June 2018

09.06.2018

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Fringe FM: Jamais Cascio on Forecasting the Future, Climate Change and Geoengineering and the Biggest Threats to Human Civilization

"Jamais Cascio (@cascio) is a writer, speaker and futurist that focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future – writing mainly on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society at openthefuture.org."

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08.06.2018

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E&E News: This company thinks it can pull CO2 from the air cheaply

"A high-tech approach to combating climate change — often thought of as a futuristic last resort, decades away from reality — may now be a step closer to a commercial future."

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08.06.2018

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Atlantic: Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline

"A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021."

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08.06.2018

# New Publications

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Roshan, Elnaz; et al. (2018): Cost-Risk Trade-Off of Mitigation and Solar Geoengineering. Considering Regional Disparities Under Probabilistic Climate Sensitivity

Roshan, Elnaz; M. Khabbazan, Mohammad; Held, Hermann (2018): Cost-Risk Trade-Off of Mitigation and Solar Geoengineering. Considering Regional Disparities Under Probabilistic Climate Sensitivity. In Environ Resource Econ 113 (9), p. 5886. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-018-0261-9.

"Here, we investigate to what extent a proponent of the 2 °C-temperature target would apply SGE in conjunction with mitigation in view of regional disparities in temperature and precipitation. We apply cost-risk analysis (CRA), which is a decision analytic framework that trades-off expected welfare-loss from climate policy costs and climate risks from transgressing a climate target. Here, in ‘Giorgi’-regional-scale analyses, we evaluate the optimal mix of SGE and mitigation under probabilistic information about climate sensitivity and generalize CRA in order to include regional temperature and precipitation risks."

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06.06.2018

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The Plastocene Blog: Climate Engineering and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Tangled Web of the Anthropocene

"A report released by C2G2 at the end of May is an interesting exercise in bringing two important global challenges into conversation.  Carbon Removal and Solar Geoengineering: Potential Implications for Delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals is a noble effort to tie what policy makers should do about climate change with what they should do about poverty and global development."

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05.06.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 23 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 23 in 2018 is now available here.


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04.06.2018

# New Publications

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Moreno-Cruz, Juan B.; et al. (2018): An Economic Anatomy of Optimal Climate Policy

Moreno-Cruz, Juan B.; Wagner, Gernot; Keith, David W. (2018): An Economic Anatomy of Optimal Climate Policy. Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research ‐ CESifo (CESifo Working Papers).

"This paper introduces geoengineering into an optimal control model of climate change economics. Together with mitigation and adaptation, carbon and solar geoengineering span the universe of possible climate policies. Their wildly different characteristics have important implications for climate policy."

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04.06.2018

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Buck, Holly Jean (2018): The politics of negative emissions technologies and decarbonization in rural communities

Buck, Holly Jean (2018): The politics of negative emissions technologies and decarbonization in rural communities. In Glob. Sustain. 1, p. 327. DOI: 10.1017/sus.2018.2.

"This paper analyzes prospective challenges for negative emissions through examining how decarbonization practices are evolving in one particular landscape: the Imperial Valley in southeast California, a desert landscape engineered for industrial agriculture. Based on semi-structured interviews and site visits, this paper examines how community actors have received, participated in, imagined or contested new energy technologies and climate practices, and draws out takeaways for negative emissions policy."

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04.06.2018

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Carbon Brief: Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions

"Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions. This cognitive dissonance has seen the topic of “negative emissions” – also known as “carbon dioxide removal” (CDR) – move into the limelight in climate science and policy discussions. Increasingly, the only way to bridge the growing gap between short and long-term climate policy ambition appears to be developing the ability to remove billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land, underground, or in the oceans."

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04.06.2018

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Geoengineering Monitor: Geoengineering and the UNFCCC process: Spring 2018 update

"In 2018, pressure is rising for geoengineering to formally enter the UNFCCC negotiation process in some way or another. It has in recent years been a hot topic in the UNFCCC corridors, but it’s unclear if and how it will land in the official negotiation process. What is clear, however, is that bringing geoengineering into the mainstream of international climate policy carries a great risk of normalizing geoengineering as a legitimate response to climate change."

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