August 2016

10.08.2016

# New Publications

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Rayner, Steve (2016): What might Evans-Pritchard have made of two degrees?

Rayner, Steve (2016): What might Evans-Pritchard have made of two degrees? In Anthropology Today 32 (4), pp. 1–2. DOI 10.1111/1467-8322.12263.

"But, unlike the Azande and Dinka, climate policymakers are not taking the necessary instrumental action to accompany their expression of concern. [...] Unless policymakers fund the necessary R&D and impact assessment for BECCS, the 1.5°C-2°C target is not merely magical thinking, but profoundly flawed magical thinking."

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10.08.2016

# Media

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Green Biz: Towards a carbon rebalancing act

"A secret weapon in the fight against climate change long has been hiding in plain sight: plants. Plants gobble up billions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year, inhaling as they grow the biggest pollutant contributing to climate change."

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10.08.2016

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Huffington Post: How Do We Clean Up the Giant Superfund in the Sky?

"Carbon removal is now so important for making our math work the IPCC estimates we need to start removing between 2 and 10 gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year by the second half of the century. That’s like removing emissions that are four to twenty times bigger than the United States each and every year."

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10.08.2016

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Exponential Investor: Can we suck CO2 out of the air?

"Today, we’ll continue with that popular theme – but this time looking at a more specific aspect. Our focus is now on the technology we could use for removing CO2 from the air – and how you may be able to profit from it."

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08.08.2016

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Climate Central: Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions

"Supekar, a systems engineer at the University of Michigan, is part of a team developing a computer model that estimates how countries can stay within their carbon budgets, limiting their greenhouse gases so that the earth does not warm beyond the 2°C (3.6°F) threshold."

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08.08.2016

# New Publications

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Sonntag, Sebastian; et al. (2016): Reforestation in a high-CO2 world-Higher mitigation potential than expected, lower adaptation potential than hoped for

Sonntag, Sebastian; Pongratz, Julia; Reick, Christian H.; Schmidt, Hauke (2016): Reforestation in a high-CO 2 world-Higher mitigation potential than expected, lower adaptation potential than hoped for. In Geophys. Res. Lett. 43 (12), pp. 6546–6553. DOI 10.1002/2016GL068824.

"We assess the potential and possible consequences for the global climate of a strong reforestation scenario for this century. We perform model experiments using the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM), forced by fossil-fuel CO2 emissions according to the high-emission scenario Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5, but using land use transitions according to RCP4.5, which assumes strong reforestation."

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08.08.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 33 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 33 in 2016 is now available here.


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08.08.2016

# Media

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APSIA: Member Story - Going between science and policy

"Listen to Kate Ricke explain climate geoengineering in Layman’s terms—“putting stuff into the stratosphere to block sunlight”—and you get the sense that she’s had to break down the science into simple terms more than once before. Then, hear her articulate the policy implications of this practice, and you might be unsure to which discipline she belongs."

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08.08.2016

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ETC Group: Activities at World Social Forum 2016

"ETC Group will discuss geoengineering and false technology solutions to climate change with our allies in this panel. Theoretical techno-fixes like solar radiation management satisfy fossil fuel industry and major governments, but all studies to date show that geoengineering will exacerbate the impacts of climate change in climate-vulnerable regions. These false solutions must (and can!) be stopped."

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07.08.2016

# New Publications

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Newton, Robert; et al. (2016): White Arctic vs. Blue Arctic. A case study of diverging stakeholder responses to environmental change

Newton, Robert; Pfirman, Stephanie; Schlosser, Peter; Tremblay, Bruno; Murray, Maribeth; Pomerance, Rafe (2016): White Arctic vs. Blue Arctic. A case study of diverging stakeholder responses to environmental change. In Earth's Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000356

"Even if global warming can be reversed, some people will experience ice-free summers before perennial sea ice begins to return. We ask: How will future generations feel about bringing sea ice back where they have not experienced it before? How will conflicted interests in ice-covered vs. ice-free conditions be resolved? What role will science play in these debates?"

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