13.07.2015

# Calls & events

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News Review of Week 29

The news review of calendar week 29 in 2015 is now available here.


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13.07.2015

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Klimazwiebel Blog: The antinomies of climate engineering

Conference report. "Last week I attended a conference at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Organized by the German research council DFG academics from various disciplines gathered for three days at the Climate Engineering Research Symposium in the old but nicely refurbished building at the Gendarmenmarkt."

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13.07.2015

# New Publications

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Heutel, Garth; et al. (2015): Solar Geoengineering, Uncertainty, and the Price of Carbon

Heutel, Garth; Cruz, Juan Moreno; Shayegh, Soheil (2015): Solar Geoengineering, Uncertainty, and the Price of Carbon. In National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series No. 21355. DOI 10.3386/w21355.

"We consider the socially optimal use of solar geoengineering to manage climate change. Solar geoengineering can reduce damages from atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, potentially more cheaply than reducing emissions. If so, optimal policy includes less abatement than recommended by models that ignore solar geoengineering, and the price of carbon is lower."

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13.07.2015

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Antimedia: Forget GeoEngineering! Coral Gardening Can Save the Coral Reefs

"As the coral reefs face a growing number of environmental threats, a team of scientists in Florida is promoting a radical gardening concept as the solution. Scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Science have been working on refining a process known as coral gardening."

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13.07.2015

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Contra Costa Times: Controversial 'cloud brightening' project proposed for Moss Landing

"A team of elder Silicon Valley scientists is building an audacious device that might solve one of humanity's most profound dilemmas -- a "cloud whitener" designed to cool a warming planet."

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13.07.2015

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CERSYM Blog: The Symposium on the Web

"To broaden the discussions during the symposium, we announced the conference on Twitter and Facebook as well starting this blog. We had no idea what the response would be like. We established the hashtag #CERSYM2015 and tweets started arriving before the people did."

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11.07.2015

# New Publications

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Saxler, Barbara; et al. (2015): International liability for transboundary damage arising from stratospheric aerosol injections

Saxler, Barbara; Siegfried, Jule; Proelß, Alexander (2015): International liability for transboundary damage arising from stratospheric aerosol injections. In Law, Innovation and Technology 7 (1), pp. 112–147. DOI 10.1080/17579961.2015.1052645.

"This study assesses if and to what extent existing international rules on liability could be applicable to SAI damage. Apart from the assessment of the rules on State responsibility, the question whether States can generally be held internationally liable for damage arising from lawful activities is addressed."

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10.07.2015

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CERSYM Blog: Day 3 - Are we comparing apples with apples? And who likes "them apples"?

From the Climate Engineering Research Symposium Blog. "The third and final full day of the symposium again included two sessions of talks. The first, entitled "A Comparative View of Climate Engineering Options and Metrics," was aimed at taking a good look at the concepts and terms we use to evaluate and assess different types of CE technologies to establish if researchers from different fields, countries and disciplines are assessing the technologies in a comparable way."

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09.07.2015

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Australien Academy of Science: Public Speaker Series. Techno-fixes for climate change

"Professor Barry Brook will square up to the mounting problems of climate change, pollution, energy security and dwindling supplies - and the need for a near-total transformation of the world’s energy systems. He says next-generation nuclear technologies offer the best chance of curing our hydrocarbon addiction. These and ‘techno-fixes’ such as geoengineering, genetically modified organisms and nanotechnology can avoid destructive overuse of natural and agricultural landscapes and reduce our footprint by sparing land and resources."

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09.07.2015

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CERSYM Blog: Day 2 - Can we find out what we don't know about CE? And once we find out, who has the right and the means to make the big decisions?

From the Climate Engineering Research Symposium Blog. "The second day of the symposium included two separate sessions with seven presentations each.  The first session of the day, entitled "Climate Engineering Uncertainties" aimed to help us understand exactly where the blind spots in our scientific and technical knowledge of CE lie, and to explore whether these uncertainties can be reduced."

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