20.01.2020

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Salon: Why solve climate change when you can monetize it?

"Hidden in a $1.4 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it paragraph, was a sizable provision to fund research to reverse climate change. No, not in a meaningful long-term way, by actually reducing our dependence on fossil fuels or reorganizing the economy to be based on need rather than consumption of disposable goods; rather, the research dollars were to be spent on programs that might allow our apocalyptic way of life to continue apace."

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09.01.2020

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Grist: The climate policy milestone that was buried in the 2020 budget

"When President Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending package in December to keep the government funded through 2020, there was a climate policy milestone buried in the budget. For the first time ever, the government allocated funding for a federal agency to conduct geoengineering research."

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30.12.2019

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The New York Times: In France, Holiday Skating Rinks Are an Unlikely Climate Battleground

"The attractions have prompted environmental concerns, and some cities have canceled them, citing the size of the carbon footprint needed to maintain the sites."

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30.12.2019

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Edition: Maldives calls for ICC to criminalise ecocide

"Maldives, on December 3, applied to the International Criminal Court (ICC) located at The Hague for the crime of ecocide, or wide-scale, long-term environmental damage, to be added to the court's jurisdiction."

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30.12.2019

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Klima der Gerechtigkeit: Why the failure of the climate negotiations in Madrid is (also) a stroke of luck

German newspaper article about International Emissions Trading and its pitfalls. 

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30.12.2019

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CarbonBrief: COP25: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Madrid

"Ultimately, however, the talks were unable to reach consensus in many areas, pushing decisions into next year under “Rule 16” of the UN climate process."

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09.12.2019

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The Guardian: UN climate talks failing to address urgency of crisis, says top scientist

'“Geoengineering has to be assessed, maybe even piloted already in case we need to deploy it,” [Johan Rockström] said. “It makes me very nervous. That is really playing with biological processes that might kick back in very unexpected ways. But I don’t think we should rule anything out – an emergency is an emergency.”'

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03.12.2019

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Meyer-Ohlendorf, N. (2019): A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?

Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils (2019): A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

"Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, took office today, on 1 December 2019. As one of her first proposals, she promised to propose a European Climate Law in the first 100 days of her term in office. This 'Law' is a critical step to make Europe climate neutral. It can close gaps in existing EU climate rules. These gaps will impede the EU from becoming climate neutral before 2050. A new paper by Ecologic Institute discusses what a European Climate Law should look like, and how it could close existing gaps."

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02.12.2019

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Dallas Morning News: We are throwing money at the wrong solutions to climate change

"And then you need to look at geoengineering. That’s the only way that you can sort of have an insurance policy. If something were to go really dramatically bad, which we don’t have any good reason to believe, but it’s not impossible. It’s a very cheap, sort of back-up plan."

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29.11.2019

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Scientific American: Democratic Presidential Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy

"“To get to our goal of 100 percent sustainable energy, we will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators,” wrote Sanders in his plan."

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