April 2017

26.04.2017

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Nature News: March for Science, climate engineering and China's space station

"Geoengineering The United Kingdom unveiled an £8.6-million (US$11 million) programme of research into geoengineering — the science of altering the planet’s systems to counter global warming — on 20 April. The Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme will fund around 100 researchers working on projects that range from combining tree planting with farming in agroforestry schemes to using weathering of mining slag to absorb carbon dioxide from the air. The government-funded scheme could eventually help Britain to meet its commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to try to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels."

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25.04.2017

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Adelman, Sam (2017): Geoengineering. Rights, risks and ethics

Adelman, Sam (2017): Geoengineering. Rights, risks and ethics. In JHRE 8 (1), pp. 119–138. DOI: 10.4337/jhre.2017.01.06.

"This article discusses arguments that manipulating the Earth's climate may provoke unforeseen, unintended and uncontrollable consequences that threaten human rights. The risks arise from both main types of geoengineering: solar radiation management (SRM) techniques and carbon dioxide removal (CDR). SRM creates particular risks because it is difficult to test on a wide scale and may not be capable of being recalled after deployment. Adequate, enforceable governance structures do not currently exist to assess and regulate the risks of climate engineering, not least whether such technologies can be terminated in the absence of significant emissions reductions."

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25.04.2017

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Business Standard: Time for geoengineering governance?

"The global mean surface temperature is now 1.1 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels"

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25.04.2017

# Calls & events

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Job: Communications Director, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Deadline: 1. May 2017

"Reporting to, and under the supervision and guidance of the C2G2 Executive Director, and working closely with the Senior Strategy Director and Senior Programme Director, the incumbent will be responsible for creating, implementing and monitoring of an overall communications strategy for C2G2 directed toward intergovernmental organizations, governments, civil society, and non-state actors as well as the media and public audiences. The incumbent will work in a virtual team located in different areas of the world. She/he will also work closely with C2G2 partner organizations to ensure communications are well aligned and politically astute."

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25.04.2017

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MIT Technology Review: Rules for Geoengineering the Planet

By Janos Pasztor "We have to at least consider geoengineering. And that’s where the problems start."

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24.04.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 17 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 17 in 2017 is now available here.


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24.04.2017

# New Publications

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Visschers, Vivianne; Shi, Jing; et al. (2017): Beliefs and values explain international differences in perception of solar radiation management: insights from a cross-country survey

Visschers, Vivianne; Shi, Jing; et al. (2017): Beliefs and values explain international differences in perception of solar radiation management: insights from a cross-country survey. In Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-1970-8

"We conducted an online survey on the general public’s perception and acceptance of SRM in Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. Our findings confirmed the need for an international perspective, as we found several cross-country differences. Chinese respondents, for example, indicated greater acceptance for SRM than their North American and European counterparts."

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24.04.2017

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Walsh, Brian; Ciais, Philippe; et al. (2017): Pathways for balancing CO2 emissions and sinks. In Nature Communications

Walsh, Brian; Ciais, Philippe; et al. (2017): Pathways for balancing CO2 emissions and sinks. In Nature Communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms14856

"We find that, barring unforeseen and transformative technological advancement, anthropogenic emissions need to peak within the next 10 years, to maintain realistic pathways to meeting the COP21 emissions and warming targets. Fossil fuel consumption will probably need to be reduced below a quarter of primary energy supply by 2100 and the allowable consumption rate drops even further if negative emissions technologies remain technologically or economically unfeasible at the global scale."

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24.04.2017

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the guardian: Can slag heaps help save the planet?

"British scientists are exploring ways to use the steel industry’s waste to capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere"

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24.04.2017

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Climate Central: A Cooler Future May Hinge on Removing CO2 From the Air

"Climate pollution equal to about 27 times humans’ 2015 carbon dioxide emissions may have to be removed from the atmosphere and locked underground forever in order to keep the globe from warming beyond 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels, according to a new study. The research, led by scientists at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, or IIASA, in Austria, adds to the mounting evidence that countries will have to physically remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from exceeding dangerous levels."

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