May 2017

15.05.2017

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Newsletter of Week 20 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 20 in 2017 is now available here.


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15.05.2017

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Mobi Picker: Negative Emissions Technology May Solve Climate Change, But It’s Not Going To Be A Cakewalk For Sure

"Worth noting, as the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches 400 parts per million for the first ever time in human history, some scientists and environmentalists are also pondering over the idea of directly capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using huge versions of atmospheric scrubbers designed to remove CO2 from the air above and around us on board spacecraft."

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15.05.2017

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: Protective screen against climate change (German)

German newspaper article on CE in general.

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15.05.2017

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Yale Climate Connections: Pros and cons on 'negative emissions' prospects

"Think of it as a 'carbon conundrum': scientists pro and con on the promised potential - and the possible pitfalls - of soaking up CO2 and permanently sequestering it to help stave off the most dire global warming impacts."

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15.05.2017

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Climate Footnotes: What are negative emissions…

"This topic is not only covered by some fringe sessions at AGU – or EGU for that matter – also the IPCC has mentioned climate engineering – or geoengineering – in their AR5 report, classifying it into two groups: SRM and CDR. SRM is short for Solar Radiation Management, which is the, by now, quite well known idea of injecting aerosols into the atmosphere, to block out solar radiation, thus cooling the planet. CDR on the other hand is Carbon Dioxide Removal, or the mentioned negative emissions. "

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15.05.2017

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Gaidos, Eric (2017): Transit Detection of a "Starshade" at the Inner Lagrange Point of an Exoplanet

Gaidos, Eric (2017): Transit Detection of a "Starshade" at the Inner Lagrange Point of an Exoplanet. (in press). In: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics.

"Reflectors or scatterers placed near Earth's inner Lagrange point (L1) have been proposed as a 'geo-engineering" solution to anthropogenic climate change and an advanced version of this could modulate incident irradiation over many Gyr or "rescue" a planet from the interior of the habitable zone. The distance of the starshade from the planet that minimizes its mass is 1.6 times the Earth-L1 distance. Such a starshade would have to be similar in size to the planet and the mutual occultations during planetary transits could produce a characteristic maximum at mid-transit in the light-curve."

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15.05.2017

# Projects

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Project: Climate Engineering Governance (UCLA)

"The Emmett Institute announces a new project to study the governance of climate engineering (CE) technologies. The three-year project, funded by a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, will be directed by Professor Edward A. (Ted) Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law and Emmett Institute faculty co-director."

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14.05.2017

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Carbon A List: Ready, set, go! Restoring the Carbon Balance is possible it just needs more _____

"Climate change is real and it is caused from excess carbon dioxide that humans put in the atmosphere. Fact. This April, the Carbon Brief reported that we are on a pathway to blow our carbon budget in about 4 years. And in March 2016 we were on track to blow the carbon budget in 5 years. So from a year’s worth of work, we bought ourselves a month. Comforting, eh?"

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14.05.2017

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Guardian (Sydney): Climate change: Looking back and looking forward

"When Richard Nixon was US President (late '60s - early'70s) a government scientific report anticipated climate change. It advocated "climate engineering" initiatives to deal with an expected "greenhouse effect", a rise in global temperatures caused by the release of industrial carbon gases into the atmosphere."

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14.05.2017

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Brown Political Review: Something Seedy: The Conflicting Roles of Science in Environmentalism

"Though market solutions such as carbon taxes seem to be the only viable way to effect changes in large-scale climate policy in America, that does not mean that we should let capitalist climate solutions reign. We must question solutions which offer “scientific” ways to “save” the environment without requiring changes to business as usual, which seems to have forgotten that humans are a part of nature. We must treat our environment with respect. Where possible, we should prioritize connection with nature over manipulation and appreciation over-exploitation."

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