27.01.2018

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Reuter: Chemical sunshade to slow warming may not be feasible: U.N. draft

"The idea of spraying a haze of sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth as a quick way to slow global warming faces so many obstacles that it may not be feasible, a leaked draft U.N. report says."

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24.01.2018

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USA Today: Federal scientists call for research in controversial geoengineering

"The U.S. government office that oversees federally funded climate research has recommended studies into two areas of geoengineering research, marking the first time scientists in the executive branch have formally called for studies in the controversial field."

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23.01.2018

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Niskanen Center: AGU makes the right move on geoengineering research

"Last week, the American Geophysical Union released a revised position statement on climate intervention. We were grateful to see that the AGU has moved toward supporting geoengineering research."

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19.01.2018

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EOS: Revised AGU Position Statement Addresses Climate Intervention

"The American Geophysical Union urges further research and policy development with regard to climate intervention (previously called geoengineering) that considers impacts on society."

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19.01.2018

# Political Papers

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AGU (2018): Climate Intervention Requires Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal and Environmental Impacts, and Policy Development

AGU (2018): Climate Intervention Requires Enhanced Research, Consideration of Societal and Environmental Impacts, and Policy Development. American Geophysical Union (AGU). Washington, D.C.

"Humans are responsible, through the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse pollutants, for most of the increase in global average temperatures over the past half century. Deep reductions in these emissions must be central to any policy response to the dangers of climate change. In tandem with those reductions, there may be a need for climate interventions to help reduce or offset some of the effects of climate change. AGU urges national funding agencies to create substantial research programs on climate intervention so that the risks and opportunities are much better understood. A proper and full evaluation of potential uses and impacts of climate intervention will require a broader dialogue that engages more societies and the public."

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22.12.2017

# New Publications

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Sanchez, Daniel Lucio; et al. (2017): Federal research, development, and demonstration priorities for carbon dioxide removal in the United States

Sanchez, Daniel Lucio; Amador, Giana; Funk, Jason; Mach, Katharine J. (2017): Federal research, development, and demonstration priorities for carbon dioxide removal in the United States. In Environ. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa08f.

"Needs for commercialization span research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities, including development of new materials, reactors, and processes, and rigorous monitoring of a portfolio of demonstration projects. As a world leader in supporting science and engineering, the United States (US) can play an important role in reducing costs and clarifying the sustainable scale of CDR. To date, federal agencies have focused on voluntary or piecemeal CDR programs. Here, we present a synthesis of R&D needs, relevant agency authority, barriers to coordination, and interventions to enhance RD&D across the federal government of the US. "

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11.12.2017

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East Country Today: Rep. McNerney Introduces Groundbreaking Geoengineering Bill

"As the nation continues to grapple with historic flooding and wildfires, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) has introduced legislation to explore innovative options to combat the root cause of these intensifying natural disasters: climate change. Last month, Congressman McNerney called for a hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology (SST) to collect information from experts in the field of geoengineering – which implements techniques to counteract the effects of climate change. Today, the Congressman has introduced H.R. 4586, the Geoengineering Research Evaluation Act. This legislation would provide for a federal commitment to the creation of a geoengineering research agenda and an assessment of the potential risks of geoengineering practices."

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11.12.2017

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Grist: A bill in Congress would require more scientific research … into geoengineering

"On the one hand, supporting science is good! On the other hand, geoengineering — the modification of planetary systems to counteract the effects of global warming — is a risky long-shot attempt to address climate change, when much simpler, more direct solutions are already known."

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17.11.2017

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American Instiute of Physics: Geoengineering Research Receives Backing at House Science Committee Hearing

"Republican committee leaders expressed hope that geoengineering technologies could someday address climate change. Democratic members were more cautious, supporting research but emphasizing it should not be viewed as a substitute for emissions reductions or other approaches for combating climate change."

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26.10.2017

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Development Channel: Fund to help developing country scientists assess climate engineering impacts

"Decilmals fund, set up by Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) will fund projects in developing countries to model the impacts of SRM in the region."

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