August 2016

13.08.2016

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Center for Carbon Removal: Can NYC become a leader in carbon removal?

"Christophe Jospe is a consultant working with the Center for Carbon Removal, and a New York City resident. In this guest blog post, he explores opportunities for his city to become a leader in developing and deploying carbon removal solutions."

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11.08.2016

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The Week: Climate scientists are now relying on a terrifying assumption

"It's completely possible we'll run into unsolvable technical bottlenecks, and be forced to rely on hugely risky Hail Mary geoengineering efforts like partially blotting out the sun with sulfur dioxide."

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11.08.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate - Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain framework for Enhanced Rock Weathering

Deadline: 2. September 2016

2nd post doc position on enhanced weathering. "The overall aims are: 1. To build a global, sustainable, integrated enhanced rock weathering (EW) supply chain framework for analysing and understanding long-term environmental, social and economic impacts. [...]"

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11.08.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Senior Post Doctoral Research Associate - Modelling Enhanced Weathering Geochemistry

Deadline: 16. September 2016

Post doc on enhanced weathering. "[...] we are looking to appoint a Senior Researcher to develop the Centre’s rock weathering-soil biogeochemistry modelling strategy. The aim of the Centre is to develop and assess enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, to cool the planet and avert ocean acidification, and understand its potential co-benefits for food security."

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11.08.2016

# New Publications

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Shearer, Christine; et al. (2016): Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program

Shearer, Christine; West, Mick; Caldeira, Ken; Davis, Steven J. (2016): Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program. In Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (8), p. 84011–84011. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/11/8/084011

"Nearly 17% of people in an international survey said they believed the existence of a secret large-scale atmospheric program (SLAP) to be true or partly true. SLAP is commonly referred to as 'chemtrails' or 'covert geoengineering', and has led to a number of websites purported to show evidence of widespread chemical spraying linked to negative impacts on human health and the environment."

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11.08.2016

# New Publications

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Oeste, Franz Dietrich; et al. (2016): Climate engineering by mimicking the natural dust climate control. The Iron Salt Aerosols method

Oeste, Franz Dietrich; Richter, Renaud de; Ming, Tingzhen; Caillol, Sylvain (2016): Climate engineering by mimicking the natural dust climate control. The Iron Salt Aerosols method. In Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., pp. 1–62. DOI 10.5194/esd-2016-32.

"Iron salt aerosols (ISA) exert a cooling effect on climate in several ways. This article aims firstly to examine all direct and indirect natural climate cooling mechanisms driven by tropospheric aerosol particles composed partly of iron and chloride, showing their cooperation and interaction within the different environmental compartments."

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11.08.2016

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Video: MIT Media Lab Forbidden Research

Video of the 'Forbidden Research' event.

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11.08.2016

# Projects

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Project: Geoengineering the Southern Ocean? A transdisciplinary assessment

"This project will therefore involve a multi-faceted study of geoengineering and geoengineering governance, involving several phases of data collection, collation, analysis and dissemination. [...] The project will adopt a mixed-methods approach to data collection, involving such techniques as desktop studies, interviews with scientists, scientific translation and communication, public data-gathering through such activities as surveys (eg. SurveyMonkey), and standard legal and policy textual analysis."

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10.08.2016

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FCEA Blog: The international human right to science and its application to geoengineering research and innovation

"However, there are conceptual limits to the application of environmental law for governing upstream R&D, as environmental obligations primarily aim at preventing or minimizing actual physical harm to the environment. Precautionary risk assessment and management are examples of governance tools for asserting greater control over research and innovation processes. However, although environmental law is increasingly informed by a broader framework of sustainable development that draws upon a range of legal subject areas, an environmental framing does not directly target the social and ethical concerns that dominate the early stages of science and the development of emerging technologies."

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10.08.2016

# New Publications

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Kashimura, Hiroki; et al. (2016): Shortwave radiative forcing and feedback to the surface by sulphate geoengineering

Kashimura, Hiroki; Abe, Manabu; Watanabe, Shingo; Sekiya, Takashi; Ji, Duoying; Moore, John C. et al. (2016): Shortwave radiative forcing and feedback to the surface by sulphate geoengineering. Analysis of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project G4 scenario. In Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., pp. 1–22. DOI 10.5194/acp-2016-711

"This study evaluates the forcing and feedback of net shortwave radiation at the surface in the G4 experiment of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project by analysing outputs from six participating models. G4 involves injection of 5 Tg yr−1 of SO2, a sulphate aerosol precursor, into the lower stratosphere from year 2020 to 2070 against a background scenario of RCP4.5."

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