05.12.2016

# New Publications

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Heyen, Daniel (2016): Strategic Conflicts on the Horizon. R&D Incentives for Environmental Technologies

Heyen, Daniel (2016): Strategic Conflicts on the Horizon. R&D Incentives for Environmental Technologies. In Clim. Change Econ. 07 (04), p. 1650013–1650013. DOI 10.1142/S2010007816500135.

"This paper focuses on a specific mechanism for strategic distortions in this R&D game. In this mechanism, the outlook of future conflicts surrounding technology deployment directly impacts on the willingness to undertake R&D. Apart from free-riding, a different deployment conflict with distortive effects on innovation can occur. Low deployment costs and heterogeneous preferences might give rise to ‘free-driving’ (Weitzman, ML (2015). A voting architecture for the governance of free-driver externalities, with application to geoengineering. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117(4), 1049–1068): The country with the highest preference for technology deployment, the free driver, may dominate the deployment outcome to the detriment of others."

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17.11.2016

# New Publications

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Rabitz, Florian (2016): Going rogue? Scenarios for unilateral geoengineering

Rabitz, Florian (2016): Going rogue? Scenarios for unilateral geoengineering. In Futures 84, pp. 98–107. DOI 10.1016/j.futures.2016.11.001.

"I develop a conceptual framework for the study of unilateral geoengineering which distinguishes different types of actors, their capacities and decision-making contexts. Focusing on Ocean Iron Fertilization and Stratospheric Aerosol Injections, I develop several short- and long-term scenarios in which actors are conceivably both willing and able to deploy those technologies on a scale sufficient for impacting the climate system. Beyond being the first paper to develop a systematic approach to unilateral geoengineering, I show that some scenarios which stir public concern are implausible."

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01.09.2015

# New Publications

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Manoussi, Vassiliki; Xepapadeas, Anastasios (2015): Cooperation and Competition in Climate Change Policies. Mitigation and Climate Engineering when Countries are Asymmetric

Manoussi, Vassiliki; Xepapadeas, Anastasios (2015): Cooperation and Competition in Climate Change Policies. Mitigation and Climate Engineering when Countries are Asymmetric. In Environ Resource Econ. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-015-9956-3

"We study a dynamic game of climate policy design in terms of emissions and solar radiation management (SRM) involving two heterogeneous countries or group of countries. Countries emit greenhouse gasses (GHGs), and can block incoming radiation by unilateral SRM activities, thus reducing global temperature. Heterogeneity is modelled in terms of the social cost of SRM, the environmental damages due to global warming, the productivity of emissions in terms of generating private benefits, the rate of impatience, and the private cost of geoengineering."

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16.07.2015

# New Publications

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Horton, Joshua B.; Reynolds, Jesse (2015): The International Politics of Climate Engineering: A Review and Prospectus for International. (forthcoming)

Horton, Joshua B.; Reynolds, Jesse (2015): The International Politics of Climate Engineering: A Review and Prospectus for International. (forthcoming). In International Studies Review.

"Thus we offer here an overview of the existing academic literature on the international politics of climate engineering, and a preliminary assessment of its strengths and lacunae. We trace several key themes in this corpus, including problem structure; the concern that climate engineering could undermine emissions cuts; the potentially ‘slippery slope’ of research and development; unilateral implementation; interstate conflict; militarization; rising tensions between industrialized and developing countries; and governance challenges and opportunities."

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26.08.2014

# Media

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The Mad Spaceball Blog: Rain from SpaceLight

"Lasers from space to make rain and take apart greenhouse gasses.  They’re definitely good examples of why space matters, if they work."

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26.08.2014

# Media

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: Climate Engineering, tinkering the climate

German newspaper on Berlin CEC14 conference.

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21.11.2013

# Media

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Spiegel Online International: Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Interview with David Keith. "Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world's climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb."

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18.01.2013

# Calls & events

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Talk/Lecutre: Geoengineering – the problem of competing values in environmental and technological governance

01.03.2013, Oxford/UK

Speaker: Prof. Steve Rayner. "This seminar is held in collaboration with the Institute for Science and Ethics, an Oxford Martin School Institute"

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25.11.2012

# Projects

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Climeworks - Direct Air Capture Company

"Climeworks LTD. is an ETH Spin-off founded in November 2009 by Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher. [...] [I]t is the goal to build the worldwide first commercially viable atmospheric CO2 capture plant."

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21.11.2012

# Media

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hr2 kultur: Geo-Engineering - the latest megalomania? (German)

German radio broadcast on CE.

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