December 2017

11.12.2017

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Newsletter of Week 50 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 50 in 2017 is now available here.


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11.12.2017

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Geoengineering Monitor: Failure of Kemper County “clean coal” plant casts more doubts on BECCS

"The project’s failure should cast serious doubts on the prospects of both “clean coal” as well as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) – the current star child of techno-fix solutions to climate change."

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11.12.2017

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Sonnenwind & Wärme: Geoengineering: When climate denial does not work (German)

German article about the emerging CE debate.

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Hulme, Mike (2017): Calculating the Incalculable. Is SAI the Lesser of Two Evils?

Hulme, Mike (2017): Calculating the Incalculable. Is SAI the Lesser of Two Evils? In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 507–512. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000491.

"Christopher J. Preston's use of the doctrine of double effect to claim that hypothetical climate engineers might very well be less culpable for climate harms than those who continue to emit greenhouse gases is unpersuasive. His argument rests shakily on the ability to determine and quantify climate harms and to distinguish forensically between their causes. He is also largely silent about the distributional effects of these harms and their ethical and political ramifications."

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Jinnah, Sikina; Bushey, Douglas (2017): Bringing Politics into SAI

Jinnah, Sikina; Bushey, Douglas (2017): Bringing Politics into SAI. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 501–506. DOI: 10.1017/S089267941700048X.

"In order to advance a neatly deductive argument, Christopher J. Preston must make a number of assumptions and framing decisions that exclude important practical points from the scope of his analysis. We do not criticize him for doing so, as these simplifications allow him to advance a concise argument about an ethically complex subject. However, as scholars of politics and law, we are interested in what this ethical argument means—and does not mean—for the messy politics of climate engineering."

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions

Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 495–499. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000478.

"In his article “Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms,” Christopher J. Preston compares the culpability of carbon emitters versus that of geoengineers deploying stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). This comparison relies on a parallel between carbon emitters and SAI deployers that requires both to be agents. However, both are not."

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Preston, Christopher J. (2017): Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms

Preston, Christopher J. (2017): Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 479–493. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000466.

"Due to the importance of intention in assigning culpability for harms, one might expect that the moral responsibility for any harms created during an attempt to reconstruct the global climate using stratospheric aerosols would be considerable. This article investigates such an expectation by making a comparison between the culpability for any unintended harms resulting from stratospheric aerosol injection and culpability for the unintended harms already taking place due to carbon emissions."

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Pasztor, Janos (2017): The Need for Governance of Climate Geoengineering

Pasztor, Janos (2017): The Need for Governance of Climate Geoengineering. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 419–430. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000405.

"The Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative is a major new effort to catalyze this conversation, bringing together players from a wide range of social, geographical, and professional backgrounds. It argues that policymakers need to take an ethical risk management approach, informed by continued research. How should transborder and transgenerational ethical issues be addressed? How will governance frameworks withstand geopolitical change? "

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11.12.2017

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van Vuuren, Detlef P.; et al. (2017): Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed

van Vuuren, Detlef P.; Hof, Andries F.; van Sluisveld, Mariësse A. E.; Riahi, Keywan (2017): Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed. In Nat. Energy 2 (12), pp. 902–904. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-017-0055-2.

"Although nearly all 2 °C scenarios use negative CO2 emission technologies, only relatively small investments are being made in them, and concerns are being raised regarding their large-scale use. If no explicit policy decisions are taken soon, however, their use will simply be forced on us to meet the Paris climate targets."

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11.12.2017

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Wired: The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

"In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find."

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