10.10.2017

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Rochster Business Journal: Can the left and right talk about climate change without guilt?

"I speculate that the assignment of responsibility contributes to the left/right conflict. Opponents of climate policy remind us that global warming and cooling occurred in the past, well before humans had the capacity to affect the atmosphere. Climate activists, by contrast, rarely fail to include the phrase “caused by human activity” in the discussion. Does it really matter? As long as we accept that greenhouse gases matter and that the problem poses significant risk, then the policy solutions are pretty much the same whether the cause is natural or anthropogenic."

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09.10.2017

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BUND: Civil society statement on CE (German)

Statement by BUND and Heinrich Böll Stifung on CE regarding CEC17 conference. (German)

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24.09.2017

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Forbes: As Humans Fumble Climate Challenge, Interest Grows In Geoengineering

"Scholars of geoengineering have reported increasing interest in their work this month as humans seem increasingly unlikely to avert catastrophic global warming. Governments, universities, think tanks and international bodies are turning to the idea of tinkering with the earth by making it absorb more carbon dioxide or reflect more sunlight into space, the scholars said."

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21.09.2017

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Environmental Guru: Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity

"A post summarizing a recent paper in International Environmental Agreements. - Solar geoengineering ideas remain largely confined to the imagination, with very little scientific research funded to date beyond indoor modeling studies. Explicit policy demand for this supply of science appears to be minimal, although this could certainly change. In this context, a small group of experts advocating for more research into solar geoengineering—what we term, following Stephen Hilgartner, “sociotechnical vanguards,”—are justifying a call for more research, sometimes on equity grounds."

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20.09.2017

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Vox: Good news! Avoiding catastrophic climate change isn’t impossible yet. Just incredibly hard

"Even rapidly bringing our net greenhouse gas emissions down to zero probably won’t be enough to ensure that temperatures peak and begin falling before 2 C. To ensure that, we need to start sucking carbon back out of the atmosphere. We need to go carbon negative."

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20.09.2017

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Flegal, Jane A.; Gupta, Aarti (2017): Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity

Flegal, Jane A.; Gupta, Aarti (2017): Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity. In Int Environ Agreements 7 (5), p. 311. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-017-9377-6.

"This paper examines how notions of equity are being evoked by expert advocates of more research into solar geoengineering. We trace how specific understandings of equity figure centrally—although not always explicitly—in these expert visions. We find that understandings of equity in such ‘‘vanguard visions’’ are narrowly conceived as epistemic challenges, answerable by (more) scientific analysis."

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28.08.2017

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The Union Edge: If we learn to control the weather, can we stop climate change?

Radio broadcast (min 20:00). "Geo engineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth’s climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming. Is this a good idea? Dr. Patricia DeMarco invites Wil Burns to discuss the potential benefits and risks, as well as the moral, ethical and political considerations of this budding technology."

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24.08.2017

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Climate protection needs more researchers and inventors

German newspaper article on CDR.

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22.08.2017

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Marcucci, Adriana; et al. (2017): The road to achieving the long-term Paris targets. Energy transition and the role of direct air capture

Marcucci, Adriana; Kypreos, Socrates; Panos, Evangelos (2017): The road to achieving the long-term Paris targets. Energy transition and the role of direct air capture. In Climatic Change 45 (Part A), p. 1047. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2051-8

"n this paper, we quantify the energy transition and economic consequences of the long-term targets from the Paris agreement, with a particular focus on the targets of limiting global warming by the end of the century to 2 and 1.5 °C. The study assumes early actions and quantifies the market penetration of low carbon technologies, the emission pathways and the economic costs for an efficient reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such that the temperature limit is not exceeded. We evaluate the potential role of direct air capture (DAC) and its impact on policy costs and energy consumption."

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18.08.2017

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the guardian: We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

"Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play."

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