December 2015

05.12.2015

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Angle Journal: Solar Radiation Management Can Only Work if it Works for the Poor

"There remains the possibility that SRM could complement mitigation and adaptation in the fight against climate change, but not without simultaneous increases in resources for research and informed debate that is grounded in the needs of those most affected by climate change right now."

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04.12.2015

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FCEA Blog: The ‘Lomborg gambit’ and why the allure of solar geoengineering must be resisted by the Paris negotiators

"So what was Mr Lomborg’s preferred alternative to the UN talks? It was solar geoengineering, a controversial—and speculative—set of proposals for lowering global temperature by blocking incoming sunlight on a planetary scale."

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03.12.2015

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Policy Innovations: Short-term Goodies versus Long-term Harm: The Ethical Dilemmas of Climate Change

Interview with Stephen Gardiner and a few questions on CE. "While the world's scientists, policymakers, and members of civil society get ready for the Paris climate conference (COP21) taking place this and next week, I wondered: Will any philosophers be invited to participate in the talks?"

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03.12.2015

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National Interest: It's Time to Discuss Geoengineering

"The meager financing and policy attention that have been given so far to geoengineering partly reflects unease over the playing-God aspect of any such effort, an unease that also affects attitudes toward bioengineering. But turning away from any serious consideration of such measures because of the discomfort of having to make what may seem to be God-like choices is itself a choice: a choice not to use an available technology, and a choice that entails costs and risks that might otherwise have been avoided."

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02.12.2015

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Global CCS Institute: The importance of bio-CCS to deliver negative emissions

"The Global CCS Institute has published its annual major report on the latest developments in carbon capture and storage (CCS). The Global Status of CCS: 2015 presents the most comprehensive overview of large-scale CCS projects and policy developments, the importance of the upcoming international climate discussions, new technology developments and further progress towards the emergence of coordinated industrial hubs and clusters."

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02.12.2015

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The DC Jerboa Blog: Climate Change Solution: Fight Fire With Fire

"This is what makes me mad. I don’t really care if geoengineering is either good or bad for the environment, but I do know that it is worth researching. When you get right down to it, there is just as much research that suggests geoengineering is not the solution as there is research that carbon emissions are."

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02.12.2015

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New York Times: The Dubious Carbon Budget

On BECCS & co. "We need to be honest. This approach relies on some very dubious calculations and assumes the existence of technologies whose risks have not been adequately studied, let alone discussed publicly. Admittedly, not all of the technologies that could be used to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would require enormous land areas or carbon storage capacities. But that does not mean that alternative methods, such as direct air capture or liming the oceans, would face considerably less public opposition."

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02.12.2015

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the guardian: Will Bill Gates and his billionaire friends save the planet?

"Gates has also put millions into funding geoengineering techniques—like spraying the stratosphere with sulphate to block the sunlight—that would manipulate the global climate in order to counteract warming. In contrast to the tried-and-true path of the redistribution of wealth and public investment, such gambits tend to be expensive boondoggles (and in the case of geoengineering, a massive risk to the food and water security of billions of people, who just happen to be in the poorest countries of the global South)."

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02.12.2015

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UCobserver: Interview with Tim Flannery

"The Australian scientist and leading writer on climate change talks about his new book, 'Atmosphere of Hope,' and the 2015 United Nations climate talks"

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02.12.2015

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Res Publica: Climate science is to geo-engineering as genetics is to GM food

"Advocates of GM lean heavily on the claim that GM is ‘science’. But this is itself a highly dubious assumption. GM is essentially a technology. It is more like engineering than science. And of course this is actually tacitly  acknowledged in the very concept/framing of ‘genetic engineering’."

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