March 2016

23.03.2016

# New Publications

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Nagel, J. (2016). Gender and climate change. Impacts, science, policy

Nagel, J. (2016). Gender and climate change. Impacts, science, policy. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

"Nagel said her research for the book points to how more women than men die in climate-related disasters around the world and how a male-centric approach to climate change policy too often focuses on treating the symptoms rather than addressing the root causes. 'For instance, geoengineering approaches focus on ways to reduce sunlight or bury and sequester carbon. These kinds of solutions ignore the causes of climate change, which is carbon dioxide production. We need to address the sources of climate change as well as its consequences,' Nagel said."

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23.03.2016

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Patterns of Meaning Blog: False Solutions? 3 Ways To Evaluate Grand Climate Proposals

"Geoengineering proposals are based on the notion of the earth as a massive piece of machinery to be engineered for human benefit. Not only are these approaches morally repugnant for anyone who sees Nature as having intrinsic worth, they are also fraught with massive risk, since the earth’s systems are in fact not machine-like, but the result of complex, nonlinear relationships that are inherently unpredictable."

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23.03.2016

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New York Times: Oxford’s Halley Professor on How the Climate Challenge Could Derail a Brilliant Human Destiny

"However, if we last long enough, technology will make it easy to block enough sunlight to save the Earth from a runaway, buying us another 4 billion years of habitability. That’s the only kind of albedo-modification geoengineering I could countenance, and by the time that is needed, presumably we’ll have the wisdom to deploy it safely and the technology to make it robust."

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23.03.2016

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Huffington Post: Carbon Sinks Are The Next Big Thing

"These ecosystems are known as “carbon sinks”. They take carbon out of the air and store it away. It turns out that cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and other human sources will not be enough to keep keep climate change at tolerable levels. We also need natural sinks — soils, wetlands, grasslands and forests - to perform what the experts call terrestrial biological carbon sequestration. A brief review of the science will help explain."

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22.03.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 13 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 13 in 2016 is now available here.


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22.03.2016

# Media

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Grantham Institute: Geoengineering the future: Journal Club with Magdalena Matysek

"During our discussion, most people were of the opinion that geoengineering’s ability to counter climate change would be limited, at least in the near future, due to the intensity, spatial distribution and timing of side effects that are difficult to predict."

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22.03.2016

# New Publications

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de_Richter, Renaud K.; et al. (2016): Fighting global warming by GHG removal. Destroying CFCs and HCFCs in solar-wind power plant hybrids producing renewable energy with no-intermittency

de_Richter, Renaud K.; Ming, Tingzhen; Caillol, Sylvain; Liu, Wei (2016): Fighting global warming by GHG removal. Destroying CFCs and HCFCs in solar-wind power plant hybrids producing renewable energy with no-intermittency. In International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. DOI 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.02.027.

"This article proposes a combination of disrupting techniques to transform or destroy the halogenated gases in the atmosphere, which are harmful for the ozone layer, and possess high global warming potential as well as long atmospheric lifetimes."

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19.03.2016

# New Publications

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Preston, Christopher J. (Ed.) (2016): Climate Justice and Geoengineering

Preston, Christopher J. (Ed.) (2016): Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Rowman & Littlefield International.

"A collection of original and innovative essays that compare the justice issues raised by climate engineering to the justice issues raised by competing approaches to solving the climate problem."

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19.03.2016

# New Publications

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Summers, David M.; et al. (2015): The costs of reforestation. A spatial model of the costs of establishing environmental and carbon plantings

Summers, David M.; Bryan, Brett A.; Nolan, Martin; Hobbs, Trevor J. (2015): The costs of reforestation. A spatial model of the costs of establishing environmental and carbon plantings. In Land Use Policy 44, pp. 110–121. DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.12.002.

"Reforestation presents a potentially important tool for carbon abatement and reducing the impact of climate change and may also provide valuable biodiversity benefits. However, the economic returns are critical in determining whether it will be a viable land use and this is highly sensitive to assumptions around upfront establishment cost. [...] Here we developed a model to predict the spatially explicit costs of establishment of monoculture tree plantations for carbon sequestration (or carbon plantings) and mixed species plantations for carbon sequestration and biodiversity benefits (or environmental plantings)."

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19.03.2016

# Media

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Hello Climate Change: Eric Toensmeier The Carbon Farming Solution (audio)

"Eric Toensmeier is an author and expert on the link between agriculture and climate change who has recently completed a book, The Carbon Farming Solution, drawing on his deep knowledge of sustainable agriculture, including agroforestry and permaculture."

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