07.06.2017

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2017): The Asia-Pacific’s role in the emerging solar geoengineering debate

Sugiyama, Masahiro; Asayama, Shinichiro; Ishii, Atsushi; Kosugi, Takanobu; Moore, John C.; Lin, Jolene et al. (2017): The Asia-Pacific’s role in the emerging solar geoengineering debate. In: Climatic Change 23, S. 189. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-1994-0 

"Here, we report the summary of a 2016 workshop on the significance and challenges of international collaboration on climate engineering research with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Because of the region’s interest in benefits and risks of climate engineering, there is a potential synergy between impact research on anthropogenic global warming and that on solar radiation management. Local researchers in the region can help make progress toward better understanding of impacts of solar radiation management."

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11.05.2017

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Braun, Carola; et al. (2017): Public perception of climate engineering and carbon capture and storage in Germany. Survey evidence

Braun, Carola; Merk, Christine; Pönitzsch, Gert; Rehdanz, Katrin; Schmidt, Ulrich (2017): Public perception of climate engineering and carbon capture and storage in Germany. Survey evidence. In: Climate Policy 5 (1), S. 1–14. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2017.1304888

"Climate engineering (CE) and carbon capture and storage are controversial options for addressing climate change. This study compares public perception in Germany of three specific measures: solar radiation management (SRM) via stratospheric sulphate injection, large-scale afforestation, and carbon capture and storage sub-seabed (CCS-S). In a survey experiment we find that afforestation is most readily accepted as a measure for addressing climate change, followed by CCS-S and lastly SRM, which is widely rejected."

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24.04.2017

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Visschers, Vivianne; Shi, Jing; et al. (2017): Beliefs and values explain international differences in perception of solar radiation management: insights from a cross-country survey

Visschers, Vivianne; Shi, Jing; et al. (2017): Beliefs and values explain international differences in perception of solar radiation management: insights from a cross-country survey. In Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-1970-8

"We conducted an online survey on the general public’s perception and acceptance of SRM in Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. Our findings confirmed the need for an international perspective, as we found several cross-country differences. Chinese respondents, for example, indicated greater acceptance for SRM than their North American and European counterparts."

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10.04.2017

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Pidgeon, Nick F.; Spence, Elspeth (2017): Perceptions of enhanced weathering as a biological negative emissions option

Pidgeon, Nick F.; Spence, Elspeth (2017): Perceptions of enhanced weathering as a biological negative emissions option. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0024

"This paper addresses the social acceptability of enhanced weathering, a technology that would involve spreading silicate particles over terrestrial surfaces in order to boost the biological processes that currently sequester CO2 as part of the earth's natural carbon cycle. We present the first exploration of British attitudes towards enhanced weathering, using an online survey (n = 935) of a representative quota sample of the public. Baseline awareness of weathering was extremely low."

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15.08.2016

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2016): Public attitudes to climate engineering research and field experiments. Preliminary results of a web survey on students' perception in six Asia-Pacific countries

Sugiyama, Masahiro; Kosugi, Takanobu; Ishii, Atsushi; Asayama, Shinichiro (2016): Public attitudes to climate engineering research and field experiments. Preliminary results of a web survey on students' perception in six Asia-Pacific countries. In Policy Alternatives Research Institute (24).

"Here we report a preliminary analysis of an international webbased survey conducted in March 2016, targeting university students in Japan, Korea, Australia (OECD countries), China, India, and the Philippines (non-OECD), a diverse set of six countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Our questionnaire builds on earlier studies by Mercer et al. (2011) and Merk et al. (2015) but digs deeper into the aspect of field experimentation."

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11.08.2016

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Shearer, Christine; et al. (2016): Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program

Shearer, Christine; West, Mick; Caldeira, Ken; Davis, Steven J. (2016): Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (8), p. 84011–84011. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/11/8/084011

"Nearly 17% of people in an international survey said they believed the existence of a secret large-scale atmospheric program (SLAP) to be true or partly true. SLAP is commonly referred to as 'chemtrails' or 'covert geoengineering', and has led to a number of websites purported to show evidence of widespread chemical spraying linked to negative impacts on human health and the environment."

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07.08.2016

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Newton, Robert; et al. (2016): White Arctic vs. Blue Arctic. A case study of diverging stakeholder responses to environmental change

Newton, Robert; Pfirman, Stephanie; Schlosser, Peter; Tremblay, Bruno; Murray, Maribeth; Pomerance, Rafe (2016): White Arctic vs. Blue Arctic. A case study of diverging stakeholder responses to environmental change. In Earth's Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000356

"Even if global warming can be reversed, some people will experience ice-free summers before perennial sea ice begins to return. We ask: How will future generations feel about bringing sea ice back where they have not experienced it before? How will conflicted interests in ice-covered vs. ice-free conditions be resolved? What role will science play in these debates?"

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23.06.2016

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Allgaier, Joachim (2016): Science on YouTube: What do people find when they are searching for Climate Science and Climate Manipulation?

Allgaier, Joachim (2016): Science on YouTube: What do people find when they are searching for Climate Science and Climate Manipulation? 14th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST). Istanbul, 4/26/2016.

"In the presentation results from an empirical pilot study on climate science and climate manipulation on YouTube will be presented. The results indicate that YouTube can be a very valuable tool for informing citizens about science for some key issues. However, users of YouTube are also confronted with conspiracy theories and erroneous and misleading information that strongly deviates from scientific consensus views."

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30.05.2016

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Feetham, P. M.; et al. (2016): Qualitative Evaluations of New Scientific Concepts: Accurate, Fast, Easy and Inexpensive

Feetham, P. M.; Wright, M. J.; Teagle, D. H.; Comrie, M. A. (2016): Qualitative Evaluations of New Scientific Concepts: Accurate, Fast, Easy and Inexpensive (Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference).

"This research reports a case where the findings of an independent qualitative study were clearly supported by subsequent quantitative research. [...] The qualitative results illustrated an overall negative reaction to the four concepts tested with solar reflection techniques viewed more negatively than carbon dioxide removal techniques. Large online surveys across two countries gave strikingly similar results, verifying the robustness of the qualitative study."

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10.06.2015

# New Publications

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Corner, Adam; Pidgeon, Nick (2014): Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineering

Corner, Adam; Pidgeon, Nick (2014): Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineering. In Climatic Change (130), pp. 425–438 DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1148-6.

"In the current paper, we provide an empirical test of one of the most prevalent framing devices: describing geoengineering technologies by analogy to natural processes."

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