09.06.2018

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C2G2: Vatican Seminar on the Governance of Geoengineering

"Faith communities, with their values-based approach, as well as philosophers, social scientists and lawyers, will have to enter into the debate. Imagine, in the not-distant future, that one single State started the dispersal of aerosols in the atmosphere as a means of solar radiation management. This is a terrifying idea. Who has the necessary wisdom and the necessary scientific knowledge to take such a momentous decision? Who has the right to do so? Who will decide about the “quantity” (optimal desired impact on the temperature), or bear the responsibility for unintended negative consequences?"

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09.06.2018

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Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance

Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance. In Environmental Politics 5 (1), pp. 1–22. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1452373.

"In contrast, here it is argued that de facto governance of CE is underway, discernible in an ordering of this nascent field of inquiry by unacknowledged sources of steering. One key source of de facto governance is analyzed: high-level ‘authoritative assessments’ of CE. The focus is on how these assessments are constructing CE as an object of governance through demarcating and categorizing this emerging field of inquiry, and how this contributes to normalizing and institutionalizing CE research (and CE research communities)."

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27.05.2018

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Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation. In Geo: Geography and Environment 5 (1), e00054. DOI: 10.1002/geo2.54.

"More broadly, the controversy illustrated long‐standing arguments about the desirability and feasibility of ocean fertilisation as a geoengineering response to the threat of anthropogenic climate change. Using the HSRC case, this paper reports a novel situated study of public perceptions of geoengineering that combines ethnographic engagement with Q‐methodology."

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26.05.2018

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Scientific American: World Needs to Set Rules for Geoengineering Experiments, Experts Say

"With interest in such research rising, and the risks uncertain, that conservation needs to start now"

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26.05.2018

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C2G2: Governments’ increasing interest in the governance of geoengineering

"On the 22nd of May we briefed Ambassadors and civil society organizations.  On the following day we held a more detailed workshop for their advisors. We invited leading experts from the UN system, academia and civil society to share their insights and perspectives. The full programme, as well as the supporting documents of the Briefing and of the Workshop, are available on UNEP’s website."

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16.05.2018

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Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance

Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance. In International Studies Review 39 (1), p. 1. DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy022.

"This article asks: how can rationales underlying governance demand for climate engineering technologies inform strategies for governance design? It posits that demand rationales can be coupled with broad insights from theories of global governance to initiate governance proposals and discussions surrounding these emerging technologies. It proposes a preliminary framework that considers how the constellation of functional, strategic, and normative demand rationales for climate engineering technologies can inform the appropriate control mechanisms and degree of polycentricity in governance design."

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08.05.2018

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse (2018): Governing Experimental Responses. Negative Emissions Technologies and Solar Climate Engineering

Reynolds, Jesse (2018): Governing Experimental Responses. Negative Emissions Technologies and Solar Climate Engineering. In Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt (Eds.): Governing Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 285-302.

"This chapter places the governance of climate engineering in a polycentric governance conceptual framework. Following an introduction to climate engineering proposals and their governance needs, I discuss existing climate engineering governance. The chapter then explores the extent to which climate engineering governance is polycentric, prospects for its future polycentricity and what – if anything – this implies for climate governance more generally."

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16.04.2018

# New Publications

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McLaren, Duncan P. (2018): In a broken world. Towards an ethics of repair in the Anthropocene

McLaren, Duncan P. (2018): In a broken world. Towards an ethics of repair in the Anthropocene. In The Anthropocene Review 12 (11), 205301961876721. DOI: 10.1177/2053019618767211.

"With the power to break Earth Systems comes responsibility to care for them, and arguably to repair them. Climate geoengineering is one possible approach. But repair is under-researched and underspecified in this context. In a first attempt to establish basic principles for the obligations of repair in the Anthropocene, five disciplines of repair are briefly reviewed: reconstruction of historic buildings; remediation of human bodies; restoration of ecosystems; reconfiguration of cultural materials and artifacts; and reconciliation of broken relationships. In each case ethical practices and debates are described to help identify key themes and challenges in understanding repair."

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10.04.2018

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Clean Technica: International Geoengineering Rules Are Urgently Needed, Researchers Argue

"As talk of geoengineering as a possible partial solution to anthropogenic climate change has grown over recent times, it has become an urgent need that there is a set of international rules put into place to govern such activities, some of those involved in the sector have begun arguing."

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10.04.2018

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Reuters: Rules to govern sun-dimming technology "urgently" needed - expert

"Large-scale use of sun-dimming technology could have a range of little-understood side effects, including potentially shifting Asian monsoons"

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