August 2015

26.08.2015

# New Publications

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Kruger, Tim (2015): Dimensions of Geoengineering: An Analysis of the Royal Society's 'Blob' Diagram

Kruger, Tim (2015): Dimensions of Geoengineering: An Analysis of the Royal Society's 'Blob' Diagram (CGG Working Papers, 26).

"The Royal Society’s 2009 report “Geoengineering the climate: Science, governance and uncertainty” is seen as a key reference on the subject of geoengineering and one of the diagrams which depicts a preliminary evaluation of the range of proposed techniques is one of the most remarked upon pieces of the report. For many, it presents a useful synthesis of the analysis that went into the report. For others, however, the diagram is problematic. This paper unpacks some of the diagram’s limitations."

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26.08.2015

# Media

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The Conversation: Can’t we just remove carbon dioxide from the air to fix climate change? Not yet

"If we have put too much CO2 into the air, wouldn’t it make sense to find ways to remove it again? Well, yes: it would. But sadly it isn’t likely to be easy or cheap and, according to new research, it isn’t an adequate “solution” to the problems of climate change."

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26.08.2015

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ILF Science: There’s Another Way To Combat Climate Change — But Let’s Not Call It Geoengineering

"In his new book Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery, Climate Councillor and Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (and co-author of this article), argues that these strategies will be necessary to combat climate change, but cannot substitute completely for reducing emissions."

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25.08.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 35

The news review of calendar week 35 in 2015 is now available here.


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24.08.2015

# New Publications

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CGG Briefing Note: Is there a place for geoengineering in addressing climate change? (2015)

Is there a place for geoengineering in addressing climate change? (2015) (CGG Briefing Notes, 7).

"Geoengineering should certainly not be considered a magic bullet that will make the challenges of adaptation and mitigation go away; Indeed, it is wise to always consider geoengineering in the context of mitigation and adaption; [...]"

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24.08.2015

# New Publications

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CGG Briefing Note: What should we expext from geoengineering research? (2015)

What should we expext from geoengineering research? (2015) (CGG Briefing Notes, 6).

"The general value of research on new technologies is to assess effectiveness and safety: to pare down uncertainty and reduce risks, so that we can take account of them in appropriate governance strategies and in detailed regulation for deployment. But in the case of geoengineering, the research to assess effectiveness and safety faces such technical and social uncertainties as to require governance itself, beyond the familiar institutional ethical review."

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24.08.2015

# New Publications

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Thamo, Tas; Pannell, David J. (2015): Challenges in developing effective policy for soil carbon sequestration. Perspectives on additionality, leakage, and permanence

Thamo, Tas; Pannell, David J. (2015): Challenges in developing effective policy for soil carbon sequestration. Perspectives on additionality, leakage, and permanence. In Climate Policy, pp. 1–20. DOI 10.1080/14693062.2015.1075372

"If carbon sequestration is to be a cost-effective substitute for reducing emissions then it must occur under a framework that ensures that the sequestration is additional to what would otherwise have occurred, the carbon is stored permanently, and any leakage is properly accounted for. We discuss significant challenges in meeting these requirements, including some not previously recognized. Although we focus on sequestration in soil, many of the issues covered are applicable to all types of sequestration."

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24.08.2015

# Media

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Crunch Network: Controversial Climate-Change Solution May Be In The Clouds

"In a move that has some environmentalists up in arms, a group of retired Silicon Valley engineers and scientists are proposing a new approach to fighting climate change. They want to brighten clouds. It’s one of the many solutions being proposed in the controversial industry of geoengineering."

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24.08.2015

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De Wereld Morgen Blog: A Webinar On Geo-Engineering (Dutch)

A Dutch blog article on the webinar "Approaches to Climate Intervention".

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24.08.2015

# Projects

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Business Green: CO2 Stored database to be offered free to carbon capture developers

(No further description. Unfree content.)

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