05.04.2021

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The Conversation: Solar geoengineering is worth studying but not a substitute for cutting emissions, study finds

"Solar geoengineering strategies are very controversial within and beyond the climate science community. It is a major step forward to have 16 experts from different disciplines agree that now is the time to establish a research program on this topic."

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05.04.2021

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National Post: Sweden rejects pioneering solar geoengineering test

"Under pressure from indigenous people and environmental groups, Sweden’s space agency on Wednesday called off a landmark first test of technology that aims to slow global warming by dimming sunlight reaching Earth."

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05.04.2021

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Phys.org: The high-stakes game of geoengineering aims to mitigate impending climate disasters

"Until  can agree to hit the brakes on carbon emissions, humanity needs some safeguards. And the urgency of that need has some scientists seriously considering a  amelioration strategy—intentionally reducing the sun's incoming radiation—that might have been dismissed as outlandish in less dire times."

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05.04.2021

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MIT Technology Review: Geoengineering researchers have halted plans for a balloon launch in Sweden

"An independent advisory committee recommended the team hold off on balloon equipment tests until it holds public discussions."

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05.04.2021

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Legal Planet: Solar Geoengineering and Public Engagement Trolling

"A first test of a long-planned outdoor solar geoengineering experiment has been delayed–again. Why?"

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05.04.2021

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GlobalEcoGuy: Solar Geoengineering: Ineffective, Risky, and Unnecessary

 

"Some people are proposing to counteract climate change by artificially dimming the Sun. But it’s largely ineffective. It’s potentially risky. And it’s unnecessary. Instead, we should focus on real-world solutions that work."

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05.04.2021

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Raimi, Kaitlin T. (2021): Public Perceptions of Geoengineering

Raimi, Kaitlin T. (2021): Public Perceptions of Geoengineering. In Current Opinion in Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.03.012.

"In the face of unrelenting climate change and insufficient mitigation, experts are increasingly considering using geoengineering—carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM)—to manipulate the Earth’s climate. So far, most laypeople are unaware of geoengineering and many are resistant to these technologies when told about them. A growing literature finds that these initial reactions are tied to psychological traits, beliefs, and identities including trust in the actors involved, political and social identities, beliefs about tampering with the natural world, and perceived tradeoffs between geoengineering and alternative approaches. Finally, given the lack of existing knowledge of geoengineering, public acceptance is highly susceptible to how these technologies are framed, offering both risks and opportunities for climate communication."

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31.03.2021

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Nature News: US urged to invest in sun-dimming studies as climate warms

"National academies report is most explicit call yet for a government research programme to explore the controversial field of solar geoengineering."

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30.03.2021

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C2GTalk: An interview with Saleemul Huq: How can the most vulnerable have a say in governing climate-altering approaches?

"His greatest concern is that decisions that have repercussions for the most vulnerable will be taken without them having a chance to take part in the discussion, so it is extremely important that climate vulnerable nations have a say when decisions are taken regarding climate-altering approaches, including carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation modification."

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29.03.2021

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New Scientist: Is it time to try geoengineering to solve the climate crisis?

"The United Nations last month laid bare how badly the world is doing on its climate targets. Today the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) says such slow progress means the US should launch a $100-$200 million research programme on solar geoengineering, a controversial set of techniques to reflect sunlight back to space in order to cool the Earth."

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