June 2016

23.06.2016

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the guardian: What Frankenstein means now

"But the story also found its way into public debates about test tube babies in the 1960s and 70s. The connection with my own Promethean obsession – geoengineering – begins with the volcanic eruption that cooled the earth and led to the terrible weather in 1816."

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23.06.2016

# New Publications

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Allgaier, Joachim (2016): Science on YouTube: What do people find when they are searching for Climate Science and Climate Manipulation?

Allgaier, Joachim (2016): Science on YouTube: What do people find when they are searching for Climate Science and Climate Manipulation? 14th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST). Istanbul, 4/26/2016.

"In the presentation results from an empirical pilot study on climate science and climate manipulation on YouTube will be presented. The results indicate that YouTube can be a very valuable tool for informing citizens about science for some key issues. However, users of YouTube are also confronted with conspiracy theories and erroneous and misleading information that strongly deviates from scientific consensus views."

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23.06.2016

# New Publications

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Visconti, Guido (2016): Geoengineering

Visconti, Guido (2016): Geoengineering. In Guido Visconti (Ed.): Fundamentals of physics and chemistry of the atmosphere: Springer, pp. 765–793.

Physical basis of CE, mostly SRM. "In the last few years, atmospheric physics had been invaded by a growing large number of researchers that got very excited about the possibility of changing artificially the environment to correct what the human beings (consciously or not) are doing to the climate."

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20.06.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 26 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 26 in 2016 is now available here.


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20.06.2016

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Yale environment 360: What Would a Global Warming Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

Comments also on BECCS. "The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?"

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19.06.2016

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Berkishire Bookworld: Geoengineering, Human Hubris, and a Sustainable Future

"Jim Fleming discusses speculative technological solutions to climate change, a subject he wrote about in the 10th and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Fleming is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution."

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16.06.2016

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Bloomberg: A Climate Fix So Risky, Critics Say Don’t Even Study It

"The idea: Spray aerosols into the sky to block some sunshine. To advocates, it’s an emergency measure; to opponents, a massive gamble."

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16.06.2016

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Project Syndicate: Toward a More Reflective Planet

"Albedo modification remains uncertain and risky, owing partly to a dearth of organized research into the subject. And, in fact, albedo modification would undoubtedly make some things worse. But there is not a single climate model run that shows that a moderate intervention would make any region worse off overall."

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16.06.2016

# New Publications

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Klepper, Gernot; et al. (2016): Challange Climate Engineering (German)

Klepper, Gernot; Dovern, Jonas; Rickels, Wilfried; Barben, Daniel; Goeschl, Timo; Harnisch, Sebastian et al. (2016): Herausforderung Climate Engineering. Bewertung neuer Optionen für den Klimaschutz. In Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik (8), pp. 1–51.

German interdisciplinary article on CE assessment.

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16.06.2016

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Bloomberg: Watch These Synthetic Leaves Suck CO2 Out of the Sky

"We’ve added more than half a billion tons of carbon to the air since the industrial revolution. This device could help clean it up."

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