23.10.2017

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Irish Examiner: Climate engineering is a risky gamble to fix planet’s problems

"Reducing carbon emissions is the only solution we know will work, while there are already safer and proven ways to pull CO2 from the atmosphere, writes Barbara Unmüßig."

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09.10.2017

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BUND: Civil society statement on CE (German)

Statement by BUND and Heinrich Böll Stifung on CE regarding CEC17 conference. (German)

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18.04.2017

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Greentumble: Are Geoengineering Methods Safe for Our Planet?

"As interesting as these technologies appear to be, it is worth noting that some types of carbon dioxide removal are already taking place in terms of halting deforestation or restoring peatlands. However, the scale at which these efforts would have to be taken to have a substantive effect on climate change is unprecedented. Moreover, the effects of technologies such as solar radiation management are almost entirely unknown. And while the challenge of climate change creates a moral imperative to leave no stone unturned, it is widely understood that these technologies are not a silver bullet, but rather a powerful supplement to eradicating carbon emissions."

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12.03.2017

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Pass Blue: Raising the Climate Change Battle to Geoengineer the Earth

Interviews also with NGOs. "“So here the question comes around in a different way,” he said. “Can we design a system that will be good for everybody; or, if it is not good for everybody, what can we do about that? These are the kind of governance challenges that our initiative is going to try to address.”"

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04.01.2017

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Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern

Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000464.

"This paper explores the humanitarian dimensions of geoengineering, specifically relating to solar radiation management (SRM). Drawing from the engagement of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in SRM discussions, we discuss how to improve linkages between science, policy and humanitarian practice. We further propose the creation of a geoengineering risk management framework to ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable are considered and addressed - including the voices of all stakeholders."

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20.08.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor: Resistance to Geoengineering: A Timeline

"Civil society has been questioning and opposing geoengineering for almost 20 years. What began as a reaction to technocratic hubris rapidly evolved into worldwide protests against attempts to initiate ocean fertilization and a consensus of civil society and Global South opposition at the 2010 People’s Summit in Cochabamba."

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23.04.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor: If mankind is forced to take drastic action to stop global violence or warming, things are gonna get ugly

"It’s hard to see how to feel good about a future in which we’re forced to fundamentally alter the planet to save it from burning and drowning – but warning about that nightmare scenario might be what it takes to kick the world’s leaders into high gear."

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20.04.2016

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Nonprofit Chronicals:

Article on the report Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. "Between 2008 and 2014, foundations donated an average of less than $1 million a year to projects or programs dedicated to carbon removal, according to Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality, an excellent new report from the Center for Carbon Removal. That’s less than 0.5 percent of their annual climate-change giving. To put that in context, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the largest climate-change grant-maker, spent more than $663 million on climate programs between 2008 and 2014."

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01.02.2016

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Fern: What does the Paris climate agreement mean for forests and forest peoples’ rights?

"However, the long-term goal, and indeed much of the Paris Agreement, could also open the door to a form of geoengineering, known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR), if large-scale monoculture plantations or bioenergy crops with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) were used to remove significant volumes of carbon from the atmosphere."

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29.11.2015

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The Center for Carbon Removal: NGO Spotlight: Bellona

"Bellona has been a leader in the Bio-CCS field for many years -- what follows is a recap of an email exchange with Bellona Bio-CCS expert Marika Andersen to share more about their work and their views of the importance of Bio-CCS in meeting climate goals."

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