June 2019

24.06.2019

# New Publications

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Gunderson, R.; et al. (2019): Materialized ideology and environmental problems: The cases of solar geoengineering and agricultural biotechnology

Gunderson, R.; Stuart, D.; Petersen, B. (2019): Materialized ideology and environmental problems: The cases of solar geoengineering and agricultural biotechnology. In: European Journal of Social Theory 57 (3), 136843101983925. DOI: 10.1177/1368431019839252.

"This article expands upon the notion of ideology as a material phenomenon, usually in the form of institutionalized, taken-for-granted practices. It draws on Herbert Marcuse and related thinkers to conceptualize technological solutions to environmental problems as materialized ideological responses to social-ecological contradictions, which, by concealing these contradictions, reproduce existing social conditions."

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24.06.2019

# New Publications

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Horton, J.; et al. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance: a tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering?

Horton, J.; Keith, D. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance: a tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering? In: Climate Policy 19 (7), S. 820–826. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1607716.

"States will disagree about deployment of solar geoengineering, technologies that would reflect a small portion of incoming sunlight to reduce risks of climate change, and most disagreements will be grounded in conflicting interests. States that object to deployment will have many options to oppose it, so states favouring deployment will have a powerful incentive to meet their objections. Objections rooted in opposition to the anticipated unequal consequences of deployment may be met through compensation, yet climate policy is inhospitable to compensation via liability. We propose that multilateral parametric climate risk insurance might be a useful tool to facilitate agreement on solar geoengineering deployment."

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24.06.2019

# Media

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Z6MAG: Clean Energy Company Partners With Big Oil Companies: An Irony

"Carbon Engineering (CE) gets investments from Bill Gates, BHP, Occidental Petroleum, and Chevron amounting to $68 million. CE is a Canadian clean energy company using Direct Air Capture technology to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The CO2 captured by the company is then processed and reproduced into fuel. In theory, with this technology, the Earth will have a fighting chance against climate change."

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24.06.2019

# Media

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Solarify: Geoengineering. New danger for the ozone hole (German)

German article on CE

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24.06.2019

# Media

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E&E News: GEOENGINEERING. Could experiments in the sky enlarge the ozone hole?

"Countries that form a working group for the Montreal Protocol are expected to begin debating a proposal to examine the risks and benefits of geoengineering next month in Bangkok. These are solutions that might help cool an overheated planet if global efforts to reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions fall short."

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24.06.2019

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Prospect: Why geoengineering isn’t the solution to the climate crisis

"The idea of hacking the planet to make climate change go away has been around for quite some time. Embraced early on by neocons and the alt-right seeking a solution that would allow the planet to be trashed without consequences, it is becoming increasingly mainstream, with suggested solutions including manipulating cloud patterns and removing carbon from the air."

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24.06.2019

# Media

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MIT Technology Review: Carbon farming is the hot (and overhyped) tool to fight climate change

"A growing number of farmers are exploring the potential of capturing and storing greater amounts of carbon dioxide in soil as a way to combat climate change."

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24.06.2019

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The Guardian: Can planting billions of trees save the planet?

"When Clare Dubois’s car skidded on an icy road in Stroud, Gloucestershire, a tree prevented her vehicle tumbling into a ravine. It was, she says, a sign. Humanity is nearing a precipice. Trees can stop us going over the edge."

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24.06.2019

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Clean Technica: Climeworks Starts Paid Carbon Dioxide Removal

"Switzerland-based Climeworks is now allowing anyone in the world the opportunity to turn their travel emissions into stone."

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24.06.2019

# Calls & events

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Call for Abstracts: Marine-based management of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification

Deadline: 31. July 2019

"Ocean biology, chemistry and physics play a central role in naturally controlling oceanic/atmospheric COlevels. To avoid major global climate impacts and ocean acidification, reducing COemissions is no longer sufficient; COremoval from the ocean/atmosphere system is now also required. This session will explore ways of restoring, enhancing, and augmenting naturally-occurring marine processes for regulating oceanic and atmospheric COand ocean acidity levels. Specific examples include, but are not limited to: Blue Carbon, macrophyte introduction, aquaculture, permaculture, nutrient enrichment, marine BECCS, enhanced weathering, alkalinity addition, enhanced upwelling/downwelling, and chemical or physical seawater COstripping, conducted at local to global scales. In addition to technical aspects, presentations on the economic, regulatory, policy, geopolitical, governance, legal and ethical implications of the preceding are also invited."

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