December 2016

10.12.2016

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Bloc: CO2 Smart Grid

"An inspiring collective of 26 ambitious parties - public, private and non-profit – is working on the world's first CO2 smart grid."

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10.12.2016

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SDG Knowledge Hub: UN Biodiversity Conference Advances Work on Sustainable Wildlife Management, Climate-related Geo-Engineering

"Working Group II approved without, or with minor discussion, conference room papers (CRPs) on sustainable wildlife management, recommendations from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), and climate-related geo-engineering."

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09.12.2016

# Calls & events

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CfP: Call for Session Proposals for the Climate Engineering Conference 2017: Critical Global Discussions

Deadline: 28.02.2017

"The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is organising a second international conference on climate engineering, aiming to once again bring together the research, policy and civic communities. The conference will be held in Berlin, Germany, from October 9 – 12, 2017. It will address approaches for both Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM, also known as Albedo Modification), situating them within broader discussions of climate change and, in particular, mitigation and adaptation."

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08.12.2016

# New Publications

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Geden, Oliver; Schäfer, Stefan (2016): “Negative Emissions”: A Challenge for Climate Policy

Geden, Oliver; Schäfer, Stefan (2016): “Negative Emissions”: A Challenge for Climate Policy. (swp comments 53). In swp, pp. 1–4.

English version of post. "To date, climate policy has largely ignored the necessity for “negative emissions” to achieve the temperature targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Discussions on the underlying model assumptions, potentials and risks of imaginable technological options, as well as their political implications, are only just beginning."

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08.12.2016

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Phys.org: Uncertainties related to climate engineering limit its use in curbing climate change

Media article on Ekholm, Tommi; Korhonen, Hannele (2016). "Climate engineering refers to the systematic, large-scale modification of the environment using various climate intervention techniques. However, a new study by VTT and the Finnish Meteorological Institute suggests that the uncertainties associated with climate engineering are too great for it to provide an alternative to the rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."

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08.12.2016

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Ekholm, Tommi; Korhonen, Hannele (2016): Climate change mitigation strategy under an uncertain Solar Radiation Management possibility

Ekholm, Tommi; Korhonen, Hannele (2016): Climate change mitigation strategy under an uncertain Solar Radiation Management possibility. In Climatic Change 139 (3-4), pp. 503–515. DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1828-5 .

"Here, we present probabilistic emission scenarios that limit global mean temperature increase to 2 °C under uncertainty on possible future SRM deployment. Three uncertainties relating to SRM deployment are covered: the start time, intensity and possible termination. We find that the uncertain SRM option allows very little additional GHG emissions before the SRM termination risk can be excluded, and the result proved robust over different hypothetical probability assumptions for SRM deployment."

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08.12.2016

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Deconstructing Climate Engineering Blog: Peatlands & geoengineering: an unlikely pair

"In conclusion, I think it is too early to rule out peatland geoengineering, as there is still so much we don’t know about peatland ecosystem functioning. At this stage in time, I am not too convinced and feel more research needs to be dedicated to this field."

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08.12.2016

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Climate Home: UN to extend freeze on climate change geoengineering

"Draft documents suggest countries will agree to further ban on large-scale climate techno-fixes, warning risks of damage to biodiversity outweigh potential benefits"

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07.12.2016

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Heinrich Böll Stiftung: Geoengineering is not the only answer

"Parties to the CBD need to send a strong message to their climate counterparts to find real solutions that work for ecosystems and people instead of offering quick technofixes."

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07.12.2016

# Calls & events

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CfP: The Politics and Governance of Negative Emissions Technologies: Between the Paris Agreement and the Anthropocene (workshop)

Deadline 22. January 2017

"This two-day workshop will bring together 20 to 25 leading researchers in political science, law, economics, and related social sciences to present papers on the emerging politics and governance of NETs."

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