22.12.2014

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Environmental Research Web: Volcanoes alter rainfall more than models predict

Response to Iles, Carley E.; Hegerl, Gabriele C. (2014). "Designers of geoengineering schemes should be aware that climate models underestimate changes in precipitation after volcanic eruptions, according to researchers in the UK."

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22.12.2014

# New Publications

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Iles, Carley E.; Hegerl, Gabriele C. (2014): The global precipitation response to volcanic eruptions in the CMIP5 models

Iles, Carley E.; Hegerl, Gabriele C. (2014): The global precipitation response to volcanic eruptions in the CMIP5 models. In Environ. Res. Lett. 9 (10), p. 104012–104012. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/9/10/104012.

"We examine the precipitation response to volcanic eruptions in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) historical simulations compared to three observational datasets, including one with ocean coverage."

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22.12.2014

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WGC Blog: New study assesses potential challenges to BECCS deployment

Comment on Fuss, Sabine; et al. (2014). "BECCS, which combines bio-energy production (biomass fuel-power stations, pulp mills and bio-fuel plants) with carbon capture and storage technology, has the potential to generate “negative emissions” that could help society avoid exceeding critical thresholds in this century and beyond."

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22.12.2014

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Fuss, Sabine; et al. (2014): Betting on negative emissions

Fuss, Sabine; Canadell, Josep G.; Peters, Glen P.; Tavoni, Massimo; Andrew, Robbie M.; Ciais, Philippe et al. (2014): Betting on negative emissions. In Nature Climate change 4 (10), pp. 850–853. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2392.

"Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage could be used to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, its credibility as a climate change mitigation option is unproven and its widespread deployment in climate stabilization scenarios might become a dangerous distraction."

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21.12.2014

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Huttunen, S.; et al. (2014): Emerging policy perspectives on geoengineering: An international comparison

Huttunen, S.; Skyten, E.; Hilden, M. (2014): Emerging policy perspectives on geoengineering: An international comparison. In The Anthropocene Review. DOI 10.1177/2053019614557958.

"In this paper we examine a wide variety of policy documents from different countries, international organizations and NGOs to gain insights into how geoengineering is perceived at the policy level."

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21.12.2014

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Everything and the Carbon Sink Blog: The flawed appeal of unilateral Direct Air Capture programs to prevent climate change

"Bottom line: the idea of massive “artificial forests” may be an intellectually appealing way of preventing climate change, but the reality of the situation is that a broad portfolio of CDR and other GHG mitigation approaches developed through international collaboration still looks more promising — even with the disappointing failures of this approach to date."

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21.12.2014

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Practical Ethics Blog: Prometheus and the Drive to Mastery

"Writers who express caution about the over-enthusiastic embrace of new technologies, such as Michael Sandel, who worries about human enhancement and genetic engineering, and Clive Hamilton, who worries about geoengineering, sometimes warn us about the ‘Promethean attitude’, or ‘the Promethean urge’."

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19.12.2014

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BBC News: Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’

"Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests."

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19.12.2014

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The Modern Prometheus Blog: Geoengineering: The Series [Introduction]

"Still, some scientists believe that the rewards outweigh the risks, and that stratospheric aerosols could be an inexpensive and highly-effective way of lowering the thermostat. [...] That logic doesn’t work for me, and I’ll tell you why. But not today."

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19.12.2014

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SciTech: Cornell Scientists Suck It All Up

Media response to Qi, Genggeng; et al. (2014). "Scientists from Cornell have devised a highly-effective absorbing “sponge” that sucks in carbon dioxide. The innovation is slated to help combat growing emissions and is low in toxicity."

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