May 2015

19.05.2015

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The Conversation: Rather than divest, advocate for carbon balancing

On CCS and CDR. "Is it possible to support urgent action on climate change without opposing fossil fuel use? Indeed it is and there are sound arguments for why those concerned about the planet need not support fossil fuel divestment."

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18.05.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 21

The news review of calendar week 21 in 2015 is now available here.


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18.05.2015

# Projects

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Ministry of Earth Sciences of India: Project on Geoengineering - CO2 Sequestration

"Objectives: To understand the mechanism of ocean CO2 sequestration techniques in the ocean by capacity building;  study and establish the feasible CO2 capture technology from industrial sources, arriving feasible field executable transportation technology; and  development of ocean instrumentation for EIA observation and monitoring. -  Participating Institutions: National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai"

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18.05.2015

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HubPages: Geo-engineering Solutions for Climate Change - Myth, Plausible or Catastrophic

"Geo-engineering solutions to climate change have been bandied about for both Earth, and for Mars - to make the red planet suitable for humans, when we stuff up the one we are currently living on. While many of these proposals have been regarded as science fiction there have been a series of proposals put forward by various respectable scientific organisations."

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18.05.2015

# New Publications

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Somsen, Han (2015): Towards a Law of the Mammoth? Climate Engineering in Contemporary EU Environmental Law

Somsen, Han (2015): Towards a Law of the Mammoth? Climate Engineering in Contemporary EU Environmental Law (SSRN).

"In an article that made waves when it was first published in 1996, judge Easterbrook scorned the idea that the technological reality of cyberspace justified talk about or a need for ‘Cyber Law’. Just as there is no need for a ‘Law of the Horse’ merely because horses give rise to legal claims, he argued, conventional legal principles and reasoning are sufficiently accommodating to absorb new legal challenges that arise in the wake of cyberspace. We may likewise doubt the need for a ‘Law of the Mammoth’, even though technologies emerge that harbour the prospect of bringing back the woolly mammoth from extinction, reversing climate change, and creating new life forms."

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17.05.2015

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The Long Now Foundation (Video): David Keith: Patient Geoengineering

"“Temporary, moderate, and responsive” should be the guidelines of responsible geoengineering, in David Keith’s view. For slowing global warming, and giving humanity time to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to zero (and eventually past zero with carbon capture), he favors the form of “solar radiation management” that reflects sunlight the way volcanoes occasionally do—with sulfate particles in the stratosphere."

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17.05.2015

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physicsworld.com: How to efficiently capture carbon dioxide out of thin air

"A novel synthetic material that is a thousand times more efficient than trees at capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere was presented by Klaus Lackner, director of Arizona State University's new Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Maryland last Sunday. According to Lackner, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached the point where simply reducing emissions will not be enough to tackle climate change."

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17.05.2015

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the guardian: Geoengineering is fast and cheap, but not the key to stopping climate change

"Lowering the planet’s temperature with sulphate aerosols could cost less than $10bn a year, but would leave future generations with a double catastrophe"

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17.05.2015

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Smithsonian: Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius?

"Harvard physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warming"

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17.05.2015

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Everything and the Carbon Sink Blog: “Pre-pay” carbon policy: how carbon removal enables regulatory alternatives

"A “pre-pay” carbon policy might work something like this: before a company extracts a ton of carbon from the ground (be it in the form of oil, natural gas, coal, trees, soil, etc.), it would have to “pre-pay” for a credit demonstrating that the organization (or a third-party) had already removed and sequestered an equivalent ton of carbon from the atmosphere."

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