July 2017

08.07.2017

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New York Times: California Today: A Plan to Cool Down L.A.

"That’s why Los Angeles is pushing a novel plan to cool down the city: Turn the streets a different color. The idea of “cool pavements” has been kicking around City Hall for years, but only recently has it resulted in action on the ground. Matt Peterson, Los Angeles’s chief sustainability officer, said test applications of a light gray coating known as CoolSeal had shown a 10-degree reduction in heat gain."

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08.07.2017

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Space.com: Cloud Kings: 'Geostorm' Film Imagines Human-Controlled Weather

"A new extended trailer for the upcoming disaster-flick "Geostorm" portrays a future in which humans alter the weather, something real-world scientists have tried to do. In the world of "Geostorm," humans have built spacecraft that can deploy flocks of satellites to dissipate clouds and subdue other violent weather patterns, thus saving civilization from the devastating effects of hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. But things go wrong when one of the spacecraft apparently malfunctions and deploys satellites that initiate a disaster rather than stop one."

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08.07.2017

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Motherboard: How Worried Should You Be About a Real Life ‘Geostorm?’

"The new Gerard Butler movie turns geoengineering into a weapon that wreaks global havoc on the scale of 'The Day After Tomorrow.'"

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06.07.2017

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Chronicle Live: Could Consett slag heaps have an unlikely role to play in combating climate change?

"Research has found that millions of tons of CO2 are stored in the slag heaps created by the former Consett steel works"

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05.07.2017

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Hone, David (2017): Putting the genie back. Solving the climate and energy dilemma

Hone, David (2017): Putting the genie back. Solving the climate and energy dilemma. First edition. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

On climate policy and CCS, including one chapter on CE. "As deployment of new energy technologies accelerates, can solutions be found to cover the full range of services delivered by fossil fuels and can warming be limited to the agreed global goals? Putting the Genie Back explores the climate issue from its very beginnings through to the end of end of the 21st Century and looks in depth at the transition challenge we collectively face."

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05.07.2017

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KCRW Radio: Is it 'geoengineering' or 'hacking the climate?'

"The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" On this archived edition of To the Point, we hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics."

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04.07.2017

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The Cap Times: Lorin Robinson: Goodbye, Planet Earth?

"Actually, Hawking’s quite public pessimism reflects growing concern by many scientists that we are not going to be able to stop the runaway warming of the planet. This has led some to initiate discussions of what they term “geoengineering,” defined as “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth's climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming.”"

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04.07.2017

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Environmental Guru: Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP) Oxford Workshop on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Geoengineering Research

"In this blog post, I will discuss recent developments in our Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP), by providing an update on our GRGP Code of Conduct Workshop held at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford on 21-23 June 2017. I will describe the objectives and format of the workshop, reflect on some of the insights gained from this meeting, and then outline next steps for the project."

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03.07.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 27 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 27 in 2017 is now available here.


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03.07.2017

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Carbon A List: What is Direct Air Capture? Part 3: Technology Comparison

"This is the third part of a #WhatIsDAC series. Part 1 is about naming and cost estimates. Part 2 is about the world’s first commercial plant opening. "

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