April 2014

09.04.2014

# New Publications

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Drewry, Darren T.; et al. (2014): Simultaneous improvement in productivity, water use, and albedo through crop structural modification

Drewry, Darren T.; Kumar, Praveen; Long, Stephen P. (2014): Simultaneous improvement in productivity, water use, and albedo through crop structural modification. In Glob Chang Biol. DOI 10.1111/gcb.12567.

"Spanning 15% of the global ice-free terrestrial surface, agricultural lands provide an immense and near-term opportunity to address climate change, food, and water security challenges. Through the computationally informed breeding of canopy structural traits away from those of modern cultivars, we show that solutions exist that increase productivity and water use efficiency, while increasing land-surface reflectivity to offset greenhouse gas warming."

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09.04.2014

# Media

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WGC Blog: Bob Olson: A Venture Into Geoengineering

Ideas on CE by Bob Olson. "He asked me, not because I had any special expertise in the subject, but because I didn’t. He wanted someone without any obvious biases to take a fresh look at the subject."

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09.04.2014

# Media

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Fortune favours the bold Blog: G3E4O Geoengineering and the Engineers of Gaia

"Because of global concerns on climate change, engineers are called to have a leading role in tackling the problem, and a new discipline is being proposed: Geoengineering (G3E4O(IN)2R)."

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09.04.2014

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Reuters: Many nations wary of extracting carbon from air to fix climate

"Many nations want a draft U.N. report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky, documents seen by Reuters show."

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08.04.2014

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Gizmodo: 4 Ways Tiny Microbes Changed Life On Earth Forever

"Here are some of the ways microbes have done what humans are doing now: geoengineering the climate."

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08.04.2014

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CBS news: Scientists seek solution to climate change at U.N. conference

On IPCC with one paragraph on CE. "Observers will be watching for how much attention the IPCC gives to the issue [CE] when they wrangle over the wording of the final report next week in Berlin."

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08.04.2014

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Co.Exist: 5 Insane Geoengineering Ideas That Won't Save The Planet--Just Make Things Worse

CE method overview. "Finding a way to hack the environment to get us out of climate change is endlessly appealing, but none of the solutions on the table will do anything but create more problems."

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08.04.2014

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The Telegraph: We should give up tying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock

“In a changing climate cities are most less vulnerable to external heat than our individuals. If most of us lived in cities, as it seems we soon will do, the regulation of the climate of these cities might be far easier, more economic and safer option in a hot climate than the regulation by geoengineering of the whole planet.“

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08.04.2014

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the guardian: IPCC report proposes sucking carbon out of the air as climate fix

"Technique of burning biomass then pumping released carbon underground included in leaked draft from UN climate panel"

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07.04.2014

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the guardian: Leaked IPCC climate plan to worsen global warming - ecologists

"Stephen Salter, a professor emeritus of engineering design at the University of Edinburgh who has proposed cloud enhancement as one mechanism of geoengineering to address climate change, said that given the import of dangerous warming, techniques to reduce carbon in the atmosphere must be part of the toolbox."

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