February 2018

07.02.2018

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e-flux: Fedorov’s Geographies of Time

"The biggest problem isn’t that nature is against us and needs to be geo-engineered into conformity, or that we need to raise the dead in order to repay our debts to our ancestors. The biggest problem is that we live in a state of alienation. Alienation from each other, from nature, and from time itself."

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07.02.2018

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Prospect: Sorry, Bill Gates—billionaires’ quick fixes won’t solve climate change

"The super-rich want to fund quick fixes because the real solutions could cost them. But their schemes stand to do real harm"

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07.02.2018

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Bloomberg: The Outlandish, Scary Schemes Being Studied to Cool the Planet

"From sun-ray mirrors to microbubbles and iron in the oceans. Is the world ‘past a point of no return’ on curbing emissions?"

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07.02.2018

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Insider Climate News: We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It's No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists Warn

"Europe's science academies say policymakers are being 'seriously over-optimistic' about carbon capture technologies, but that doesn't mean giving up."

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07.02.2018

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The Fifth Estate: Want cooler cities? Paint buildings white

"But new research published in Nature Geoscience, has put forward a lower-risk way of shaving up to 2-3°C off extreme temperatures – making the land more reflective by lightening buildings, roads and infrastructure in urban areas; and changing agricultural practices in rural areas. The research found that changing land surface albedo (the proportion of radiation reflected back into the atmosphere) in North American, Europe and Asia was a “climate engineering” approach that had fewer risks than other solutions, and had already been proven."

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07.02.2018

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LinkedIn: The New Carbon Economy: Doing Well by Doing Good

"This fact is only recently true. Today, we can turn our most prolific and problematic waste, CO2, into something valuable. Call this the New Carbon Economy: harvesting CO2 for fun and profit."

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07.02.2018

# New Publications

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Cao, Long (2018): The Effects of Solar Radiation Management on the Carbon Cycle

Cao, Long (2018): The Effects of Solar Radiation Management on the Carbon Cycle. In Curr Clim Change Rep 8 (2), p. 605. DOI: 10.1007/s40641-018-0088-z.

"The effect of solar geoengineering on terrestrial primary productivity is typically much smaller than that of CO2 fertilization. Changes in the partitioning between direct and diffuse radiation in response to stratospheric aerosol injection could substantially alter modeled plant productivity. Inclusion of the nitrogen cycle would further modify the terrestrial response to solar geoengineering."

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05.02.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 06 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 06 in 2018 is now available here.


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05.02.2018

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Vice News: Scientists hope this volcano can save us from a fiery death

"“If the solar radiation management is halted for any reason, then a rapid warming would result, with likely catastrophic consequences,” Dennis Hartmann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington told tech and science website Futurism."

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05.02.2018

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Tech Times: Can Volcanoes Help Cool The Earth? Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Eruption

"What is geoengineering? Simply put, geoengineering is an attempt to reduce or mitigate the effects of climate change by directly altering certain parts of the Earth's natural systems. An example of this is the process of injecting the atmosphere with sulfate particles to mimic the cooling effects of a volcanic eruption."

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