30.07.2015

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Geoengineering Monitor: Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

Conclusion: "The White Rose Project is a worrying case study of how international hype around BECCS and CCS is being exploited by energy companies to justify dirty developments and profit from lucrative subsidies. These developments have very little to do with achieving “negative emissions”, and everything to do with turning climate change into a deceitful business opportunity."

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29.07.2015

# Projects

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European Commission: Geoengineering: The Social and Ethical Issues

"In this context, the main objective of this project is to develop an analytical framework that can contribute to a better understanding of the social and ethical issues raised by geoengineering technologies. It is expected that this framework can be used as the basis for further analysis with a view to developing and implementing appropriate governance mechanisms to steer both geoengineering research and deployment."

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29.07.2015

# New Publications

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Soldatenko, Sergei; Yusupov, Rafael (2015): On the Possible Use of Geophysical Cybernetics in Climate Manipulation (Geoengineering) and Weather Modification

Soldatenko, Sergei; Yusupov, Rafael (2015): On the Possible Use of Geophysical Cybernetics in Climate Manipulation (Geoengineering) and Weather Modification. In WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development 11, pp. 116–125.

"Further, the essential features of the geophysical system as a control object are considered. The optimal control problem for the large scale atmospheric dynamics is considered and the necessary optimality conditions are derived."

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29.07.2015

# New Publications

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Riederer, Rachel (2015): The Climate Hackers

Riederer, Rachel (2015): The Climate Hackers. In Dissent 62 (3), pp. 18–22. DOI 10.1353/dss.2015.0064.

"The polarized debate surrounding geoengineering exemplifies the difficulties of talking about, much less solving, the problem of climate change, an issue where ethical, scientific, and political questions overlap, blend together, and sometimes obscure one another."

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27.07.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 31

The news review of calendar week 31 in 2015 is now available here.


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27.07.2015

# Media

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Environmental Defense Fund: Our position on geoengineering

"Based on our best understanding on the current science of geoengineering, EDF believes that..."

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27.07.2015

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FCEA Blog: Discussion of Climate Engineering in Social Science Literature: Technofix, Plan B or Ultima Ratio

"This post is the distillation of one section of a more comprehensive review by the author of social science literature on climate engineering technologies. [...] The aim of this paper is to discover which representations of climate engineering (CE) are considered most salient, and how they are approached. The author argues that the understanding of climate engineering as (part of) a solution to the political problem of climate change is the dominant frame in the discourse on the issue."

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27.07.2015

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the guardian: Startups have figured out how to remove carbon from the air. Will anyone pay them to do it?

"Three startups, Carbon Engineering, Global Thermostat and Climeworks, are making strides with technology that can directly remove carbon dioxide from the air. What they need now is a viable business model"

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25.07.2015

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New York Times (Opinion): A ‘Third Way’ to Fight Climate Change

"It is critical that the main focus of the Paris meeting remain on reducing the burning of fossil fuels. There is therefore a moral hazard in urging action on the third way. But knowing how long it takes to get new technologies to scale, and how soon we are likely to need them, there is also a moral hazard in ignoring the urgent need for immediate investment."

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25.07.2015

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Inquiring Minds: Ken Caldeira - Can Geoengineering Save the Planet?

"On the show this week we talk to Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems. In the interview, we focus on geoengineering—the process of making big changes to the Earth’s climatic system in an attempt to solve issues related to climate change."

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