27.04.2017

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Globe and Mail: Al Gore shuns Band-Aid solutions to climate change at TED in Vancouver

"Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore is warning against massive geoengineering experiments that attempt to reverse climate change, arguing instead that the focus must remain on cutting emissions that are warming the planet. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Mr. Gore told the TED Conference in Vancouver, after he was invited on stage to weigh in on a debate about geoengineering."

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25.04.2017

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MIT Technology Review: Rules for Geoengineering the Planet

By Janos Pasztor "We have to at least consider geoengineering. And that’s where the problems start."

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18.04.2017

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MIT Technology Review: The Growing Case for Geoengineering

"As climate change accelerates, a handful of scientists are eager to move ahead with experiments testing ways to counteract warming artificially. Their reasoning: we just might get desperate enough to use this technology one day."

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12.04.2017

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Fuentes-George, Kemi (2017): Consensus, Certainty, and Catastrophe. Discourse, Governance, and Ocean Iron Fertilization

Fuentes-George, Kemi (2017): Consensus, Certainty, and Catastrophe. Discourse, Governance, and Ocean Iron Fertilization. In Global Environmental Politics 10 (2), pp. 125–143. DOI: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00404

"Crucial to their efforts was their interpretation of uncertainty: for opponents, scientific uncertainty implied possibly devastating consequences of iron dumping, which was thus best addressed with extreme caution. This normative approach ultimately shaped governance, since advocates successfully used it to lobby institutions in ocean governance to prevent carbon credits from being issued for ocean fertilization. Since these subjective understandings of certainty influenced global ocean governance, this article explains international behavior as a consequence of changing norms."

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12.04.2017

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Vox: Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening

"Surely there’s a better, more concrete way to think about this. So, in a new paper for Science, a group of European researchers try to do just that — laying out in vivid detail what would have to happen in each of the next three decades if we want to stay well below 2°C. Fair warning: It’s unsettling."

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27.03.2017

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the guardian: Trump presidency 'opens door' to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments

"As geoengineer advocates enter Trump administration, plans advance to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere"

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24.03.2017

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Rockström, Johan; et al. (2017): A roadmap for rapid decarbonization

Rockström, Johan; Gaffney, Owen; Rogelj, Joeri; Meinshausen, Malte; Nakicenovic, Nebojsa; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim (2017): A roadmap for rapid decarbonization. In Science 355 (6331), pp. 1269–1271. DOI: 10.1126/science.aah3443.

Including negative emissions/BECCS. "Complemented by immediately instigated, scalable carbon removal and efforts to ramp down land-use CO2 emissions, this can lead to net-zero emissions around mid-century, a path necessary to limit warming to well below 2°C."

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20.03.2017

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Climate change: Trump’s dramatic move deserves dramatic response

"Another Union-Tribune op-ed by Jane C.S. Long — until recently the associate director for energy and environment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — outlines a plausible approach to taking on global warming that doesn’t require Trump’s approval. Long strongly supports conventional attempts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But she notes that even if all emissions stopped immediately, “mankind has already ‘bought’ a thousand years of climate change.”"

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17.03.2017

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Warming up to new solutions? Our world is in need of fixes

"While the world debates commitments to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (mitigation), staying below a 2 degree Celsius increase in temperature has become unlikely. There could come a time when mankind considers “geoengineering” to intentionally cool the planet and try to avoid the worst impacts of climate change." By Jane C. Long

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27.02.2017

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Gunderson, Ryan; et al. (2017): Ideological obstacles to effective climate policy. The greening of markets, technology, and growth

Gunderson, Ryan; Stuart, Diana; Petersen, Brian (2017): Ideological obstacles to effective climate policy. The greening of markets, technology, and growth. In Capital & Class 2 (7), 030981681769212. DOI: 10.1177/0309816817692127.

"In light of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, this project synthesizes and advances critiques of the possibility of a sustainable capitalism by adopting an explicit ‘negative’ theory of ideology, understood as ideas that conceal contradictions through the reification and/or legitimation of the existing social order. Prominent climate change policy frameworks – the ‘greening’ of markets (market-corrective measures), technology (alternative energy, energy efficiency, and geoengineering), and growth (the green growth strategy) – are shown to conceal one or both of the two systemic socio-ecological contradictions inherent in the current social formation."

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