24.06.2016

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MIT Tech Review: Go Inside an Industrial Plant That Sucks Carbon Dioxide Straight Out of the Air

"A pilot plant north of Vancouver is testing a process to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, hoping to prove it is economically viable."

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23.06.2016

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Human Meets Nature: An Atmosphere for Geoengineering

"Val Plumwood, the late Australian Eco-feminist philosopher, wrote that ’’the sado-dispassionate is the dominant mode of the Rational Heroes in science and capitalism. Given the Hero’s current treatment of the global environment, we have reason to suspect that the west’s sado-dispassionate cultural drama of reason and nature may unfold to a conclusion where the Hero of Reason chokes the life from his planetary partner in his final sadistic act of mastery.’’"

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23.06.2016

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the guardian: What Frankenstein means now

"But the story also found its way into public debates about test tube babies in the 1960s and 70s. The connection with my own Promethean obsession – geoengineering – begins with the volcanic eruption that cooled the earth and led to the terrible weather in 1816."

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20.06.2016

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Yale environment 360: What Would a Global Warming Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

Comments also on BECCS. "The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?"

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19.06.2016

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Berkishire Bookworld: Geoengineering, Human Hubris, and a Sustainable Future

"Jim Fleming discusses speculative technological solutions to climate change, a subject he wrote about in the 10th and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Fleming is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution."

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16.06.2016

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Bloomberg: A Climate Fix So Risky, Critics Say Don’t Even Study It

"The idea: Spray aerosols into the sky to block some sunshine. To advocates, it’s an emergency measure; to opponents, a massive gamble."

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16.06.2016

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Project Syndicate: Toward a More Reflective Planet

"Albedo modification remains uncertain and risky, owing partly to a dearth of organized research into the subject. And, in fact, albedo modification would undoubtedly make some things worse. But there is not a single climate model run that shows that a moderate intervention would make any region worse off overall."

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16.06.2016

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Bloomberg: Watch These Synthetic Leaves Suck CO2 Out of the Sky

"We’ve added more than half a billion tons of carbon to the air since the industrial revolution. This device could help clean it up."

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09.06.2016

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Energy Institute at Haas: Giving Up on Carbon Markets in Favor of a Giant Vacuum in the Sky?

"Betting the farm on direct capture makes geo-engineering a Plan B (which, you know, is the second letter of the alphabet)."

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09.06.2016

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Yale environment 360: Why CO2 'Air Capture' Could Be Key to Slowing Global Warming

"Physicist Klaus Lackner has long advocated deploying devices that extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to combat climate change. Now, as emissions keep soaring, Lackner says in a Yale Environment 360 interview that such “air capture” approaches may be our last best hope."

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