16.04.2018

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Ecologist: I'm skeptical of the synthetic age, says ecology philosopher Christopher Preston

"Christopher Preston, the environmental philosopher, has observed how human beings have transformed every aspect of the environment, leading to a new era in natural history. His book The Synthetic Age suggests we human beings make conscious decisions about how we influence this impending future."

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16.03.2018

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Thiele, Leslie Paul (2018): Geoengineering and sustainability

Thiele, Leslie Paul (2018): Geoengineering and sustainability. In Environmental Politics 2 (1), pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1449602.

"Geoengineering is regarded by advocates as a creative and responsible technological option in the face of a climate emergency. Critics often see it as a hubristic attempt to play God, with disastrous consequences for the planet and humanity. These antipodal perspectives are represented by the ideal types of Prometheans and Gaians. Prometheans and Gaians typically talk past each other. The geoengineering debate can be made more fruitful by well articulating their respective positions and subsequently situating them in the discourse of sustainability."

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23.02.2018

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The Plastocene Blog: Philosopher Meets Meteorologist to Talk About Climate Engineering

"In a recent article for Grist, meteorologist Eric Holthaus claims that we are already locked into a devil’s bargain on climate change. The bargain asks us to weigh a trade-off between two things that pollution in the atmosphere does for us. On the one hand, it causes serious health and respiratory problems that kill over 6 million people per year. On the other, it has the side-effect of keeping global temperatures down by reflecting a small portion of the incoming solar heat back out into space."

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13.12.2017

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Katz, Corey (2017): Rerview of Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering

Katz, Corey (2017): Toby Svoboda: The Ethics of Climate Engineering. Solar Radiation Management and Non-Ideal Justice. In Notre Dame Philosphical Reviews, 12/10/2017.

"Toby Svoboda navigates these worries and makes the case that, in certain situations, it would be ethically justifiable to deploy SRM technology. He argues that we should think about climate policy in terms of "nonideal justice." This is because the past thirty years have shown that climate action by developed countries that meets broadly agreed-upon ideals of distributive fairness faces serious feasibility constraints.
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11.12.2017

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Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions

Lawford-Smith, Holly (2017): The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 495–499. DOI: 10.1017/S0892679417000478.

"In his article “Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms,” Christopher J. Preston compares the culpability of carbon emitters versus that of geoengineers deploying stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). This comparison relies on a parallel between carbon emitters and SAI deployers that requires both to be agents. However, both are not."

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22.11.2017

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The Mirror: The earth in human hands

"The thing is, we’re already geo-engineering the Earth, but we’re just not conscious of it. So says David Grinspoon in his new book, Earth in Human Hands. "

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24.08.2017

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Environmental Guru: Why Procedural Justice Matters for Climate Engineering

"It is fairly obvious that substantive justice matters for climate engineering policies. This is true of both solar radiation management and greenhouse gas removal varieties, because either could affect the distribution of burdens and benefits among persons. Because of this, we could evaluate whether some such policy is likely to secure the distribution required by substantive justice (whatever that might be). The result of this evaluation might give us ethical reasons to oppose or support the policy in question."

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11.05.2017

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Muraca, Barbara; Neuber, Frederike (2017): Viable and convivial technologies. Considerations on Climate Engineering from a degrowth perspective

Muraca, Barbara; Neuber, Frederike (2017): Viable and convivial technologies. Considerations on Climate Engineering from a degrowth perspective. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.159

"This paper articulates a critical analysis of Climate Engineering technologies from a point of view situated within the degrowth discourse. In the first part two approaches discussed within the degrowth debate are presented: the concept of viability based on a biophysical perspective and the concept of conviviality based on a socio-cultural approach. In a second step formalized arguments from the point of view of applied ethics are articulated and applied to three Climate Engineering Technologies: Sulfate Aerosol Injection, Bio-energy with Carbon Capture and Storage, and Afforestation. In a third step, an extended version of the trade-off argument about mitigation versus Climate Engineering solution is discussed from a degrowth perspective: accordingly, within the current dominant growth paradigm, climate engineering technologies might lead to reduced mitigation efforts."

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10.04.2017

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Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering

Lawford-Smith, H.; Currie, A. (2017): Accelerating the carbon cycle: the ethics of enhanced weathering. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0859

"We argue that ethical concerns have a place alongside empirical, political and social factors as we consider how to best respond to the critical challenge that anthropogenic climate change poses. We review these concerns, considering the ethical issues that arise (or would arise) in the large-scale deployment of enhanced weathering. We discuss post-implementation scenarios, failures of collective action, the distribution of risk and externalities and redress for damage."

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01.04.2017

# New Publications

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Heyward, Clare; et al. (2017): Early Geoengineering Governance. The Oxford Principles

Heyward, Clare; Rayner, Steve; Savulescu, Julian (2017): Early Geoengineering Governance. The Oxford Principles. In David M. Kaplan (Ed.): Philosophy, technology, and the environment. Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: The MIT Press, pp. 103–120.

About the volume: "In this book, prominent scholars from both fields illuminate the intersections of environmental philosophy and philosophy of technology, offering the beginnings of a rich new hybrid discourse. All the contributors share the intuition that technology and the environment overlap in ways that are relevant in both philosophical and practical terms. They consider such issues as the limits of technological interventions in the natural world, whether a concern for the environment can be designed into things, how consumerism relates us to artifacts and environments, and how food and animal agriculture raise questions about both culture and nature."

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