May 2015

07.05.2015

# New Publications

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Svoboda, Toby; Irvine, Peter (2015): Response to Commentaries on ‘Ethical and Technical Challenges in Compensating for Harm Due to Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering’

Svoboda, Toby; Irvine, Peter (2015): Response to Commentaries on ‘Ethical and Technical Challenges in Compensating for Harm Due to Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering’. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 18 (1), pp. 103–105. DOI 10.1080/21550085.2015.1021948.

Response to critique: Reynolds, Jesse (2014).

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07.05.2015

# New Publications

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Huisingh, Donald; et al. (2015): Recent Advances in Carbon Emissions Reduction: Policies, Technologies, Monitoring, Assessment and Modeling

Huisingh, Donald; Zhang, Zhihua; Moore, John C.; Qiao, Qi; Li, Qi (2015): Recent Advances in Carbon Emissions Reduction: Policies, Technologies, Monitoring, Assessment and Modeling. In Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.04.098.

"Given the high cost and internal/external uncertainties of carbon capture and storage and risks and side effects of various geoengineering schemes, improved energy efficiency and widespread implementation of low fossil-carbon renewable-energy based systems are clearly the most direct and effective approaches to reduce carbon emissions. This means that we have to radically transform our societal metabolism towards low/no fossil-carbon economies"

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06.05.2015

# Media

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Good Magazine: Weather Wizards: Inside the Ongoing Effort to Master Mother Nature

On weather modification and CE. "Desperation, it seems, runs the risk of restoring the kind of hubristic, overeager solutions that Barnett talks about in her history of whole-forest-burning rain creation. But whereas the quick fix seekers of the 19th century just had trees and fire, we have nukes."

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06.05.2015

# Media

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FCEA Blog: One Good Reason Why the Left Should Give Geoengineering a Second Look

"While a more realistic implementation of geoengineering would still inevitably entail costs, there is a reasonable chance that these would be more than offset by benefits in terms of reduced climate impacts of the sort described above. How the ledger is likely to balance out globally, and particularly for the global South, is unknown, yet that is precisely the reason why more research on solar geoengineering is so urgently needed."

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04.05.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 19

The news review of calendar week 19 in 2015 is now available here.


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04.05.2015

# Media

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Oe1: Dangerous climate tinkering

Austrian radio broadcast with Daniel Barben.

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02.05.2015

# New Publications

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Fasihnikoutalab, Mohammad Hamed; et al. (2015): New Insights into Potential Capacity of Olivine in Ground Improvement

Fasihnikoutalab, Mohammad Hamed; Westgate, Paul; B.B.K, Huat; Asadi, Afshin; Ball, Richard J.; Nahazanan, Haslinda; Singh, Parminder (2015): New Insights into Potential Capacity of Olivine in Ground Improvement. In The Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering 20 (8), pp. 2137–2148.

"Olivine with chemical formula (Fe,Mg)2SiO4 is a suitable mineral for CO2 sequestration; additionally due to its high Magnesium oxide (MgO) content, it may be a sustainable material for soil stabilization."

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02.05.2015

# New Publications

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Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Using Legal Principles to Guide Geoengineering Deployment

Chavez, Anthony E. (2015): Using Legal Principles to Guide Geoengineering Deployment (SSRN).

"This article identifies and reviews legal concepts that can inform this decision. Then, it determines which legal principles should be used and which can be discarded. Next, it applies decision-making theories to determine the best approach to utilize these principles."

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01.05.2015

# Media

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Aljazeera: Engineering Earth: Altering the sky to cool the planet

"That’s why a group of leading U.S. scientists is recommending direct research into climate engineering on a planetary scale. Such a tool could be humanity’s ultimate Hail Mary, said Marcia McNutt, who led the team of 16 elite scientists."

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01.05.2015

# New Publications

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Harnisch, Sebastian; et al. (2015): From ‘Go Slow’ to ‘Gung Ho’? Climate Engineering Discourses in the UK, the US, and Germany

Harnisch, Sebastian; Uther, Stephanie; Böttcher, Miranda (2015): From ‘Go Slow’ to ‘Gung Ho’? Climate Engineering Discourses in the UK, the US, and Germany. In Global Environmental Politics 15 (2), pp. 57–78. DOI 10.1162/GLEP_a_00298.

"To show the process of legitimacy formation of CE research, we traced the development of argumentatvie structures in national discourses by means of qualitative and quantitative structures in national discourses by means of qualitative and quantitative case studies. We complemented arguments previously identified in CE literature and identified key actors connected by their joint utilization of certain arguments and narratives."

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