August 2020

03.08.2020

# New Publications

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McKinnon, Catriona (2020): The Panglossian politics of the geoclique

McKinnon, Catriona (2020): The Panglossian politics of the geoclique. In Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 23 (5), pp. 584–599. DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2020.1694216.

"Two prominent geoengineering researchers have recently argued that the risk of termination shock could be minimised through the adoption of ‘relatively simple’ policies. This paper shows their arguments to be premised on heroically optimistic assumptions about the prospects for global cooperation and sustained trust in an SRM deployment scenario. The paper argues that worst-case scenarios are the right place to start in thinking about the governance of SRM."

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03.08.2020

# New Publications

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Bas, Muhammet A.; Mahajan, Aseem (2020): Contesting the climate

Bas, Muhammet A.; Mahajan, Aseem (2020): Contesting the climate. In Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02758-7.

"We find that when countries’ temperature preferences diverge, applications of geoengineering and countergeoengineering can be highly wasteful due to deployment in opposite directions."

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03.08.2020

# Media

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MR Online: Solar geoengineering is incompatible with a (radical) Green New Deal

"In climate policy, solar geoengineering has long been considered fringe, at best a last-ditch “plan B” in the event of a climate emergency. But recent activity around the technology compels a shift in perspective: solar geoengineering is not a futuristic “plan B,” but a rapidly developing pillar of capital’s climate “plan A.”"

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03.08.2020

# New Publications

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Aldy, J. E. (2020): Employing a Broader Policy Toolkit to Mitigate Climate Change Risks

Aldy, J. E. (2020): Employing a Broader Policy Toolkit to Mitigate Climate Change Risks. The Environmental Forum, Jul/Aug 2020, 15.

"In our recent paper “Three Prongs for a Prudent Climate Policy,” Richard Zeckhauser and I evaluate a broader policy portfolio to combat climate change. In particular, we explore adding amelioration — through solar radiation management, or SRM — and adaptation to the emissions mitigation approach to climate change policy."

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03.08.2020

# New Publications

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Smith, Wake (2020): The cost of stratospheric aerosol injection through 2100

Smith, Wake (2020): The cost of stratospheric aerosol injection through 2100. In Environ. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aba7e7.

"In this paper, I present the estimated direct costs of a stratospheric aerosol injection program through the end of this century."

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03.08.2020

# Media

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Blog post: Gernot Wagner: Climate Alarm is Not Alarmism

"New information about the link between atmospheric CO₂ and eventual global average warming bolsters the case for climate policy now."

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03.08.2020

# Political Papers

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Public Policy Forum (2020): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage — The Time is Now

Public Policy Forum (2020): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage — The Time is Now.

"This paper reflects a strong consensus within the Energy Future Forum that any achievable pathway to national climate and economic objectives must include a significant contribution from carbon capture technologies and from utilization and storage. In any post-COVID, “green stimulus” planning, support for CCUS expansion is even more pivotal than before."

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03.08.2020

# Political Papers

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IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): The Status and Challenges of CO2 Shipping Infrastructures

IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): The Status and Challenges of CO2 Shipping Infrastructures.

"The objective of the study was to investigate and compare the technical and economic options of CO2 transported by sea tankers and pipelines."

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03.08.2020

# Political Papers

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IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): Update Techno-Economic Benchmarks for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants with CO2 Capture

IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): Update Techno-Economic Benchmarks for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants with CO2 Capture. 

"In this study, the techno-economic impacts of recent developments and improvements made to core components and system designs for both ultra-supercritical pulverised coal (USC PC) and natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plants with CO2 capture were examined."

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