March 2018

29.03.2018

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Environmental Reserach Web: Could targeted geoengineering cut sea-level rise?

"Targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets deserves serious research and investment, according to a comment in Nature. "We understand the hesitancy to interfere with glaciers – as glaciologists, we know the pristine beauty of these places," wrote John Moore of Beijing Normal University, China, and the University of Lapland, Finland, and colleagues. "But we have also stood on ice shelves that are now open ocean.""

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29.03.2018

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National Geographic: Floating Sunscreen-Like Film Could Protect the Great Barrier Reef

"By blocking some of the sunlight hitting the reefs, conservationists hope to dial down the rapid decline of coral."

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29.03.2018

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Monterey Country Now: A new speaker series tries to bridge environmental policy and regular people’s reality

"How does an egalitarian society reach equilibrium with nature? What role can religious people have in ocean conservation? What is geo-engineering? The Middlebury Institute of International Studies tackles these and other questions in the overlapping realms of activism, equity, climate, justice, law and economics in the student-driven Hayward Social and Environmental Justice Speaker Series. It’s funded by Hayward Lumber and co-sponsored by the school’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), a hub of research on ocean conservation and capitalization."

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28.03.2018

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McKinnon, Catriona (2018): Sleepwalking into lock-in? Avoiding wrongs to future people in the governance of solar radiation management research

McKinnon, Catriona (2018): Sleepwalking into lock-in? Avoiding wrongs to future people in the governance of solar radiation management research. In Environmental Politics 118 (17), pp. 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1450344.

"Arguments are advanced for two ways in which we can avoid the reckless endangerment of future people in the governance of solar radiation management (SRM) research, which could happen through lock-in to SRM deployment from research. SRM research is at an early stage, one at which the mechanisms of lock-in could start to operate. However, lock-in fit to endanger future people could be slowed or stopped through targeted governance. Governance of SRM research that does not include provisions to detect, slow, or stop lock-in fails the test of an intergenerationally adequate precautionary principle, and research governed without these provisions cannot itself be justified as a precaution against the impacts of climate change."

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27.03.2018

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Scott, Vivian; Geden, Oliver (2018): The challenge of carbon dioxide removal for EU policy-making

Scott, Vivian; Geden, Oliver (2018): The challenge of carbon dioxide removal for EU policy-making. In Nat. Energy. DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0124-1.

"Most scenarios to meet the Paris Agreement require negative emissions technologies. The EU has assumed a global leadership role in mitigation action and low-carbon energy technology development and deployment, but carbon dioxide removal presents a serious challenge to its low-carbon policy paradigm and experience."

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27.03.2018

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New York: The Paris Climate Accords Are Looking More and More Like Fantasy

"We don’t just need to draw down fossil fuels to stay below two degrees; doing so also requires “negative emissions” — extracting carbon from the atmosphere, essentially buying back some amount of existing fossil-fuel pollution through a combination of technological and agricultural tools."

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26.03.2018

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Newsletter of Week 13 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 13 in 2018 is now available here.


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26.03.2018

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Radunsky, Klaus (2018): The Politics and Governance of Negative Emissions Technologies

Radunsky, Klaus (2018): The Politics and Governance of Negative Emissions Technologies. In Fátima Alves, Walter Leal Filho, Ulisses Azeiteiro (Eds.): Theory and Practice of Climate Adaptation. Cham: Springer (Climate Change Management), pp. 87–104.

"The paper informs about such recently published projections that suggest that global surface temperatures will increase by approximately 5 °C (9 °F) over pre-industrial temperatures by the year 2100 and discusses options to bridge the gap to the goals specified in the Paris Agreement."

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26.03.2018

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World Resources Institute: Taking Greenhouse Gases from the Sky: 7 Things to Know About Carbon Removal

"To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we’re actually removing and storing more carbon from the air than we’re putting into the atmosphere. This will involve deploying techniques that remove carbon from the atmosphere and permanently store it."

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26.03.2018

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Böttcher, Miranda; et al. (2018): Climate Engineering Conference 2017. Conference Report

Böttcher, Miranda; Schäfer, Stefan; Low, Sean; Parker, Andy (2018): Climate Engineering Conference 2017. Critical Global Discussions. Conference Report. IASS Potsdam.

"The report is a reflection on the conference proceedings and outcomes. It is not intended, however, to produce a definitive statement or set of recommendations. It rather serves to make many aspects of the discussions at the conference available to as broad an audience as possible. Thus, the report provides a concise, yet descriptive summary of the various plenary and parallel sessions that were held at CEC17."

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