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

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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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20.05.2019

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Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering?

Horton, Joshua B.; Keith, David W. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance. A tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering? In Climate Policy 4, pp. 1–7. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1607716.

"We propose that multilateral parametric climate risk insurance might be a useful tool to facilitate agreement on solar geoengineering deployment. With parametric insurance, predetermined payouts are triggered when climate indices deviate from set ranges. We suggest that states favouring deployment could underwrite reduced-rate parametric climate insurance."

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20.05.2019

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Geoengineering Monitor: Three Reports, One Story: Geoengineering is Dangerous… and Unnecessary (Webinar)

"Join CIEL, Heinrich Böll, Oil Change International, and DiCaprio Foundation/OneEarth for short presentations and a Q&A on three seminal reports on geoengineering: In the first two months of 2019, the Center for International Environmental Law/Heinrich Böll Foundation, Oil Change International, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation/OneEarth released three separate reports that tell interlinked parts of a single story: not only is it possible to stay within 1.5 degrees of global temperature rise without carbon capture storage, direct air capture, and geoengineering, but that is the only responsible way to do so."

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20.05.2019

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CBS News: Climate-smart farming: Save the Earth - and make money?

"Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that alter the climate typically focus on the energy industry or getting big companies like Amazon to curb fossil fuel consumption. But farmers can also play a role by using new approaches to climate-friendly farming that can help sequester carbon in the soil."

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20.05.2019

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Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2019). Reply to Loisel et al.: Soil in climate mitigation and adaptation

Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2019). Reply to Loisel et al.: Soil in climate mitigation and adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1905360116

"We thank Loisel et al. (1) for their response to our article (2), which questions the ability of soil C sequestration to be the negative emissions strategy that has been widely advocated (ref. 3 and https://www.4p1000.org/). Loisel et al. acknowledge this but suggest we did not adequately articulate additional benefits. While this was not our focus, we did indeed acknowledge soil management as a climate adaptation strategy."

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20.05.2019

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Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2018). Opinion: Soil carbon sequestration is an elusive climate mitigation tool

Amundson, R., & Biardeau, L. (2018). Opinion: Soil carbon sequestration is an elusive climate mitigation tool. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(46), 11652–11656. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1815901115

"Through changed agricultural techniques, it is proposed, much of this carbon can be restored to domesticated soils and thus serve as a significant tool to mitigate climate change, providing a wider timeframe for society to decarbonize. Unfortunately, both cultural and scientific challenges suggest that this proposal is overly optimistic and inherently flawed."

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20.05.2019

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Loisel, J., et al. (2019). Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges

Loisel, J., Casellas Connors, J. P., Hugelius, G., Harden, J. W., & Morgan, C. L. (2019). Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1900444116

"Furthermore, we assert that current agricultural practices are contingent upon, and will be shaped by, transitions in the global energy systems. Therefore, continued soil-restoration efforts may not only contribute to climate mitigation, but may also play a role in supporting energy transitions as well as climate adaptation."

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