December 2017

11.12.2017

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Wired: The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

"In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find."

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11.12.2017

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East Country Today: Rep. McNerney Introduces Groundbreaking Geoengineering Bill

"As the nation continues to grapple with historic flooding and wildfires, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) has introduced legislation to explore innovative options to combat the root cause of these intensifying natural disasters: climate change. Last month, Congressman McNerney called for a hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology (SST) to collect information from experts in the field of geoengineering – which implements techniques to counteract the effects of climate change. Today, the Congressman has introduced H.R. 4586, the Geoengineering Research Evaluation Act. This legislation would provide for a federal commitment to the creation of a geoengineering research agenda and an assessment of the potential risks of geoengineering practices."

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11.12.2017

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Grist: A bill in Congress would require more scientific research … into geoengineering

"On the one hand, supporting science is good! On the other hand, geoengineering — the modification of planetary systems to counteract the effects of global warming — is a risky long-shot attempt to address climate change, when much simpler, more direct solutions are already known."

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11.12.2017

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Global Warming Political Union: Geoengineering as the Harbinger of a Green Tomorrow

"Research based on coining cost effective and creative solutions to mitigate such concern have helped in the evolution of climate science and technology that encourage global warming prevention. Environmental awareness manifesting itself through technological inventions is termed as Geoengineering. The proposals include the potential of the mechanisms as well as conceivable drawbacks."

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11.12.2017

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Quartz: The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix

"That’d be all well and good except for the fact that 1 kg of cement releases more than than 0.5 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As a result, the cement industry is currently responsible for about 5% of global CO2 emissions—more than double the aviation industry. Worse still, unlike the electricity industry, which one day might be comprised of entirely clean, renewable energy, the chemistry of conventional cement dictates that the process will continue to produce huge amounts of carbon dioxide."

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10.12.2017

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Forbes: Get Paid Watching The Grass Grow: Carbon Sequestration, Texas-Style

"A planner working on flood control in Houston believes he has come upon a way—that conservatives will love—to remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Jim Blackburn sees carbon in the soil as a private-property right that landowners should be compensated for, considering the service they are providing to the ecosystem by storing it there."

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09.12.2017

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Third Way: All Things Carbon Capture (interactive map)

"There are 102 carbon capture projects globally, with 51 in the United States. These projects can capture, store, and utilize emissions from power and bioenergy plants, industrial facilities, and even directly from the air. Some are innovative new concepts being developed by startups, and others have been operating at commercial scale for decades. One thing they have in common: we’ll likely need this full suite of technologies to meet international and domestic climate goals. Click here to explore the interactive maps and learn more about the different types of carbon capture projects included in the map."

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09.12.2017

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Quartz: Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that

"This October, it went a step further, partnering with Climeworks, a Switzerland-based startup, to install a machine that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. That gas is also sent underground, where it, too, eventually turns to rock. The result is a “negative emissions” power plant that literally subtracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As of this writing, the Climeworks machine has already pulled out more than 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air and injected it underground, the equivalent of burying the annual carbon footprint of a household in India."

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09.12.2017

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The Globa and Mail: Solar geoengineering: Science fiction – or saviour?

"But wherever your views fall on this spectrum, the case for serious research on solar geoengineering, and serious examination of its governance challenges, is compelling. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly likely that some form of climate engineering will be necessary to achieve the Paris target of limiting planetary heating to well below 2 C."

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07.12.2017

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The Movie Blog: GenderStorm – How GeoStorm makes weather control a masculine project

"The disaster movie GeoStorm is more than unrealistic, as the genre ‘disaster movie’ already suggests. The movie contributes to a gendered, specifically “male” narrative of controlling the weather and the climate. While taming hurricanes, destroying thunderclouds, and adjusting global and regional temperatures cannot be said to represent a male fantasy of eco-political agency per se, the cinematic fabrication GeoStorm – with thunderous special effects and a highly generic storyline – constructs weather control as a male project. It can therefore be relabeled as a “GenderStorm”."

See also the German version.

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