June 2015

10.06.2015

# Media

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CSRhub: Is It Already Over?

"In other words, geoengineering is the new macho, no matter how otherwise sincere my young friend."

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10.06.2015

# New Publications

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Corner, Adam; Pidgeon, Nick (2014): Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineering

Corner, Adam; Pidgeon, Nick (2014): Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineering. In Climatic Change (130), pp. 425–438 DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1148-6.

"In the current paper, we provide an empirical test of one of the most prevalent framing devices: describing geoengineering technologies by analogy to natural processes."

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08.06.2015

# New Publications

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Kreuter; Judith (2015): Technofix, Plan B or Ultima Ratio? A Review of the Social Science Literature on Climate Engineering Technologies

Kreuter; Judith (2015): Technofix, Plan B or Ultima Ratio? A Review of the Social Science Literature on Climate Engineering Technologies. Oxford University, Institute of Science, Innovation and Society (Occasional Paper Series, 2).

"The aim of this paper is to discover which representations of climate engineering (CE) are considered most salient, and how they are approached. The author argues that the understanding of climate engineering as (part of) a solution to the political problem of climate change is the dominant frame in the discourse on the issue."

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08.06.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 24

The news review of calendar week 24 in 2015 is now available here.


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08.06.2015

# New Publications

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Heyen, Daniel (2015): Five Essays in the Economics of Climate Engineering, Research, and Regulation under Uncertainty

Heyen, Daniel (2015): Five Essays in the Economics of Climate Engineering, Research, and Regulation under Uncertainty. Dissertation. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg. Economy and Social Sciences.

"This thesis revolves around two of the most prominent strategies for tackling environmental problems. One is technological innovation with a focus on Climate Engineering technologies, mostly Solar Radiation Management (SRM) (Crutzen 2006; Keith 2013). The other is regulatory decision-making under fundamental uncertainty. Research and learning are intimately linked with both strategies, thus playing a connecting role in this dissertation."

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08.06.2015

# Media

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SnapBuzz: The Wickedness and Complexity of Decision Making in Geoengineering


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08.06.2015

# Projects

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Climate CoLab: ocean cooling machine powered by Thermal mass oven as explained in Energy supply

"Using large tubes sunk into the ocean 2000', with props set in them to draw the cold water up, and intermix it into the surface layer."

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07.06.2015

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Project Syndicate: The Myth of Net-Zero Emissions

"Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage is the poster child for the new “overshoot approach” of net-zero emissions. BECCS entails planting a huge amount of grass and trees, burning the biomass to generate electricity, capturing the CO2 that is emitted, and pumping it into geological reservoirs underground."

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05.06.2015

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Is stratospheric geoengineering worth the risk?

"The risk of a rapid temperature spike makes the stratospheric geoengineering decision very difficult, especially because nobody knows exactly what the impact would be of either such a spike or regular global warming. It’s not like we can run the science experiment to see how human civilizations manage."

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05.06.2015

# Political Papers

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Actionaid (2015): Caught in the Net: How “net-zero emissions” will delay real climate action and drive land grabs

Actionaid (2015): Caught in the Net: How “net-zero emissions” will delay real climate action and drive land grabs. With assistance of Teresa Anderson, Kelly Stone.

"The “net-zero emissions” approach will put the burden for addressing climate change on the countries and communities who have done the least to cause the problem, shifting the climate burden to the South. The land rights and food sovereignty of small-holder farmers, indigenous peoples and local communities, particularly in developing countries, will be threatened by the large-scale use of land for mitigation that will conflict with food production and ecosystems."

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