09.02.2017

# New Publications

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Mathias, Jean-Denis; et al. (2017): On our rapidly shrinking capacity to comply with the planetary boundaries on climate change

Mathias, Jean-Denis; Anderies, John M.; Janssen, Marco A. (2017): On our rapidly shrinking capacity to comply with the planetary boundaries on climate change. In Scientific reports 7, p. 42061. DOI: 10.1038/srep42061.

"Here, we use the DICE model to analyze the set of adaptive climate policies that comply with the two planetary boundaries related to climate change: (1) staying below a CO2 concentration of 550 ppm until 2100 and (2) returning to 350 ppm in 2100. Our results enable decision makers to assess the following milestones: (1) a minimum of 33% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2055 in order to stay below 550 ppm by 2100 (this milestone goes up to 46% in the case of delayed policies); and (2) carbon neutrality and the effective implementation of innovative geoengineering technologies (10% negative emissions) before 2060 in order to return to 350 ppm in 2100, under the assumption of getting out of the baseline scenario without delay."

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09.02.2017

# Political Papers

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Fischer, Severin (2017): Climate Policy After Paris: Inconvenient Truths

Fischer, Severin (2017): Climate Policy After Paris: Inconvenient Truths. Edited by Christian Nünlist (CSS Analyses in Security Policy, 203).

"The Paris Agreement of December 2015 fundamentally realigned the structures of international climate policy. At the same time, global targets and national measures are diverging. One direct implication is the need to consider new technology options."

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03.02.2017

# Media

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Phys.org: Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals: study

The study itself does not include NETs/BECCS systematically. "Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday. Even if solar and wind capacity continues to grow at breakneck speed, it will not be fast enough to cap under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set down in the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change."

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20.01.2017

# Media

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EconoTimes: Don't fall into the trap of restarting last decade's 'climate wars'

"In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration, many climate experts are expressing concern that his views and those of his senior appointees are at odds with mainstream climate science. They’re grimly preparing to re-enter the fray of last-decade’s “climate wars”, which saw scientific knowledge about global warming come under intense and sustained attack."

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20.01.2017

# Media

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the guardian: ‘A cat in hell’s chance’ – why we’re losing the battle to keep global warming below 2C

"A global rise in temperature of just 2C would be enough to threaten life as we know it. But leading climate scientists think even this universally agreed target will be missed. Could dramatic action help?"

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02.01.2017

# New Publications

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Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets

Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets. In: Nature Climate change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3193.

"Political upsets could stall coordinated international mitigation action, but emissions and investments over the next few years will have long-term consequences. Any delays to mitigation or cuts to renewable energy research by the US will likely render the 2 °C target unachievable if a global precedent is set. [...] The only alternative would be an overshoot in temperature and negative emissions thereafter. Research in negative emissions should therefore be a priority, but near term policy should work under the assumption that such technology would not be available at large scale and low cost soon."

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01.01.2017

# Media

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Center for Carbon Removal: 2016: Carbon removal gains traction with policymakers

"With 2016 coming to a close, it’s clear that carbon removal (or “negative emissions) solutions are starting to gain some serious traction as a critical part of climate action. Governments across the globe have begun to “dip their toes” into the uncharted waters of negative emissions. Here are three key lessons we took away from global policy action on carbon removal this year."

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19.12.2016

# New Publications

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Corry, Olaf (2016): Globalising the Arctic Climate: Geoengineering and the Emerging Global Polity

Corry, Olaf (2016): Globalising the Arctic Climate: Geoengineering and the Emerging Global Polity. In: Kathrin Keil und Sebastian Knecht (Hg.): Governing Arctic Change. Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 59–78.

"The emergence of the Arctic climate as a potential target of governance with the help of geoengineering techniques provides a case in point."

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19.12.2016

# New Publications

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Isla, Ana; von Werlhof Claudia (2017): Mother Earth Under Threat. Ecofeminism, the Land Question, and Bioengineering

Isla, Ana; von Werlhof Claudia (2017): Mother Earth Under Threat. Ecofeminism, the Land Question, and Bioengineering. Inanna Pubns & Education Inc.

"The volume re-examines existing analyses from this new and much broader point of view in theory and reality, and points to the need for a new concept of nature and the earth as a living being, a cosmic being, so that it is the life of the earth herself that today must be protected."

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19.12.2016

# Media

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ETC Group: UN Convention still says “No” to manipulating the climate

"The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which gathered at its 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13) in Mexico from December 4-17, decided to reaffirm its landmark moratorium on climate-related geoengineering that it first agreed to in 2010."

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