April 2016

20.04.2016

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Nonprofit Chronicals:

Article on the report Center for Carbon Removal (2016): Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality. "Between 2008 and 2014, foundations donated an average of less than $1 million a year to projects or programs dedicated to carbon removal, according to Philanthropy Beyond Carbon Neutrality, an excellent new report from the Center for Carbon Removal. That’s less than 0.5 percent of their annual climate-change giving. To put that in context, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the largest climate-change grant-maker, spent more than $663 million on climate programs between 2008 and 2014."

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20.04.2016

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Science: To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light

"Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate want the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the possibility of making Earth reflect more sunlight into space to fight global warming. Earth's reflectivity is known as its albedo, and the request to study "albedo modification" comes in the details of a proposed spending bill passed by the Senate appropriations committee to fund DOE, the Army Corps of Engineers, and related agencies for fiscal year 2017, which begins 1 October. The bill does not specify how much money should be spent on the research."

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18.04.2016

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WKÖ: "We need a technological revolution - no evolution!" (German)

German/Austrian article about a discussion with Gernot Wagner about his book, climate policy, and CE.

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18.04.2016

# New Publications

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Mengis, Nadine; et al. (2016): Assessing climate impacts and risks of ocean albedo modification in the Arctic

Mengis, Nadine; Martin, T.; Keller, David P.; Oschlies, Andreas (2016): Assessing climate impacts and risks of ocean albedo modification in the Arctic. In J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. DOI 10.1002/2015JC011433.

"This study assesses climate impacts and risks of idealized Arctic Ocean albedo modification (AOAM), a proposed climate engineering method, during transient climate change simulations with varying representative concentration pathway (RCP) scenarios. We find no potential for reversing trends in all assessed Arctic climate metrics under increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations."

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18.04.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 17 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 17 in 2016 is now available here.


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18.04.2016

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Geoengineering Monitor: Resonse to: Do we need BECCS to avoid dangerous climate change?

"This comment by Biofuelwatch’s Almuth Ernsting was posted in reply to a guest article by Prof Jason Lowe (Head of Knowledge Integration and Mitigation Advice at the UK’s Met Office and lead scientist for the government-funded AVOID2 research programme) which was published on the Carbon Brief website, as part of its series on “negative emissions”."

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18.04.2016

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Braun, Carola; et al. (2016): Exploring public perception of environmentaltechnology over time

Braun, Carola; Rehdanz, Katrin; Schmidt, Ulrich (2016): Exploring public perception of environmentaltechnology over time. Kiel (Kiel Working Paper, 2027).

"Using panel survey data, we show that most respondents initially show strong negative emotions towards SRM and reject the technology. However, emotions cool off over time and acceptance increases. The increase in acceptance is larger, the longer the cooling-off period between two surveys is."

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18.04.2016

# New Publications

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Barben, Daniel (2015): Climate Engineering gegen den globalen Klimawandel? Perspektiven verantwortlicher Forschung und Governance

Barben, Daniel (2015): Climate Engineering gegen den globalen Klimawandel? Perspektiven verantwortlicher Forschung und Governance. In Alexander Bogner, Michael Decker, Mahshid Sotoudeh (Eds.): Responsible Innovation. Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? 1st ed. Baden-Baden: edition sigma, pp. 205–212.

German handbook article on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in CE research and governance.

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17.04.2016

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Carbon Brief: Is the UK relying on ‘negative emissions’ to meet its climate targets?

"The Paris Agreement on climate change pledges to keep warming “well below 2C” and “pursue efforts” to limit the increase since preindustrial times to no more than 1.5C. But what rarely gets discussed is that the modelling by scientists showing how this might be possible typically assumes that the world will deploy “negative emissions” technologies (NETs) later on this century."

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17.04.2016

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Inverse: When Climate Change is a National Security Issue, Geoengineering is a Disaster

"It’s hard to see how you feel good about a future in which we’re forced to fundamentally alter the planet to save it from burning and drowning – but warning about that nightmare scenario might be what it takes to kick the world’s leaders into high gear."

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