dr Harrison is developing a technology known as “cloud brightening” – encouraging clouds over the reef to deflect more of the sun’s rays back into space, which would hopefully curb rising sea temperatures that cause coral bleaching."

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18.07.2018

# New Publications

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Gough, Clair; et al (2018): Biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Gough, Clair; Thornley, Patricia; Mander, Sarah; Vaughan, Naomi; Falano, Temitope (2018): Biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Unlocking negative emissions. First edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

"This book is essential reading for anybody interested in understanding the role that biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) can play in transition to a low'carbon economy and the challenge of achieving the targets embedded in the Paris Agreement."

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17.07.2018

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Engineering.com: Pros and Cons of Climate Engineering to Combat Climate Change

"Climate engineering, or geoengineering, is the catchall term for these global-scale interventions in Earth’s climate, intended to mitigate or eliminate the effects of global warming. Most geoengineering efforts fall into one of two categories: greenhouse gas removal or solar radiation management. There’s a lot of active research happening in both these areas with engineers often at the forefront, designing and building the tech to test—and possibly eventually implement—these methods."

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17.07.2018

# Media

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: We make an Earth (German)

German article on CE.

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17.07.2018

# Media

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Solarify: The Risk Assessment of Climate Engineering (German)

German article on CE.

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17.07.2018

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Religion News Service: Controversial climate fix poses new question: Is geoengineering playing God?

"By now it is abundantly clear that religious groups have taken a stand on the moral necessity of combating climate change. Pope Francis has spoken loudly and persistently on the social and ethical issues caused by climate change, including mass migration and famine. Many faith groups, including some evangelicals, have made unambiguous declarations on the need to care for creation."

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17.07.2018

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Chinadialogue: Solar geoengineering rises in the East

"The year is 2040 and the planet is hot, more than 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer on average than before the start of the Industrial Revolution. Residents of coastal cities are retreating to higher ground as rising tides encroach on their neighbourhoods. Summer has become synonymous with extreme heat waves in Eastern China and violent floods along the Yangtze River. To mitigate further catastrophe, China and other world powers decide to dim the sun."

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16.07.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 29 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 29 in 2018 is now available here.


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