13.09.2021

# New Publications

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Kravitz, Ben; Sikka, Tina (2021): Conducting more inclusive solar geoengineering research: A feminist science framework

Kravitz, Ben; Sikka, Tina (2021): Conducting more inclusive solar geoengineering research: A feminist science framework. In arXiv.org Physics and Society. Available online at https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.04217.

"Solar geoengineering, or deliberate climate modification, has been receiving increased attention in recent years. Given the far-reaching consequences of any potential solar geoengineering deployments, it is prudent to identify inherent biases, blind spots, and other potential issues at all stages of the research process. Here we articulate a feminist science-based framework to concretely describe how solar geoengineering researchers can be more inclusive of different perspectives, in the process illuminating potential implicit bias and enhancing the conclusions that can be gained from their studies. Importantly, this framework is an adoptable method of practice that can be refined, with the aim of conducting better research in solar geoengineering. As an illustration, we retrospectively apply this framework to a well-read solar geoengineering study, improving transparency by revealing its implicit values, conclusions made from its evidence base, and the methodologies that study pursues. We conclude with a set of recommendations for the geoengineering research community whereby more inclusive research can become a regular part of practice. Throughout this process, we illustrate how feminist science scholars can use this approach to study climate modeling."

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12.08.2021

# New Publications

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Fleming, James Rodger (2021): Excuse Us, While We Fix the Sky: WEIRD Supermen and Climate Intervention

Fleming, J.R. (2021): Excuse Us, While We Fix the Sky: WEIRD Supermen and Climate Intervention. In: Pulé P.M., Hultman M. (eds) Men, Masculinities, and Earth. Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54486-7_24

"As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is taking hold. An emerging breed of so-called climate engineers is promoting invasive techniques to cool the planet through albedo modification and so-called “negative carbon emissions” will be necessary. While these proposals seem edgy and exciting, they often test the limits of scientific, technological, and institutional possibility and overlook the political, ethical, and social consequences of managing the world’s climate. Advocates of climate engineering, with vanishingly few exceptions, are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) males with superman complexes. Their views are short-sighted, dangerous, and “barking mad.” This chapter provides historical perspectives, social context, and a gendered analysis of these dangerous proposals."

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05.02.2021

# Media

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PR Newswire: Women in Climate Tech Launches

"The launch of Women in Climate Tech (WiCT) was announced today by the group's Steering Committee. The organization's mission is to empower and amplify the voices of women working in this burgeoning industry and to grow the share of females represented who will work on this issue for generations to come."

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13.01.2021

# Media

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Forbes: Women Launch First Voluntary Scalable Marketplace For ‘Carbon Removal’ To Help Corporations Reach Net Zero

'Puro.earth is a Finnish startup company launched by two women (and their male co-founder) that aims to provide the world’s first marketplace for the nascent business of selling something they call “carbon removal.”'

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05.10.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Abstracts: Critical Geographies of Geoengineering (AAG 2021)

Deadline: 20. October 2020

"This session aims to bring together broad perspectives in critical geography to examine the emergence of geoengineering technologies."

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18.08.2020

# Media

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Feminism in India: Geoengineering & Its Gendered Effects: A Case For Feminist Scientific Leadership

"The idea of fixing damaged biophysical systems through a one-size-fits all engineered approach is dangerous as it may have unintended consequences in different parts of the world."

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27.02.2020

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C2G: Blog post: Gender and Climate Engineering: A View From Feminist Science (Tina Sikka)

"Climate engineering technologies should to be taken up in ways that attend to gender-specific concerns. These could take account of differentiated impacts on women, their lack of power in decision-making, and the gendered nature of vulnerability."

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31.01.2020

# Media

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Heinrich Böll Stiftung: Manipulating Mother Nature: The gendered antagonism of geoengineering

"Mother Nature is once again the subject of the male gaze but this time the impact may be even more oppressive. This article expands the feminist concept of ‘male gaze’ towards nature and critiques geoengineering as being an inherently male/masculine technology that is a product of and a means to further capitalistic agenda."

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19.12.2019

# Media

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Wired: Geoengineering’s Gender Problem Could Put the Planet at Risk

"A lack of diversity among scientists may skew how the public perceives the idea of hacking the climate."

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21.01.2019

# New Publications

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Sikka, T. (2019): Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice. The Standpoint of the Vulnerable

Sikka, T. (2019): Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice. The Standpoint of the Vulnerable. Cham, Cham: Springer International Publishing; Springer (SpringerBriefs in Sociology). pp. 15-44.

"This Chapter provides an overview of geoengineering research, including the status of current research and testing, the significance of modeling and simulation, the role of public participation, and the subject of governance. A discussion of geoengineering’s basic epistemology, values and background assumptions is also included with specific attention paid to the solar radiation management technique of atmospheric sulfate geoengineering."

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