12.11.2017

# New Publications

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McGee, Jeffrey; et al. (2017): Geoengineering the oceans. An emerging frontier in international climate change governance

McGee, Jeffrey; Brent, Kerryn; Burns, Wil (2017): Geoengineering the oceans. An emerging frontier in international climate change governance. In Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs 8 (2), pp. 1–14. DOI: 10.1080/18366503.2017.1400899.

"The world's oceans could play an important role in meeting international climate change targets. ‘Marine geoengineering’ is being proposed to enhance the oceans capacity to sequester emissions and enhance the Earth's albedo. This article draws on discussions at a recent Marine Geoengineering Symposium held at the University of Tasmania to highlight prominent marine geoengineering proposals and raise questions about the readiness of the international law system to govern further research and implementation of these ideas."

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28.09.2017

# New Publications

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Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2017): Geoengineering at the ‘Edge of the World’. Exploring Perceptions of Ocean Fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2017): Geoengineering at the ‘Edge of the World’. Exploring Perceptions of Ocean Fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper, 316).

"This paper describes an opportunistic case study of the 2012 Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s ocean fertilization project. Anchored in notions of place and identity, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation marks a novel entry point into social research on geoengineering, which enables a more situated engagement with ocean fertilization, in keeping with geographical traditions."

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11.09.2017

# New Publications

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Harrison, Daniel P. (2017): Global negative emissions capacity of ocean macronutrient fertilization

Harrison, Daniel P. (2017): Global negative emissions capacity of ocean macronutrient fertilization. In Environ. Res. Lett. 12 (3), p. 35001. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa5ef5.

"Utilizing global datasets of oceanographic field measurements, and output from a high resolution global circulation model, the current study provides the first comprehensive assessment of the global potential for carbon sequestration from ocean macronutrient fertilization (OMF). Sufficient excess phosphate exists outside the iron limited surface ocean to support once-off sequestration of up to 3.6 Pg C by fertilization with nitrogen. Ongoing maximum capacity of nitrogen only fertilization is estimated at 0.7 ± 0.4 Pg C yr−1."

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09.08.2017

# Media

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Deccan Chronicle: Using sea water can cool down the earth

"In a research by University of Washington, scientists have proposed to replicate the effect that polluting aerosols have on clouds."

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07.06.2017

# Media

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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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02.06.2017

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New Scientist: Geoengineering fears make scrutiny of ocean seeding test vital

"Talk of dumping iron into the ocean off Chile to boost plankton is a return of a controversial idea that warrants questions, says Olive Heffernan"

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26.05.2017

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Nature: Iron-dumping ocean experiment sparks controversy

"Canadian foundation says its field research could boost fisheries in Chile, but researchers doubt its motives."

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03.05.2017

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News Security Beat: Consensus, Certainty, and Catastrophe: The Debate Over Ocean Iron Fertilization

"As I explore in a new Global Environmental Politics article, the fact that advocates have been able to successfully oppose a process that seems to present such clear material incentives illustrates how the language we use to describe problems can shape our understanding of their dimensions, including their significance and their risk."

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19.04.2017

# Projects

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Project: Oceanseeding

Iron fertilization project mainly on fishery. "Oceans are in decline. Projections show that fisheries could collapse by mid-century. [...] Can we still turn the tide?"

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12.04.2017

# New Publications

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Fuentes-George, Kemi (2017): Consensus, Certainty, and Catastrophe. Discourse, Governance, and Ocean Iron Fertilization

Fuentes-George, Kemi (2017): Consensus, Certainty, and Catastrophe. Discourse, Governance, and Ocean Iron Fertilization. In Global Environmental Politics 10 (2), pp. 125–143. DOI: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00404

"Crucial to their efforts was their interpretation of uncertainty: for opponents, scientific uncertainty implied possibly devastating consequences of iron dumping, which was thus best addressed with extreme caution. This normative approach ultimately shaped governance, since advocates successfully used it to lobby institutions in ocean governance to prevent carbon credits from being issued for ocean fertilization. Since these subjective understandings of certainty influenced global ocean governance, this article explains international behavior as a consequence of changing norms."

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