09.11.2017

# Projects

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Project: Engaging Citizens to Inform Governance of Controversial Research

New Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Fundation.

"The project goals are twofold. First, by engaging with diverse groups of lay citizens, the project team aims to understand whether and how reasoned deliberation among citizens can usefully inform geoengineering research governance. Second, our team will study how this public input influences the way scientists, funders, and other stakeholders approach geoengineering research. The result will be a rich exploration of democratic governance of geoengineering research through public and stakeholder engagement."

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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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29.08.2017

# Media

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FCEA Blog: Whose Voice Matters in Climate Geoengineering?

"When I got seriously interested in climate engineering, about 2011, there was little consideration of the diversity of effects it might have on different groups and their interests. Today it has become almost commonplace to acknowledge the importance of hearing voices from a range of countries, thanks in no small measure to the pioneering efforts of the SRMGI. The importance of hearing from publics rather than merely experts is also increasingly embedded in the discourse, although rich deliberation – revealing not only how thoughtful publics can be, but how the different circumstances of deliberation can shape outcomes – has been largely limited to one or two countries in the WEIRD world (White, Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democratic)."

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17.07.2017

# New Publications

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Bellamy, Rob; et al. (2017): Public perceptions of geoengineering research governance. An experimental deliberative approach

"Public perceptions of geoengineering experiments were explored in three workshops. Majoritarian, consensual and individualistic deliberations were experimentally created. The perceived controllability of experiments is central to public acceptability. Legitimacy of experiments will depend on combinations of four controllability criteria. Technical determinations of scale or location will be poor predictors of public concerns."

 

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07.06.2017

# New Publications

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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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07.06.2017

# Media

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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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09.02.2017

# New Publications

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Asayama, Shinichiro; et al. (2017): Ambivalent climate of opinions. Tensions and dilemmas in understanding geoengineering experimentation

Asayama, Shinichiro; Sugiyama, Masahiro; Ishii, Atsushi (2017): Ambivalent climate of opinions. Tensions and dilemmas in understanding geoengineering experimentation. In Geoforum 80, pp. 82–92. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.01.012.

"This paper examines how the meanings of geoengineering experimentation, specifically SAI field trials, are reconfigured in the deliberation of the lay public. To this end, we conducted focus groups with Japanese citizens in June 2015 on the geoengineering concept and SAI field trials."

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern

Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000464.

"This paper explores the humanitarian dimensions of geoengineering, specifically relating to solar radiation management (SRM). Drawing from the engagement of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in SRM discussions, we discuss how to improve linkages between science, policy and humanitarian practice. We further propose the creation of a geoengineering risk management framework to ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable are considered and addressed - including the voices of all stakeholders."

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09.06.2016

# New Publications

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2016): Transdisciplinary co-design of scientific research agendas. 40 research questions for socially relevant climate engineering research

Sugiyama, Masahiro; Asayama, Shinichiro; Kosugi, Takanobu; Ishii, Atsushi; Emori, Seita; Adachi, Jiro et al. (2016): Transdisciplinary co-design of scientific research agendas. 40 research questions for socially relevant climate engineering research. In Sustain Sci. DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0376-2.

"In this paper, we both as Japanese scientists and stakeholders collaboratively identify 40 socially relevant research questions on climate engineering with a particular emphasis on stratospheric aerosol injection, using a method designed to encourage science–policy collaboration. While we acknowledge some methodological problems and the difficulty in obtaining active participation from stakeholders, the list of identified questions covers broad interdisciplinary perspectives and diverse interests, and may provide an important foundation for future transdisciplinary research on climate engineering."

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19.02.2016

# Media

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Scholastica: The Legality of Climate Geoengineering and the Role of the Public in Decision Making

"I spoke with Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, to discuss his recent paper “Climate Geoengineering and the Role of Public Deliberation: A Comment on the US National Academy of Sciences’ Recommendations on Public Participation,” published in Climate Law. In the interview below, Burns explains the complicated nature of geoengineering and his thoughts on the importance of public involvement in deciding if, and how, to take steps to manipulate earth’s climate to curb global warming."

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