07.12.2018

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New Security Beat: Panelists Call for Creation of World Commission to Handle Solar Radiation Management

"'Right now, it’s the Wild West in regard to governance with geoengineering,' said Paul Wapner, a professor at the School of International Service at American University at a recent panel about solar radiation management (SRM) at the Arizona State University’s Washington Center. According to the Governing Solar Radiation Management report which was the focus of the event, SRM, which theoretically would cool the planet by reflecting sunlight back into space, may be a viable last-resort option if climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts fail. Wapner said that 'there’s a danger in SRM, there’s a danger in climate change. And, balancing those risks is part of the exercise and will continue to be part of the exercise.'"

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15.11.2018

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E-International Relations: The Emerging Politics of Geoengineering

"As droughts, forest fires and centennial floods become more commonplace, people around the world are feeling the consequences of climate change. As a result, some scientists are putting forth ideas to engineer the climate, collectively summarized as ‘Geoengineering’. But no matter whether one thinks of massive attempts to filter greenhouse gases from the air or planetary sheets of reflective material, geoengineering will have significant political effects."

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12.11.2018

# Political Papers

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C2G2: Governing Solar Radiation Modification (SRM)

"Solar Radiation Modification (SRM), also known as Solar Radiation Management, Radiation Modification Measures or Solar
Geoengineering, would aim to address a symptom of climate change by reflecting more sunlight back into space, or by
allowing more infrared radiation from Earth to escape, in order to reduce the Earth’s temperature. It includes numerous
proposed methods which differ significantly. None are ready for deployment. Solar Radiation Modification could not be a
substitute for reducing emissions, or removing atmospheric CO2."

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22.10.2018

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India Climate Dialogue: Geoengineering must be transparent to gain public trust

"The world remains on track for more than three degrees Celsius of average warming by 2100. That will trigger calls for drastic measures to combat a climate emergency, including carbon removal from the atmosphere or solar radiation management. Geoengineering in this form or any other urgently needs governance — and transparency lies at its heart."

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22.10.2018

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C2G2: Janos Pasztor, Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary - General on Climate Change

"Embracing a New Era of Eco-civilization and Building a Community of Shared Future for Green Development"

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17.10.2018

# New Publications

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

Rabitz, F. (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

# New Publications

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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

# New Publications

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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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