March 2016

11.03.2016

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ensia: The farm that grows climate solutions

"High in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, a small cooperative is “farming carbon” — practicing agriculture in a way that fights climate change while simultaneously meeting human needs. Although these practices are used by millions of people around the world in some way, people in Western nations are largely unfamiliar with them, and there is little coordinated support to encourage farmers to adopt them."

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11.03.2016

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International Business Times: Geoengineering: Pumping water onto Antarctica will not stop sea levels rising

Media response on Frieler, K.; et al. (2016). "Unprecedented geoengineering methods will not be enough to solve the problem of rising sea levels, scientists have warned. A team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has assessed the idea of pumping sea water onto the Antarctic continent to see if it would be technically feasible, and if it could be of any help to tackle one of the immense challenges associated with global warming."

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11.03.2016

# New Publications

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Frieler, K.; et al. (2016): Delaying future sea-level rise by storing water in Antarctica

Frieler, K.; Mengel, M.; Levermann, A. (2016): Delaying future sea-level rise by storing water in Antarctica. In Earth Syst. Dynam. 7 (1), pp. 203–210. DOI 10.5194/esd-7-203-2016.

"In view of the potential implications for coastal populations and ecosystems worldwide, we investigate, from an ice-dynamic perspective, the possibility of delaying sea-level rise by pumping ocean water onto the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet. We find that due to wave propagation ice is discharged much faster back into the ocean than would be expected from a pure advection with surface velocities."

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11.03.2016

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ARD: Knowledge show (German)

German popular science show ("Wissen vor acht") on CE.

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11.03.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor newsletter

Welcome to the Geoengineering Monitor newsletter, with all the latest news and campaign updates from our website.

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09.03.2016

# New Publications

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Shi, Xiaoyang; et al. (2016): Capture CO2 from Ambient Air Using Nanoconfined Ion Hydration. In Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., pp. n/a-n/a. DOI 10.1002/anie.201507846.

"Water confined in nanoscopic pores is essential in determining the energetics of many physical and chemical systems. Herein, we report a recently discovered unconventional, reversible chemical reaction driven by water quantities in nanopores."

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09.03.2016

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The Hindu: Cooling the earth down

"Today, climate engineering efforts are viewed either as secondary measures to be undertaken alongside reducing emissions or as technologies which have not matured enough to warrant discussion by world leaders. But the situation can change dramatically in the future. Even if all the national commitments made in Paris are fulfilled, the effects of global warming will inevitably worsen in the near term. As nations struggle to reduce emissions even further, alternative solutions using engineering innovations will increasingly gain currency."

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08.03.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor: Using ship wakes to fight climate change? Time to anchor climate research to common sense

"An article published in January by the Journal of Geophysical Research and covered briefly in Nature describes how brightening and extending the lives of ship wakes can be used to alter the albedo of the oceans, and cool global temperatures. It adds ship wakes to a growing list of Solar Radiation Management techniques. [...] The most obvious flaw is that the study doesn’t mention what these surfactants could be, or what their effect on the oceans would be."

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07.03.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 11 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 11 in 2016 is now available here.


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07.03.2016

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Angus Ferraro's Blog: Can stratospheric aerosols directly affect global precipitation?

Blog article on Ferraro, Angus J.; Griffiths, Hannah G. (2016). "What is the effect of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering on global precipitation? If we were to inject sulphate aerosol into the stratosphere it would reflect some sunlight and cool the Earth, but the atmosphere’s CO2 levels would remain high. This is important, because CO2 actually has an effect on precipitation even when it doesn’t affect surface temperature."


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