October 2011

05.10.2011

# Media

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Zeit Online: Das Klima lässt sich nicht reparieren

EN Article on SPICE Project and German BMBF research. "Too expensive, too risky, too controversial: Scientists see little chance for the so-called climate engineering. The consequences of climate-manipulation were not in sight."

DE Artikel über das SPICE Projekt und die deutsche BMBF Studie. "Zu teuer, zu riskant, zu umstritten: Wissenschaftler sehen kaum Chancen für das sogenannte Climate Engineering. Die Folgen der Klima-Manipulation seien nicht abzusehen."

(For SPICE see category 'projects')

(For BMBF research see category 'political papers')


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05.10.2011

# Political Papers

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Integrative Sondierungsstudie zu Climate Engineering vorgestellt

EN "The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has an interdisciplinary team of scientists commissioned, to assamble the current state of knowledge on climate engineering. As a result is given, along with six special studies of the natural sciences, law, economics, politics, social sciences and ethics, an integrative overall report as a joint effort of all authors. The Kiel Earth Institute as an involved institution has coordinated scientists and serves as editor of the findings. With its broad interdisciplinary approach, the study is the most comprehensive presentation of knowledge and an assessment of climate engineering. The political opinion forming and decision-making process and the discussion about climate engineering in public so that an integrated and scientific information base is made available."

DE "Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) hat ein interdisziplinäres Wissenschaftlerteambeauftragt, den derzeitigen Kenntnisstand zu Climate Engineering zusammenzutragen. Als Ergebnis liegt nun, neben sechs Fachstudien aus den Natur-, Rechts-, Wirtschafts- Politik,Gesellschaftswissenschaften sowie der Ethik, ein integrativer Gesamtbericht als Gemeinschaftswerk aller Autoren vor. Das Kiel Earth Institute hat als eine der beteiligten Einrichtungen die Zusammenarbeit der Wissenschaftler koordiniert und fungiert als Herausgeber der Studienergebnisse. Mit ihrem breiten interdisziplinären Ansatz stellt die Studie die bislang umfassendste Darstellung des Wissensstandes und eine Bewertung von Climate Engineering dar. Dem politischen Meinungsbildungs- und Entscheidungsprozess und der Diskussion zu Climate Engineering in der Öffentlichkeit wird damit eine integrative und wissenschaftlich fundierte Informationsbasis zur Verfügung gestellt."

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05.10.2011

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Focus Online: Beherzte Gehilfen des Wettergotts

DE Über die BMBF-Studie. "Um die Erderwärmung zu bremsen, denken auch deutsche Forscher darüber nach, das Klima gezielt zu manipulieren. Dabei schrecken sie auch nicht vor Eingriffen in die Stratosphäre oder die Ozeane zurück. Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung hat dazu heute eine Studie vorgestellt."

EN About the report of the BMBF (Ministry of Research) "To slow global warming, German scientists think about engineering the climate targeted. They also do not shy away from interference back into the stratosphere or the ocean. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research have today presented a study."


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05.10.2011

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Climate Progress: The Geoengineering Treadmill and Unintended Consequences

An blog article as an reply on the New York Times article which cited the Climate Progress blog of Joe Romm.


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04.10.2011

# Political Papers

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Bipartisan Policy - Task Force On Climate Remediation Research: Geoengineering: A National Strategic Plan for Research on the Potential Effectiveness, Feasibility, and Consequences of Climate Remediation Technologies

Leading experts on climate change science and technology comprising the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Task Force on Climate Remediation Research today released a report calling for a coordinated federal research program to explore the potential effectiveness, feasibility, and consequences of climate remediation technologies.

"This report presents the conclusions of the Task Force on Climate Remediation Research, which was convened
by the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2010 to develop recommendations for the U.S. government
concerning geoengineering research and oversight policy. Participants included leaders from the scientific,
science policy, foreign policy, national security, legal, and environmental communities who together brought a wide
range of perspectives and expertise to the task force."

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04.10.2011

# New Publications

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Mitchell, David L. (2011): Cirrus Clouds and Climate Engineering

Mitchell, David L. (2011): Cirrus Clouds and Climate Engineering: New Findings on Ice Nucleation and Theoretical Basis; in: Carayannis, Elias G.: Planet Earth 2011, pp 257-288. published online

The purpose of this chapter is to describe an ERM [earth radiation management] approach pertaining to cirrus clouds and to test this hypothesis against new, more reliable cirrus cloud measurements. Like the SRM methods, this ERM method does not address ocean acidification, and effective GHG mitigation strategies along with possibly CDR methods would be needed to responsibly address the problem of global warming. This chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 provides an overview of the cirrus cloud climate engineering idea, which is described in greater detail in MF2009. Section 3 presents new research findings that test the conceptual foundation of this ERM approach. These findings are not only relevant to climate engineering, but are relevant to basic research on cloud-aerosol-climate interactions as well. Section 4 addresses the potential of over-cooling the planet and the need for climate monitoring. Some possible social, political and economic ramifications of climate engineering are discussed in Section 5, and a summary with conclusions is given in Section 6.
 


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04.10.2011

# Media

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Blog Marc Gunther: It’s time for the US to study geoengineering

Blog article on the report of Bipartisan Policy Center.

(See category 'political papers')


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04.10.2011

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NY Times: Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Article on the Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center, which you may find here.


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03.10.2011

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NewScientist: Would-be geoengineers must listen to the public

Opinion according to the SPICE project. "It is no surprise that a proposed test of a climate engineering technology has raised hackles despite being environmentally benign"


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03.10.2011

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NewScientist: Political backlash to geoengineering begins

Article on the SPICE project.

"Political opposition to technologies that could artificially cool the planet is in full swing. A field test of geoengineering, planned for October in Sculthorpe, UK, has been postponed for six months. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has passed a resolution that "expresses its opposition to proposals for large scale geoengineering"."


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