22.01.2018

# New Publications

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Pfrommer, Tobias (2018): A Model of Solar Radiation Management Liability

Pfrommer, Tobias (2018): A Model of Solar Radiation Management Liability. University of Heidelberg (Discussion Paper Series, 644).

"In this paper I examine the incentives structure and welfare consequences of SRM liability regimes. Characteristics specific to SRM impact on the incentives that liability regimes provide via the definition of harm and the liability standard. Consequently, a liability regime is defined as a combination of a definition of harm and a liability standard in the model."

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20.01.2018

# New Publications

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Gunderson, Ryan; et al. (2018): A Critical Examination of Geoengineering. Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context

Gunderson, Ryan; Petersen, Brian; Stuart, Diana (2018): A Critical Examination of Geoengineering. Economic and Technological Rationality in Social Context (Sustainability, 10).

"Substantial emissions reductions, unlike geoengineering, are costly, rely more on social-structural than technical changes, and are at odds with the current social order. Because of this, geoengineering will increasingly be considered a core response to climate change. In light of Herbert Marcuse’s critical theory, the promotion of geoengineering as a market-friendly and high-tech strategy is shown to reflect a society that cannot set substantive aims through reason and transforms what should be considered means (technology and economic production) into ends themselves. Such a condition echoes the first-generation Frankfurt School’s central thesis: instrumental rationality remains irrational."

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20.01.2018

# Media

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Bellona: EU Parliament concludes synthetic low carbon fuels should indeed be low carbon

"Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the use of renewable energy in the coming decade. Of all the big issues on the radar, the Parliament caught the one that tried to fly under it – synthetic fossil fuels. Produced by using massive amounts of renewable energy and fossil CO2 from industrial sources, the fuel would be emitting that same fossil CO2 back to the atmosphere from the tailpipe of the car it’s combusted in. By requiring the use of CO2 captured from the ambient air for its production, the Parliament ensured that the so called synthetic low carbon fuel indeed remains low carbon. However, much remains wanting in the renewable energy directive, but in this regard the Parliament move prevents CO2 laundering and false climate accounting of new synthetic fossil fuels."

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20.01.2018

# Media

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Triple Pundit: Planting Trees Has Become a Big Business

"Nevertheless, there are companies finding success in this sector. One of them is United Kingdom-based Biocarbon Engineering, which operates a fleet of drones reforesting areas that are difficult to access. The Dutch firm Land Life Company, maker of water vessels based on an ancient Mesopotamian technology, manages ongoing projects from Chile to Zambia and expects to be profitable in a few years. Land Life claims its “cocoons,” made out recycled wood pulp, offer a much higher survival rate for tree seedlings compared to traditional tree planting methods."

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19.01.2018

# Media

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The Hindu: A new weapon in the carbon fight

"The ability of soils to sequester carbon as a win-win strategy must be recognised by policymakers"

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19.01.2018

# Media

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Nori: Podcast with Klaus Lackner

"Podcast with Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions"

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19.01.2018

# Media

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EOS: Revised AGU Position Statement Addresses Climate Intervention

"The American Geophysical Union urges further research and policy development with regard to climate intervention (previously called geoengineering) that considers impacts on society."

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19.01.2018

# Political Papers

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AGU (2018): Climate Intervention Requires Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal and Environmental Impacts, and Policy Development

AGU (2018): Climate Intervention Requires Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal and Environmental Impacts, and Policy Development. American Geophysical Union (AGU). Washington, D.C.

"Humans are responsible, through the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse pollutants, for most of the increase in global average temperatures over the past half century. Deep reductions in these emissions must be central to any policy response to the dangers of climate change. In tandem with those reductions, there may be a need for climate interventions to help reduce or offset some of the effects of climate change. AGU urges national funding agencies to create substantial research programs on climate intervention so that the risks and opportunities are much better understood. A proper and full evaluation of potential uses and impacts of climate intervention will require a broader dialogue that engages more societies and the public."

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16.01.2018

# Media

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International Business Times: How to stop glaciers from melting? Build a giant wall around them, says Princeton scientist

"Michael Wolovick says large walls at the mouth of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will effectively isolate them from the sea."

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15.01.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 03 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 03 in 2018 is now available here.


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