16.08.2017

# Political Papers

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Parson, Edward A. (2017): Starting the Dialogue on Climate Engineering Governance: A World Commission

Parson, Edward A. (2017): Starting the Dialogue on Climate Engineering Governance: A World Commission. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (Fixing Climate Governance Series Policy Brief, 8).

"The needed international dialogue on geoengineering governance will have broad international participation; engage high-level expertise in international policy and institutions; draw closely on parallel advances in scientific knowledge and technical capability, while keeping governance the central focus; and facilitate open, exploratory investigations of governance needs and potential responses, rather than pursue specific decisions, at least in initial stages. Present institutions are not well equipped to support these needs. A promising first step would be to establish a world commission on climate engineering or similar consultative body, with high-level political authorization, an appropriately broad mandate, adequate resources and wide participation."

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16.08.2017

# Media

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Energy Collective: The Self-Sustaining Climate Remedy

"An ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) resource map like the one above, where the palate ranges from red to yellow to indicate ocean surface temperatures ranging from 28oC or above down to 22oC is essentially a map of the impact of global warming. Recognition of the problem is the first step towards its solution and from there you can ascertain where to allocate the resources necessary to realise your solution."

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16.08.2017

# Media

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PLOS Blog: Geoengineering and Synthetic Biology

"This September, as part of their annual symposium, EUSynBioS will hold an Open Discussion on the topic, “Synthetic Biology and Environmental Engineering”, at the National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain. They will host experts in the field to talk about the science and the more difficult aspects of public acceptance and bioethics surrounding geoengineering and synthetic biology."

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16.08.2017

# New Publications

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Parson, Edward A. (2017): Opinion. Climate policymakers and assessments must get serious about climate engineering

Parson, Edward A. (2017): Opinion. Climate policymakers and assessments must get serious about climate engineering. In PNAS 4, p. 201713456. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1713456114.

"Furthermore, the large-scale use of CE is probably essential for achieving prudent climate-change limits, including the Paris target of limiting the average global temperature rise to 1.5–2.0 °C. This conclusion appears unavoidable based on the current level of global greenhouse-gas emissions and the long time-constants of the climate system and the human energy system (e.g., the long atmospheric lifetime of carbon dioxide and the time required for large-scale deployment of new technologies). CE may also enable integrated climate-response strategies that reduce risks in ways not otherwise achievable."

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16.08.2017

# New Publications

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Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2017): Inefficient power generation as an optimal route to negative emissions via BECCS?

Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2017): Inefficient power generation as an optimal route to negative emissions via BECCS? In Environ. Res. Lett. 12 (4), p. 45004. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa67a5.

"We find that in all cases, a lower capital cost, lower efficiency BECCS plant is superior to a higher cost, higher efficiency facility from both environmental and economic perspectives. We show that it may be preferable to operate the BECCS facility in base-load fashion, constantly removing CO2 from the atmosphere and dispatching electricity on an as-needed basis. We show that the use of this 'spare capacity' to produce hydrogen for, e.g. injection to a natural gas system for the provision of low carbon heating can add to the overall environmental and economic benefit of such a system."

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16.08.2017

# Media

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Environmental Research Web: Bioenergy carbon capture and storage plants ‘should be inefficient’

"An inefficient system for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is always preferable from both an environmental and financial point of view, according to an analysis by researchers in the UK."

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16.08.2017

# Media

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Newcastle Herald: Cli-fi forum sees TV drama as one solution to global warming

"After briefings from specialists in climate science, geo-engineering, psychology, human health, renewable energy, politics and history, screenwriters will crunch ideas for new shows in a forum that also involves ABC TV, production company Jungle, Screen Australia and Create NSW. "For ages scientists have been using our graphs and our data and our facts to try to communicate our science but it's been demonstrated that this doesn't really work very well," Dr Verges says. "It very rarely influences people's opinions and hardly ever motivates action.""

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16.08.2017

# Media

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Climate Home: Countries urged to start bargaining over negative emissions

"There is an emerging consensus CO2 needs to be sucked out of the air to meet climate goals, but no discussion of which countries are responsible for acting"

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15.08.2017

# Calls & events

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Job: Harvard Fellowship Program

(no deadline)

"Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) invites applications for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellowships, under the direct supervision of Harvard faculty. The program is loosely modeled on the successful Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) fellowship program."

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14.08.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 33 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 33 in 2017 is now available here.

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