08.07.2019

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Council on Foreign Relations: The Anticipatory Governance of Solar Radiation Management

"Emission reductions alone are unlikely to prevent severe climate change effects. Geoengineering proposals are a way forward, but they need legitimate and effective governance."

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08.07.2019

# Political Papers

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Geden, O.; et al. (2019): Predictive Governance for Solar Radiation Management. Challenges and options for action for international climate policy (German)

Geden, O.; Dröge, S. (2019): Vorausschauende Governance für Solares Strahlungsmanagement. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen für die internationale Klimapolitik. SWP-Aktuell (36).

German paper on governance of Solar Radiation Management

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30.06.2019

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Environmental Defense Fund: Our position on geoengineering

"Deliberate climate interventions such as albedo modification should not be undertaken for the foreseeable future as they present serious ecological, moral and geopolitical concerns."

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30.06.2019

# New Publications

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Schubert, J. (2019): Measuring, Modeling, Controlling the Climate? Numerical Expertise in U.S. Climate Engineering Politics

Schubert, J. (2019): Measuring, Modeling, Controlling the Climate? Numerical Expertise in U.S. Climate Engineering Politics. In: Markus J. Prutsch (Hg.): Science, Numbers and Politics. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan US, p. 181–201.

"This contribution explores the role of quantified scientific expertise for U.S. geoengineering politics. Drawing on empirical evidence from federal proceedings, it assesses how climate measures, models, targets, and thresholds have shaped the trajectory of geoengineering within U.S. climate policy between 1990 and 2015."

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26.06.2019

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Huffpost: A Longshot 2020 Candidate Wants To Push Geoengineering Into The Climate Debate

"Geoengineering is a catch-all term for technologies that could counter the effects of global warming. Ideas range from the relatively benign, like sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; to the quirky, like building berms at the base of Arctic glaciers to slow melting from the warming ocean; to the radical, such as solar radiation management, which involves spraying sulfur gases into the atmosphere to reflect the sun’s warming rays back into space."

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10.06.2019

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C2G: Governing Large-Scale Carbon Dioxide Removal: Are We Ready?

"Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, governments agreed to pursue efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The current global response is only about 1/3 of what is needed."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research

Smith, Patrick Taylor (2019): Legitimacy and Non-Domination in Solar Radiation Management Research. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 341–361. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562528.

"he purpose of this paper is to explore what I take to be a significant limitation of the proposed regimes: their failure to grapple with the significant power imbalances between the scientific and policy-making communities of the developed world doing the research and those of the developing world that will suffer the worst consequences of both climate change and climate engineering. This paper will argue that the value of non-domination, including and especially how it relates to global inequality, should guide our thinking about how to legitimately engage in research into solar radiation management."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice

Gardiner, Stephen M.; Fragnière, Augustin (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 265–269. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562524.

"The aim of this special issue is to move forward the normative discussion of political legitimacy and justice specifically. Our starting assumption is that it would be unwise to proceed with particular technologies and develop governance systems without at the same time addressing hard questions about justice and legitimacy. One reason for this is that clarifying the central normative questions is key to understanding obstacles to, parameters for, and constraints on research, policy and governance. In particular, it matters for policy if some kinds of geoengineering turn out to be easier from the point of view of justice and legitimacy than others."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering

Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 417–440. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1522065.

"Lessons from the literature on multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) that are relevant to the debate on climate engineering (CE) are examined. MSDs have been used to prod slow-to-develop intergovernmental regulatory processes on a range of transnational and global controversies. A CEMSD might push forward anticipatory governance of CE by promoting social learning, sharpening and legitimizing governance norms, and starting to arrange the political space for governance by states."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'

Jinnah, Sikina; Nicholson, Simon (2019): Introduction to the Symposium on ‘Geoengineering. Governing Solar Radiation Management'. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 385–396. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1558515.

"The term solar radiation management (SRM) describes a set of speculative technologies that might help humanity respond to climate change. SRM technologies would operate, if ever developed and deployed at scale, by reflecting a small amount of solar energy back into space before that energy warms the planet."

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