October 2016

24.10.2016

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Anthropocene: Could carbon capture fuel our carbon addiction?

"Until we can shake off our reliance on fossil fuels, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could slow down global warming. But carbon capture and other negative-emission technologies will only seal our dependence on carbon, according to a paper published in the journal Science."

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20.10.2016

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New York Times: Can Humans Go From Unintended Global Warming to Climate By Design?

"We’ve been terrible at managing emissions. Can we shift from unintended global warming to managing climate by design?"

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20.10.2016

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Phys.org: A reliance on negative emissions technologies is locking in carbon addiction

"The journal Science has published a Perspective which reveals the scale and widespread reliance on 'negative emissions technologies', which remain at best experimental. Nevertheless the models being used to advise governments on what action to take are dominated by such highly speculative technologies – with many assuming their mass roll-out beginning within the decade."

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19.10.2016

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Boyd, Philip W.; Bressac, Matthieu (2016): Developing a test-bed for robust research governance of geoengineering. The contribution of ocean iron biogeochemistry

Boyd, Philip W.; Bressac, Matthieu (2016): Developing a test-bed for robust research governance of geoengineering. The contribution of ocean iron biogeochemistry. In Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 374 (2081), p. 20150299–20150299. DOI 10.1098/rsta.2015.0299.

"Exploration of the feasibility of geoengineering first requires the development of research governance to move beyond the conceptual towards scientifically designed pilot studies. Fortuitously, 12 mesoscale (approx. 1000 km2) iron enrichments, funded to investigate how ocean iron biogeochemistry altered Earth's carbon cycle in the geological past, provide proxies to better understand the benefits and drawbacks of geoengineering."

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17.10.2016

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 43 of 2016

The news review of calendar week 43 in 2016 is now available here.


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17.10.2016

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the guardian: The gap between ambition and action in tackling global warming

"If possible at all, this will require a range of CO2 removal technologies. Despite agreeing on highly ambitious climate targets, policymakers and negotiators show limited awareness of this technological dependence: none of the INDCs mentions negative emissions or carbon removal and very few have plans for advancing carbon capture and storage (CCS)."

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17.10.2016

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University of Bristol Law School Blog: Maximising the Legitimacy of the EU’s Regulation of Geoengineering Research

Blog article on Sargoni, Janine (2016). "This new article* sets out how risky SRM field research might be regulated in the EU in such a way as to maximise legitimacy.  It suggests that under particular conditions the EU could delegate to an independent agency powers to undertake what I call an incorporated risk assessment; an assessment in which science and politics, expertise and lay-knowledges are combined.  Legitimacy would be maximised because the EU’s regulatory framework relating to the risks of SRM field research would be legal and also responsive, flexible, deliberative and inclusive."

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16.10.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Tenure-track in climate sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology

Deadline: 1. December 2016

"The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in climate sciences. We are seeking candidates interested in understanding the mechanisms of the climate system through a variety of approaches, including theory, development and application of models of variable complexity, and synthesis of observational data. Areas of particular interest to the department include atmospheric and climate dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, extreme weather events, land-atmosphere interactions, hydroclimate, cryosphere, and paleoclimate. We anticipate several climate-related hires in coming years, and are seeking to establish the school as a leader in both the fundamental science of climate and in addressing climate change with scientifically driven solutions."

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14.10.2016

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Socialist Action: Geoengineering the Climate: An Act of Mad Desperation

Left-wing newspaper article. "As a last-ditch effort to curb runaway global warming, while avoiding a definitive halt to fossil-fuel combustion, scientists, governments, entrepreneurs, and even right-wing think tanks are advocating various highly dangerous technologies to block solar radiation or draw down atmospheric carbon to cool the planet."

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14.10.2016

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Motherboard: The Sky, Falling

"If climate change gets catastrophic enough, there are a group of scientists who advocate we experiment with geoengineering—artificially cooling the planet's temperature, perhaps by seeding the clouds. Today's dispatch takes place in a perilous, tragic future where such a thing has become a necessity. From the front lines of geoengineering."

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