03.04.2018

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Carlin, Norman; James, Robert A. (2018): Geoengineering Research Under U.S. Law

Carlin, Norman; James, Robert A. (2018): Geoengineering Research Under U.S. Law. In Pratt's Energy Law Report 18 (3), pp. 67–75.

"The authors first divide the techniques under consideration between solar radiation management (aerosols in the stratosphere, or greater white surfaces below) and carbon dioxide removal (ocean iron fertilization (OIF) and other forms of carbon capture and sequestration). They detail the analysis required for an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and a variety of other U.S. statutes and common-law doctrines. "

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30.03.2018

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Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2018): Climate Engineering and the Law

Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2018): Climate Engineering and the Law. Cambridge University Press.

"This is the first book to focus on the legal aspects of these technologies: what government approvals would be needed; how liability would be assessed and compensation provided if something goes wrong; and how a governance system could be structured and agreed internationally."

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21.03.2018

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Phys.org: We need laws on geoengineering, ASAP

"A new book coming out April 21 points out the major holes in national and international geoengineering regulation, and lays out a framework for improvement. The book, titled Climate Engineering and the Law, was co-edited by Michael Gerrard from Columbia's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Tracy Hester, a graduate of Columbia Law School who now teaches at the University of Houston Law Center. Gerrard is also chair of the faculty of the Earth Institute."

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09.03.2018

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Advanced Science News: Intellectual Property Policies for Solar Geoengineering

"Currently, there appears to be a high degree of data sharing and relatively little commercial activity or IP acquisition in the largely academic solar geoengineering research community. This situation presents a ripe opportunity to develop innovative IP policy approaches specific to solar geoengineering."

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09.03.2018

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse L.; et al. (2018): Intellectual property policies for solar geoengineering

Reynolds, Jesse L.; Contreras, Jorge L.; Sarnoff, Joshua D. (2018): Intellectual property policies for solar geoengineering. In WIREs Clim Change 9 (2), e512. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.512.

"We consider some possible approaches, and recommend a bottom-up, primarily nonstate, voluntary “research commons” for patents and data that are related to solar geoengineering. This would facilitate information sharing and limit data fragmentation and trade secrecy. It would also provide an incentive for commons members to pledge to limit some forms of intellectual property acquisition and to assure access on reasonable terms, thereby limiting the need for enforcement. This should help reduce downstream barriers to innovation and to encourage the potential development of technologies at reasonable cost. Such a research commons might also catalyze the adoption of best practices in research and development."

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11.12.2017

# New Publications

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Jinnah, Sikina; Bushey, Douglas (2017): Bringing Politics into SAI

Jinnah, Sikina; Bushey, Douglas (2017): Bringing Politics into SAI. In Ethics int. aff. 31 (04), pp. 501–506. DOI: 10.1017/S089267941700048X.

"In order to advance a neatly deductive argument, Christopher J. Preston must make a number of assumptions and framing decisions that exclude important practical points from the scope of his analysis. We do not criticize him for doing so, as these simplifications allow him to advance a concise argument about an ethically complex subject. However, as scholars of politics and law, we are interested in what this ethical argument means—and does not mean—for the messy politics of climate engineering."

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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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04.07.2017

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Environmental Guru: Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP) Oxford Workshop on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Geoengineering Research

"In this blog post, I will discuss recent developments in our Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP), by providing an update on our GRGP Code of Conduct Workshop held at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford on 21-23 June 2017. I will describe the objectives and format of the workshop, reflect on some of the insights gained from this meeting, and then outline next steps for the project."

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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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27.04.2017

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University of Santa Cruz: Sikina Jinnah named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

"Jinnah is one of 35 winners selected from a field of nearly 200 nominees who were put forward by their home institutions. Jinnah's project was submitted by Chancellor George Blumenthal, who described Jinnah as "arguably one of the most qualified scholars to take on a study of the contentious topic of international regulation of climate geo-engineering.""

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