January 2017

24.01.2017

# New Publications

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Coffman, D’Maris; Lockley, Andrew (2017): Carbon dioxide removal and the futures market

Coffman, D’Maris; Lockley, Andrew (2017): Carbon dioxide removal and the futures market. In: Environ. Res. Lett. 12 (1), S. 15003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa54e8.

"We discuss the potential use of futures contracts in Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) markets; concluding that they have one principal advantage (near-term price security to current polluters), and one principal disadvantage (a combination of high price volatility and high trade volume means contracts issued by the private sector may cause systemic economic risk). Accordingly, we note the potential for the development of futures markets in CDR, but urge caution about the prospects for market failure."

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23.01.2017

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 04 of 2017

The news review of calendar week 4 in 2017 is now available here.


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23.01.2017

# Media

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Geoengineering Monitor: On eve of Trump inauguration, White House report calls for geoengineering research

"The White House has released a report which for the first time recommends U.S. government-funded research into geoengineering. The report, which was submitted to Congress last week by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, falls short of calling for real-world experiments, laying out a case for research into the science behind large-scale climate intervention and the “possible consequences of any such measures.”"

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23.01.2017

# New Publications

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Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law

Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law. In: Nevada Law Journal 15 (2), S. 1060–1089.

"As this note shows through congressional hearings, newspaper articles, and international agreements, geoengineering and weather modification have been lingering matters in international law for several decades and will continue to be reviewed, researched, and developed in the years to come. This note examines how international law can provide legal accountability for geoengineering in the event of a catastrophic accident."

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23.01.2017

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Patreon: Weather Control and Geoengineering

"A look at advanced means of altering or controlling the planet's climate and geography, drawing on concepts proposed for terraforming other planets. We look at existing and proposed ideas of controlling the weather, creating artificial islands or mountain ranges, using orbital mirrors and shades, and many other concepts."

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23.01.2017

# Calls & events

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Call: Deadline extended for The Politics and Governance of Negative Emissions Technologies (Utrecht)

Extended deadline: 29. 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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20.01.2017

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Earth's Future special issue: Crutzen +10: Reflecting upon 10 years of geoengineering research

All papers of the special issue have been on this CE News Site.

"The year 2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen's seminal 2006 contribution on geoengineering, “Albedo enhancement by stratospheric sulfur injection: A contribution to solve a policy dilemma?” Crutzen’s paper in climatic change sparked an unprecedented surge of academic, public, and political interest in geoengineering. This collection comprises research and commentaries from leading experts in the field of geoengineering on the development of the discussion over the past decade and to consider where it may be going in the next 10 years."


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20.01.2017

# Media

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Space.com: Geoengineering Earth's Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy

"Adding particles into the air could have a number of important ramifications, including affecting how well astronomers can view the night sky. According to Lowenthal, some studies have shown that adding clouds to the atmosphere can increase the brightening of the night sky by as much as 25 percent. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

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20.01.2017

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Berkeley Engineering: One big reflective band-aid

"While Ice911’s work falls in the category of geoengineering, Field is adamant that any climate change technology be removable or reversible, and she stresses that slowing Arctic ice melt is not a long-term solution. Instead, it’s triage until more permanent and sustainable long-term climate solutions can be adopted."

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20.01.2017

# Calls & events

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CfP: Call for abstracts for Studies of Vulcanism

Deadline 17. March 2017

"[...] Modeling of tephra dispersal; Modeling of the environmental and climatic effects of future volcanic eruptions including analogue studies on climate engineering."

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