November 2016

04.11.2016

# Political Papers

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CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

CBD (2016): Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diveristy. Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Technical Series, 84).

"The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming. Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all climate models that limit the increase in mean global temperature to below 2°C.
“A rapid transition to a low-carbon economy is the priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn reduce the adverse impacts of climate change, including impacts on biodiversity,” said CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, in the foreword of the new report."

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04.11.2016

# Media

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iNews: Climate change targets rely on geo-engineering, experts warn

"But while their intent has been welcomed climate scientists have become increasingly certain that – barring some extraordinary event, such as an enormous volcanic eruption cutting sunlight for a sustained period – it will be virtually impossible meet the Paris Agreement targets without the widespread deployment of technologies that suck CO2 out of the atmosphere."

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04.11.2016

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Yale Climate Connections: Geoengineering: Crazy for sure, but with big but

"As temperatures rise, reductions in global-warming pollution might not be enough to stop dangerous warming. Is geoengineering the solution?"

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04.11.2016

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Project Syndicate: Radical Realism About Climate Change

"If geo-engineering can’t save us, what can? In fact, there are a number of steps that can be taken right now. They would be messier and more politically challenging than geo-engineering. But they would work."

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04.11.2016

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Bloomberg: Geoengineering to Alter Climate Moves Closer to Reality

"Researchers say greenhouse-gas removal needed to avert warming. Large-scale greenhouse gas removal among methods considered."

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03.11.2016

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EcoWatch: Geoengineering Unlikely to Work

On the CBD update. "The global watchdog responsible for protecting the world's wealth of species, the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has looked at the hopes for reining in climate change through geoengineering. Its bleak conclusion, echoing that reached by many independent scientists, is that the chances are "highly uncertain.""

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02.11.2016

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Climate Analytics: New research confirms feasibility of 1.5°C

"As in the earlier available scenarios, the new scenarios deploy carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies in the second half of the century, to compensate for the lack of climate action in the past. Among CDR technologies, models mostly rely on BECCS (bioenergy + carbon capture and storage) to achieve negative emissions. Those technologies, though, are currently available only at pilot scale."

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02.11.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: PhD opportunity: Geoengineering the Southern Ocean? A transdisciplinary assessment

Deadline: 31. December 2016

"It is this point that the project takes as its foundation – a holistic appraisal of international geoengineering research, combined with an assessment of the challenges (eg. transboundary effects, the global commons, international v. national legal approaches, and public acceptability), public perceptions, and legal and political approaches to best practice governance."

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01.11.2016

# Calls & events

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Job: Postdoctoral Scientist Position Biogeochemical Modelling

Deadline: 25. November 2016

"GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 72 million Euro and has approx. 950 employees.

The research unit “Biogeochemical Modelling” of the research division “Marine Biogeochemistry”, is inviting applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral Scientist Position as part of the ComparCE project of the DFG-funded Priority Program 1689 on the Assessment of Climate Engineering."

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