24.03.2017

# New Publications

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Lenton, Andrew; et al. (2017): How Will Earth Respond to Plans for Carbon Dioxide Removal?

Lenton, Andrew; Keller, David; Pfister, Patrik (2017): How Will Earth Respond to Plans for Carbon Dioxide Removal? In Eos. DOI: 10.1029/2017EO068385.

Meeting Report. "First Workshop of the Carbon Dioxide Removal Model Intercomparison Project; Potsdam, Germany, 20–22 September 2016"

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14.02.2017

# New Publications

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Fuss, Sabine; et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions

Fuss, Sabine; Jones, Chris D.; Kraxner, Florian; Peters, Glen P.; Smith, P.; Tavoni, Massimo et al. (2016): Research priorities for negative emissions. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (11), p. 115007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/115007.

"While there are few pathways to 2 °C that do not rely on negative emissions, 1.5 °C scenarios are barely conceivable without them. Building on previous assessments of NETs, we identify some urgent research needs to provide a more complete picture for reaching ambitious climate targets, and the role that NETs can play in reaching them."

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11.02.2017

# New Publications

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Quaas, Martin F.; et al. (2017): Are there reasons against open-ended research into solar radiation management? A model of intergenerational decision-making under uncertainty

Quaas, Martin F.; Quaas, Johannes; Rickels, Wilfried; Boucher, Olivier (2017): Are there reasons against open-ended research into solar radiation management? A model of intergenerational decision-making under uncertainty. In Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2017.02.002.

"We propose a stylized model of intergenerational decision making on SRM research, greenhouse-gas abatement and SRM deployment, under uncertainties about (a) the extent of future climate damage and (b) effectiveness and potential harmful side-effects of SRM. Open-ended research may reveal either that SRM effectively reduces climate damage, or that it would cause more harm than benefits. We find that SRM research increases the likelihood of deployment (“slippery slope”), and derive conditions that it decreases abatement effort in expectation (“moral hazard”)."

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28.01.2017

# Media

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Mail & Guardian: Governments remain silent about bids to geoengineer the climate

"Unwilling to do more to stymie global warming, governments have turned to geoengineering. This covers anything that changes weather patterns, helps to store carbon emissions, and stops the sun’s rays coming through the atmosphere. The activities range from spraying chemicals into the sky to create rain clouds to putting mirrors in the atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. One experiment in Canada — a rare case of these being made public — involved dropping iron filings into the ocean to kill plankton so it would sink to the bottom of the ocean and trap carbon dioxide."

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23.01.2017

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Geoengineering Monitor: On eve of Trump inauguration, White House report calls for geoengineering research

"The White House has released a report which for the first time recommends U.S. government-funded research into geoengineering. The report, which was submitted to Congress last week by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, falls short of calling for real-world experiments, laying out a case for research into the science behind large-scale climate intervention and the “possible consequences of any such measures.”"

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12.01.2017

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New York Times: White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming

"A White House road map for federally funded climate research has for the first time recommended research into geoengineering, the concept of intervening in nature to slow or reverse global warming."

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11.01.2017

# Political Papers

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U.S. Global Change Research Program (2017): National Global Change Research Plan 2012–2021

U.S. Global Change Research Program (2017): National Global Change Research Plan 2012–2021: A Triennial Update. Washington, D.C.

Mentiones CE at page 37. "While climate intervention cannot substitute for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the changes in climate that occur, some types of deliberative climate intervention may someday be one of a portfolio of tools used in managing climate change."

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09.01.2017

# Media

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Science: U.S. should pursue controversial geoengineering research, federal scientists say for first time

"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. The move, part of a climate science planning report sent today to Congress, will likely further normalize discussion of deliberate tinkering with the atmosphere to cool the planet, and of directly collecting carbon from the sky, both topics once verboten in the climate science community. Yet the new endorsement of geoengineering research comes amid deep uncertainty about the direction that climate research will take under the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump."

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Low, Sean (2016): The Futures of Climate Engineering

Low, Sean (2016): The Futures of Climate Engineering. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000442 .

"Potentially valuable branches of work to come might be the anticipatory use of the future: the design of experimental spaces for exploring the future of an engineered climate in service of responsible research and innovation, and the integration of this work within the unfolding context of the Paris Agreement."

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02.01.2017

# Media

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Business Recorder: 'More research needed in Solar Radiation Management,' says Andy Parker, SRMGI

"Andy Parker is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and the project director for the SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI). He has a background in climate policy and has worked on solar geo-engineering for over eight years, including as a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior policy adviser at the Royal Society. He was also a member of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's expert working group on geoengineering."

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