28.09.2021

# New Publications

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Vella, Karen; et al. (2021): Challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation: International experience and implications for adaptation research

Vella, Karen; Baresi, Umberto; Lockie, Stewart; Taylor, Bruce (2021): Challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation: International experience and implications for adaptation research. In PloS one 16 (9), e0257868. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257868.

"Maintaining the functional integrity of ecosystems as climate pressures exceed natural rates of adaptation requires new knowledge and new approaches to governance and management. However, research into management interventions to assist regional ecosystem adaptation has generated both scientific and ethical debate. This paper reviews experience to date in order to identify the challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation and reflect on the implications for ongoing adaptation research. The review was informed by a database and structured analysis of some 450 reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts and books on participation theory and experience with novel technology development and assisted ecosystem adaptation. We identified five classes of challenges to adaptation research: 1) scientific conflicts and debates over the “facts”, 2) social challenges, 3) governance challenges, 4) epistemic challenges, and 5) ontological conflicts. We argue that engagement strategies linked to the multiple objectives of adaptation research provide opportunities for ecosystem adaptation."

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25.08.2021

# New Publications

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Lezaun, Javier (2021): Hugging the Shore: Tackling Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal as a Local Governance Problem

Lezaun, Javier (2021): Hugging the Shore: Tackling Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal as a Local Governance Problem. In Front. Clim. 3, p. 38. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.684063.

"This Perspective explores the local governance of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Proposals to enhance the ability of oceans and marine ecosystems to absorb atmospheric CO2 are often discussed as examples of “geoengineering,” but this framing obscures the site-specific nature of most of the suggested interventions. The Perspective outlines some of the key local dimensions of marine CDR as currently imagined, and suggests a framework for increasing local participation in its assessment."

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19.08.2021

# New Publications

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Weil, Gabriel (2021): Global Climate Governance in 3D

Weil, Gabriel (2021): Global Climate Governance in 3D. In SSRN Journal 319 (7), p. 339. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3788661.

"The characteristics of climate interventions vary across three distinct dimensions, which the mitigation-geoengineering dichotomy fails to capture. First, interventions operate via different mechanisms, such as altering the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases or changing the fraction of incoming solar radiation absorbed by the earth. Second, the characteristic duration of interventions varies from days to millennia. Third, interventions differ in terms of leverage — the scale of climate impact achievable with a fixed investment of resources. This article argues that global climate governance would be best served by a unified approach that addresses all climate interventions based on these three dimensions."

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12.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Lezaun, Javier; et al. (2021): Governing Carbon Dioxide Removal in the UK: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

Lezaun, Javier; Healey, Peter; Kruger, Tim; Smith, Stephen M. (2021): Governing Carbon Dioxide Removal in the UK: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead. In Front. Clim. 3. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.673859.

"This Policy Brief reviews the experience of the UK in developing principles for the governance of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) at scale."

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12.08.2021

# Media

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Global Policy: Solar Geoengineering at a Standstill?

"Joshua B. Horton argues that developing countries have the most to gain and to lose from resolving the impasse stalling global governance for geoengineering."

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22.07.2021

# Media

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C2G: How can the idea of a planetary emergency help the world emerge from crisis?

"Understanding that we face a planetary emergency can help countries and citizens around the world overcome our many interlocking crises, says Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, co-president of the Club of Rome during aC2GTalk interview. Bringing international, national and local leaders into inclusive, people-focused governance processes can help our emergence into a new type of civilization. "

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22.07.2021

# New Publications

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Parson, Edward A.; Reynolds, Jesse L. (2021): Solar Geoengineering Governance: Insights from a Scenario Exercise

Parson, Edward A.; Reynolds, Jesse L. (2021): Solar Geoengineering Governance: Insights from a Scenario Exercise. In Futures. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2021.102805.

"This paper concludes the collection on an extended scenario exercise that examined governance challenges and potential responses for solar geoengineering."

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19.07.2021

# Political Papers

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Morton, Evvan (2021): Ensuring Good Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal

Morton, Evvan (2021): Ensuring Good Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal. Day One Project.

"The Department of Energy’s CDR task force should recommend a governance strategy for CDR implementation to responsibly, equitably, and effectively combat climate change by achieving net-negative CO2 emissions."

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19.07.2021

# New Publications

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Reynolds, Jesse L. (2021): Earth system interventions as technologies of the Anthropocene

Reynolds, Jesse L. (2021): Earth system interventions as technologies of the Anthropocene. In Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 40, pp. 132–146. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2021.06.010.

"This paper identifies more than a dozen social, political, and ethical challenges that are common across many of the emerging technological ESIs. Governance could mitigate and manage these issues, and it would be made more effective and robust by understanding and treating new ESIs as such and as a potentially transformative set of innovations in human-Earth system relations."

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07.07.2021

# New Publications

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Florin, Marie-Valentine (2021): Combatting climate change through a portfolio of approaches

Florin, Marie-Valentine (2021): Combatting climate change through a portfolio of approaches. EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC).

"This piece elaborates on IRGC’s report on governance issues related to climate engineering."

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