08.08.2020

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Geographical: Engineering the climate: the controversial science that could cool our atmosphere

"Katie Burton explores the practicalities and ethics of geoengineering, the controversial science that could quickly cool the atmosphere. Is it the last ditch climate solution that nobody wants? Or are appetites for geoengineering solutions growing with our warming climate?"

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20.07.2020

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NHPR: Outside/In: Is Geoengineering Crazy Enough To Work, Or Just Plain Crazy?

"Ever since the threat of climate change was first made public, scientists have offered the possibility of a get-out-of-jail-free card: geoengineering. Reducing emissions is hard, so why not just engineer the Earth's atmosphere more to our liking?  Decades later, the science of geoengineering is still in its infancy, but a growing number of researchers are trying to change that. Should they?"

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10.06.2020

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Imperial College London: Countries must work together on CO2 removal to avoid dangerous climate change

"The Paris Agreement lays out national quotas on CO2 emissions but not removal, and that must be urgently addressed, say the authors of a new study."

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10.06.2020

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Pozo, Carlos; et al. (2020): Equity in allocating carbon dioxide removal quotas

Pozo, Carlos; Galán-Martín, Ángel; Reiner, David M.; Mac Dowell, Niall; Guillén-Gosálbez, Gonzalo (2020): Equity in allocating carbon dioxide removal quotas. In Nat. Clim. Chang. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0802-4.

"Drawing on existing equity frameworks, we allocate CDR quotas globally according to Responsibility, Capability and Equality principles. These quotas are then assessed in the European Union context by accounting for domestic national capacity of a portfolio of CDR options, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, reforestation and direct air capture. We find that quotas vary greatly across principles, from 33 to 325 GtCO2 allocated to the European Union, and, due to biophysical limits, only a handful of countries could meet their quotas acting individually. These results support strengthening cross-border cooperation while highlighting the need to urgently deploy CDR options to mitigate the risk of failing to meet the climate targets equitably."

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03.06.2020

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Video: Our Changing Climate: Could Geoengineering save us from climate change? (ft. @ClimateAdam)

"In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I join forces with @ClimateAdam to look at silver bullet geoengineering solutions to climate change. Specifically, we look at how silver bullet geoengineering ideas can be appealing in theory, but in practice they often have a lot of ethical, economic, and social drawbacks."

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30.04.2020

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Markusson, Nils; et al. 2020: “Social Science Sequestered.”

Markusson, Nils, Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, Jason Chilvers, Peter Healey, David Reiner, and Duncan McLaren. 2020: “Social Science Sequestered.” Frontiers in Climate. https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2020.00002.

"Greenhouse gas removal (GGR) raises many cultural, ethical, legal, social and political issues, yet in the growing area of GGR research, humanities and social sciences (HASS) research is often marginalised, constrained and depoliticised. This global dynamic is illustrated by an analysis of the UK GGR research programme."

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20.04.2020

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Surprise, Kevin. 2020: “Geopolitical Ecology of Solar Geoengineering: From a ‘logic of Multilateralism’ to Logics of Militarization.”

Surprise, Kevin. 2020: “Geopolitical Ecology of Solar Geoengineering: From a ‘logic of Multilateralism’ to Logics of Militarization.” Journal of Political Ecology 27 (1): 213–35. https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/article/view/23583/22372.

"I detail recent involvement in solar geoengineering development on the part of U.S. defense, intelligence, and foreign policy institutions, geoengineering scenarios that adopt militarized logics and expertise, and Realist international relations theories that undergird leading governance scenarios."

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02.03.2020

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CBC: Even if geoengineering can help mitigate climate change, is it ethical?

"The discussion has recently taken centre stage as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. received $4 million to research geoengineering, with no confirmation as to what that might look like."

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14.01.2020

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Stephens, Jennie C.; Surprise, Kevin (2020): The hidden injustices of advancing solar geoengineering research

Stephens, Jennie C.; Surprise, Kevin (2020): The hidden injustices of advancing solar geoengineering research. In Global Sustainability 3. DOI: 10.1017/sus.2019.28.

"Solar geoengineering research advances an extreme, expert–elite technocratic intervention into the global climate system that would serve to further concentrate contemporary forms of political and economic power. For these reasons, we argue that it is unethical and unjust to advance solar geoengineering research."

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16.10.2019

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Winsberg, E. (2019): A modest defense of geoengineering research

Winsberg, Eric (2019): A modest defense of geoengineering research. [Preprint].

"This paper examines the ethics of geoengineering research--particular research regarding solar radiation management using stratospheric aerosols. It takes a broadly consequentialist approach. The goal is to estimate the expected utility of conducting the research itself."

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