May 2015

26.05.2015

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How To Get To Next: Hacking the Climate Won't Work

"There are some limited cases in which geoengineering techniques can have a positive contribution to the fight against climate change, though. (We’ll look at some of those examples in a subsequent article.) But more often than not, geoengineering schemes are expensive, impractical or ineffective. Here are five that just won’t work."

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26.05.2015

# New Publications

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Boucher, Olivier (2015): Aerosol-Based Climate Engineering

Boucher, Olivier (2015): Aerosol-Based Climate Engineering. In: Atmospheric Aerosols. Edited by Olivier Boucher. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 287–294. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9649-1_13

"This chapter introduces climate engineering as a range of techniques aiming to alleviate the impacts of climate change. Two aerosol-based techniques, known as stratospheric aerosol injection and marine cloud brightening, are discussed in terms of their potential, side effects, and shortcomings."

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25.05.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 22

The news review of calendar week 22 in 2015 is now available here.


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25.05.2015

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Hecht, Jeff (2015): When last I saw the stars

Hecht, Jeff (2015): When last I saw the stars. In Nature 521 (7551), p. 252–252. DOI 10.1038/521252a.

Short science fiction story about CE.

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22.05.2015

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Wagner, Gernot (2014): Climate shock. The case for preparing to hack the planet

Wagner, Gernot; Weitzman, Martin L. (2014): Climate shock. The case for preparing to hack the planet. Princeton: Princeton Univ Press.

"A rogue nation might shoot particles into the Earth's atmosphere, geoengineering cooler temperatures. Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the authors look at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, make radical would-be fixes like geoengineering all the more probable."

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22.05.2015

# New Publications

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Hubert, Anna-Maria; Reichwein, David (2015): An Exploration of a Code of Conduct for Responsible Scientific Research involving Geoengineering

"A new study by IASS legal researchers Anna-Maria Hubert and David Reichwein provides a comprehensive examination of a possible international code of conduct for climate engineering research."

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21.05.2015

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National Observer: Three extremely absurd ideas for solving climate change

"Meet David Keith. He’s a professor of physics and public policy at Harvard University. He's a Canadian who won Canada’s national physics prize exam and who Time Magazine named one of their Heroes of the Environment in 2009. Keith sounds like — must be — a rational guy with credentials like that, right?"

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20.05.2015

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Everything and the Carbon Sink Blog: Throwing the Carbon Capture Baby out with the Coal Bath Water

Mostly on CCS. "The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a report lambasting carbon capture and storage (or “CCS”) as “a false climate solution” that “[i]n no uncertain terms…hurts the climate.” The Greenpeace analysis, however, made a number of assumptions that fit the conventional wisdom surrounding CCS, but when analyzed with greater scrutiny turn out to be deceptively misleading."

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20.05.2015

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Sustain Green: Scientists Consider Geoengineering Options to Fight Global Warming

"Drastic changes call for drastic measures of control, and engineers are beginning to consider some geoengineering techniques to fight climate change."

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19.05.2015

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New York Times: Chemo for the Planet

"Still, if disaster is truly approaching, wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?"

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