04.10.2021

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NZZ: Human Interventions in Nature often have unsuspected consequences (German)

"German newspaperarticle on the scietific reports of Pulitzer awardee Elizabeth Kolbert."

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04.10.2021

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Waller, Laurie; et al. (2021): Searching for a Public in Controversies over Carbon Dioxide Removal: An Issue Mapping Study on BECCS and Afforestation

Waller, Laurie; Rayner, Tim; Chilvers, Jason (2021): Searching for a Public in Controversies over Carbon Dioxide Removal: An Issue Mapping Study on BECCS and Afforestation. In Science, Technology & Human Values, 016224392110435. DOI: 10.1177/01622439211043568.

"The roles digital media-technologies play in raising public issues relating to emerging technologies and their potential for engaging publics with science and policy assessments is a lively field of inquiry in Science and Technology Studies (STS). This paper presents an analysis of controversies over proposals for the large-scale removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CDR). The study combines a digital method (web-querying) with document analysis to map debates about two CDR approaches: bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and afforestation. In the first step, we locate actors using the web to engage with BECCS and afforestation and map their alignments in relation to competing framings of CDR. In a second step, we examine the devices deployed by UK-based actors to evidence and contest the feasibility of BECCS and afforestation. Our analysis shows that policy distinctions between “natural” and “engineered” CDR are used flexibly in practice and do not map neatly onto actor engagement with BECCS and afforestation. We highlight the predominance of cross-cutting techno-economic expertise and argue that framings of CDR as a solution to governing climate change may contribute to public disengagement from climate policy processes. The paper reflects on methods for studying controversies, publics, and issues emerging around processes of technoscientific assessment."

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27.09.2021

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Podcast: Climate 201: Negative Emissions III: Technological Promises, or Prevarications

"In this episode, we discuss whether the promises that some new technology - like negative emissions - will come along and "solve climate change" for us are genuine, or if they have instead shaped climate policy into prevarication and procrastination."

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16.08.2021

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Economist: Why curbing methane emissions will help fight climate change

"It's a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and should be easier to control."

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13.08.2021

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Reuters: Geoengineering marks scientific gains in U.N. report on dire climate future

"The U.N. climate report released Monday presents a major leap forward in predicting how geoengineering to limit global warming might affect the planet, although scientists said the greatest hurdle remains deciding whether to use the controversial methods."

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02.08.2021

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Quanta Magazine: A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change

"Researchers at the Salk Institute, for example, hope to bioengineer plants whose roots will churn out huge amounts of a carbon-rich, cork-like substance called suberin."

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02.08.2021

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Podcast: Refreezing the arctic and other climate actions backed by scientific research ft. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge

"All your questions on this and more answered on this episode where we discuss Climate action backed by scientific research and robust evidence with Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE from Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge (CCRC) who joins Girish Shivakumar for a conversation. CCRC is also affiliated to the Cambridge Zero initiative."

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22.07.2021

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C2G: How can the idea of a planetary emergency help the world emerge from crisis?

"Understanding that we face a planetary emergency can help countries and citizens around the world overcome our many interlocking crises, says Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, co-president of the Club of Rome during aC2GTalk interview. Bringing international, national and local leaders into inclusive, people-focused governance processes can help our emergence into a new type of civilization. "

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19.07.2021

# New Publications

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Osaka, Shannon; et al. (2021): Framing “nature‐based” solutions to climate change

Osaka, Shannon; Bellamy, Rob; Castree, Noel (2021): Framing “nature‐based” solutions to climate change. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.729.

"We review what counts (and what does not count) as a natural solution, and find that those labeled natural are routinely framed under technical and social appraisal criteria as being more beneficial, cost effective, mature, and democratic than ostensibly artificial counterparts."

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12.07.2021

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Forbes: Could This Revolutionary Idea Pay Our Climate Change Debt And Supercharge CO2 Reductions?

"What if we could accelerate decarbonization and the removal of carbon dioxide from the air, achieving global climate targets, all without saddling future generations with trillions of dollars of debt?"

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