09.06.2018

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C2G2: Vatican Seminar on the Governance of Geoengineering

"Faith communities, with their values-based approach, as well as philosophers, social scientists and lawyers, will have to enter into the debate. Imagine, in the not-distant future, that one single State started the dispersal of aerosols in the atmosphere as a means of solar radiation management. This is a terrifying idea. Who has the necessary wisdom and the necessary scientific knowledge to take such a momentous decision? Who has the right to do so? Who will decide about the “quantity” (optimal desired impact on the temperature), or bear the responsibility for unintended negative consequences?"

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09.06.2018

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C2G2: Preliminary public opinion on outdoor experiments

"As a student at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy, I wrote my senior thesis about public opinion on SCoPEx. With funding from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,[2] I conducted deliberative workshops with Boston and Cambridge residents to explore public perception of SCoPEx and solar geoengineering more broadly. It is worth noting that the sample size for my study was quite small: the initial focus group involved four participants, and the subsequent deliberative workshops had five participants each for a total of twenty people. This was due to temporal and monetary constraints; participants were compensated at $15 per hour. Thus, the findings included here are tentative and meant to serve more as guidance for future research than definitive answers about public opinion on SCoPEx."

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09.06.2018

# New Publications

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Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance

Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance. In Environmental Politics 5 (1), pp. 1–22. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1452373.

"In contrast, here it is argued that de facto governance of CE is underway, discernible in an ordering of this nascent field of inquiry by unacknowledged sources of steering. One key source of de facto governance is analyzed: high-level ‘authoritative assessments’ of CE. The focus is on how these assessments are constructing CE as an object of governance through demarcating and categorizing this emerging field of inquiry, and how this contributes to normalizing and institutionalizing CE research (and CE research communities)."

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09.06.2018

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Fringe FM: Jamais Cascio on Forecasting the Future, Climate Change and Geoengineering and the Biggest Threats to Human Civilization

"Jamais Cascio (@cascio) is a writer, speaker and futurist that focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future – writing mainly on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society at openthefuture.org."

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08.06.2018

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E&E News: This company thinks it can pull CO2 from the air cheaply

"A high-tech approach to combating climate change — often thought of as a futuristic last resort, decades away from reality — may now be a step closer to a commercial future."

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08.06.2018

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Atlantic: Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline

"A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021."

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08.06.2018

# New Publications

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Roshan, Elnaz; et al. (2018): Cost-Risk Trade-Off of Mitigation and Solar Geoengineering. Considering Regional Disparities Under Probabilistic Climate Sensitivity

Roshan, Elnaz; M. Khabbazan, Mohammad; Held, Hermann (2018): Cost-Risk Trade-Off of Mitigation and Solar Geoengineering. Considering Regional Disparities Under Probabilistic Climate Sensitivity. In Environ Resource Econ 113 (9), p. 5886. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-018-0261-9.

"Here, we investigate to what extent a proponent of the 2 °C-temperature target would apply SGE in conjunction with mitigation in view of regional disparities in temperature and precipitation. We apply cost-risk analysis (CRA), which is a decision analytic framework that trades-off expected welfare-loss from climate policy costs and climate risks from transgressing a climate target. Here, in ‘Giorgi’-regional-scale analyses, we evaluate the optimal mix of SGE and mitigation under probabilistic information about climate sensitivity and generalize CRA in order to include regional temperature and precipitation risks."

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06.06.2018

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The Plastocene Blog: Climate Engineering and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Tangled Web of the Anthropocene

"A report released by C2G2 at the end of May is an interesting exercise in bringing two important global challenges into conversation.  Carbon Removal and Solar Geoengineering: Potential Implications for Delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals is a noble effort to tie what policy makers should do about climate change with what they should do about poverty and global development."

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05.06.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 23 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 23 in 2018 is now available here.


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04.06.2018

# New Publications

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Moreno-Cruz, Juan B.; et al. (2018): An Economic Anatomy of Optimal Climate Policy

Moreno-Cruz, Juan B.; Wagner, Gernot; Keith, David W. (2018): An Economic Anatomy of Optimal Climate Policy. Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research ‐ CESifo (CESifo Working Papers).

"This paper introduces geoengineering into an optimal control model of climate change economics. Together with mitigation and adaptation, carbon and solar geoengineering span the universe of possible climate policies. Their wildly different characteristics have important implications for climate policy."

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