February 2015

10.02.2015

# Media

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The Atlantic: The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees

Response to Caldecott, Ben; et al. (2015). "Between now and 2050, forests are one of our "most promising" geo-engineering tools."

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10.02.2015

# Political Papers

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Caldecott, Ben; et al. (2015): Stranded Carbon Assets and Negative Emissions Technologies

Caldecott, Ben; Lomax, Guy; Workman, Mark (2015): Stranded Carbon Assets and Negative Emissions Technologies. Oxford University (Working Paper).

"Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) have the potential to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the
atmosphere and this could reduce the impacts of ocean acidification and anthropogenic climate change."

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10.02.2015

# New Publications

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Kahan, D. M.; et al. (2015): Geoengineering and Climate Change Polarization: Testing a Two-Channel Model of Science Communication

Kahan, D. M.; Jenkins-Smith, H.; Tarantola, T.; Silva, C. L.; Braman, D. (2015): Geoengineering and Climate Change Polarization: Testing a Two-Channel Model of Science Communication. In The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 658 (1), pp. 192–222. DOI 10.1177/0002716214559002 .

Final paper. "The logic of the cultural cognition thesis suggests that a two-channel science communication strategy, combining information content (“Channel 1”) with cultural meanings (“Channel 2”), could promote open-minded assessment of information across diverse communities. We test this kind of communication strategy in a two-nation (United States, n = 1,500; England, n = 1,500) study, in which scientific information content on climate change was held constant while the cultural meaning of that information was experimentally manipulated."

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10.02.2015

# Projects

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ETC Group: Announcing the Launch of GeoengineeringMonitor.org

Press release by the ETC Group. "GeoengineeringMonitor.org provides an overview of criticisms of climate engineering proposals, an historical record of opposition to geoengineering projects, as well as timely updates and realistic evaluations of the latest schemes."

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10.02.2015

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The Washington Post: Short-term fixes for long-term climate problems? Not so fast, experts say

"Here’s a word guaranteed to start an argument among scientists and environmental activists: geoengineering. The word covers a variety of hypothetical technological fixes for the problem of climate change."

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10.02.2015

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The Carbon Tree: Geoengineering Part 2: Playing God - The Social and Cultural Debate

Review of social studies.

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10.02.2015

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Hong Kong Engineer: Limitations and risks of geoengineering

"There is a risk that it could be undertaken by non-state actors, potentially contributing to conflicts. Other concerns include the problems of declaring an emergency and moral hazards."

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10.02.2015

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FCEA Blog: A Role for Human Rights in the Climate Engineering Debate? – Brian Citro

"As a framing tool, human rights provide a well-established and widely accepted conceptual framework with which to identify and evaluate deprivations that occur as a result of CE interventions."

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10.02.2015

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Culture 24: Science festival announces stratospheric climate change solutions and survey of British sexual behaviour

"Dr Hugh Hunt’s suggestion, in which a set of pipes would pump the particles while being carried by balloons, is based on geoengineering. His method of solar radiation management, he says, could combat the sea level rises, desertification, ocean acidification and habitat losses which climate change bears as its consequences."

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10.02.2015

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The Futurist: Climate Change in the News - Geo-engineering, Agriculture and GHGs and Norway's Carbon Pledges

"This week some of us here on Earth once more brought up the topic of geo-engineering our way out of climate change. While another report pointed to the potential climate change consequences of putting more land into agricultural production. And finally a government in Europe, Norway, took leadership to commit to carbon reductions in dramatic fashion."

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