13.12.2017

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Responsible Innovation: Why we must scrutinise the magical thinking behind geoengineering

"It is hard to know whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about the Paris agreement, whether to celebrate the consensus on new possibilities, mourn the opportunities already missed, or do both at once. This ambivalence is complicated by the strong thread of optimism that is woven into the future to which we have now become signatories. The agreement inscribes a set of technological promises that have received little democratic scrutiny. If we are to deliver on the vision of Paris, we must urgently confront the politics of radical innovation."

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13.12.2017

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Michigan News: Geoengineering: Is it time for climate intervention?

"The techniques and challenges of geoengineering will be discussed at a media availability Thursday, Dec. 14, and at a scientific session Friday, Dec. 15, at the AGU Fall Meeting. The media availability will be held at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time Thursday in the meeting's Press Conference Room (346-347). The scientific session will be held at 1:40 p.m. Friday in Rooms 260-262 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center."

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13.12.2017

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Northeastern University: Climate engineering. Risks of manipulating the global thermostat

"The concept of climate engineering—large-scale efforts to manipulate the “global thermostat”—is like a magic pill for climate change. Rather than transitioning society and the economy from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy, or focusing on social change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some seek to solve climate change with a sweeping technological fix by using climate engineering."

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13.12.2017

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Princeton: Freshman seminar asks students to envision their future in a changing climate

"Jason Kong will study economics, and will pursue a certificate in environmental studies. His topic is geoengineering focused on reflecting extra sunlight into space."

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13.12.2017

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Mongabay: Climate scientists see silver lining in Bali volcano’s ash cloud

"Scientists are monitoring the emission of sulfur dioxide from the ongoing eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Agung to better understand the climate-cooling effects of the particulate’s dispersal in the stratosphere. They hope that by artificially recreating the phenomenon, they can block the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface, and thereby “geoengineer” a cooler climate."

 

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13.12.2017

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Quartz: The compelling case for capturing carbon emissions and burying them underground

"One of the things that needs to be said over and over again is that CCS and even removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is not geoengineering. There are plenty of people who don’t want to keep them separate and make a pig’s breakfast of it. But they are radically different things."

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13.12.2017

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Christian Science Monitor: After the pledge: Scientists scramble to make politicians' climate goals a reality

"As global leaders meet Tuesday in Paris for the One Planet Summit, the world is waking up to the reality that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires more than good intentions."

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13.12.2017

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Katz, Corey (2017): Rerview of Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering

Katz, Corey (2017): Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering. Solar Radiation Management and Non-Ideal Justice. In Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews, 12/10/2017.

"Toby Svoboda navigates these worries and makes the case that, in certain situations, it would be ethically justifiable to deploy SRM technology. He argues that we should think about climate policy in terms of "nonideal justice." This is because the past thirty years have shown that climate action by developed countries that meets broadly agreed-upon ideals of distributive fairness faces serious feasibility constraints.
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12.12.2017

# New Publications

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Rayner, Steve (2017): Climate Engineering. Responsible Innovation or Reckless Folly?

Rayner, Steve (2017): Climate Engineering. Responsible Innovation or Reckless Folly? In Lotte Asveld, Rietje van Dam-Mieras, Tsjalling Swierstra, Saskia Lavrijssen, Kees Linse, Jeroen van den Hoven (Eds.): Responsible Innovation 3. A European Agenda? Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 113–129.

"This paper asks whether the emerging and already controversial field of climate geoengineering will prove to be yet another chapter in this litany or whether it represents an opportunity to develop a framework for responsible innovation according to a model of guiding societal principles and technology-specific protocols. It concludes by noting that geoengineering is currently at a research impasse as technologists await a green light from social scientists before proceeding with research, while social scientists are limited to commenting on highly speculative ideas about how geoengineering might turn out in practice. "

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12.12.2017

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Wired: The US Flirts With Geoengineering to Stymie Climate Change

"So a growing chorus of scientists have been mumbling about geoengineering. Doing things like spraying sulfur in the stratosphere or whitening clouds to bounce light back into space to help cool things down. And last week, Congressman Jerry McNerney joined them, introducing a bill that would ask the National Academies of Science to explore technologies to geoengineer Earth. In two reports, they'd explore research avenues and oversight of that research—that is, if the bill gets past McNerney's colleagues and then the only world leader to shun the Paris Climate Agreement."

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