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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07.07.2019

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The Economist: Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030

"THE PARIS climate deal commits its signatories to cuts in climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions over the coming decades. But even if countries stick to their promises (and some may not), that may not be enough to avert catastrophe. [...] Under these conditions, it seems likely that some countries will propose the use of a technique called “solar geoengineering” to cool the planet or slow its warming."

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24.06.2019

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Gunderson, R.; et al. (2019): Materialized ideology and environmental problems: The cases of solar geoengineering and agricultural biotechnology

Gunderson, R.; Stuart, D.; Petersen, B. (2019): Materialized ideology and environmental problems: The cases of solar geoengineering and agricultural biotechnology. In: European Journal of Social Theory 57 (3), 136843101983925. DOI: 10.1177/1368431019839252.

"This article expands upon the notion of ideology as a material phenomenon, usually in the form of institutionalized, taken-for-granted practices. It draws on Herbert Marcuse and related thinkers to conceptualize technological solutions to environmental problems as materialized ideological responses to social-ecological contradictions, which, by concealing these contradictions, reproduce existing social conditions."

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24.06.2019

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Horton, J.; et al. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance: a tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering?

Horton, J.; Keith, D. (2019): Multilateral parametric climate risk insurance: a tool to facilitate agreement about deployment of solar geoengineering? In: Climate Policy 19 (7), S. 820–826. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1607716.

"States will disagree about deployment of solar geoengineering, technologies that would reflect a small portion of incoming sunlight to reduce risks of climate change, and most disagreements will be grounded in conflicting interests. States that object to deployment will have many options to oppose it, so states favouring deployment will have a powerful incentive to meet their objections. Objections rooted in opposition to the anticipated unequal consequences of deployment may be met through compensation, yet climate policy is inhospitable to compensation via liability. We propose that multilateral parametric climate risk insurance might be a useful tool to facilitate agreement on solar geoengineering deployment."

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14.06.2019

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Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program (Blog): The Governance of Solar Geoengineering and Human Rights

"Human rights are often invoked for guiding policy development, especially internationally. Although this occurs in the case of solar geoengineering, it is uncommon to see much beyond a few vague phrases, such as pointing to the need to proceed consistently with human rights. How might human rights help shape the governance of solar geoengineering?"

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27.05.2019

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Baskin, J. (2019): Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature

Baskin, J. (2019): Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

"This book takes a critical look at solar geoengineering as an acceptable means for addressing climate change. Baskin explores the assumptions and imaginaries which animate ‘engineering the climate’ and discusses why this climate solution is so controversial. The book explains geoengineering’s past, its revival in the mid-2000s, and its future prospects including its shadow presence in the Paris climate accord."

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05.05.2019

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Eos: A New Road Map for Assessing the Effects of Solar Geoengineering

"A special issue dedicated to modeling the impacts of stratospheric sulfur dioxide injections is a crucial step toward understanding the climate goals this intervention can—and cannot—achieve."

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29.04.2019

# New Publications

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Lenton, A.; et al. (2019): Foresight must guide geoengineering research and development

Lenton, A.; Boyd, P.; Thatcher, M.; Emmerson, K. (2019): Foresight must guide geoengineering research and development. In: Nature Climate change 9 (5), S. 342. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0467-z.

"Large-scale climate geoengineering will probably be required to limit warming to well below 2 °C, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement. While geoengineering has long been included in the development of many (future) low-carbon emissions pathways, key questions remain about the efficacy and ability of such climate intervention to fulfil its anticipated role in limiting warming. As such, the social license for geoengineering has not been granted for research using unbounded large-scale experiments, never mind full-scale deployment."

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21.04.2019

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Eos: Looking for Climate Solutions Down in the Dirt

"Geoengineering is more than orbiting mirrors and stratospheric aerosols. Innovative modeling considers the impact of no-till farming and radical irrigation."

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21.04.2019

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Intelligencesquaredus: Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea (Video)

"Geoengineering is an ambitious set of experiments proposed by scientists to help mitigate the effects of climate change. And one type in particular, called solar geoengineering, has been the subject of debate. This process involves, among other techniques, injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sun and heat that reaches the planet."

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