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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23.01.2017

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Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law

Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law. In: Nevada Law Journal 15 (2), S. 1060–1089.

"As this note shows through congressional hearings, newspaper articles, and international agreements, geoengineering and weather modification have been lingering matters in international law for several decades and will continue to be reviewed, researched, and developed in the years to come. This note examines how international law can provide legal accountability for geoengineering in the event of a catastrophic accident."

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21.09.2016

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International Maritime Organization: More States urged to ratify the London Protocol

"Governments have been urged to ratify the London Protocol treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes at sea in order to ensure the universal application of its precautionary approach towards protection of the marine environment. [...] These include the issuing of permits for carbon dioxide sequestration in stable geological formations in the seabed to ensure permanent isolation of carbon dioxide and strong controls to regulate marine geoengineering activities - which can involve the introduction of substances or organisms into the sea in order to stimulate carbon dioxide uptake and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

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27.10.2015

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Chris, Robert (2015): Systems thinking for geoengineering policy

Chris, Robert (2015): Systems thinking for geoengineering policy. Balsingstoke: Routledge.

"Systems Thinking for Geoengineering Policy is the first book to theorise geoengineering in terms of complex adaptive systems theory and to argue for the theoretical imperative of adaptive management as the default methodology for an effective low risk means of confronting the inescapable uncertainty and surprise that characterise potential climate futures. The book illustrates how a shift from the conventional Enlightenment paradigm of linear reductionist thinking, in favour of systems thinking, would promote policies that are robust against the widest range of plausible futures rather than optimal only for the most likely, and also unlock the policy paralysis caused by making long term predictions of policy outcomes a prior condition for policy formulation."

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27.10.2015

# Political Papers

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Sutton, Philip (2015): Striking Targets. Matching Climate Goals with Climate Reality

Sutton, Philip (2015): Striking Targets. Matching Climate Goals with Climate Reality. Breakthrough.

Including carbon removal in a policy mix. "In this latest paper, Philip Sutton highlights what he sees as an impending shift in the purpose of climate campaigning and calls for the most effective action in the new ‘post-Paris’ era."

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11.09.2015

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Armeni, Chiara (2015): Global Experimentalist Governance, International Law and Climate Change Technologies

Armeni, Chiara (2015): Global Experimentalist Governance, International Law and Climate Change Technologies. In ICLQ, pp. 1–30. DOI: 10.1017/S0020589315000408 

Research related to the project Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG). "This article investigates the opportunities and barriers to developing global experimentalist governance approaches in the international regulation of climate change technologies, focusing on the recent framework for marine geoengineering under the London Dumping Protocol. It argues that, in the face of the limits of international law in dealing with uncertainty, multilevel distribution of power and regulatory disconnection, global experimentalist governance is attractive to catalyse adaptability, iterative learning, participation and cooperation."

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08.06.2015

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Heyen, Daniel (2015): Five Essays in the Economics of Climate Engineering, Research, and Regulation under Uncertainty

Heyen, Daniel (2015): Five Essays in the Economics of Climate Engineering, Research, and Regulation under Uncertainty. Dissertation. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg. Economy and Social Sciences.

"This thesis revolves around two of the most prominent strategies for tackling environmental problems. One is technological innovation with a focus on Climate Engineering technologies, mostly Solar Radiation Management (SRM) (Crutzen 2006; Keith 2013). The other is regulatory decision-making under fundamental uncertainty. Research and learning are intimately linked with both strategies, thus playing a connecting role in this dissertation."

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18.05.2015

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Somsen, Han (2015): Towards a Law of the Mammoth? Climate Engineering in Contemporary EU Environmental Law

Somsen, Han (2015): Towards a Law of the Mammoth? Climate Engineering in Contemporary EU Environmental Law (SSRN).

"In an article that made waves when it was first published in 1996, judge Easterbrook scorned the idea that the technological reality of cyberspace justified talk about or a need for ‘Cyber Law’. Just as there is no need for a ‘Law of the Horse’ merely because horses give rise to legal claims, he argued, conventional legal principles and reasoning are sufficiently accommodating to absorb new legal challenges that arise in the wake of cyberspace. We may likewise doubt the need for a ‘Law of the Mammoth’, even though technologies emerge that harbour the prospect of bringing back the woolly mammoth from extinction, reversing climate change, and creating new life forms."

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02.05.2015

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Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Using Legal Principles to Guide Geoengineering Deployment

Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Using Legal Principles to Guide Geoengineering Deployment (SSRN).

"This article identifies and reviews legal concepts that can inform this decision. Then, it determines which legal principles should be used and which can be discarded. Next, it applies decision-making theories to determine the best approach to utilize these principles."

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30.04.2015

# New Publications

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Horton, Joshua B.; et al. (2015): Liability for Solar Geoengineering. Historical Precedents, Contemporary Innovations, and Governance Possibilities

Horton, Joshua B.; Parker, Andrew; Keith, David W. (2015): Liability for Solar Geoengineering. Historical Precedents, Contemporary Innovations, and Governance Possibilities. In NYU Environmental Law Journal (22), pp. 225–273.

"The absence of liability regimes is sometimes assumed to be a showstopper for solar geoengineering. We examine a set of international liability regimes mostly associated with environmental risks, and suggest that there is a broad legal and historical precedent that might serve as a basis to develop a regime for solar geoengineering."

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