01.08.2018

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The Atlantic: A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise

"Geo-engineering, its most enthusiastic advocates will tell you, isn’t only possible. It’s already happening. We know, they say, because we’re doing it—we just call it global warming."

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01.08.2018

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Project: Energy Department Invests $10.7M in Technologies that Assess Subsurface Stress for Carbon Storage

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) selected five projects to receive approximately $10.7 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development. The projects will advance tools and methods for assessing the state of stress and geomechanical impacts within the subsurface associated with underground carbon storage. The projects are supported through the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001826, Developing Technologies to Advance the Understanding of State of Stress and Geomechanical Impacts within the Subsurface."

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01.08.2018

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Forbes: How Much Sea Level Rise Is Actually Locked in?

"Under the lowest of the IPCC’s four scenarios, RCP2.6, peak temperature rise of 2 degrees C will be reached before 2100, and sea level rise will be less than about a half meter. However, due to lag effects in ocean warming and ice melt, sea level will continue to rise for centuries. Rise can theoretically be reduced by negative carbon emissions or geoengineering."

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31.07.2018

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Brent, Kerryn (2018): Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities

Brent, Kerryn (2018): Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities. In: Neil Craik, Cameron S. G. Jefferies, Sara L. Seck und Tim Stephens (Hg.): Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law: Cambridge University Press, S. 161–179.

"Proposals to develop solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering call into question the capacity of international law to govern innovative new technologies. Geoengineering is ‘the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system, in order to moderate global warming’.1 Solar radiation management proposals are intended to offset global temperatures rises resulting from climate change by reflecting a small percentage of incoming solar radiation (sunlight).2 The most prominent proposal, stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI), is to deposit aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect or scatter light away from the Earth, mimicking the cooling effect produced by large volcanic eruptions.3 Stratospheric aerosol injection is promising in that it could rapidly reduce global temperatures for a fraction of the cost of conventional mitigation strategies.4 However, SAI deployment is likely to have detrimental transboundary and global environmental side effects.5 It is therefore important that SAI is governed at an international level, but at present there are no international agreements that specifically address SAI research or deployment."

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31.07.2018

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Project: Weather Modification in Australia and the United States: What Lessons for Governing Regional Climate Intervention?

"This PhD project will analyse the history of weather modification law in Australia and the United States to identify what lessons might be drawn for the governance, public participation and social acceptability of proposals for regional climate intervention."

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30.07.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 31 of 2018

"The newsletter of calendar week 31 in 2018 is now available here."


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30.07.2018

# Calls & events

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Jobs at Harvard University

No Deadline

"Program Director, Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP) and Program Manager of the Keith Group and SCoPEx"

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30.07.2018

# New Publications

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Irvine, Peter J.; et al. (2018): Brief communication. Understanding solar geoengineering's potential to limit sea level rise requires attention from cryosphere experts

Irvine, Peter J.; Keith, David W.; Moore, John (2018): Brief communication. Understanding solar geoengineering's potential to limit sea level rise requires attention from cryosphere experts. In: The Cryosphere 12 (7), S. 2501–2513. DOI: 10.5194/tc-12-2501-2018.

"Here we review the literature on solar geoengineering and the cryosphere and identify the key uncertainties that research could address. Solar geoengineering may be more effective at reducing surface melt than a reduction in greenhouse forcing that produces the same global-average temperature response. Studies of natural analogues and model simulations support this conclusion."

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30.07.2018

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Axios: We asked five experts about engineering the climate

"In the face of rising global temperatures, deploying technologies to change Earth's climate has gone from thought experiment to reality. We already capture carbon and store it underground. Now some researchers are suggesting we should spray the clouds with particles to reflect sunlight, fertilize the oceans to promote carbon-absorbing plankton growth, or build a gigantic shade that orbits Earth and opens as needed to shield the planet from the sun. Welcome to the Anthropocene — the era of humans engineering the world in unprecedented ways."

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30.07.2018

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Red Green and Blue: Six ideas to limit global warming with solar geoengineering (Part 1)

"Scientists agree that cutting global greenhouse emissions as soon as possible will be key to tackling global warming. But, with global emissions still on the rise, some researchers are now calling for more research into measures that could be taken alongside emissions cuts, including – controversially – the use of “solar geoengineering” technologies."

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