29.04.2017

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NBC News: Can Hacking the Planet Stop Runaway Climate Change?

""Geoengineering" is the catch-all term for attempts to alter Earth's climate in order to mitigate the effects of global warming. And, not surprisingly, it's been controversial from the start. Critics have derided it as "playing God" with the environment, and the potential risks are almost too many to tally — even its proponents stress that the consequences of large-scale climate intervention are impossible to foresee. But as the signs of global warming multiply, geoengineering is beginning to seem like a plausible solution — or at least part of a solution — to today's climate woes. "

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28.04.2017

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East Bay Times: Valley Stars: Retired Livermore Lab scientist named Woman of Year

"The California Science Center Foundation group The MUSES has named Dr. Jane C. Long, a former associate director for energy and environment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, its 2017 Woman of the Year."

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28.04.2017

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Economist: The thawing Arctic threatens an environmental catastrophe

"One possibility for cooling the pole is geoengineering, the deliberate modification of the climate to reduce warming. Pumping sulphate aerosols into the Arctic stratosphere from high-flying aircraft could be one way to blot out a bit of the sun. Such an approach would cool Arctic summers but have little effect in winter because there would be no sunlight to reflect. Injecting salt crystals into clouds over the Arctic ocean, to enhance their reflectivity, might also encourage some cooling, though the helpfulness of this type of intervention is highly speculative."

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28.04.2017

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Gizmodo: Why the Scariest Response to Climate Change Is Finally Being Taken Seriously

"We’re not doing such a great job solving the whole climate change problem, which is why some experts think it’s time to study more radical tactics. The notion of geoengineering—hacking the climate to cool the planet—is controversial, awe-inspiring, and to many, terrifying. And yet, despite their own grave concerns with the idea, a group of researchers believes the time has come to explore whether planet-hacking might really work."

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27.04.2017

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University of Santa Cruz: Sikina Jinnah named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

"Jinnah is one of 35 winners selected from a field of nearly 200 nominees who were put forward by their home institutions. Jinnah's project was submitted by Chancellor George Blumenthal, who described Jinnah as "arguably one of the most qualified scholars to take on a study of the contentious topic of international regulation of climate geo-engineering.""

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27.04.2017

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Globe and Mail: Al Gore shuns Band-Aid solutions to climate change at TED in Vancouver

"Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is warning against massive geoengineering experiments that attempt to reverse climate change, arguing instead that the focus must remain on cutting emissions that are warming the planet. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Mr. Gore told the TED Conference in Vancouver, after he was invited on stage to weigh in on a debate about geoengineering."

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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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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

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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

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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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