05.12.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 50 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 50 in 2016 is now available here.


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05.12.2016

# Projects

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Frontiers Research Topic: ELSI Aspects of Geoengineering

"The goal of this ​Research Topic is to examine current and near-future efforts in geoengineering in light of Shelly’s admonitions not to interfere in nature: analyzing the non-trivial ethical, legal and social implications of our attempts to forestall the effects of decades of environmental neglect and misuse with a particular focus on the physical impact that these efforts might have on the planet, including on our arable land, our freshwater systems, and the atmosphere."

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05.12.2016

# Political Papers

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ETC Group (2016): Geoengineering at COP 13 of the CBD. Briefing for delegates

ETC Group (2016): Geoengineering at COP 13 of the CBD. Briefing for delegates.

Policy briefing by ETC Group for the conference of parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity 13.

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05.12.2016

# Media

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IASS Blog: COP22 and Beyond – Achieving the Paris Agreement

"In order to meet growing concerns about climate change and the challenges presented by mitigation and adaption, delegations from around the world met last year in Paris to negotiate a new and binding international agreement to limit climate change. The first major steps towards implementation of the Paris Agreement were discussed during the 22nd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (“COP22”) in Marrakech, in November of this year."

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05.12.2016

# Media

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Huston Public Media: Briefcase: Climate Engineering

Short interview. "An interview with lecturer Tracy Hester."

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05.12.2016

# New Publications

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Heyen, Daniel (2016): Strategic Conflicts on the Horizon. R&D Incentives for Environmental Technologies

Heyen, Daniel (2016): Strategic Conflicts on the Horizon. R&D Incentives for Environmental Technologies. In Clim. Change Econ. 07 (04), p. 1650013–1650013. DOI 10.1142/S2010007816500135.

"This paper focuses on a specific mechanism for strategic distortions in this R&D game. In this mechanism, the outlook of future conflicts surrounding technology deployment directly impacts on the willingness to undertake R&D. Apart from free-riding, a different deployment conflict with distortive effects on innovation can occur. Low deployment costs and heterogeneous preferences might give rise to ‘free-driving’ (Weitzman, ML (2015). A voting architecture for the governance of free-driver externalities, with application to geoengineering. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117(4), 1049–1068): The country with the highest preference for technology deployment, the free driver, may dominate the deployment outcome to the detriment of others."

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02.12.2016

# Media

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India Climate Dialogue: Promises and perils of a sunshade

"Solar radiation management is an extreme way to handle climate change and today nobody wants to do it; but if the world is forced to consider this geoengineering option seriously, how is it to be governed"

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01.12.2016

# Political Papers

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Columbia Climate Center (2016): A 5˚C Arctic in a 2˚C World. Challenges and Recommendations for Immediate Action from the July 21-22, 2016 Workshop

Columbia Climate Center (2016): A 5˚C Arctic in a 2˚C World. Challenges and Recommendations for Immediate Action from the July 21-22, 2016 Workshop. WWF; Arctic 21; Woods Hole Research Center.

Outcomes: "To avert massive environmental impacts beyond the time frame of a few decades, it is critical to immediately scale up implementation of alternative energy production, as well as decarbonization of the energy system. We also should greatly increase efforts in research and development and subsequent deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on a global scale."

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01.12.2016

# Media

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CIGI: The Climate Solution No One Wants to Talk About

"It is time for a conversation about engineering an umbrella-like cloud canopy to deflect incoming solar radiation"

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01.12.2016

# Media

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Scholars Strategy Network: Buying More Time

"Professor Garth Heutel lays out a potentially cost-effective way to reduce global temperatures to stave off global warming. But solar geoengineering is not a silver bullet. While the benefits are clear, the costs are much more uncertain."

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