April 2019

21.04.2019

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Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program: Might research on solar geoengineering resemble its broader “free-driver” dynamics?

"It’s called “re-search” for a reason. You search, you search, and you search again. It also means that researchers will naturally tackle the low-hanging fruits first. Unearthing the harder bits just takes time. That’s the natural flow of things, and solar geoengineering research is unlikely to be different."

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21.04.2019

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Intelligencesquaredus: Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea (Video)

"Geoengineering is an ambitious set of experiments proposed by scientists to help mitigate the effects of climate change. And one type in particular, called solar geoengineering, has been the subject of debate. This process involves, among other techniques, injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sun and heat that reaches the planet."

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21.04.2019

# Political Papers

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C2G2: Recalibrating our work after the UNEA resolution

"It’s been an eventful start of 2019 for C2G2, and more broadly, for governing emerging approaches and technologies to tackle the climate crisis. Perhaps it’s time to check whether, or to what extent, recalibrating our work could be helpful to further facilitate raising awareness, increasing learning, and expanding the conversation among actors."

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15.04.2019

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 16 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 16 in 2019 is now available here.


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15.04.2019

# New Publications

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Asayama, S.; et al. (2019): Beyond solutionist science for the Anthropocene: To navigate the contentious atmosphere of solar geoengineering

Asayama, S.; Sugiyama, M.; Ishii, A.; Kosugi, T. (2019): Beyond solutionist science for the Anthropocene: To navigate the contentious atmosphere of solar geoengineering. In: The Anthropocene Review 33 (3), 205301961984367. DOI: 10.1177/2053019619843678.

"This paper explores this close yet precarious relationship between transdisciplinary GEC science and solar geoengineering in the context of Future Earth, a new international platform of Earth system science. Our aim is to understand how a transdisciplinary mode of science can navigate the contention over solar geoengineering and its course of research without breeding polarization. By seeking the immediacy of ‘problem-solving’, Future Earth is drawn into the solutionist thinking that orders the mode of engagement in pursuing consensus."

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15.04.2019

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Business Insider Malaysia: Longshot presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks rogue geoengineering could cause a war

"Andrew Yang, a longshot Democratic candidate campaigning on a platform of universal basic income, Medicare for all, and “human-centered capitalism,” believes ramping up clean energy use and curbing carbon emissions isn’t enough. He wants the US to take the lead on geoengineering – an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of controversial and not-so-controversial techniques to counteract climate change, not just slow it down. "

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15.04.2019

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The Heartland Institute: In The Tank (ep186) – Geoengineering, Tax Freedom Day, and Lindsey Stroud on Vaping (Podcast)

"Today's episode features work from the Center of the American Experiment, the Reason Foundation, and the tax Foundation. [...] A Reason Foundation article titled "New Research Suggests Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Lower Global Temperatures," makes the case that we should be able to discuss and experiment with these theories. 
Supplemental article: 7 Geoengineering Solutions That Might Cause More Damage Than Good."

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15.04.2019

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Chemistry World: Renewables a better bet to cut carbon emissions than carbon capture and storage

"Solar and wind power are a more effective way to cut carbon dioxide emissions than carbon capture and storage (CCS), a new study has found."

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15.04.2019

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OneZero: Deciding on Geoengineering Will Be Harder Than Doing It

"Now former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a member of a group of global leaders calling themselves the Elders, warns that a set of new speculative climate engineering technologies could risk “exacerbating wider threats to international peace and security” if not governed adequately."

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15.04.2019

# New Publications

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Piotrowski, M.; et al. (2019): Technological Carbon Report. Recent Economic and Political Trends in the United States. April 2019

Piotrowski, M.; Taraksa, G.; Langley, C. (2019): Technological Carbon Report. Recent Economic and Political Trends in the United States. April 2019. Climate Advisers. Online: https://www.climateadvisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Carbon-Removal-Final-2.pdf.

"In this report,we assessthe current state of affairssurroundingtechnological carbon dioxide removal (CDR)—sometimes referred to as “engineered” CDR or negative emissions technologies (NETs)—in the United States. After defining what technologicalCDR is and why it matters, we examine the status of technological CDR in the U.S. economy—looking carefully at what companies and investors are doing currently. We then review the policy and political landscape for technologicalCDR before providing concrete policy recommendations for action at the Federal level."

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