19.01.2018

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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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08.01.2018

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Fern (2017): How the EU Governance Regulation can help achieve negative emissions

Fern (2017): How the EU Governance Regulation can help achieve negative emissions. Brussels (Briefing Note).

"The 2015 Paris Agreement committed countries to hold the average global temperature rise to well below 2°C, and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. For this, we need drastic and urgent action."

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07.12.2017

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ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix

ETC Group; Biofuelwatch; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (2017): The Big Bad Fix. With assistance of Kathy Jo Wetter, Zundel.

"The “Big Bad Fix” provides policy makers, journalists, NGO activists, social movements, and other change agents with a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. It delivers a sound background analysis of the history of geoengineering, the various vested interests shaping it, and case studies on some of the most important technologies and experiments."

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22.11.2017

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Nassiry, Darius; et al. (2017): Implications of geoengineering for developing countries

"This working paper finds that so far engagement by developing countries in discussion about geoengineering has been limited. More support is needed to enable developing countries to assess the costs and benefits of geoengineering, including the potential for unintended consequences. Longer term, any geoengineering research and governance arrangements that are agreed and put into practice may have important implications for climate governance and broader interventions to manage risks associated with other planetary boundaries."

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10.11.2017

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U.S House of Representatives (2017): Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

U.S House of Representatives (2017): Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Washington, D.C. (Hearing).

Documentation of statements and video of hearing.

"The Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a joint hearing titled Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building."

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09.11.2017

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Various scientists: A Letter Regarding U.S. House Hearing on Geoengineering Research

"The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment drafted and organized the following letter regarding a November 8, 2017 U.S House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology. The letter is signed by 24 prominent voices and thinkers from the geoengineering research, climate policy and the climate advocacy communities."

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06.11.2017

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CSSR (2017): Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

CSSR (2017): Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

Climate report with one subchapter (14.3) on CE.

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02.11.2017

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Smith, Pete; Friedmann, Julio (2017): Bridging the Gap – Carbon dioxide removal

Smith, Pete; Friedmann, Julio (2017): Bridging the Gap – Carbon dioxide removal. In : The Emissions Gap Report 2017. United Nations Environment. Nairobi, pp. 58–66.

CDR in UNEP Emissions Gap report. "The UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017 presents an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement."

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10.10.2017

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La Plaza, Coraina de; et al. (2017): The risks of large-scale biosequestration in the context of Carbon Dioxide Removal

La Plaza, Coraina de; Munnion, Oliver; Fischer, Simon; Lovera, Simone (2017): The risks of large-scale biosequestration in the context of Carbon Dioxide Removal. Global Forest Coalition; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

"The paper will describe existing trends in the field of large-scale biosequestration, and how current climate finance for biosequestration is geared towards industrial monoculture tree plantations, owing to global governance structures and a growing emphasis on private sector involvement. As such, biosequestration approaches that have significant negative rather than positive impacts are being prioritised. The potential risks and impacts of these CDR approaches on biodiversity, hydrological flows, land degradation, agrochemical contamination, albedo effects and the Earth System, and social impacts like elite resource capture, land grabbing, rural (un)employment, and gender-specific impacts, are described."

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03.10.2017

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New Carbon Economy Consortium (2017): Building Research Programs to Support 21st Century Economic Opportunity

New Carbon Economy Consortium (2017): Building Research Programs to Support 21st Century Economic Opportunity. Arizona State University. Tempe.

"Now is the time to map paths to the breakthrough research programs and forward-looking university-business partnerships that will serve as the hubs for this new carbon economy. This is an economy in which low-carbon industry and primary energy production are joined by industrial centers, agricultural regions and food-producing ecosystems that turn excess CO2 into consumer goods, fuels, building materials and fertile soil. With deliberate but ambitious planning, the United States and collaborators in other countries can develop the knowledge, technologies and human capital to catalyze the new carbon economy by 2040."

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