March 2016

16.03.2016

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Teaching Climate Law: A New Tool for Teaching the Ultimate Wicked Problem

"After more than 25 years in the climate change field, in 2010 Laura Kosloff and I began to use specialized TheBrain® software to build a climate knowledge solution with the lofty goal of helping users find “actionable knowledge” to support climate change thinking and decision-making. The open-access Climate Web contains far more information than any individual is likely to ever want to know; there just is no one-size-fits-all “actionable knowledge” when it comes to climate change."

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14.03.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 12 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 12 in 2016 is now available here.


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14.03.2016

# New Publications

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Morgan, M. Granger (2016): Climate policy needs more than muddling. Opinion

Morgan, M. Granger (2016): Climate policy needs more than muddling. Opinion. In Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (9), pp. 2322–2324. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1601167113.

"More than half a century ago political scientist Charles Lindblom argued that a policy of “muddling through” with incremental steps is frequently superior to attempting to design and implement comprehensive policy solutions. After decades of talk the world is finally showing signs of muddling its way toward a range of policies to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide."

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14.03.2016

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Chelsea Green: Q&A: Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution

"A Q&A with Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security"

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14.03.2016

# New Publications

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Tokimatsu, Koji; et al. (2016): Global zero emissions scenarios. The role of biomass energy with carbon capture and storage by forested land use

Tokimatsu, Koji; Yasuoka, Rieko; Nishio, Masahiro (2016): Global zero emissions scenarios. The role of biomass energy with carbon capture and storage by forested land use. In Applied Energy. DOI 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.11.077.

"The role of biomass energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) with forested land is also assessed with these scenarios. The results indicate that the 2 °C target can be achieved in the “net zero” scenario, while the “350 ppm zero” scenario would result in a temperature rise of 2.4 °C."

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14.03.2016

# New Publications

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Lockley, Andrew (2016): Licence to chill. Building a legitimate authorisation process for commercial SRM operations

Lockley, Andrew (2016): Licence to chill. Building a legitimate authorisation process for commercial SRM operations. In Environmental Law Review 18 (1), pp. 25–40. DOI 10.1177/1461452916630082.

"It has been suggested that SRM could be carried out by commercially motivated actors. [...] We discuss the need for a two-pronged regulatory approach, encompassing first legal and corporate regulation and second, scientific and technical regulation. In conclusion, we identify differing regulatory requirements, according to whether the intended effect on the climate system of the SRM industry, or of individual firms, can be regarded as de minimis."

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14.03.2016

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Columbus Underground: Can we “Hack the Planet” to Counter Climate Change?

"Even if we were to somehow halt massive greenhouse gas emissions this afternoon, it would still take some time for global temperatures to drop to more manageable levels. Geoengineering projects like these could bring down temperatures much more rapidly."

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14.03.2016

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MoneyMT: Geoengineering: The Bad Idea We Need to Stop Climate Change

"Maybe the problem with climate change isn’t that we’ve messed with the earth too much. Or maybe we haven’t messed with it enough."

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12.03.2016

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Forest News: Loud and clear: Paris Agreement signals need to protect ecosystems and human rights

On climate policy and BECCS. "Valuing rights and ecosystems gives the Paris Agreement a holistic perspective, one that we need if we are to avoid “wrong” climate actions."

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11.03.2016

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Kontext TV: False Solutions: Pitfalls of Emissions Trading / Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Geo-Engineering

Interview/discussion on CE. "Troubling is also that scientists and politicians rely on carbon capture and storage and geo-engeneering to reduce our emissions in the future. Instead of following these kind of dangerous solutions politics should rather stop the pollution by reducing the extraction of oil, gas and coal in the first place."

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