November 2017

12.11.2017

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DESMOG: Climate Denier Lamar Smith Holds Rare Congressional Hearing on Geoengineering

"Ironically, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is chaired by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith — a climate science denier who has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from ExxonMobil throughout his political career. In fact, Smith actually mentioned “climate change” in his opening remarks for the hearing, in discussing his interest in geoengineering."

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12.11.2017

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Deutsche Welle: With high-tech against climate change (German)

German video report on CE.

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12.11.2017

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Dissident Voice: Hidden Dangers Lurking Behind the Scenes at Congressional Hearings on Cloud Seeding

"Of course, it almost goes without saying, how in the world is it possible, even remotely possible, to hold hearings about combating global warming by a Congress that has so steadfastly failed to recognize it in the first instance. They’re deniers! Aren’t they? Why are they worried about climate change all of a sudden? From an outside observer’s viewpoint, it’s kinda like watching the worst episode of The Twilight Zone, over and over, again and again, until a migraine splits one’s head wide open."

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12.11.2017

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Tagesspiegel: Veiled sun (German)

German newspaper article on CE.

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12.11.2017

# New Publications

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McGee, Jeffrey; et al. (2017): Geoengineering the oceans. An emerging frontier in international climate change governance

McGee, Jeffrey; Brent, Kerryn; Burns, Wil (2017): Geoengineering the oceans. An emerging frontier in international climate change governance. In Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs 8 (2), pp. 1–14. DOI: 10.1080/18366503.2017.1400899.

"The world's oceans could play an important role in meeting international climate change targets. ‘Marine geoengineering’ is being proposed to enhance the oceans capacity to sequester emissions and enhance the Earth's albedo. This article draws on discussions at a recent Marine Geoengineering Symposium held at the University of Tasmania to highlight prominent marine geoengineering proposals and raise questions about the readiness of the international law system to govern further research and implementation of these ideas."

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10.11.2017

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Tribune Content Agency: China’s Ambitious Push for Geoengineering Research

"During the last three years, China has assembled one of the largest federally funded geoengineering research programs in the world, marking another area where it’s forging ahead of other nations on climate matters."

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10.11.2017

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IASS: Climate Engineering Conference 2017: Critical Global Discussions (Conference Video)

Conference video. "Watch this compilation of statements by key experts, such as David Keith, Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, János Pásztor, Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2), Lili Fuhr, Head of the Ecology and Sustainable Development Department at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Anna-Maria Hubert, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and Mark Lawrence, Scientific Director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)."

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10.11.2017

# Political Papers

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U.S House of Representatives (2017): Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

U.S House of Representatives (2017): Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Washington, D.C. (Hearing).

Documentation of statements and video of hearing.

"The Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a joint hearing titled Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building."

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09.11.2017

# Projects

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Project: Engaging Citizens to Inform Governance of Controversial Research

New Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Fundation.

"The project goals are twofold. First, by engaging with diverse groups of lay citizens, the project team aims to understand whether and how reasoned deliberation among citizens can usefully inform geoengineering research governance. Second, our team will study how this public input influences the way scientists, funders, and other stakeholders approach geoengineering research. The result will be a rich exploration of democratic governance of geoengineering research through public and stakeholder engagement."

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09.11.2017

# Calls & events

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Job: Predicting climate and geoengineering effects on rice in India (PhD Position)

Deadline: 08. January 2018

"This project will focus on the rice crop in India which is a stable food for over half of the Indian population. Much of the rice is grown in the Eastern part of the country with a significant concentration in the Southern peninsula. Agriculture in India accounts for almost 20% of the GDP and along with allied sectors employs half the total workforce. "

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