January 2017

05.01.2017

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Motherboard: Geoengineering Schemes Could Block View of the Night Sky, Astronomers Warn

"Beyond just reducing our carbon emissions, some people have suggested that to combat climate change, we could pump small particles into the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight away from Earth, thereby cooling the planet. But this could seriously mess with humanity’s ability to see the stars, astronomers warned on Wednesday at the 229th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Grapevine, Texas."

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04.01.2017

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Poughkeepsie Journal: Artist aims to ignite dialogue on climate change

"Zachary Skinner is a contemporary interdisciplinary artist who works with themes of geo-engineering, humanitarian activism and explores the nexus of inner strength and creativity."

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Low, Sean (2016): The Futures of Climate Engineering

Low, Sean (2016): The Futures of Climate Engineering. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000442 .

"Potentially valuable branches of work to come might be the anticipatory use of the future: the design of experimental spaces for exploring the future of an engineered climate in service of responsible research and innovation, and the integration of this work within the unfolding context of the Paris Agreement."

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern

Suarez, Pablo; van Aalst, Maarten K. (2016): Geoengineering. A humanitarian concern. In: Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000464.

"This paper explores the humanitarian dimensions of geoengineering, specifically relating to solar radiation management (SRM). Drawing from the engagement of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in SRM discussions, we discuss how to improve linkages between science, policy and humanitarian practice. We further propose the creation of a geoengineering risk management framework to ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable are considered and addressed - including the voices of all stakeholders."

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04.01.2017

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ars technica: How much would it cost to geoengineer thicker Arctic sea ice?

"A fleet of sea-ice-building wind turbines might be up to the task."

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04.01.2017

# New Publications

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Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering

Ryngaert, Cedric (2016): Climate Change Mitigation Techniques and International Law. Assessing the Externalities of Reforestation and Geoengineering. In: Ratio Juris. DOI: 10.1111/raju.12154.

"The article reviews such global public goods-protecting techniques as compensation payments for keeping rainforests intact, and climate engineering, for their adverse impact on human rights and biodiversity. Espousing a consequentialist ethical perspective, it calls for increased vigilance in institutionally designing and implementing climate change mitigation mechanisms, however well-intentioned these may be."

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02.01.2017

# New Publications

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Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets

Sanderson, Benjamin M.; Knutti, Reto (2016): Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets. In: Nature Climate change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3193.

"Political upsets could stall coordinated international mitigation action, but emissions and investments over the next few years will have long-term consequences. Any delays to mitigation or cuts to renewable energy research by the US will likely render the 2 °C target unachievable if a global precedent is set. [...] The only alternative would be an overshoot in temperature and negative emissions thereafter. Research in negative emissions should therefore be a priority, but near term policy should work under the assumption that such technology would not be available at large scale and low cost soon."

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02.01.2017

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 01 of 2017

The news review of calendar week 1 in 2017 is now available here.


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02.01.2017

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Podcast: A Beginner's Guide to Geoengineering with Janos Pasztor

"As the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, some are considering the possibilities of geoengineering. This is defined as large-scale human intervention with the Earth in order to change the climate. It can take the form of methods mimicking nature such as planting trees at very large scales, but can also entail much more radical processes, like managing solar radiation. In the coming years, Carnegie Council will be exploring this issue through an initiative led by Janos Pasztor, advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change. This initiative is neither necessarily for nor against geoengineering. Its objective is to advocate for the development of governance frameworks, as well as for expanded research on such techniques, including their environmental, social, and economic impacts. In this clip, Pasztor gives journalist Stephanie Sy a beginner's introduction to geoengineering and explains one of these astonishing techniques in detail."

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02.01.2017

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We make money not art: Albedo Dreams. Experiments in DIY climate manipulation

"Since 2012, artist Mari Keski-Korsu has been looking into the DIY strategies that citizens could deploy in order to manipulate climate. She discovered a research paper from engineers at Concordia University who estimated that if cities all over the world increased their surface albedos by adopting white rooftops and light-colored pavements, the global cooling effect generated would be the equivalent of reducing CO2 emissions by 25–150 billion tonnes."

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