13.09.2021

# New Publications

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Otto, Danny; et al. (2021): Exploring Narratives on Negative Emissions Technologies in the Post-Paris Era

Otto, Danny; Thoni, Terese; Wittstock, Felix; Beck, Silke (2021): Exploring Narratives on Negative Emissions Technologies in the Post-Paris Era. In Front. Clim. 3. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.684135.

"Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs)—technologies that remove additional greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere—are receiving greater political attention. They are introduced as a backstop method for achieving temperature targets. A focal point in the discussions on NETs are the emission and mitigation pathways assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Drawing on perspectives from Science & Technology Studies (STS) and discourse analysis, the paper explores the emergence of narratives about NETs and reconstructs how the treatment of NETs within IPCC assessments became politicized terrain of configuration for essentially conflicting interests concerning long-term developments in the post-Paris regime."

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08.02.2021

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Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting

Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting. In Environmental Politics, pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1877063.

"Carbon offsetting has been beset by problems and failures, and relies on the mobilisation of supportive discourses and knowledge-claims to retain a sense of credibility. Psycho-analytical ideology critique can help explain how these processes interact with questions of subjectivity. Analysis of interviews with carbon offset market practitioners suggests that identification with carbon offsetting is only partial, and that it is sustained through disavowal, through trust in the authority of the Other, and through desire for carbon offsetting’s unrealisable promises."

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25.01.2021

# Media

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Silver Lining: U.S. National Survey: Terminology for Approaches for Directly Influencing Climate

"SilverLining set out to better understand this effect for two of the most commonly used terms for approaches to directly influencing the Earth’s climate to reduce global warming."

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28.12.2020

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Castree, Noel (2020): The Discourse and Reality of Carbon Dioxide Removal: Toward the Responsible Use of Metaphors in Post-normal Times

Castree, Noel (2020): The Discourse and Reality of Carbon Dioxide Removal: Toward the Responsible Use of Metaphors in Post-normal Times. In Front. Clim. 2, p. 33. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2020.614014.

"There's little doubt that a variety of CDR techniques will be employed worldwide in the decades and centuries to come. Together, these techniques will alter the character and functioning of the biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, pedosphere, and atmosphere. More locally, they will have immediate impacts on people and place, within diverse national state contexts. However, for the moment CDR exists more in the realm of discourse than reality."

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14.07.2020

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Neuber, Frederike; Ott, Konrad (2020): The Buying Time Argument within the Solar Radiation Management Discourse

Neuber, Frederike; Ott, Konrad (2020): The Buying Time Argument within the Solar Radiation Management Discourse. In Applied Sciences 10 (13), p. 4637. DOI: 10.3390/app10134637.

"In this article, we will establish a version of the buying time argument (BTA) in favor of Sulphur Aerosol Injection (SAI) Climate Engineering (CE). The idea is not to promote the deployment of such scheme, but rather to present the strongest possible argument pro SAI in order to look at its presuppositions, implications, critical points and uncertainties."

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31.01.2020

# New Publications

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Callaghan, Max W.; et al. (2020): A topography of climate change research

Callaghan, Max W.; Minx, Jan C.; Forster, Piers M. (2020): A topography of climate change research. In Nat. Clim. Chang. 77, p. 252. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0684-5.

"We use topic modelling to draw a topic map, or topography, of over 400,000 publications from the Web of Science on climate change. We update current knowledge on the IPCC, showing that compared with the baseline of the literature identified, the social sciences are in fact over-represented in recent assessment reports. Technical, solutions-relevant knowledge—especially in agriculture and engineering—is under-represented."

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11.12.2018

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Sikka, T. (2018): Activism and Neoliberalism. Two Sides of Geoengineering Discourse

Sikka, T. (2018): Activism and Neoliberalism. Two Sides of Geoengineering Discourse. In: Capitalism Nature Socialism 3 (1), S. 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/10455752.2018.1554690.

"The paper provides a comparative, critical discourse-driven analysis of activism for and against climate engineering. Arguments in support of this approach to climate remediation are quintessentially neoliberal and can be found in discourses that fetishize entrepreneurialism, support a market driven ideology, and amplify creative destruction."

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27.05.2018

# New Publications

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Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation. In Geo: Geography and Environment 5 (1), e00054. DOI: 10.1002/geo2.54.

"More broadly, the controversy illustrated long‐standing arguments about the desirability and feasibility of ocean fertilisation as a geoengineering response to the threat of anthropogenic climate change. Using the HSRC case, this paper reports a novel situated study of public perceptions of geoengineering that combines ethnographic engagement with Q‐methodology."

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01.11.2017

# New Publications

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Tingley, Dustin; Wagner, Gernot (2017): Solar geoengineering and the chemtrails conspiracy on social media

Tingley, Dustin; Wagner, Gernot (2017): Solar geoengineering and the chemtrails conspiracy on social media. In Palgrave Commun. 3 (1), p. 211. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-017-0014-3.

"But unlike scientific discourse, a majority of online discussion focuses on the so-called chemtrails conspiracy theory, the widely debunked idea that airplanes are spraying a toxic mix of chemicals through contrails, with supposed goals ranging from weather to mind control. This paper presents the results of a nationally representative 1000-subject poll part of the 36,000-subject 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), and an analysis of the universe of social media mentions of geoengineering."

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05.03.2017

# New Publications

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Minx, Jan C.; et al. (2017): Fast growing research on negative emissions

Minx, Jan C.; Lamb, William F.; Callaghan, Max W.; Bornmann, Lutz; Fuss, Sabine (2017): Fast growing research on negative emissions. In Environ. Res. Lett. 12 (3), p. 35007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa5ee5

"In this paper we use scientometric methods and topic modelling to identify and characterize the available evidence on NETs as recorded in the Web of Science. We find that the development of the literature on NETs has started later than for climate change as a whole, but proceeds more quickly by now. A total number of about 2900 studies have accumulated between 1991 and 2016 with almost 500 new publications in 2016."

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