November 2016

22.11.2016

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FECA Commentary: Can a Philosopher and a Scientist Co-teach a Class on Climate Engineering?

"The answer to this question is ‘yes’ because we did it, so perhaps it is more appropriate to ask whether such a class can betaught successfully. [...] The idea of co-teaching a class on ethics and science focused on climate engineering originated with Steve Gardiner in mid-2013, leading to a class that we co-taught at the University of Washington during
Winter Quarter 2015. Our intent here is to summarize our experience and provide some lessons learned."

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22.11.2016

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Otago Daily Times: Betting on a brighter future

"Without that sort of ‘‘geoengineering’’, we’re sunk, or at least our coastlines are, Prof Flynn says. Given the inadequacy of the carbon-cutting commitments made last year in Paris, and now the climate disaster of a science-denying Republican president-elect in the US, efforts to decarbonise the world’s economies will not happen fast enough to prevent disastrous warming, he argues."

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22.11.2016

# New Publications

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McLaren, Duncan (2016): Mitigation deterrence and the ‘moral hazard’

McLaren, Duncan (2016): Mitigation deterrence and the ‘moral hazard’. In Earth's Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000445.

"Fears of a moral hazard effect deterring mitigation have dogged SRM research since before 2006. Researchers have debated the significance and relevance of this concern from multiple disciplines and perspectives. The paper explores this debate, highlighting the significance of policy goals and the actual and perceived substitutability of SRM for mitigation."

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22.11.2016

# Projects

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Project (Video): Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program

"Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Harvard University Center for the Environment. Launching Spring 2017"

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22.11.2016

# Calls & events

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Job/fellowship: Apply to be an Environmental Fellow at Harvard

Deadline: 18. January 2017

"The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines."

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22.11.2016

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FCEA Blog: Commentary: A response to Wil Burns: Common Misunderstandings About SRM Geoengineering

"We welcomed the response of Wil Burns to our recent article, “Five solar geoengineering tropes that have outstayed their welcome.” In our article, we cited five common but inaccurate claims about SRM. Burns responded to three of our rebuttals, concluding that our article “doesn’t wholly dispel many of the concerns outlined in the piece.” Ultimately, in his comments we have not found anything that refutes what we wrote. We remain convinced that the claims that we cited are unsupported by existing evidence, unlikely to occur, or greatly exaggerated."

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22.11.2016

# New Publications

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Markusson, Nils; et al. (2017): The political economy of technical fixes. A case from the climate domain

Markusson, Nils; Dahl Gjefsen, Mads; Stephens, Jennie C.; Tyfield, David (2017): The political economy of technical fixes. A case from the climate domain. In Energy Research & Social Science 23, pp. 1–10. DOI 10.1016/j.erss.2016.11.004.

"This paper argues that existing critiques of technical fixes are unable to explain our simultaneous enamourment and distrust with technical fixes, and that to do so, we need a political economy analysis. We develop a critical, theoretically grounded conceptualisation of technical fixes as imagined defensive spatio-temporal fixes of specific political economic regimes, and apply it to the case of geoengineering, or ‘clean fossil’, as an attempted technical fix of the climate change problem. We map the promises of clean fossil as proposed solutions to the problem of climate change in discrete episodes since the 1960s."

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22.11.2016

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Technomy: Email Print Can These Taboo Techs Solve Climate Change?

"What raises hackles as much as “GMOs”? Geo-engineering and nuclear of course!"

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19.11.2016

# New Publications

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Quaas, Johannes; et al. (2016): Regional climate engineering by radiation management: Prerequisites and prospects

Quaas, Johannes; Quaas, Martin F.; Boucher, Olivier; Rickels, Wilfried (2016): Regional climate engineering by radiation management: Prerequisites and prospects. In Earth’s Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000440.

"In this paper, we discuss the idea that RM can be differentiated and scaled in several dimensions with potential objectives being to influence a certain climate parameter in a specific region. Some short-lived climate forcers (e.g., tropospheric aerosols) exhibit strong geographical and temporal variability, potentially leading to limited- area climate responses. Marine cloud brightening and thinning or dissolution of cirrus clouds could be operated at a rather local scale."

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19.11.2016

# New Publications

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Moore, John C.; et al (2016): Will China be the first to initiate climate engineering?

Moore, John C.; Chen, Ying; Cui, Xuefeng; Yuan, Wenping; Dong, Wenjie; Gao, Yun; Shi, Peijun (2016): Will China be the first to initiate climate engineering? In Earth's Future. DOI 10.1002/2016EF000402.

"But will China be the first to pioneer climate engineering? The answer, we argue here, is likely to be "no!" We reach this conclusion from an analysis of the historic philosophical tradition that informs the Chinese world view, China's experience of mega-engineering projects both ancient and modern, and the policies implemented over the last 60 years."

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