01.06.2018

# Media

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Carbon Brief: The Carbon Brief Interview: Prof Stephen Belcher

"Prof Stephen Belcher was appointed the chief scientist at the Met Office in December 2016. In 2012, he joined the Met Office as director of the Met Office Hadley Centre. Previously, he was the head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Reading. He has published more than 100 papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence."

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01.06.2018

# Calls & events

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Job: 5 Postdoc positions for the hub Deep Decarbonization: Towards Industry with Negative Emissions

Deadline: 14. June 2018

"Within Utrecht University’s strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability an interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed the impact-oriented research programme ‘Deep Decarbonization: Towards Industry with Negative Emissions’. In this programme, a broad group of researchers (spanning renewable energy systems, physics, chemistry, geology, climate policies, innovation studies, governance, economics and law) will be working together with an equally broad group from industry, government and civil society, to generate new concepts to support the radical transformation of industry needed for our society to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement."

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01.06.2018

# New Publications

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Brent, Kerryn; et al. (2018): International law poses problems for negative emissions research

Brent, Kerryn; McGee, Jeffrey; McDonald, Jan; Rohling, Eelco J. (2018): International law poses problems for negative emissions research. In Nature Climate change 8 (6), pp. 451–453. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0181-2.

"New international governance arrangements that manage environmental risk and potential conflicts of interests are needed to facilitate negative emissions research that is essential to achieving the large-scale CO2 removal implied by the Paris Agreement targets."

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30.05.2018

# New Publications

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Jacobson, Brynna (2018): Constructing Legitimacy in Geoengineering Discourse. The Politics of Representation in Science Policy Literature

Jacobson, Brynna (2018): Constructing Legitimacy in Geoengineering Discourse. The Politics of Representation in Science Policy Literature. In Science as Culture, pp. 1–27. DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2018.1465910.

"Geoengineering science policy reports reflect this shift and influence the subsequent trajectory of research and potential deployment. The two most notable geoengineering policy reports are those by the Royal Society in 2009 and the National Research Council (NRC) in 2015. Discursive strategies recurrent in these reports construct notions of legitimacy and normalcy in regard to geoengineering. These strategies include relative legitimation of actors and approaches, differentiating research from deployment, elevating particular geoengineering methods through comparative evaluation, and normalizing novel geoengineering proposals through analogy."

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29.05.2018

# New Publications

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Nisbet, Matthew C. (2018): Strategic philanthropy in the post-Cap-and-Trade years. Reviewing U.S. climate and energy foundation funding

Nisbet, Matthew C. (2018): Strategic philanthropy in the post-Cap-and-Trade years. Reviewing U.S. climate and energy foundation funding. In WIREs Clim Change 54 (3), e524. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.524.

"Funding has favored “insider” groups that push for policy action by way of negotiation, coalition building, and compromise, rather than “outsider” groups that specialize in grassroots organizing. Philanthropists have also placed less priority on funding for other low‐carbon energy sources such as nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, or natural gas, nor have they invested in actions intended to boost societal resilience, protect public health, or to address questions of equity and justice. But in the years following the failure of the 2010 Federal cap and trade bill, a review of available grants from 19 major foundations indicates that philanthropists responded to calls for new directions."

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29.05.2018

# Media

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Inside Philantropy: Skewed Priorities? How Philanthropy Has Shaped Debates Over Climate Change

"That’s the gist of a new research paper from Matthew Nisbet, a communications professor at Northeastern University, who hopes to invite more scrutiny of climate philanthropy. Nisbet is especially concerned about the lack of funder support for nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, and geoengineering. But more broadly, he’s examining how philanthropy can fuel a kind of orthodoxy of ideas and grantees, a criticism the sector’s fielded from multiple sides over the years."

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29.05.2018

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Mach: Can these bold plans keep the world's ice sheets from melting?

"Scientist says giant walls and cooling tunnels may be the best ways to save polar ice."

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29.05.2018

# New Publications

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Cox, Emily M.; et al. (2018): Blurred Lines. The Ethics and Policy of Greenhouse Gas Removal at Scale

Cox, Emily M.; Pidgeon, Nick; Spence, Elspeth; Thomas, Gareth (2018): Blurred Lines. The Ethics and Policy of Greenhouse Gas Removal at Scale. In Front. Environ. Sci. 6, p. 898. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00038.

"We propose moving beyond classifying climate strategies as a set of discrete categories (which may implicitly homogenize diverse technologies), toward a prioritization of questions of scale of both technology and decision-making in the examination of social and ethical risks. This is not just a theoretical issue: important questions for policy, governance and finance are raised, for instance over the future inclusion of GGR in carbon markets."

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29.05.2018

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IASS: How might Climate Engineering affect the Sustainable Development Goals? New Report Presented at the United Nations Environment Program

"Study co-authored by IASS scientists recommends more transdisciplinary research on the interconnections between climate engineering and sustainable development."

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29.05.2018

# New Publications

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Seitz, Russell (2018): Engineer solar solutions locally to save water

Seitz, Russell (2018): Engineer solar solutions locally to save water. In Nature 557 (7705), p. 309. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-05151-8.

"I suggest that some of the money spent on arguing about global governance of geoengineering could be better used to develop local water-conservation technologies."

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