17.10.2018

# New Publications

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Rabitz, Florian (2018): Governing the termination problem in solar radiation management

Rabitz, Florian (2018): Governing the termination problem in solar radiation management. In: Environmental Politics 22, S. 1–21. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1519879.

"Technologies for Solar Radiation Management (SRM) could limit global warming by manipulating the Earth’s radiation balance. A major objection to SRM is the termination problem: the catastrophic consequences that are likely to result from its sudden discontinuation. The termination problem limits the reversibility of policy choices and poses the risk of inadvertent or enforced program collapse."

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08.10.2018

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Environmental Health News: US Senate science advisor talks geoengineering from high in the sky

""There's no international governance body, no national governance body," Talati says, while hovering thousands of feet in the air with pilot Ali Nouri, previously a legislative director for former Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken."

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08.10.2018

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Thomas Reuters Foundation News: Scientists champion forests as 'unsung hero' of climate action

"The natural processes by which forests suck in and store carbon help reduce levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - and forests also underpin key parts of the world's economy, the scientists said."

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03.10.2018

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Chhetri, N.; et al. (2018): Governing Solar Radiation Management

Chhetri, N.; Chong, D.; Conca, K.; Falk, R.; Gillespie, A.; Gupta, A.; et al. (2018): Governing Solar Radiation Management. DOI:10.17606/M6SM17

"This report offers a detailed examination, by a team of global governance experts, of governance needs and options for Solar Radiation Management (SRM) technologies. The report focuses on near-term governance, outlining feasible and needed actions that can be taken by approximately 2025, at the national, regional, and international levels and by non-state actors."

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23.09.2018

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Blackstock, J.; et al. (2018): Geoengineering our climate? Ethics, politics and governance

Blackstock, J.; Low, S. (Hg.) (2019): Geoengineering our climate? Ethics, politics and governance. Abingdon, Oxon, New York, NY: Routledge (Science in society series). DOI: 9781849713733

"In this important book, a diverse collection of scholars, policymakers, and civil society representatives examine and reflect upon the global geoengineering debate they have helped shape. Opening with essays examining the historic origins of contemporary geoengineering ideas, the book goes on to explore the practical and ethical dilemmas geoengineering poses; the evolving geoengineering research agenda; the challenges geoengineering technologies present to current international legal and political frameworks; differing perceptions of geoengineering from around the world; and how geoengineering technologies might be governed if/as they begin to emerge from the lab into the real world."

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07.09.2018

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C2G2: Hot cities & geoengineering governance

"The past month has once again seen more all-time temperature records being set across the planet and for those living in cities and urban areas, the issue of extreme heat is becoming an uncomfortably hot topic. With the majority of the world’s population now urban dwellers, it’s an issue that city and national governments globally are having to urgently address."

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22.08.2018

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C2G2 (2018): Technical Briefing Paper: Knowledge gaps on climate-related geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

C2G2 (2018): Technical Briefing Paper: Knowledge gaps on climate-related geoengineering in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2). Online verfügbar unter https://www.c2g2.net/wp-content/uploads/20180704-C2G2-CBD-ResGaps.pdf.

"This technical briefing presents an assessment of knowledge gaps on climate-related geoengineering relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) based on a recent workshop with members of the Subsidiary Body on Science, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and validated by a review of relevant academic literature."

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16.08.2018

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Politico: Europe mulls stripping carbon from the skies

"Carbon removal schemes range from planting lots of trees to more experimental methods to artificially suck up carbon. Some of those ideas are grouped under the label geoengineering, something that’s long been anathema because of fears that overt tinkering with the planet could lead to catastrophe."

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06.08.2018

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Peter Frase Blog: Geoengineering for the people

"The first issue of the group’s revived publication concerns geoengineering, an issue on which I’ve thrown in my own two cents. The prospect of directly attempting to manipulate the earth’s climate, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change, has begun to seem more and more like a reality, and perhaps a necessity. So an intervention from scientists with solid leftist politics is timely and urgent."

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31.07.2018

# New Publications

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Brent, Kerryn (2018): Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities

Brent, Kerryn (2018): Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering and Strict Liability for Ultrahazardous Activities. In: Neil Craik, Cameron S. G. Jefferies, Sara L. Seck und Tim Stephens (Hg.): Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Law: Cambridge University Press, S. 161–179.

"Proposals to develop solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering call into question the capacity of international law to govern innovative new technologies. Geoengineering is ‘the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system, in order to moderate global warming’.1 Solar radiation management proposals are intended to offset global temperatures rises resulting from climate change by reflecting a small percentage of incoming solar radiation (sunlight).2 The most prominent proposal, stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI), is to deposit aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect or scatter light away from the Earth, mimicking the cooling effect produced by large volcanic eruptions.3 Stratospheric aerosol injection is promising in that it could rapidly reduce global temperatures for a fraction of the cost of conventional mitigation strategies.4 However, SAI deployment is likely to have detrimental transboundary and global environmental side effects.5 It is therefore important that SAI is governed at an international level, but at present there are no international agreements that specifically address SAI research or deployment."

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