May 2014

26.05.2014

# Projects

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STS Project: Epistemic Jurisdiction in Biofuels and Geoengineering

"This multiyear study (2014-2016) focuses on the politics of science in complex regulatory regimes. Grounded in the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and law, this project aims to conduct a comparative study of the role of science and expertise in the global regulation of biofuels and geoengineering."

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23.05.2014

# Media

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Scientific American: Glacial Melt Pours Iron into Ocean, Seeding Algal Blooms

"The iron fertilizer from glacier melt may help feed plankton blooms that, in turn, suck carbon dioxide out of the sky. [...] Call it natural geoengineering."

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23.05.2014

# New Publications

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Partanen, Antti-Ilari (2014): Modelling Solar Geoengineering via Aerosol Injections

Partanen, Antti-Ilari (2014): Modelling Solar Geoengineering via Aerosol Injections. Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland (Finnish Meteorological Institute Contributions, 108).

Dissertation. "This thesis encompasses studies on two methods to reflect part of the incoming solar radiation back to space (i.e., solar geoengineering): stratospheric sulphur injections that aim to create a long-lived layer of sulphate aerosols high in the atmosphere to scatter solar radiation, and marine aerosol injections that aim to enhance the reflectivity of marine clouds and scatter incoming solar radiation by the injected particles."

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22.05.2014

# Media

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The Carbon Brief Blog: It’s a bit like a tree: How comparing geoengineering to the natural world bolsters support

Response to Corner, Adam; Pidgeon, Nick (2014). "Because geoengineering is a relatively new idea, researchers talking about it have to find ways to explain what it is."

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22.05.2014

# Media

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WGC Blog: Wil Burns on the inclusion of Climate Geoengineering in UN IPCC AR5

"As part of a Washington Geoengineering Consortium (WGC) event to assess this report the day of its release, Wil Burns, Director, MS Program in Energy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University and WGC co-founder, presented his assessment of the inclusion of climate geoengineering in all three working groups of the IPCC AR5."

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22.05.2014

# Media

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WGC Blog: Ocean Iron Fertilization and the Southern Ocean- Hype or hope? Wil Burns

Response to Robinson, J.; et al. (2014). "This study is a clear shot across the bow against some previous research showing higher potential rates of oceanic sequestration, all of which used coarser resolution models that may not have accurately simulated critical variables, including particle circulation."

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22.05.2014

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Climate Snack Blog: Sulphate Aerosol Geo-engineering: A simple solution?

Blog post on sulfuric particle injection. "So, while sulphate aerosol geo-engineering is indeed a solution to our original problem, that of climate change caused by global warming, it will almost certainly lead to a cascade of unexpected consequences which would then require further solutions."

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21.05.2014

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Eos: Scientists Debate Geoengineering at European Geosciences Union Meeting

"A debate about geoengineering the climate, held at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly on 1 May, explored whether any geoengineering techniques should be considered; if so, which might be acceptable; and
what circumstances could necessitate their use. Also discussed was whether potential unintended repercussions from geoengineering could be worse than the problem."

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20.05.2014

# New Publications

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw (2014): Geoengineering and Religion. A History in Four Characters

Szerszynski, Bronislaw (2014): Geoengineering and Religion. A History in Four Characters (Geoengineering Our Climate? Working Paper and Opinion Article Series).

"In this opinion article I want to show how that kind of analysis can be applied to geoengineering, to reveal how it is an
aspiration that has roots that are a lot longer than the modern period2, and is entangled with enduring themes about
human agency and nature in Western cultural history"

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19.05.2014

# Media

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Teaching Climate/Energy Law & Policy Blog: Ocean Iron Fertilization and the Southern Ocean. Hype or hope?


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