April 2015

08.04.2015

# New Publications

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Schwarz-Herion, Odile (2015): Urgent Ecological Problems for the NSP

Schwarz-Herion, Odile (2015): Urgent Ecological Problems for the NSP. In Odile Schwarz-Herion, Abdelnaser Omran (Eds.): Strategies Towards the New Sustainability Paradigm. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 121–140. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-14699-7_11

"Another issue to be controversially discussed is climate engineering (CE) which can be used to the benefit of mankind by mitigating extreme weather patterns, but might also be abused for military purposes or by eco-terrorists to damage the climate, the natural environment, humankind, and wildlife."

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08.04.2015

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Nagase, H.; et al. (2015): Effects of Injected Ice Particles in the Lower Stratosphere on the Antarctic Ozone Hole

Nagase, H.; Kinnison, D. E.; Petersen, K.; Vitt, F.; Brasseur, G. P. (2015): Effects of Injected Ice Particles in the Lower Stratosphere on the Antarctic Ozone Hole. In Earth's Future, pp. n/a. DOI 10.1002/2014EF000266.

"In this paper, we suggest a geo-engineering approach that will remove substantial amounts of hydrogen chloride (HCl) from the lower stratosphere in fall and hence limit the formation of the Antarctic ozone hole in late winter and early spring. HCl will be removed by ice from the atmosphere at temperatures higher than the threshold under which polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are formed if sufficiently large amounts of ice are supplied to produce water saturation."

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08.04.2015

# New Publications

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Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Exclusive Rights to Saving the Planet. The Patenting of Geoengineering Inventions

Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Exclusive Rights to Saving the Planet. The Patenting of Geoengineering Inventions. In Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 13 (1).

"Because of the importance of these technologies to society’s future, the United States needs to ensure that these patents do not deter innovation or prevent these technologies from being available for implementation. Specifically, the United States should develop unique procedures to approve these applications and form a geoengineering patent pool that will facilitate both innovation and accessibility."

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07.04.2015

# Media

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socialistworld.net: Looking for a cheap fix

"The danger of this approach is that the capitalist governments that are already extremely reluctant to spend any significant money on reducing warming will jump at climate engineering as a cheap alternative. Going down this road could, potentially, be almost as dangerous as global warming itself. Removing the fundamental cause of the problem means removing the profit-driven capitalist market system. The longer this task is delayed, the worse will be the prospects for the environment."

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06.04.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 15

The news review of calendar week 15 in 2015 is now available here.


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06.04.2015

# Media

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NZZ: "I am seceptical because of ethical reasons"

Swiss newspaper article (in German) on CE.

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06.04.2015

# Media

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Sanford Law Blog: On Asilomars

"The second issue is geo-engineering, specifically through modifying the Earth’s albedo (reflectivity). In February 2015 the National Research Council released a two-volume report on geo-engineering, which covered both of its two common meanings: carbon capture and albedo modification."

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05.04.2015

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Prospect: “Naomi Klein wants to stick it to the man. I want to stick it to CO2″

On climate economy including CE. "We know enough about geoengineering to know that it could in fact work, in the sense of helping to lower average temperatures. We don’t know the full costs. As an economist, looking at this, what I would say is that you ought, at the very least, come up with a proper cost-benefit analysis."

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05.04.2015

# Media

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Carchman: Climate debate is healthy

"I am not at this point confident that climate-engineering would be of value in alleviating our concerns, especially given our history on environmental interventions. The current political and legal environment appears to commit us to trying to control carbon dioxide emissions."

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02.04.2015

# New Publications

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Curvelo, Paula (2015): Geoengineering dreams

Curvelo, Paula (2015): Geoengineering dreams. In: Angela Guimaraes Pereira und Silvio Funtowicz (Hg.): Science, Philosophy and Sustainability. The End of the Cartesian dream. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis (Routledge Explorations in Sustainability and Governance), S. 114–132.

"In fact, as we will see next, the attempt to untangle the abiguities associated with the term through the identification of this key characteristics  of geoengineering action generates even more obscurity in an already clouded field."

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