February 2017

26.02.2017

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FCEA Blog: What a “post-truth” media ecology means for climate engineering research

By Holly Jean Buck. "I’ve been thinking about this since I did an interview with Dane Wigington of Geoengineering Watch.  Dane is one of the most influential figures in chemtrail circles. He can also claim much broader impact. Information-seekers who type in “geoengineering” will find geoengineeringwatch.org on the front page of Google results. Ordering of search results does influence people. These results reflect two facets of our new media ecology: (1) in this media ecosystem, a small number of people can claim a large part of the discursive sphere, and (2) news is narrowcast rather than broadcast, with polarization growing from repeated exposure to similar sources."

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26.02.2017

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Panel Discussion on Geoengineering: Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) (Audio stream)

Audio stream of the event. "C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the climate--a prospect which offers great potential but also great peril. This discussion tackles geoengineering from different perspectives, including those of scientists, the Red Cross, and Greenpeace."

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21.02.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 08 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 8 in 2017 is now available here.


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19.02.2017

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Center for Carbon Removal: Debunking 3 Soil Carbon Myths

"While there has been noteworthy progress on soil policy, there is still a great deal of work to be done to support the development and implementation of soil carbon sequestration practices in a realistic, verifiable manner. Progress, however, is hindered by a number of myths about soil carbon that continue to circulate, both from advocates and skeptics. Below we debunk three common misconceptions about soil carbon and set the facts straight about the efficacy of soil carbon sequestration as a tool to fight climate change."

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19.02.2017

# New Publications

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Boettcher, Miranda; Schäfer, Stefan (2017): Reflecting upon 10 Years of Geoengineering Research. Introduction to the Crutzen + 10 Special Issue

Boettcher, Miranda; Schäfer, Stefan (2017): Reflecting upon 10 Years of Geoengineering Research. Introduction to the Crutzen + 10 Special Issue. In Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000521.

"In this introduction, we briefly outline the arguments made in Paul Crutzen's 2006 contribution and describe the key developments of the past 10 years. We then proceed to give an overview of some of the central issues in current discussions on geoengineering, and situate the contributions to this special issue within them. In particular, we contend that geoengineering research is characterized by an orientation toward speculative futures that fundamentally shapes how geoengineering is entering the collective imagination of scientists, policymakers, and publics, and a mode of knowledge production that recognizes the risks which may result from new knowledge and that struggles with its own socio-political dimensions."

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17.02.2017

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Seeker: Scientists Hatch a Plan to Refreeze the Arctic, Saying Cutting CO2 Isn't Enough

"Large-scale geoengineering interventions could cool the planet, yet the environmental costs are unclear. "

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16.02.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 07 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 7 in 2017 is now available here.


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15.02.2017

# Political Papers

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Global Priorities Project (2017): Existential Risk. Diplomacy and Governance

Global Priorities Project (2017): Existential Risk. Diplomacy and Governance.

"Geoengineering technologies like Solar Radiation Management have the potential to mitigate risks from climate change, while at the same time posing risks of their own. The current lack of international norms on acceptable research practices may well be holding back safe exploration of climate engineering options."

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14.02.2017

# New Publications

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Fuss, Sabine; et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions

Fuss, Sabine; Jones, Chris D.; Kraxner, Florian; Peters, Glen P.; Smith, P.; Tavoni, Massimo et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (11), p. 115007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/115007.

"While there are few pathways to 2 °C that do not rely on negative emissions, 1.5 °C scenarios are barely conceivable without them. Building on previous assessments of NETs, we identify some urgent research needs to provide a more complete picture for reaching ambitious climate targets, and the role that NETs can play in reaching them."

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13.02.2017

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the guardian: Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?

"Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe"

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