18.06.2017

# New Publications

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Zelli, Fariborz; et al. (2017): Institutional complexity and private authority in global climate governance. The cases of climate engineering, REDD+ and short-lived climate pollutants

Zelli, Fariborz; Möller, Ina; van Asselt, Harro (2017): Institutional complexity and private authority in global climate governance. The cases of climate engineering, REDD+ and short-lived climate pollutants. In: Environmental Politics 26 (4), S. 669–693. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1319020 

"How and why do institutional architectures, and the roles of private institutions therein, differ across separate areas of climate governance? Here, institutional complexity is explained in terms of the problem-structural characteristics of an issue area and the associated demand for, and supply of, private authority. These characteristics can help explain the degree of centrality of intergovernmental institutions, as well as the distribution of governance functions between these and private governance institutions. This framework is applied to three emerging areas of climate governance: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), and climate engineering."

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07.06.2017

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Russ George Blog: First ever major UN Oceans Conference is underway though it is about oceans in spin only

"The key goal of the ocean conference blatantly leaves out vital ocean restoration.Someone must speak for the oceans that need our help to restore them to historic health and abundance."

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07.06.2017

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Experts Past Present Future: Climate Engineering: Recasting Expertise?

"“Climate engineering” is a discursive figure more than a technical term. There is no accepted definition of what exactly counts as climate engineering. Its purpose, however, is thought to be clear: Reducing some of the impacts of climate change. Proposals are commonly grouped into two categories. First, reflecting sunlight away from Earth, for example through the injection of reflective particles into the stratosphere; and second, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, for example through the coupling of bioenergy generation with carbon capture and storage. Some proposals date back to the 1960s, but attention has been rising considerably since the mid-2000s."

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07.06.2017

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Brink: Time for a Global Discussion on Climate Geoengineering

By Janos Pasztor. "Imagine a scenario where, after insufficient action by world governments, global temperatures have continued to rise; impacts of climate change have become substantial and frequent; and the world heads to a warming of 3-4 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. As a result, a handful of small countries, or a group of large coastal cities whose survival is threatened with sea level rise, in alliance with a billionaire philanthropist, decide unilaterally to save the world by spraying chemicals into the stratosphere to begin cooling the Earth."

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26.05.2017

# New Publications

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Ying, Chen; Yuan, Xin (2017): Implications of geoengineering under the 1.5 °c target. Analysis and policy suggestions

Ying, Chen; Yuan, Xin (2017): Implications of geoengineering under the 1.5 °c target. Analysis and policy suggestions. In: Advances in Climate Change Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.accre.2017.05.003

"In this context, geoengineering is gaining interest in the international arena. The Paris Agreement includes afforestation, carbon capture, utilization and storage, and negative emission technologies such as bio-energy with carbon capture and store. All of these techniques are CO2 removal technologies that belong to geoengineering. Solar radiation management, which is highly controversial, has also attracted increased attention in recent years."

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20.05.2017

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American Branch: The Logic and Controversies of Geoengineering

"In this podcast hosted by Professor Myanna Dellinger, Dr. Stefan Schäfer presents his view on the pros and cons of the ever-controversial, but, in his view, also promising aspects of climate geoengineering."

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15.05.2017

# Projects

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Project: Climate Engineering Governance (UCLA)

"The Emmett Institute announces a new project to study the governance of climate engineering (CE) technologies. The three-year project, funded by a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, will be directed by Professor Edward A. (Ted) Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law and Emmett Institute faculty co-director."

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25.04.2017

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Business Standard: Time for geoengineering governance?

"The global mean surface temperature is now 1.1 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels"

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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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10.04.2017

# New Publications

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Bala, Govindasamy (2017): Why is a solution to climate change, environmental degradation and the sustainability crisis eluding us?

Bala, Govindasamy (2017): Why is a solution to climate change, environmental degradation and the sustainability crisis eluding us? In Current Science 112 (7), pp. 1307–1308.

"Can S&T solutionssolve environmental degradation? [...] The take-home message is that the problems of climate change, sustainability and environmental degradation do not have solution in natural sciences alone.
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