13.12.2018

# New Publications

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Reynolds, J. et al. (2018): Governance of Highly Decentralized Nonstate Actors: the Case of Solar Geoengineering. Discussion Paper

Reynolds, J.; Wagner, G. (2018): Governance of Highly Decentralized Nonstate Actors: the Case of Solar Geoengineering. Discussion Paper.

"While solar geoengineering has the potential to greatly reduce climate change, it has generally been conceived as centralized and state deployed. Potential highly decentralized deployment moves the activity from the already contested arena of state action to that of environmentally motivated nongovernmental organizations and individuals, which could disrupt international relations and pose novel challenges for technology and environmental policy. We explore its feasibility, political implications, and governance."

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13.12.2018

# New Publications

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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (2018): A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (2018): A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/25279.

"Coral reef declines have been recorded for all major tropical ocean basins since the 1980s, averaging approximately 30-50% reductions in reef cover globally. These losses are a result of numerous problems, including habitat destruction, pollution, overfishing, disease, and climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions and the associated increases in ocean temperature and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have been implicated in increased reports of coral bleaching, disease outbreaks, and ocean acidification (OA)."

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11.12.2018

# New Publications

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Sikka, T. (2018): Activism and Neoliberalism. Two Sides of Geoengineering Discourse

Sikka, T. (2018): Activism and Neoliberalism. Two Sides of Geoengineering Discourse. In: Capitalism Nature Socialism 3 (1), S. 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/10455752.2018.1554690.

"The paper provides a comparative, critical discourse-driven analysis of activism for and against climate engineering. Arguments in support of this approach to climate remediation are quintessentially neoliberal and can be found in discourses that fetishize entrepreneurialism, support a market driven ideology, and amplify creative destruction."

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11.12.2018

# Media

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The Conversation: COP24: here's what must be agreed to keep warming at 1.5°C

"The United Nations, in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC has accepted that there isn’t any obvious pathway to zero emissions in such a short time frame, so they have pegged their hopes on NETs – Negative Emissions Technologies. These approaches include carbon capture and storage (CCS), which involves sucking CO₂ from the air and storing it deep underground."

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11.12.2018

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FiveThirtyEight: We Have Ways To Stop Rogue Scientists. They Don’t Always Work.

"The same week that news of He’s experiments came out, the journal Nature ran a story about a team at Harvard that is planning the first real-world experiments in geoengineering — releasing particles of calcium carbonate into the high atmosphere over part of the southwestern United States. It’s part of a project to develop a way to block sunlight and hopefully reduce the global average temperature (but not by too much). The tests could start as early as next year."

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10.12.2018

# Calls & events

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Newsletter of Week 50 of 2018

The newsletter of calendar week 50 in 2018 is now available here.


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10.12.2018

# Media

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C2G2: Faith Communities and Climate Engineering

"Cynthia Scharf speaks about the role that faith communities can play in education and advocacy about geoengineering governance. This video was originally produced for GreenFaith’s COP24 event entitled 'Playing God? Multi-Faith Responses to the Prospect of Climate Engineering.'"

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10.12.2018

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Mandal, S.; et al. (2019): Transforming Atmospheric CO2 into Alternative Fuels. A Metal-Free Approach under Ambient Conditions

Mandal, S.; Sau, S.; Bhattacharjee, R.; Hota, P.; Vardhanapu, P.; vijaykumar, g. et al. (2019): Transforming Atmospheric CO2 into Alternative Fuels. A Metal-Free Approach under Ambient Conditions. In: Chem. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03581D.

"The capture of CO2 from air can even proceed in the solid state via the formation of a bicarbonate complex (aNHC-H, HCO3, B(OH)3), which was also structurally characterized. A detailed mechanism for this process is proposed based on tandem density functional theory calculations and experiments."

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10.12.2018

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ANU TV: 2018 Negative Emissions Conference (Videos)

"Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate due to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. This was recognised at the 2015 Paris Climate Convention (COP21) in 2015 who agreed to limit warming at 2°C or less. Emission reductions are essential to help mitigate further warming, but we are already likely to exceed this 2°C warming. In response, COP21 recognised that some form of ‘negative emissions’ is required to stay within the 2°C warming target."

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10.12.2018

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npr: How 1 Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

"At a major climate meeting in Poland, nearly 200 countries are trying to reach a deal on dramatically reducing carbon emissions. But a recent U.N. report found that may not be enough to avoid dangerous impacts from the warming climate. In fact, the world is falling so far short of what's needed, it said, that it may be necessary to pull massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air."

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