01.09.2011

# Political Papers

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Negatonnes - An initial Assessment of the Potential for negative Emission Techniques to contribute safely and fairly to meeting carbon Budgets in the 21st century

"Because of past failures to mitigate emissions effectively, there is little prospect of safely balancing carbon budgets in the future without the use of techniques which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (otherwise known as ‘negative emissions techniques’ or NETs) alongside much-accelerated mitigation. But without much-accelerated mitigation, this study suggests there is little if any chance that NETs can fill the gap."

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31.08.2011

# Media

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Giant pipe and balloon to pump water into the sky in climate experiment

Field experiment on SRM-climate engineering with giant pipe and balloon to pump water into the sky.

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30.08.2011

# New Publications

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Gassensmith, J. J., Furukawa, H., Smaldone, R. A. et al. (2011), ‘Strong and Reversible Binding of Carbon Dioxide in a Green Metal–Organic Framework’

Gassensmith, J. J., Furukawa, H., Smaldone, R. A. et al. (2011), ‘Strong and Reversible Binding of Carbon Dioxide in a Green Metal–Organic Framework’, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 133 (39), pp 15312–15315; 2011.

"The efficient capture and storage of gaseous CO2 is a pressing environmental problem. Although porous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been shown to be very effective at adsorbing CO2 selectively by dint of dipole–quadruple interactions and/or ligation to open metal sites, the gas is not usually trapped covalently. Furthermore, the vast majority of these MOFs are fabricated from nonrenewable materials, often in the presence of harmful solvents, most of which are derived from petrochemical sources. Herein we report the highly selective adsorption of CO2 by CD-MOF-2, a recently described green MOF consisting of the renewable cyclic oligosaccharide γ-cyclodextrin and RbOH, by what is believed to be reversible carbon fixation involving carbonate formation and decomposition at room temperature. The process was monitored by solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy as well as colorimetrically after a pH indicator was incorporated into CD-MOF-2 to signal the formation of carbonic acid functions within the nanoporous extended framework."


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18.08.2011

# New Publications

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Betz, G. (2011), ‘The case for climate engineering research: an analysis of the “arm the future” argument’

Betz, G. (2011), ‘The case for climate engineering research: an analysis of the “arm the future” argument’, Climatic Change, 2011. DOI 10.1007/s10584-011-0207-5

"In order to do so, we analyse what seems to be the major argument in favour of research into climate engineering: the lesser evil-, or, as Stephen Gardiner has called it, the arm the futureargument—in short: the AF-argument (Gardiner 2010). Such an argumentative analysis makes explicit the normative and descriptive assumptions which underlie the reasoning, without ascertaining or denying them, and thus enables one to assess the overall strength of the argument as well as to determine which objections do, and which don’t undermine it.".


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17.08.2011

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Poumadère, Marc; Bertoldo, Raquel; Samadi, Jaleh (2011): Public perceptions and governance of controversial technologies to tackle climate change: nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, wind, and geoengineering

Poumadère, Marc; Bertoldo, Raquel; Samadi, Jaleh (2011): Public perceptions and governance of controversial technologies to tackle climate change: nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, wind, and geoengineering. In: WIREs Clim Change 2 (5), S. 712–727. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.134

Paper on public perception of energy and climate technologies with specieal interest in risistance and risks perception.

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01.08.2011

# Political Papers

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TAB (Hg.) (2011): TAB-Rundbrief. Schwerpunkt: Hope-, Hype- und Fear-Technologien

TAB (Hg.) (2011): TAB-Rundbrief. Schwerpunkt: Hope-, Hype- und Fear-Technologien. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (39), zuletzt geprüft am 24.10.2011.

EN TA-Newsletter of the German Parliament with priority on CE.

DE Rundbrief des Technikfolgenabschätzungsbüros des Dt. Bundestages mit einen Schwerpunkt auf CE.

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01.08.2011

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Understanding Risk Research Group: Public Engagement on Geoengineering Research: Preliminary Report on the SPICE Deliberative Workshops

"IAGP has three core objectives:
1) To evaluate the effectiveness and side effects of a broad range of geoengineering proposals
2) To evaluate the controllability of global climate using these proposals
3) To elicit and include stakeholder and public values into the evaluation"

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04.07.2011

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse (2011): The Regulation of Climate Engineering

Reynolds, Jesse (2011): The Regulation of Climate Engineering. In: Law, Inn Tech 3 (1), S. 113–136.

Essay on (legal) regulation of CE and problems with specific CE methods.

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01.07.2011

# New Publications

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Uther, S., and Matzner, N. (2011), ‘Initiativen in der Climate-Engineering-Forschung. Projekte, Konferenzen, Netzwerke: Ein Bericht über ausgewählte Forschungsaktivitäten in Deutschland’

Uther, S., and Matzner, N. (2011), ‘Initiativen in der Climate-Engineering-Forschung. Projekte, Konferenzen, Netzwerke: Ein Bericht über ausgewählte Forschungsaktivitäten in Deutschland’, TATuP, 20/2: 94–98, accessed 28 Jul 2011.

EN  Report on selectet German research activities and the Summer School on Climate Engineering 2010.

DE  Bericht über deutsche Forschungsaktivitäten, insbesondere die Summer School 2010 in Heidelberg.


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01.07.2011

# New Publications

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Bowerman, Niel; Kruger, Tim (2011): The Student Conference debate on geoengineering

Bowerman, Niel; Kruger, Tim (2011): The Student Conference debate on
geoengineering. In: Weather 66 (7), S. 184–185. DOI: 10.1002/wea.837

"This year’s Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference has just finished, and we look forward to contributions from it in due course. Here, two contributors to a debate held at last year’s Conference, Niel Bowerman and Tim Kruger, air their views on geoengineering as a possible means of tackling dangerous climate change."


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