September 2015

13.09.2015

# New Publications

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Ok, Yŏng-sik (Ed.) (2015): Biochar. Production, characterization, and applications

Ok, Yŏng-sik (Ed.) (2015): Biochar. Production, characterization, and applications. Boca Raton: CRC Press (Urbanization, industrialization, and the environment).

"Encompassing high priority research areas such as bioenergy production, global warming mitigation, and sustainable agriculture, biochar has received increased worldwide interest in the past decade."

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13.09.2015

# New Publications

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Weitzman, Martin L. (2015): A Voting Architecture for the Governance of Free-Driver Externalities, with Application to Geoengineering

Weitzman, Martin L. (2015): A Voting Architecture for the Governance of Free-Driver Externalities, with Application to Geoengineering. In Scand. J. of Economics, pp. n/a-n/a. DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12120 

"Abating climate change is an enormous international public-goods problem with a classical “free-rider” structure. However, it is also a global “free-driver” problem because geoengineering the stratosphere with reflective particles to block incoming solar radiation is so cheap that it could essentially be undertaken unilaterally by one state perceiving itself to be in peril. ."

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11.09.2015

# Media

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Kalen2uTech: The Unintended Consequences of Geoengineering a Cooler Atmosphere

"In a newly published study, scientists from MIT reveal unintended consequences of an idea to stimulate ocean phytoplankton growth in order to geoengineer a cooler atmosphere. "

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11.09.2015

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An, Chunjiang; Huang, Gordon (2015): Environmental concern on biochar. Capture, then what?

An, Chunjiang; Huang, Gordon (2015): Environmental concern on biochar. Capture, then what? In Environ Earth Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-015-4741-8 

"Biochar tends to become the sink of soil pollutants. The changing soil environment can result in the release of toxic compounds from biochar in the long term. Biochar can be deactivated by clogged pores or decreasing sorption capacity."

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11.09.2015

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Armeni, Chiara (2015): Global Experimentalist Governance, International Law and Climate Change Technologies

Armeni, Chiara (2015): Global Experimentalist Governance, International Law and Climate Change Technologies. In ICLQ, pp. 1–30. DOI: 10.1017/S0020589315000408 

Research related to the project Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG). "This article investigates the opportunities and barriers to developing global experimentalist governance approaches in the international regulation of climate change technologies, focusing on the recent framework for marine geoengineering under the London Dumping Protocol. It argues that, in the face of the limits of international law in dealing with uncertainty, multilevel distribution of power and regulatory disconnection, global experimentalist governance is attractive to catalyse adaptability, iterative learning, participation and cooperation."

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10.09.2015

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Brent, Kerryn; et al (2015): Does the ‘No-Harm’ Rule Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering?

Brent, Kerryn; McGee, Jeffrey; Maguire, Amy (2015): Does the ‘No-Harm’ Rule Have a Role in Preventing Transboundary Harm and Harm to the Global Atmospheric Commons from Geoengineering? In Climate Law 5 (1), pp. 35–63. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00501007

"We challenge this assumption by focusing on the possibilities of compliance with the no-harm rule through bolstering its legitimacy and sense of legal obligation. We explain how Brunnée and Toope’s theory of ‘interactional international law’ might provide a useful lens for developing the no-harm rule in this way to independently respond to the risks posed by srm."

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09.09.2015

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BERC Blog: Carbon Removal As a Mitigation Strategy

"Carbon removal techniques, while important for fighting climate change, have faced resistance from some in the environmental community due to their perception as a threat to the deployment of other climate change mitigation techniques. Recently, the view that carbon removal is a complement, not a substitute, for other mitigation approaches has gained mainstream acceptance — a positive development that will hopefully help carbon removal solutions emerge in sustainable and appropriate manner for fighting climate change."

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09.09.2015

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MIT news: Fertilize the ocean, cool the planet?

About Grandey, B. S.; Wang, C. (2015). "MIT researchers find unintended consequences of an idea to stimulate ocean phytoplankton growth in order to geoengineer a cooler atmosphere."

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09.09.2015

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Kravitz, B.; et al. (2015): Geoengineering as a design problem

Kravitz, B.; MacMartin, D. G.; Wang, H.; Rasch, P. J. (2015): Geoengineering as a design problem. In Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss. 6 (2), pp. 1635–1710. DOI: 10.5194/esdd-6-1635-2015

"Most previous simulations have prescribed a particular strategy and evaluated its modeled effects. Here we turn this approach around by first choosing example climate objectives and then designing a strategy to meet those objectives in climate models. There are four essential criteria for designing a strategy: (i) an explicit specification of the objectives, (ii) defining what climate forcing agents to modify so the objectives are met, (iii) a method for managing uncertainties, and (iv) independent verification of the strategy in an evaluation model. "

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07.09.2015

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Watchman: Geoengineering the climate would reduce vital rains, says study

"Technological approaches to reduce future global warming could also interfere with rainfall and snowfall."

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