04.11.2016

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Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer

Craik, Neil; Burns, William C. G. (2016): Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement. A Legal and Policy Primer. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Waterloo (Special Report).

"This report examines the specific provisions of the Paris Agreement with a view to identifying where legal and policy questions in relation to climate engineering are likely to arise. Inclusion of CDR technologies as part of a state’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is permissible under article 4 of the Paris Agreement, but will likely trigger concerns respecting technological readiness and equity. SRM technologies would appear to have little entry room within the Paris Agreement, but the process mechanism of the agreement provides opportunities to satisfy SRM research governance demands for transparency and public deliberation."

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04.11.2016

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CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Technical Series, 84).

"The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming. Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all climate models that limit the increase in mean global temperature to below 2°C.
“A rapid transition to a low-carbon economy is the priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn reduce the adverse impacts of climate change, including impacts on biodiversity,” said CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, in the foreword of the new report."

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31.10.2016

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Friends of the Earth: Paris Climate Agreement Demands a Radical Transformation Rather Than Risky Technologies for Climate Protection

Friends of the Earth; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung; Misereor (2016): Kurswechsel 1,5°. Wege in eine klimagerechte Zukunft. Berlin. Available online at www.bund.net/fileadmin/bundnet/pdfs/klima_und_energie/161028_bund_klima_energie_kurswechsel_broschuere.pdf

Press release on a German brochure on climate politics. "In their joint publication, "A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5 degree world," the three organizations present the dangers posed by global warming to food security and ecosystems and analyze so-called negative emission technologies such as geoengineering, offsetting of emissions, and BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage). In contrast to these questionable technologies, the policies to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees – as stipulated in the Paris Agreement – that are presented in the joint publication are not only geared toward climate mitigation but also put poverty reduction and  climate justice at the center of attention."

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31.10.2016

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NAS: Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

"The proposed study would aim to develop a detailed research and development agenda needed to assess the benefits, risks, and sustainable scale potential for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration approaches; and increase their commercial viability."

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13.10.2016

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Committee on Climate Change (2016): UK climate action following the Paris Agreement

Committee on Climate Change (2016): UK climate action following the Paris Agreement. London.

"The Paris Agreement marks a significant positive step in global action to tackle climate change. This report considers the domestic actions the UK Government should take as part of a fair contribution to the aims of the Agreement. [...] Set out a strategy for developing options to remove greenhouse gases from the air"

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27.07.2016

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Horton, Joshua B.; et al. (2016): Implications of the Paris Agreement for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Geoengineering

Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W.; Honegger, Matthias (2016): Implications of the Paris Agreement for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Geoengineering. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (Policy Briefs).

"We survey the implications of the revamped climate policy regime for carbon removal and solar geoengineering, hereafter referred to using the common acronyms carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM)."

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02.05.2016

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Global Challenges Foundation (2016): Global Catastrophic Risks 2016

Global Challenges Foundation (2016): Global Catastrophic Risks 2016. With assistance of Owen Cotton-Barratt, Sebastian Farquhar, John Halstead, Stefan Schubert, Andrew Snyder-Beattie. Oxford.

With a chapter on CE risks. "These represent global catastrophic risks – events that might kill a tenth of the world’s population. With the Global Challenges Foundation, we have just released a report arguing that these risks remain and may even be growing, and exploring options for the international community to reduce the risks."

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23.04.2016

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Engelke, Peter; Chiu, Daniel Y. (2016): Climate Change and US National Security. Past, Present, Future

Engelke, Peter; Chiu, Daniel Y. (2016): Climate Change and US National Security. Past, Present, Future. Washington, D.C: Atlantic Council.

With a chapter on CE. "However, absent mitigation, a changing climate could feasibly overwhelm adaptation efforts. Under such circumstances, a state or even an individual might turn to geoengineering (also referred to as climate engineering) in order to fashion a solution. Yet attempts to geoengineer the Earth’s ecosystems would be risky because geoengineering is an unproven field and such efforts would hold unknown consequences."

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13.04.2016

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Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. How near-term grants to carbon removal canmake long-term climate goals a reality

Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. How near-term grants to carbon removal canmake long-term climate goals a reality. With assistance of Noah Deich, Gina Amador. Berkeley Energy and Climate.

"Finding path-bending negative emissions solutions will demand collaboration from a community of industry, government, academic, and philanthropic organizations — yet today we see a paucity of action from all sectors around carbon removal.
[...] Funding for this report is motivated by the hypothesis that philanthropies can have a large impact in carbon removal and that engaging philanthropies in constructive dialogue around carbon removal is urgently needed to advance our understanding and action in this area."

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23.03.2016

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Center for Climate Science and Policy Research (2016): Policy brief on climate engineering

Center for Climate Science and Policy Research (2016): Policy brief on climate engineering. With assistance of Victoria Wibeck, Anders Hansson, Raffael Himmelsbach, Mathias Fridahl, Björn-Ola Linnér, Jonas Anshelm. Linköping (Policy Briefs, 15).

"As these discussions will affect the forthcoming review of pathways toward 1.5°C warming, this policy brief takes stock of climate engineering. It draws on the expertise of Linköping University’s Climate Engineering (LUCE) interdisciplinary research programme. The brief provides an overview of the status of academic debate on climate engineering regarding bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS);  stratospheric aerosol injection; and mass media reporting and public engagement."

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