21.05.2019

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Financial Buzz: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Carbon Engineering begin engineering of the worlds largest Direct Air Capture and sequestration plant

"Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental, and Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian clean energy company, today announced they are jointly proceeding with the engineering and design of the world’s largest Direct Air Capture (DAC) and sequestration facility. The companies are evaluating a facility designed to capture 500 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere each year, which would be used in Occidental’s enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations and subsequently stored underground permanently. The plant would be located in the Permian Basin."

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20.05.2019

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Newsletter of Week 21 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 21 in 2019 is now available here.


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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Giri, Chaitanya (2019): Making Terrestrial Geoengineering Technologies Viable. An Opportunity for India-Canada Climate Leadership

Giri, Chaitanya (2019): Making Terrestrial Geoengineering Technologies Viable. An Opportunity for India-Canada Climate Leadership. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue Paper, 3).

"In an acknowledgment that emissions-reduction alone will not resolve the unfolding climate crisis, a call has been made for the development of carbon sinks to remove gases already in the atmosphere. These less-heralded greenhouse gas removal technologies are essential to achieving the pact’s goal of keeping the global average surface temperature from rising more than the 1.5 degrees Celsius. These steps are also a key to ensuring that India and Canada meet their ambitious climate-action goals without suffering severe socio-economic and climatic harm."

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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

# New Publications

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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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Climate Strategies Blog: Solar Geoengineering, Governance, and Parametric Insurance

"In a new article published in the journal Climate Policy , David Keith and I propose a novel approach to addressing these issues.  We begin by recognizing that one or more countries attempting to implement solar geoengineering against the objections of key states would probably not succeed.  Opposing states would have a large suite of tools—trade and financial sanctions, diplomatic isolation, cyber attacks, etc.—they could employ to raise the costs of unilateral deployment far above the direct, near-term benefits any country could expect to gain."

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