July 2017

17.07.2017

# New Publications

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Visioni, Daniele; et al. (2017): Sulfate Geoengineering Impact on Methane Transport and Lifetime. Results from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)

" Sulfate geoengineering, made by sustained injection of SO2 in the tropical lower stratosphere, may impact the CH4 abundance through several photochemical mechanisms affecting tropospheric OH and hence the methane lifetime."

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17.07.2017

# New Publications

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Bellamy, Rob; et al. (2017): Public perceptions of geoengineering research governance. An experimental deliberative approach

"Public perceptions of geoengineering experiments were explored in three workshops. Majoritarian, consensual and individualistic deliberations were experimentally created. The perceived controllability of experiments is central to public acceptability. Legitimacy of experiments will depend on combinations of four controllability criteria. Technical determinations of scale or location will be poor predictors of public concerns."

 

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17.07.2017

# Media

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FCEA: Larsen C: Climate Engineering and Polar Ice Melt

"This week, the Larsen C ice shelf broke away from Antarctica, setting a one trillion ton iceberg afloat in the Wedell Sea. While this event was natural and expected, scientists predict further calving events as temperatures rise, potentially unleashing several feet of sea level rise. We asked members of our Board of Advisors and other experts: Could proposed solar climate engineering technologies prevent or slow Arctic and Antarctic ice melt?"

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17.07.2017

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Jacobin: New York Mag’s Climate Disaster Porn Gets It Painfully Wrong

"The real climate danger is that a vicious right-wing minority will impose an order that privileges the affluent few over everyone else."

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17.07.2017

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Bustle: Can Scientists Reverse Climate Change?

"You know something has captured the public imagination when they make a disaster movie about it: Geostorm, an upcoming disaster thriller, is based around the idea of climate engineering, in which humans take direct control of weather events (in the film's case, through satellites, one of which goes rogue). In this case, truth is stranger than fiction — because in reality, various geo-engineers believe that lasers could be used to cool the planet and dispel the levels of greenhouse gases, mostly by being fired into the air at immense heights."

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17.07.2017

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E&E News: Should we change Earth to halt warming? Scientists say maybe

"And that was only one link of a rapidly forming chain of emergencies that finally convinced all major world powers to take more drastic steps. They have deployed technology to shade the Earth against the sun's increasingly heat and have tried using machines that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere around the clock. "That was the idea of this paper," explained Simone Tilmes, an atmospheric chemist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "What if we start late on this large-scale mitigation? What can we do then?""

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17.07.2017

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Huffpost: Growing Our Way into a Sustainable Future

"While not everyone shares in the belief that massive geo-engineering solutions are the path to deal with climate change, there seems to be a growing consensus around the world that shifting to renewable sources of energy is the panacea that will help us take care of the problems our industrial civilization has created. Einstein warned us decades us that “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” If technology and industrialization have had a major hand in leading us into the climate crisis we´re facing, perhaps we need to look for other ways to confront the issue."

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17.07.2017

# Media

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China Daily: The great thaw

"'If such targets are met, then it is conceivable that plausible quantities of sulfate aerosol geoengineering may be able to maintain 2020 temperatures throughout the 21st century,' Zhao Liyun, a junior scientist at the same college as Moore, wrote in a recent paper, co-authored with him and three others."

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17.07.2017

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FCEA Blog: A Response to “The Uninhabitable Earth”

"David Wallace-Wells’ new article, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” suggests that it’s game over for the planet. He tells us that climate change will render large swaths of the planet uninhabitable, and that life for all will, far faster than we typically allow ourselves to imagine, become brutish and precarious. The article has generated debate on whether its depictions of economic collapse, devastating conflict, and mass suffering in a warmer world are alarmist. There need be no debate on that point – this is an alarmist piece of writing. Wallace-Wells paints a near-future hellscape, born of human ignorance and hubris."

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08.07.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 28 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 28 in 2017 is now available here.


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