March 2018

21.03.2018

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The Plastocene Blog: Solar Power Nerdiness and the Terrifying Problem of Albedo

"This is one of the feedback loops that makes today’s unfolding of climate change so worrying. A similar feedback mechanism exists on land. If snowfall decreases in the northern boreal forests, the white of the snow sitting on the trees is replaced by the dark color of the conifers’ needles and limbs. These absorb far more of the incoming solar energy than the snow. For the same reasons, the loss of glaciers in the mountains create hotter rocks and more evaporation of the water that remains."

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21.03.2018

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International Relations Online: Finding Hope, Not Optimism, in Climate Engineering

"“Am I optimistic?” asked Nicholson, director of the Global Environmental Politics program at American University’s School of International Service and co-executive director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. “No, I’m not optimistic about too much.” But, he said, along with climate mitigation (switching to renewable energy sources, opting for more fuel-efficient vehicles, using less electricity in homes, reducing deforestation, and composting), climate engineering could help us tackle the abundance of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere."

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21.03.2018

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E&E News: We're cooling Earth by accident. Now we might try on purpose

"Scientists presented a startling revelation in January about air pollution. It can cool the atmosphere and mask some of the warming felt by the Earth. The effect is so strong that if all human-caused air pollution disappeared tomorrow, the Earth could rapidly warm by as much as a full degree Celsius (Climatewire, Jan. 22)."

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21.03.2018

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Eurasia Review: Geoengineering Polar Glaciers To Slow Sea-Level Rise

"Previous discussions of geoengineering have looked at global projects, like seeding the atmosphere with particles to reflect more sunlight. That’s what makes this focused approach more feasible, said Michael Wolovick, a postdoctoral research associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University and a co-author on the Comment."

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21.03.2018

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Phys.org: We need laws on geoengineering, ASAP

"A new book coming out April 21 points out the major holes in national and international geoengineering regulation, and lays out a framework for improvement. The book, titled Climate Engineering and the Law, was co-edited by Michael Gerrard from Columbia's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Tracy Hester, a graduate of Columbia Law School who now teaches at the University of Houston Law Center. Gerrard is also chair of the faculty of the Earth Institute."

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21.03.2018

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Nori: Podcast with Julio Friedmann, CEO of Carbon Wrangler

"Dr. Julio Friedmann is the CEO of Carbon Wrangler and a Distinguished Fellow of the Energy Futures Initiative. He also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy, where his portfolio included research and programs in clean coal and carbon management, oil and gas systems, and international engagements in clean fossil energy. In his earlier role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Dr. Friedmann focused on clean coal and carbon capture, utilization and storage."

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19.03.2018

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Newsletter of Week 12 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 12 in 2018 is now available here.


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19.03.2018

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Popular Mechanics: Geoengineered Glaciers Could Help Slow Rising Seas

"Massive underwater projects could help keep sea levels in check."

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19.03.2018

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Spiegel: German government works on rules for CE (German)

German newspaper article on the German government discussing rules for CE research.

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19.03.2018

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Medium: Is Geoengineering an Immorality of Last Resort?

"In this paper, I employ Ben Hale’s nomenclature for the various moral hazard pathways to examine whether they are logically sufficient to de-justify geoengineering research and deployment. The small body of empirical evidence collected on public perception of geoengineering and moral hazard is discussed. I conclude that the inadequacy of carbon control regimes significantly weakens the persuasive appeal of moral hazard arguments in all its forms."

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