17.05.2018

# Calls & events

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Call for Papers: Ingilaw Symposium Geoengineering: New environmental paradigm, new legal paradigm?

Deadline: 30. May 2018

"As well as positive law, the aim of the symposium is to explore the new challenges and directions of environmental law facing with geoengineering, enhanced by an interdisciplinary approach centred around the human and social sciences."

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17.05.2018

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Parker, Andrew; et al. (2018): Stopping Solar Geoengineering Through Technical Means. A Preliminary Assessment of Counter-Geoengineering

Parker, Andrew; Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2018): Stopping Solar Geoengineering Through Technical Means. A Preliminary Assessment of Counter-Geoengineering. In Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1029/2018EF000864.

"Counter‐geoengineering is the idea that a country might seek or threaten to counteract the cooling effect of solar geoengineering through technical means. Although this concept has been mentioned with increasing frequency in commentary on geoengineering, it has received little scholarly attention. We offer a preliminary analysis. We begin by distinguishing two kinds of counter‐geoengineering: countervailing with a warming agent, and neutralising with a physical disruption."

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16.05.2018

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Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance

Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance. In International Studies Review 39 (1), p. 1. DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy022.

"This article asks: how can rationales underlying governance demand for climate engineering technologies inform strategies for governance design? It posits that demand rationales can be coupled with broad insights from theories of global governance to initiate governance proposals and discussions surrounding these emerging technologies. It proposes a preliminary framework that considers how the constellation of functional, strategic, and normative demand rationales for climate engineering technologies can inform the appropriate control mechanisms and degree of polycentricity in governance design."

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16.05.2018

# Media

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Pew Research Center: Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient

Including a poll on CE. "Pockets of partisan agreement over renewables despite wide divides over increasing fossil fuels and effects of climate change"

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14.05.2018

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Newsletter of Week 20 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 20 in 2018 is now available here.


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14.05.2018

# New Publications

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Plazzotta, Maxime; et al. (2018): Land surface cooling induced by sulfate geoengineering constrained by major volcanic eruptions

Plazzotta, Maxime; Séférian, Roland; Douville, Hervé; Kravitz, Ben; Tjiputra, Jerry (2018): Land surface cooling induced by sulfate geoengineering constrained by major volcanic eruptions. In Geophys. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1029/2018GL077583.

"Solar radiation management by stratospheric aerosol injection (SRM‐SAI) has been proposed as a possible method to counteract anthropogenic global warming, with climate models suggesting it could reduce substantially global temperature and associated impacts. Its effectiveness as simulated by Earth system models (ESMs) exhibits however large uncertainties, implying high risks for natural and human ecosystems. Here we identify an emergent relationship linking the long‐term global land surface cooling due to SRM‐SAI and the short‐term cooling following the 20th century major volcanic eruptions across an ESMs ensemble."

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14.05.2018

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Nexus Media: Burning Our Way to a Cleaner Planet

On BECCS. "A novel and unproven plan to fight climate change and feed humanity."

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14.05.2018

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Jones, Natalie (2018): Safeguarding Against Environmental Injustice. 1.5°C Scenarios, Negative Emissions, and Unintended Consequences

Jones, Natalie (2018): Safeguarding Against Environmental Injustice. 1.5°C Scenarios, Negative Emissions, and Unintended Consequences. In Carbon & Climate Law Review 12 (1), pp. 23–30. DOI: 10.21552/cclr/2018/1/6.

"Scenarios for limiting warming below 1.5°C require both drastic emissions reductions measures and the large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies. Both of these measures carry the potential for major unintended consequences, particularly as we do not yet understand the full implications of negative emissions technologies. Historically, the unintended consequences of climate mitigation efforts have disproportionately been borne by already marginalised communities, and hence there is a potential for the unintended consequences of measures taken to limit warming below 1.5°C to result in environmental injustice. This article argues that environmental and climate justice concerns need to be accounted for in the design of policy measures for keeping warming below 1.5°C, and outlines policy guidance for safeguarding against unintended consequences."

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14.05.2018

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The Conversation: Could resurrecting mammoths help stop Arctic emissions?

"But a group of geneticists from Harvard are hoping to change this by cloning living elephant cells that contain a small component of synthesised mammoth DNA. They claim that reintroducing such mammoth-like creatures to Arctic tundra environments could help stop the release of greenhouse gases from the ground and reduce future emissions as temperatures rise due to climate change. While this might sound like a far-fetched idea, scientists have actually been experimenting with something similar for over 20 years."

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14.05.2018

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Die Zeit: Let's alter the planet! (German)

German weekly newspaper article on CE in China.

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