January 2016

06.01.2016

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FCEA Blog: After Paris, time for an honest conversation

"In this brief video message, Simon Nicholson, Co-Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, argues that after CoP 21 in Paris, we must have more honest assessment of goals and the tools available to us. This means, he argues, a need for open consideration of ideas that to this point have largely been seen as unpalatable, including carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management options."

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06.01.2016

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Slate: Your Geoengineering Cheat Sheet

"Who's who in climate engineering? What are the big ethical debates? And what the heck is the albedo?"

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06.01.2016

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Slate: What’s the Deal With Geoengineering?

"Your 101 guide to the maybe-crazy, maybe-sane attempt fix climate change by tinkering with Earth’s atmosphere."

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05.01.2016

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FCEA Blog: Aligning conceptions of geoengineering for a healthy climate conversation

By Noha Deich. "However, a major obstacle is currently blocking the path towards effective conversation on geoengineering, namely that we cannot agree on what geoengineering actually is. In particular, the academic definition of geoengineering is quite different than the popular conception of the term."

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05.01.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Postdocs in Solar Geoengineering

Deadline 13.02.2016

"For star quality applicants, the Harvard Environmental Fellows Program gives fellows, independence, good pay, and access to a broad set of faculty across campus. It’s deadline is 13th January (next Wednesday). (http://environment.harvard.edu/environmental-fellows-program)."


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05.01.2016

# New Publications

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Gregory, Robin; et al. (2016): Using decision pathway surveys to inform climate engineering policy choices

Gregory, Robin; Satterfield, Terre; Hasell, Ariel (2016): Using decision pathway surveys to inform climate engineering policy choices. In Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, p. 201508896–201508896. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1508896113.

"New methods such as decision pathway surveys may offer important insights for policy makers by capturing much of the depth and reasoning of small-group deliberations while meeting standard survey goals including large-sample stakeholder engagement. Pathway surveys also can help participants to deepen their factual knowledge base and arrive at a more complete understanding of their own values as they apply to proposed policy alternatives. The pathway results indicate more fully the conditional and context-specific nature of support for several “upstream” climate interventions, including solar radiation management techniques and carbon dioxide removal technologies."

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04.01.2016

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News Review of Week 02 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 02 in 2016 is now available here.


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04.01.2016

# New Publications

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Heck, Vera; et al. (2015): Is extensive terrestrial carbon dioxide removal a ‘green’ form of geoengineering? A global modelling study

Heck, Vera; Gerten, Dieter; Lucht, Wolfgang; Boysen, Lena R. (2015): Is extensive terrestrial carbon dioxide removal a ‘green’ form of geoengineering? A global modelling study. In Global and Planetary Change. DOI 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.008.

"As it is a plant-based CE option that extracts CO2 from the atmosphere, it might be considered a ‘green’ CE method that moves the biosphere closer to its natural, i.e. pre-Neolithic, state. Here, we test this hypothesis by comparing the biogeochemical (water- and carbon-related) changes induced by biomass plantations compared to those induced by historical human land cover and land use change. Results indicate that large-scale biomass plantations would produce a biogeochemical shift in the terrestrial biosphere which is, in absolute terms, even larger than that already produced by historical land use change."

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03.01.2016

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GreenBiz: Can pulling carbon from air make a difference on climate?

"The company behind the pilot project, Calgary-based Carbon Engineering, is one of a handful of businesses around the world working to develop "air capture" technologies to remove planet-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These companies aim to mop up our waste carbon and help cool the planet, complementing efforts to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency."

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