March 2017

31.03.2017

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Call for Public Comments: Draft Code of Conduct for Scientific Research involving Geoengineering

30. April 2017

"This project builds upon a Draft Code of Conduct for Responsible Scientific Research involving Geoengineering that was prepared by legal scholars Anna-Maria Hubert and David Reichwein, which aims to establish guidelines for the responsible conduct of scientific research involving geoengineering. Published as a working paper in 2015, the Code of Conduct, together with accompanying commentaries, was developed to help equip decision-makers with the necessary knowledge to navigate these challenges. A link to the executive summary of the Code is here. [...] Analysis by legal experts and the comments and suggestions made via this website will be used to help refine the Code of Conduct. The purpose of this open consultation is not to generate votes for what is in and what out of the Code, but rather to ensure that all the relevant issues and arguments are reflected in the body of the text. The ultimate aim of the project is to deliver a robust text that States and other actors can draw upon to develop regulations and governance frameworks for geoengineering research."

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31.03.2017

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AudioBoom: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future by David Grinspoon

"In flavorful prose, [Grinspoon] dives deep into the history of life on Earth (and beyond) and muses on ways that geoengineering, interplanetary colonization or contact with galactic civilizations could define this human-dominated epoch just as much as climate change, overpopulation and resource scarcity...What comes next? This hybrid of a meditative memoir, a scientific primer and a call to arms presents possible answers."

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31.03.2017

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BBC: Do We Need A Plan B For Climate Change?

"At a recent press conference on the new US budget questions were asked about funding for climate change initiatives. The answer was stark. “We’re not spending money on that anymore,” reporters were told"

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31.03.2017

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NRP: Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump

"Today, if officials offered money for a big research program on climate engineering, "I would say, 'No, thank you,' " Ted Parson, who specializes in environmental law at UCLA, told NPR."

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31.03.2017

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New Scientist: Geoengineering the sky is scary but we need to test it now

"The world's biggest trial of cooling the planet by altering the atmosphere is being launched. It is crucial that it goes ahead, says Jamais Cascio"

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29.03.2017

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Project: Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

Project " Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration" funded by US NAS.

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29.03.2017

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the guardian: Fear of solar geoengineering is healthy – but don't distort our research

"Fear of solar geoengineering is entirely healthy. Its mere prospect might be hyped by fossil fuel interests to thwart emissions cuts. It could be used by one or a few nations in a way that’s harmful to many. There might be some yet undiscovered risk making the technology much less effective in reality than the largely positive story told by computer models."

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28.03.2017

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Newsletter of Week 13 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 13 in 2017 is now available here.


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27.03.2017

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Pacific Standard: Will geoengineering save the world — or destroy it?

"To combat climate change, some geoengineering technologies can capture carbon emissions and store them in the ocean or underground. Other technologies could disperse sulfuric acid or aerosol particles into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight and cool the planet. Climate engineering has not yet been tested outside the laboratory or field research."

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27.03.2017

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McGill International Review: Geo-engineering and Our Uncertain Future

"It is probable that, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming, humanity will deliberately engage in a large-scale manipulation of environmental processes that affect the Earth’s climate. This could well be one of the most consequential events in human history. We can predict with reasonable confidence that some “geo-engineering” scheme to extensively modify environment systems or control climate will be implemented in the coming decades. There are two main reasons for this."

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