12.01.2018

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Eurasia Review: Climate Geo-Engineering: Uncertainties And Implications – Analysis

"Geo-engineering, which involves artificial intervention in the global climate, is attracting growing attention. What is geo-engineering and what are its security implications? What kind of governance is required to manage its adverse effects?"

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12.01.2018

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Daily Press: NASA Langley scientist touts biochar: an 'environmental superstar'

"That’s right — global warming. That’s because an added benefit of carbon-packed biochar is that, by plowing it into farm fields, it removes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide indefinitely from the carbon cycle."

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12.01.2018

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TED: Mammoths resurrected, geoengineering and other thoughts from a futurist

"Stewart Brand is a futurist, counterculturist and visionary with a very wide-ranging mind. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Brand discusses ... just about everything: human nature, bringing back the wooly mammoth, geoengineering, rewilding and science as organized skepticism -- plus the story of an acid trip on a San Francisco rooftop in the '60s that sparked a perspective-shifting idea. "The story we're told is that we're the next meteor," Brand says, but "things are capable of getting better.""

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12.01.2018

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Atlantic: A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise

"A Princeton glaciologist says a set of mega-engineering projects may be able to stabilize the world’s most dangerous glaciers."

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12.01.2018

# Calls & events

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Job: PhD position for Anthropocene Security and Geoengineering

Deadline: 05.02.2018

"The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) has a vacancy for a postgraduate student (doctoral level, PhD or equivalent) as a Research Associate to be remunerated at pay group 13 of the public sector pay agreement of the City of Hamburg (TV-AVH), pro rata for 65% of a standard working week, for a period of three years from 1 April 2018. "

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12.01.2018

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C2G2: Optimism vs prudence in geo-governance

"Optimism is necessary – especially at times of challenges. Bombarded with messages of doom, most people switch off. When offered agency, opportunity and hope, many more are willing to engage. This is a lesson increasingly embraced by climate communicators, who have worked hard to create a more optimistic brand of messaging. “We can still beat this, as long as we cut emissions more quickly,” goes the refrain. But at what point does such optimism become counterproductive, if its assumptions are no longer true?"

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12.01.2018

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Washington Post: Saving the world with carbon dioxide removal

"If we want to survive climate change, we must double down in research manpower and dollars to find and improve technology to remove carbon dioxide — or at least reduce its effects on the climate."

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12.01.2018

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Dhaka Tribune: Experts: Geo-engineering, quality research can help mitigate climate change effects

"The speakers put emphasis on capacity building of research institutions so as to help them conduct quality research on climate change. Speakers have opined that geo-engineering and quality research can play a significant role in reducing the impacts of climate change."

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12.01.2018

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Black Girl Nerds: ‘Snowpiercer’ Ordered to Series at TNT

"For those who have not watched the film, the story takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been destroyed because of climate change. In an attempt to prevent impending global warming, humans accidentally create an ice age due to manmade climate engineering and all of Earth freezes over. The cold is so extreme, mankind can no longer navigate outdoors, even for a brief moment. Hence, the last survivors of the human race now ride the “Snowpiercer,” a train that endlessly travels the globe."

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09.01.2018

# New Publications

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Dai, Z.; et al. (2018): Tailoring meridional and seasonal radiative forcing by sulfate aerosol solar geoengineering

Dai, Z.; Weisenstein, Debra K.; Keith, David W. (2018): Tailoring meridional and seasonal radiative forcing by sulfate aerosol solar geoengineering. In Geophysical Research Letters, n/a‐n/a. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076472.

(accepted manuscript) "We study the possibility of designing solar radiation management schemes to achieve a desired meridional radiative forcing (RF) profile using a two-dimensional chemistry-transport-aerosol model. Varying SO2 or H2SO4 injection latitude, altitude, and season, we compute RF response functions for a broad range of possible injection schemes, finding that linear combinations of these injection cases can roughly achieve RF profiles that have been proposed to accomplish various climate objectives."

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