08.07.2019

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Newsletter of Week 28 of 2019

The newsletter of calendar week 28 in 2019 is now available here.


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08.07.2019

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BBC Science Focus: Could geoengineering cause a climate war?

"If cutting greenhouse gas emissions isn’t enough, is it time for a plan B? Recent times have seen a surge of interest in geoengineering: China has recently embarked on a substantial research plan, while in the US, Prof David Keith of Harvard University is planning to launch a high-altitude balloon this year to test the feasibility of spraying reflective particles into the stratosphere."

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08.07.2019

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E&E News: Risks of Controversial Geoengineering Approach “May Be Overstated”

"Some scientists are finding fewer risks related to solar geoengineering than determined in earlier studies, adding emphasis to calls for a global body to monitor proposals that would inject substances into the upper atmosphere to reflect sunlight away from Earth."

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08.07.2019

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Global Ground: Is it time for a radical new approach to fighting global warming? (Podcast)

"One may call it a crazy idea. Someone else may say its an expression of desperation about the lack of action on climate change. Despite the regretful tone, however, these comments are from researchers who advocate further study into whether climate engineering could be part of the answer to alleviate global warming."

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08.07.2019

# New Publications

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Surprise, K. (2019): Stratospheric imperialism: Liberalism, (eco)modernization, and ideologies of solar geoengineering research

Surprise, K. (2019): Stratospheric imperialism: Liberalism, (eco)modernization, and ideologies of solar geoengineering research. In: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 38 (2), 251484861984477. DOI: 10.1177/2514848619844771.

"Once a fringe notion, solar geoengineering via Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI) is gaining traction as a climate management tactic within mainstream institutions and factions of the climate justice movement. [...] In this context, I identify three dominant ideologies undergirding SAI research at Harvard—ecomodernism, Realist International Relations theory, and Keynesianism—that construct a specific narrative whereby established climate solutions (liberal-capitalist ecomodernism) are frustrated by “anarchical” international politics, leaving the poor vulnerable to near-term climate impacts."

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08.07.2019

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Energypost.eu: A cheap Carbon Capture breakthrough? MOF molecular cages that trap CO2

"Carbon Capture is the Transition’s great unknown. Big targets have been set but nobody knows how we’re going to meet them. It’s clear we need utility-scale breakthroughs, and fast. And cheap. We take a look at one example of cutting edge research that could deliver both."

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08.07.2019

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Council on Foreign Relations: The Anticipatory Governance of Solar Radiation Management

"Emission reductions alone are unlikely to prevent severe climate change effects. Geoengineering proposals are a way forward, but they need legitimate and effective governance."

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08.07.2019

# Political Papers

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Geden, O.; et al. (2019): Predictive Governance for Solar Radiation Management. Challenges and options for action for international climate policy (German)

Geden, O.; Dröge, S. (2019): Vorausschauende Governance für Solares Strahlungsmanagement. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen für die internationale Klimapolitik. SWP-Aktuell (36).

German paper on governance of Solar Radiation Management

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Aresta, M.; et al. (2019): An Economy Based on Carbon Dioxide and Water. Potential of large scale carbon

Aresta, M.; Karimi, I.; Kawi S. (Eds.) (2019): An Economy Based on Carbon Dioxide and Water. Potential of large scale carbon. [S.l.]: SPRINGER NATURE. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15868-2

"This book is devoted to CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) from a green, biotechnological and economic perspective, and presents the potential of, and the bottlenecks and breakthroughs in converting a stable molecule such as CO2 into specialty chemicals and materials or energy-rich compounds."

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07.07.2019

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The Guardian: The wrong kind of trees: Ireland's afforestation meets resistance

"Ireland is ramping up its response to the climate crisis by planting forests – lots of forests. East, west, north, south, the plan is to plant forests, the more the better. With enough trees, goes the hope, Ireland can compensate for many of the cows, vehicles and fossil-burning power plants that make it one of Europe’s worst climate offenders."

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