21.01.2019

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Newsletter of Week 04 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 04 in 2019 is now available here.


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21.01.2019

# New Publications

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Heyward, C. (2018): Normative issues of geoengineering technologies

Heyward, C. (2018): Normative issues of geoengineering technologies. In: TREVOR M. LETCHER (Hg.): MANAGING GLOBAL WARMING. An interface of technology and human issues. [S.l.]: ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS, S. 639–657.

"This chapter gives a brief overview of the emergence of the idea of negative emissions technologies and solar radiation management technologies in climate change policy and the normative issues—questions of values—that they might raise. Normative issues fall into four broad categories: (1) distributive justice, (2) procedural justice, (3) ethical issues, and (4) rectificatory justice."

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21.01.2019

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Callies, D. (2019): Institutional Legitimacy and Geoengineering Governance

Callies, D. (2019): Institutional Legitimacy and Geoengineering Governance. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 26 (1), S. 1–17. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562523.

"There is general agreement amongst those involved in the normative discussion about geoengineering that if we are to move forward with significant research, development, and certainly any future deployment, legitimate governance is a must. However, while we agree that the abstract concept of legitimacy ought to guide geoengineering governance, agreement surrounding the appropriate conception of legitimacy has yet to emerge."

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21.01.2019

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Hourdequin, M. (2019): Climate Change, Climate Engineering, and the ‘Global Poor’

Hourdequin, M. (2019): Climate Change, Climate Engineering, and the ‘Global Poor’. What Does Justice Require? In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 19 (6), S. 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562525.

"In recent work, Joshua Horton and David Keith argue on distributive and consequentialist grounds that research into solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering is justified because the resulting knowledge has the potential to benefit everyone, particularly the ‘global poor.’ I argue that this view overlooks procedural and recognitional justice, and thus relegates to the background questions of how SRM research should be governed."

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21.01.2019

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Sikka, T. (2019): Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice. The Standpoint of the Vulnerable

Sikka, T. (2019): Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice. The Standpoint of the Vulnerable. Cham, Cham: Springer International Publishing; Springer (SpringerBriefs in Sociology). pp. 15-44.

"This Chapter provides an overview of geoengineering research, including the status of current research and testing, the significance of modeling and simulation, the role of public participation, and the subject of governance. A discussion of geoengineering’s basic epistemology, values and background assumptions is also included with specific attention paid to the solar radiation management technique of atmospheric sulfate geoengineering."

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21.01.2019

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Undark: For Geoengineers, a Scientific Existential Crisis

"In mid-December, more than 28,000 people met in Washington, D.C. to discuss everything earth science-related at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. But amid the dry data and scientific acronyms at a session on solar geoengineering, the science had a patina of existentialist dread that you might not see in a similar forum. "

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21.01.2019

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Wired: One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

"To help cure the planet’s ailments, Zhen Dai suggests antacid. In powdered form, calcium carbonate—often used to relieve upset stomachs—can reflect light; by peppering the sky with the shiny white particles, the Harvard researcher thinks it might be possible to block just enough sunlight to achieve some temperature control here on Earth."

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21.01.2019

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Nature: How much can forests fight climate change?

"When it comes to fighting global warming, trees have emerged as one of the most popular weapons. With nations making little progress controlling their carbon emissions, many governments and advocates have advanced plans to plant vast numbers of trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an attempt to slow climate change. But emerging research suggests that trees might not always help as much as some hope."

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21.01.2019

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The Atlantic: The Green New Deal Hits Its First Major Snag

"A key activist group has quietly dropped its support for carbon-capture technology, which scientists say will be crucial to fighting global warming."

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21.01.2019

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May, M.; et al. (2019): ESD Ideas. Photoelectrochemical carbon removal as negative emission technology

May, M.; Rehfeld, K. (2019): ESD Ideas. Photoelectrochemical carbon removal as negative emission technology. In: Earth Syst. Dynam. 10 (1), S. 1–7. DOI: 10.5194/esd-10-1-2019.

"The pace of the transition to a low-carbon economy – especially in the fuels sector – is not high enough to achieve the 2°C target limit for global warming by only cutting emissions. Most political roadmaps to tackle global warming implicitly rely on the timely availability of mature negative emission technologies, which actively invest energy to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it permanently."

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