June 2018

13.06.2018

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Earth911: Healthy Climate Alliance Plan to Remove Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere

"The Healthy Climate Alliance has a bold and achievable plan to return the global climate to the conditions our great-grandparents enjoyed at the dawn of the 20th century. They want to do it by 2050, using a combination of carbon-removal technologies and natural systems to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and store it in construction materials, the bottom of the oceans, and through other economically viable programs. This is a hopeful and positive view of humanity’s ability to respond to the economic consequences of climate warming that can be added to the well-established, but limited, potential of reducing carbon emissions. The two, reductions and removal of carbon, are tools for managing climate conditions. We asked Peter Fiekowsky, founder of the Healthy Climate Alliance, to join us for the first of several conversations on the June 11, 2018, Earth911.com podcast."

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13.06.2018

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Kurier: Unfortunately it is too late (German)

Austrian newspaper interview with Gernot Wagner.

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12.06.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 24 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 24 in 2018 is now available here.


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11.06.2018

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Spiegel: Air catchers (German)

German magazine article on direct air capture.

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09.06.2018

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The Outline: Don’t focus on recycling carbon at the expense of reducing it

"Industrial scale methods of carbon recapture may be on the horizon, but it’s far from an end-all solution to our changing climate."

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09.06.2018

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Nature: Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought

"Estimated cost of geoengineering technology to fight climate change has plunged since a 2011 analysis."

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09.06.2018

# New Publications

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Keith, David W.; et al. (2018): A Process for Capturing CO 2 from the Atmosphere

Keith, David W.; Holmes, Geoffrey; St. Angelo, David; Heidel, Kenton (2018): A Process for Capturing CO 2 from the Atmosphere. In Joule. DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.05.006.

"We describe a process for capturing CO2 from the atmosphere in an industrial plant. The design captures ∼1 Mt-CO2/year in a continuous process using an aqueous KOH sorbent coupled to a calcium caustic recovery loop. We describe the design rationale, summarize performance of the major unit operations, and provide a capital cost breakdown developed with an independent consulting engineering firm."

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09.06.2018

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C2G2: Vatican Seminar on the Governance of Geoengineering

"Faith communities, with their values-based approach, as well as philosophers, social scientists and lawyers, will have to enter into the debate. Imagine, in the not-distant future, that one single State started the dispersal of aerosols in the atmosphere as a means of solar radiation management. This is a terrifying idea. Who has the necessary wisdom and the necessary scientific knowledge to take such a momentous decision? Who has the right to do so? Who will decide about the “quantity” (optimal desired impact on the temperature), or bear the responsibility for unintended negative consequences?"

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09.06.2018

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C2G2: Preliminary public opinion on outdoor experiments

"As a student at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy, I wrote my senior thesis about public opinion on SCoPEx. With funding from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,[2] I conducted deliberative workshops with Boston and Cambridge residents to explore public perception of SCoPEx and solar geoengineering more broadly. It is worth noting that the sample size for my study was quite small: the initial focus group involved four participants, and the subsequent deliberative workshops had five participants each for a total of twenty people. This was due to temporal and monetary constraints; participants were compensated at $15 per hour. Thus, the findings included here are tentative and meant to serve more as guidance for future research than definitive answers about public opinion on SCoPEx."

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09.06.2018

# New Publications

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Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance

Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance. In Environmental Politics 5 (1), pp. 1–22. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1452373.

"In contrast, here it is argued that de facto governance of CE is underway, discernible in an ordering of this nascent field of inquiry by unacknowledged sources of steering. One key source of de facto governance is analyzed: high-level ‘authoritative assessments’ of CE. The focus is on how these assessments are constructing CE as an object of governance through demarcating and categorizing this emerging field of inquiry, and how this contributes to normalizing and institutionalizing CE research (and CE research communities)."

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