November 2017

22.11.2017

# Political Papers

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Nassiry, Darius; et al. (2017): Implications of geoengineering for developing countries

"This working paper finds that so far engagement by developing countries in discussion about geoengineering has been limited. More support is needed to enable developing countries to assess the costs and benefits of geoengineering, including the potential for unintended consequences. Longer term, any geoengineering research and governance arrangements that are agreed and put into practice may have important implications for climate governance and broader interventions to manage risks associated with other planetary boundaries."

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22.11.2017

# Media

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Greenreport.it: Geoengineering is not the B plan to save the world, but needs to be explored (Italian)

Italian newspaper on CE. "Climatic engineering, also called geoengineering, is a large scale deliberate intervention in the climate system with measures including the elimination of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the management of solar irradiation and the "fertilization" of the oceans, all hypothesis which was strongly contested by environmental associations and many climatic scientists, but from a meeting on the subject that brought together experts at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Cop23 Unfccc) in Bonn "Climate engineering, or climate action, is risky but needs to be explored as a complement - not as a Plan B - for reducing greenhouse gas emissions."" (google translate)

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22.11.2017

# Media

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World Magazine: Sowing catastrophe?

"The speculative science of geoengineering could pose a threat to the planet"

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22.11.2017

# Media

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The Mirror: The earth in human hands

"The thing is, we’re already geo-engineering the Earth, but we’re just not conscious of it. So says David Grinspoon in his new book, Earth in Human Hands. "

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22.11.2017

# Projects

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Project: Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution (CDR project)

"There are many ways to address the issue of climate change, and here at Salk we focus on making plants much more efficient at capturing and storing carbon. This is one of the strategies that will buy our planet more time as we cope with a burgeoning human population in the face of dramatic climate change. This biologically-based solution will reverse lost soil carbon and vitality, will strengthen plant survival, and will enhance crop yields in onerous, and rapidly changing growth zones. As “ideal plants” are developed, they will reduce atmospheric CO2, and predictively restore collapsing ecosystems. This provides more time to implement quantitative, multi-pronged solutions to the world’s biggest threat to human existence, global climate change."

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22.11.2017

# Media

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Los Angeles Times: Scientists aim to fight climate change with super plants

"Friday, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego launched a new initiative to improve on the ability of plants to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it deep in the soil. They call it “Harnessing Plants.” “There are a lot of geoengineering efforts to come up with ways of pulling carbon dioxide out of the air,” said Joseph Noel, a chemical biologist at Salk who is working on the project. “Plants do this anyway, so why not try a biological solution as well.”"

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22.11.2017

# Media

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Reuters: Poor nations need say in use of climate geoengineering - researchers

"Poor countries are most likely to be negatively affected by efforts to reverse climate change using global-scale technologies - but they remain largely unaware of the potential unintended consequences, researchers said Tuesday. Developing countries’ involvement in global discussion about “geoengineering” projects has so far been limited, as most have more immediate priorities and limited scientific capacity to engage on the topic, noted a report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI)."

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20.11.2017

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 47 of 2017

The newsletter of calendar week 47 in 2017 is now available here.


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20.11.2017

# Media

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IFSA Blog: Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches

"At COP 23 most ideas focus on reducing GHG emissions in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. A much less widely discussed approach is to make use of negative emissions that can occur mostly in the field of Forestry/ Forest Conservation and Agriculture. Negative emissions do as well occur in other fields of land uses, but not in equally significant measures as the above-mentioned land uses do. "

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20.11.2017

# Media

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Negative CO2: Myths and facts about negative emissions

"Some argue that developing carbon negative technologies gives us permission to slack away, but we are actually slacking away if we do not consider CO2 removal"

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