January 2020

06.01.2020

# New Publications

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2020): The North–South Divide on Public Perceptions of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering?: A Survey in Six Asia-Pacific Countries

Sugiyama, Masahiro, Shinichiro Asayama, and Takanobu Kosugi (2020): The North–South Divide on Public Perceptions of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering?: A Survey in Six Asia-Pacific Countries. Environmental Communication. January 3, 2020. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17524032.2019.1699137?journalCode=renc20&.

"The present study conducted an online survey of college students in six Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and South Korea) about their attitudes toward stratospheric aerosol geoengineering, one of most discussed SRM proposals. Our results showed that students from the Global South (China, India, the Philippines) were more willing to accept geoengineering as a potential option than those from the Global North (Australia, Japan, and South Korea)."

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06.01.2020

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Suarez, Celina A. (2019): Earth Catastrophes and Their Impact on the Carbon Cycle

Suarez, Celina A. (2019): Earth Catastrophes and Their Impact on the Carbon Cycle. Elements. October 2, 2019. http://elementsmagazine.org/2019/10/02/earth-catastrophes-impact-carbon-cycle/.

"This issue will focus on the origins of carbon on Earth, the roles played by large-scale catastrophic carbon perturbations in mass extinctions, the movement and distribution of carbon in large igneous provinces, and the role carbon plays in icehouse–greenhouse climate transitions in deep time."

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06.01.2020

# Media

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The Guardian: Technology in 2050: will it save humanity – or destroy us?

"Plan B – geoengineering – is neither optimistic nor pessimistic about the future of humanity, says Holly Jean Buck, the author of After Geoengineering. “The worst thing would be we fail plan A and plan B. Over the next decade, I think geoengineering will definitely be tried. Right now, it’s toned down, I think because of people not wanting to talk about it. We don’t have the body of knowledge, and would need 20 or 30 years to develop it. Right about midcentury means it will be a crunch point: climate change will be really apparent.”"

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04.01.2020

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Bloomberg: How to Halt Global Warming for $300 Billion

"UN scientists say reclaiming wasteland could capture carbon. Global effort would stall emissions growth for up to 20 years."

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04.01.2020

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Gambhir, Ajay, and Massimo Tavoni (2019): Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration: How It Works and How It Could Contribute to Climate-Change Mitigation

Gambhir, Ajay, and Massimo Tavoni (2019): Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration: How It Works and How It Could Contribute to Climate-Change Mitigation. One Earth 1 (4): 405–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2019.11.006.

‌"Here, we explain how DACCS works, focusing on two major processes that have been developed into large-scale pilot plants. We discuss cost estimates and operational energy requirements, as well as ecological and ethical considerations. We highlight the role of DACCS in the low-carbon transition by discussing its benefits, while also noting potential trade-offs and uncertainties that deserve further investigation."

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04.01.2020

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Merk, Christine; et al. (2019): Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering: Laypersons’ Acceptance at Different Levels of Knowledge and Intensities of Deliberation

Merk, Christine, Geraldine Klaus, Julia Pohlers, Andreas Ernst, Konrad Ott, and Katrin Rehdanz (2019): Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering: Laypersons’ Acceptance at Different Levels of Knowledge and Intensities of Deliberation. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 28 (4): 348–55. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.28.4.6.

"‌We look at laypersons’ perceptions of BECCS and SAI at three stylized stages of increasing knowledge and deliberation. We found a high level of uncertainty among survey respondents as to whether to accept the use of these methods, which decreases when additional information is supplied by stakeholders."

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01.01.2020

# Media

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Podcast: Vox: Interview with Jane Flegal on the Ezra Klein Show: The geoengineering question

"This conversation isn’t an argument for or against geoengineering. It’s a way to think about it, and that turns out to be a way to think about the climate change problem as a whole."

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01.01.2020

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Jarvis, Stephen, et al. (2019): The Private and External Costs of Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out

Jarvis, Stephen, Olivier Deschenes, and Akshaya Jha (2019): The Private and External Costs of Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series. December 19, 2019. https://www.nber.org/papers/w26598?utm_campaign=ntwh&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntwg4.

"We find that the lost nuclear electricity production due to the phase-out was replaced primarily by coal-fired production and net electricity imports. The social cost of this shift from nuclear to coal is approximately 12 billion dollars per year."

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01.01.2020

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CarbonBrief: UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’

"Unless the world begins to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement “will slip out of reach,” according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report."

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