13.10.2017

# Projects

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Project: Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering

"The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment’s Academic Working Group (AWG) on International Governance of Climate Engineering is an international group of senior academics that have been assembled to formulate perspectives on the international governance of climate engineering research and potential deployment, with a focus on proposed solar radiation management/albedo modification technologies."

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11.10.2017

# Media

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ETC Group: Riding the Geostorm

"A briefing from civil society on Geoengineering Governance"

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04.10.2017

# Media

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Economic Times: UN reforms inadequate for challenges world faces: Syed Akbaruddin

""Can we, in all honesty, say that the reforms that we are contemplating will make us fit for purpose to address the challenges posed by the furious pace of technological advances in artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, geo-engineering, directed energy systems, and additive manufacturing," he asked."

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03.10.2017

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Science Trends: Governing Climate Engineering By Unpacking Underlying Assumptions

"Examining such assumptions is therefore important for debates on climate engineering research and development. Part of this work consists in theoretical and philosophical criticism, another seeks to broaden the debate by looking at how different audiences relate to the topic by studying media discourses, running focus groups with lay people, or interviewing stakeholders. The research reported here looked at scientists who advise the European Commission on research funding priorities within the domain of sustainability and climate change. These scientists’ professional lives revolve around solving the same problem climate engineering purportedly addresses, but they don’t have a direct stake in climate engineering itself."

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03.10.2017

# Political Papers

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Majkut, Joseph; et al. (2017): Geoengineering Responses to Climate Change Require Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal Impacts, and Policy Development

Majkut, Joseph; Wong, Adam; Hagemann, Ryan (2017): Geoengineering Responses to Climate Change Require Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal Impacts, and Policy Development. Niskanen Center (Public Interest Comment).

"The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) draft statement is an important step forward in recognizing the need for research into climate geoengineering, which may be deployed as a means of reducing some of the risks of human-caused climate change. Climate geoengineering is a topic wrought with controversy, and careful guidance from the scientific community can help policymakers weigh the risks of managing particular aspects of the climate system, now and in the future. The Niskanen Center concurs that this issue is likely to cause tension between policymakers, scientists, and the public, especially in light of the politicization of climate change research."

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03.10.2017

# Media

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Niskanen Center: Rightly Governing Solar Geoengineering Research

"For the first time in five years, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is updating its position statement on climate geoengineering research. The AGU’s draft statement is up for public review.  The Niskanen Center shared our developing views on the appropriate regulation and support for research with the AGU last Monday."

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22.09.2017

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The National Interest: Could Geoengineering Save the Planet from Global Warming?

"The field of climate engineering remains largely unknown, especially to policymakers and the public."

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20.09.2017

# New Publications

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Flegal, Jane A.; Gupta, Aarti (2017): Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity

Flegal, Jane A.; Gupta, Aarti (2017): Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity. In Int Environ Agreements 7 (5), p. 311. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-017-9377-6.

"This paper examines how notions of equity are being evoked by expert advocates of more research into solar geoengineering. We trace how specific understandings of equity figure centrally—although not always explicitly—in these expert visions. We find that understandings of equity in such ‘‘vanguard visions’’ are narrowly conceived as epistemic challenges, answerable by (more) scientific analysis."

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12.09.2017

# New Publications

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Talberg, Anita; et al. (2017): Geoengineering governance-by-default. An earth system governance perspective

Talberg, Anita; Christoff, Peter; Thomas, Sebastian; Karoly, David (2017): Geoengineering governance-by-default. An earth system governance perspective. In Int Environ Agreements 54 (03), p. 421. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-017-9374-9.

"This paper describes and analyses the geoengineering governance landscape that has developed in the absence of explicit geoengineering regulation. An Earth System Governance perspective provides insight into the formation of norms resulting from an overlap in international treaties and from the actions of engaged non-state agents. Specifically, the paper explores the instruments and actors having effect in existing formal and informal geoengineering governance mechanisms. It finds that geoengineering is subject to a form of ‘governance-by-default’."

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16.08.2017

# New Publications

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Parson, Edward A. (2017): Opinion. Climate policymakers and assessments must get serious about climate engineering

Parson, Edward A. (2017): Opinion. Climate policymakers and assessments must get serious about climate engineering. In PNAS 4, p. 201713456. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1713456114.

"Furthermore, the large-scale use of CE is probably essential for achieving prudent climate-change limits, including the Paris target of limiting the average global temperature rise to 1.5–2.0 °C. This conclusion appears unavoidable based on the current level of global greenhouse-gas emissions and the long time-constants of the climate system and the human energy system (e.g., the long atmospheric lifetime of carbon dioxide and the time required for large-scale deployment of new technologies). CE may also enable integrated climate-response strategies that reduce risks in ways not otherwise achievable."

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