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

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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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27.06.2018

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New Security Beat: Engineering the Climate—or Deploying Disaster? Applying Just War Theory to Geoengineering

"As the national security ramifications of climate change grow more pronounced, climate manipulation technologies, known as geoengineering, will become more attractive as a method of staving off climate-related security emergencies.  However, geoengineering technologies could disrupt the global ecological status quo, and could pose a potentially coercive (and very serious) threat to peace."

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09.06.2018

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C2G2: Vatican Seminar on the Governance of Geoengineering

"Faith communities, with their values-based approach, as well as philosophers, social scientists and lawyers, will have to enter into the debate. Imagine, in the not-distant future, that one single State started the dispersal of aerosols in the atmosphere as a means of solar radiation management. This is a terrifying idea. Who has the necessary wisdom and the necessary scientific knowledge to take such a momentous decision? Who has the right to do so? Who will decide about the “quantity” (optimal desired impact on the temperature), or bear the responsibility for unintended negative consequences?"

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09.06.2018

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Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance

Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina (2018): De facto governance. How authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance. In Environmental Politics 5 (1), pp. 1–22. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1452373.

"In contrast, here it is argued that de facto governance of CE is underway, discernible in an ordering of this nascent field of inquiry by unacknowledged sources of steering. One key source of de facto governance is analyzed: high-level ‘authoritative assessments’ of CE. The focus is on how these assessments are constructing CE as an object of governance through demarcating and categorizing this emerging field of inquiry, and how this contributes to normalizing and institutionalizing CE research (and CE research communities)."

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27.05.2018

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Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

Gannon, Kate Elizabeth; Hulme, Mike (2018): Geoengineering at the “Edge of the World”. Exploring perceptions of ocean fertilisation through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation. In Geo: Geography and Environment 5 (1), e00054. DOI: 10.1002/geo2.54.

"More broadly, the controversy illustrated long‐standing arguments about the desirability and feasibility of ocean fertilisation as a geoengineering response to the threat of anthropogenic climate change. Using the HSRC case, this paper reports a novel situated study of public perceptions of geoengineering that combines ethnographic engagement with Q‐methodology."

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26.05.2018

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Scientific American: World Needs to Set Rules for Geoengineering Experiments, Experts Say

"With interest in such research rising, and the risks uncertain, that conservation needs to start now"

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26.05.2018

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C2G2: Governments’ increasing interest in the governance of geoengineering

"On the 22nd of May we briefed Ambassadors and civil society organizations.  On the following day we held a more detailed workshop for their advisors. We invited leading experts from the UN system, academia and civil society to share their insights and perspectives. The full programme, as well as the supporting documents of the Briefing and of the Workshop, are available on UNEP’s website."

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16.05.2018

# New Publications

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Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance

Jinnah, Sikina (2018): Why Govern Climate Engineering? A Preliminary Framework for Demand-Based Governance. In International Studies Review 39 (1), p. 1. DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy022.

"This article asks: how can rationales underlying governance demand for climate engineering technologies inform strategies for governance design? It posits that demand rationales can be coupled with broad insights from theories of global governance to initiate governance proposals and discussions surrounding these emerging technologies. It proposes a preliminary framework that considers how the constellation of functional, strategic, and normative demand rationales for climate engineering technologies can inform the appropriate control mechanisms and degree of polycentricity in governance design."

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