20.05.2019

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Herington, Jonathan (2019): Security, Planning and Justice. A Reply to Mintz-Woo

Herington, Jonathan (2019): Security, Planning and Justice. A Reply to Mintz-Woo. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 387–390. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562531.

"In a recent paper (Herington, 2017), I argued that the mere risk of climate-related harm was itself a harm, since it undermined the security of individuals subject to that risk. In his commentary, Mintz-Woo (2019) argues that my account of the value of security is mistaken. On his view, the value of belief-relative security is already well captured by standard theories of wellbeing, and the value of fact-relative security is illusory. In the following, I attempt to respond to his concerns."

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20.05.2019

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Mintz-Woo, Kian (2018): Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses?

Mintz-Woo, Kian (2018): Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses? In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 382–386. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562532.

"Jonathan Herington argues that harms can occur whether or not there is actually a loss. He claims that subjectively or objectively merely being at risk of losing access to basic goods is sufficient for lowering that individual’s well-being for the value of ‘security’. I challenge whether losing access to basic goods is sufficient to justify the introduction of this value. I also point to some issues in his interpretation of IPCC risk categories and the social science research he relies on."

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20.05.2019

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Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research

Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 341–361. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562528.

"he purpose of this paper is to explore what I take to be a significant limitation of the proposed regimes: their failure to grapple with the significant power imbalances between the scientific and policy-making communities of the developed world doing the research and those of the developing world that will suffer the worst consequences of both climate change and climate engineering. This paper will argue that the value of non-domination, including and especially how it relates to global inequality, should guide our thinking about how to legitimately engage in research into solar radiation management."

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20.05.2019

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Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice

Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 265–269. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562524.

"The aim of this special issue is to move forward the normative discussion of political legitimacy and justice specifically. Our starting assumption is that it would be unwise to proceed with particular technologies and develop governance systems without at the same time addressing hard questions about justice and legitimacy. One reason for this is that clarifying the central normative questions is key to understanding obstacles to, parameters for, and constraints on research, policy and governance. In particular, it matters for policy if some kinds of geoengineering turn out to be easier from the point of view of justice and legitimacy than others."

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20.05.2019

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Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering

Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 417–440. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1522065.

"Lessons from the literature on multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) that are relevant to the debate on climate engineering (CE) are examined. MSDs have been used to prod slow-to-develop intergovernmental regulatory processes on a range of transnational and global controversies. A CEMSD might push forward anticipatory governance of CE by promoting social learning, sharpening and legitimizing governance norms, and starting to arrange the political space for governance by states."

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20.05.2019

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Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'

Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 385–396. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1558515.

"The term solar radiation management (SRM) describes a set of speculative technologies that might help humanity respond to climate change. SRM technologies would operate, if ever developed and deployed at scale, by reflecting a small amount of solar energy back into space before that energy warms the planet."

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20.05.2019

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Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering?

Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering? In Climate Policy 4, pp. 1–7. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1607716.

"We propose that multilateral parametric climate risk insurance might be a useful tool to facilitate agreement on solar geoengineering deployment. With parametric insurance, predetermined payouts are triggered when climate indices deviate from set ranges. We suggest that states favouring deployment could underwrite reduced-rate parametric climate insurance."

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20.05.2019

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Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2019). Reply to Loisel et al.: Soil in climate mitigation and adaptation

Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2019). Reply to Loisel et al.: Soil in climate mitigation and adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1905360116

"We thank Loisel et al. (1) for their response to our article (2), which questions the ability of soil C sequestration to be the negative emissions strategy that has been widely advocated (ref. 3 and https://www.4p1000.org/). Loisel et al. acknowledge this but suggest we did not adequately articulate additional benefits. While this was not our focus, we did indeed acknowledge soil management as a climate adaptation strategy."

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20.05.2019

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Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2018). Opinion: Soil carbon sequestration is an elusive climate mitigation tool

Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2018). Opinion: Soil carbon sequestration is an elusive climate mitigation tool. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(46), 11652–11656. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1815901115

"Through changed agricultural techniques, it is proposed, much of this carbon can be restored to domesticated soils and thus serve as a significant tool to mitigate climate change, providing a wider timeframe for society to decarbonize. Unfortunately, both cultural and scientific challenges suggest that this proposal is overly optimistic and inherently flawed."

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20.05.2019

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Loisel, J., et al. (2019). Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges

Loisel, J., Casellas Connors, J. P., Hugelius, G., Harden, J. W., & Morgan, C. L. (2019). Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1900444116

"Furthermore, we assert that current agricultural practices are contingent upon, and will be shaped by, transitions in the global energy systems. Therefore, continued soil-restoration efforts may not only contribute to climate mitigation, but may also play a role in supporting energy transitions as well as climate adaptation."

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