November 2015

05.11.2015

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PR Newswire: Newlight Signs 20-Year Contract for 19 Billion Pounds of AirCarbon PHA

"Off-take agreement with Vinmar is a milestone for carbon capture efforts and meeting the growing needs of the sustainable materials market"

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05.11.2015

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Shift Magazine: Geoengineering: A Techno-Fix Solution for the Climate?

"Geoengineering ignores a message to which the medical profession has long adhered, and which seems quite relevant in this case: “First, do no harm.” In a complex adaptive system, it is almost certain that unintended consequences will result from the application of any technological fix, and the evidence suggests that these consequences will be devastating for many; we simply do not have the control over the climate that techno-optimists would like to believe we have."

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03.11.2015

# New Publications

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Jones, A. C.; et al. (2015): Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

Jones, A. C.; Haywood, J. M.; Jones, A. (2015): Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection. In Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. 15 (21), pp. 30043–30079. DOI: 10.5194/acpd-15-30043-2015

"In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020–2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all 3 aerosol-injection scenarios, though there are a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail."

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03.11.2015

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Djojodihardjo, Harijono (2015): Climate change creativity for cirrus clouds and contrails control

Djojodihardjo, Harijono (2015): Climate change creativity for cirrus clouds and contrails control. In : International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace). Langkawi, Malaysia, pp. 503–508.

"Cirrus ice clouds formed normally in the upper troposphere and contrails, shed by aircraft, impact climate and global warming due to prevailing cirrus clouds ice water content and crystal size. Contrail cirrus impact on climate change also comprises their influence on water vapor in the higher troposphere layer, which alter the infrared heat emission. The effect of commercial flights to climate change is of serious concern to the environmental conservation and climate change mitigation efforts. Therefore, it is imperative that the physical characteristics of cirrus clouds, contrails and their interactions be understood to devise anthropogenic solutions."

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02.11.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 45

The news review of calendar week 45 in 2015 is now available here.


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02.11.2015

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Intelligent Life Magazine: The Music of Science

Also on CE. "Nitrogen fertiliser magically transformed agriculture. Today we need a new spell to clear up the results"

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02.11.2015

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Lawfare: Large-Scale Geoengineering and Threats to National Security

"Large-scale geoengineering has security implications as well.  An important national security concern—unaddressed in most of the discussions about the national security concerns associated with climate change—arises from the fact that some geoengineering options are relatively inexpensive to implement."

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02.11.2015

# New Publications

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Moore, Nigel; et al. (2015): Climate Engineering: Early Reflections on a Complex Conversation

Moore, Nigel; Benmazhar, Hajar; Brent, Kerryn; Du, Haomiao; Iese, Viliamu; Kone, Salif et al. (2015): Climate Engineering: Early Reflections on a Complex Conversation. In Climate Law 5 (2-4), pp. 295–301. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504007 

"This is a background account and formal statement prepared by participants in the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies’ Climate Engineering Summer Course, held between 2 and 17 August 2014 in Potsdam, Germany."

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02.11.2015

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Burns, William C. G.; Flegal, Jane A. (2015): Climate Geoengineering and the Role of Public Deliberation: A Comment on the US National Academy of Sciences’ Recommendations on Public Participation

Burns, William C. G.; Flegal, Jane A. (2015): Climate Geoengineering and the Role of Public Deliberation: A Comment on the US National Academy of Sciences’ Recommendations on Public Participation. In Climate Law 5 (2-4), pp. 252–294. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504006 

"In early 2015, the US National Academy of Sciences released two major reports on the topic. While it is notable that both reports recommended some form of public participation to inform research, this article argues that the vagueness of these recommendations could mean that their implementation might not comport with optimal approaches for public deliberation. We outline some options for public deliberation on climate geoengineering and important design considerations."

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02.11.2015

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Payne, Cymie R.; et al. (2015): Public Participation and Norm Formation for Risky Technology: Adaptive Governance of Solar-Radiation Management

Payne, Cymie R.; Shwom, Rachael; Heaton, Samantha (2015): Public Participation and Norm Formation for Risky Technology: Adaptive Governance of Solar-Radiation Management. In Climate Law 5 (2-4), pp. 210–251. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00504005 

"We analyse the dimensions of public participation and norm-formation mechanisms of current SRM-related legal regimes and governance proposals. We find that there is a need for the social sciences, including legal and governance scholars, to engage with the theoretical and pragmatic challenges of engaging diverse and vulnerable publics fairly and efficiently."

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