18.10.2018

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RBB 24: zibb live at the exhibition ARTEFAKTE. Problems and solutions of our planet (German)

German video about the special exhibition "ARTEFAKTE" in the Museum of Natural History Berlin.

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17.10.2018

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Wired: Could we reverse global warming by redesigning the atmosphere?

"Climate change, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson once said, is “an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions.” Following President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate, an idea has been catching on among Republican politicians and climate researchers alike – geoengineering. In other words: What if we reversed global warming simply by redesigning the atmosphere?"

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17.10.2018

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TechCrunch: At what point do we admit that geoengineering is an option?

"We already know how to cool the planet without reducing carbon. The solution is so simple it’s almost laughable: just make our clouds a little more reflective, so they reflect more of the sun’s light, and thus reduce our heat."

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17.10.2018

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Rabitz, Florian (2018): Governing the termination problem in solar radiation management

Rabitz, Florian (2018): Governing the termination problem in solar radiation management. In: Environmental Politics 22, S. 1–21. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1519879.

"Technologies for Solar Radiation Management (SRM) could limit global warming by manipulating the Earth’s radiation balance. A major objection to SRM is the termination problem: the catastrophic consequences that are likely to result from its sudden discontinuation. The termination problem limits the reversibility of policy choices and poses the risk of inadvertent or enforced program collapse."

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17.10.2018

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Legal Planet: Another Possible Means To Keep Global Warming Within 1.5 Degrees Celsius

"There is also a set of proposed technologies that could keep global warming within these or other limits. Through these techniques, we could intentionally alter the earth’s radiative balance, cooling the planet and counteracting anthropogenic climate change. That is, we could make the planet more reflective, block some incoming sunlight, or increase the amount of outgoing infrared radiation."

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17.10.2018

# Projects

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Project: National Academies Launching New Study on Sunlight-Reflection Research

"WASHINGTON – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is forming a new committee to develop a research agenda and research governance approaches for climate-intervention strategies that reflect sunlight to cool Earth."

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17.10.2018

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Quartz: Trump signed a landmark bill that could create the next big technologies to fight climate change

"The budget bill passed today included a lot of extra defense spending. In return for scratching the Republicans’ back, Democrats secured a slew of spending and tax credits on health care, education, and clean energy. Some of these had huge Republican support, such as the 45Q tax credits for carbon capture and 45J nuclear-power production credits."

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17.10.2018

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NextBigFuture: Funding and research on geoengineering and climate change mitigation

"Geoengineering refers to a set of emerging technologies that could manipulate the environment and partially offset some of the impacts of climate change. Solar geoengineering in particular could not be a replacement for reducing emissions (mitigation) or coping with a changing climate (adaptation); yet, it could supplement these efforts."

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15.10.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 42 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 42 in 2018 is now available here.


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15.10.2018

# Calls & events

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Fellowship Program at Harvard University

Deadline: 18. January 2019

"Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) invites applications for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellowships, under the direct supervision of Harvard faculty. The fellowship program is loosely modeled on the successful Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) fellowship program. Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer."

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