29.11.2018

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The Heartland Institute: Geo-engineering: Ignoring the Consequences

"The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report said we have only 12 years left to save the planet. It triggered the usual frantic and ridiculous reactions. NBC News offered this gem: “A last-ditch global warming fix? A man-made ‘volcanic’ eruption” to cool the planet.” Its article proclaimed, “Scientists and some environmentalists believe nations might have to mimic volcanic gases as a last-ditch effort to protect Earth from extreme warming.”"

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21.11.2018

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Energyworld: Attractiveness of Air Capture: Time for a reality check

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a major report a month ago, which is almost a status update on the fight against climate change – and the outlook is very grim. We seem to be coming close to our climate rope and the time is running out. In this context, the report talks about Air Capture, capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air, as a silver bullet that can help “save humanity”. I wanted to present a different take on Air Capture given my past experience with it."

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21.11.2018

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Die Debatte: International regulations for geoengineering? (German)

German article on CE.

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21.11.2018

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Die Debatte: Geoengineering in politics (German)

German article on CE.

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19.11.2018

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InTheseTimes: To Block Out the Sun

"But more dramatic approaches have crept into policy discussions, like solar radiation management, known as SRM. First imagined by scientists during the Cold War, SRM promises a comparatively cheap, quick fix: the continuous dispersal of aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect and absorb sunlight, cooling the planet. In effect, SRM means dimming the sun."

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15.11.2018

# Calls & events

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Call for Reviewers: Registration opens for Expert and Government Reviews of the Second Order Drafts of two IPCC Special Reports

"GENEVA, November 9 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts and governments to review the Second Order Drafts of two Special Reports that will be launched next year. The Expert and Government Review for the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) takes place between 16 November 2018 and 11 January 2019. The Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) can be reviewed from 19 November 2018 to 14 January 2019."

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12.11.2018

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Superior Telegram: Geo-engineering: Acting in ignorance of the consequences

"The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report said there are 12 years left to save the planet. It triggered the usual frantic and ridiculous reactions. NBC News even proclaimed: "A last-ditch global warming fix? A man-made 'volcanic' eruption" to cool the planet."

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12.11.2018

# Political Papers

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C2G2: Governing Solar Radiation Modification (SRM)

"Solar Radiation Modification (SRM), also known as Solar Radiation Management, Radiation Modification Measures or Solar
Geoengineering, would aim to address a symptom of climate change by reflecting more sunlight back into space, or by
allowing more infrared radiation from Earth to escape, in order to reduce the Earth’s temperature. It includes numerous
proposed methods which differ significantly. None are ready for deployment. Solar Radiation Modification could not be a
substitute for reducing emissions, or removing atmospheric CO2."

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12.11.2018

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CarbonBrief: Guest post: Combining renewables with direct air capture for ‘net negative’ emissions

"The recent special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, but that it requires rapid and stringent cuts to global CO2 emissions. Modelling pathways that achieve the Paris Agreement goals rely on swift decarbonisation of the power sector and scaling up of “negative emissions” – an array of techniques to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land or underground."

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12.11.2018

# New Publications

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Brent, K.; et al. (2018): Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering

Brent, K.; McDonald, J.; McGee, J.; Gogarty B. (2018): Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering. In: Australian Law Journal 92 (10), S. 830–838. Online verfügbar unter http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2018/10/30/australian-law-journal-update-vol-92-pt-10-special-issue-climate-change-and-the-law/.

"Australia has vast land and marine estates so has a natural advantage to contribute to the research, field-testing and development and implementation of CDR. Despite this, there has been little analysis to date of how Australian law might govern CDR research, testing and development. Using case studies of BECCS and ocean fertilisation CDR techniques, this article examines the capacity of current Australian law to govern CDR research. We find that general environmental legislation might provide a basic governance framework for research and field-testing of BECCS and ocean fertilisation, but recommend that specific laws be developed if CDR is to play a prominent role in meeting Australia’s international climate change commitments."

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