27.09.2021

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The Daily Star: We need to talk about geoengineering

"There is ultimately no way to stabilise the climate without addressing the fact that humans are emitting far too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, year after year. But cutting emissions is not the only response to the climate crisis, nor was it the one that scientists proposed over half a century ago in the first-ever government report on climate change."

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02.08.2021

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Oomen, Jeroen; Meiske, Martin (2021): Proactive and reactive geoengineering: Engineering the climate and the lithosphere

Oomen, Jeroen; Meiske, Martin (2021): Proactive and reactive geoengineering: Engineering the climate and the lithosphere. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.732.

"In this paper, we review the history of geoengineering, focusing specifically on climate geoengineering and lithosphere geoengineering."

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26.11.2020

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Guo, Rui; et al. (2020): Global CO2 uptake of cement in 1930–2019

Guo, Rui; Wang, Jiaoyue; Bing, Longfei; Tong, Dan; Ciais, Philippe; Davis, Steven J. et al. (2020): Global CO2 uptake of cement in 1930–2019. In Earth System Science Data. DOI: 10.5194/essd-2020-275.

"We adopted a comprehensive analytical model to estimate the amount of CO2 that had been absorbed from 1930 to 2019 in four types of cement materials including concrete, mortar, construction waste and cement kiln dust (CKD). Besides, the process CO2 emission during the same period based on the same datasets was also estimated."

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28.08.2020

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Carton, Wim; et al. (2020): Negative emissions and the long history of carbon removal

Carton, Wim; Asiyanbi, Adeniyi; Beck, Silke; Buck, Holly J.; Lund, Jens F. (2020): Negative emissions and the long history of carbon removal. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.671.

"In this article, we survey this “long history” of carbon removal and seek to draw out lessons for ongoing research and the emerging public debate on negative emissions. We argue that research and policy on negative emissions should proceed not just from projections of the future, but also from an acknowledgement of past controversies, successes and failures."

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28.08.2020

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CarbonBrief: Guest post: Learning from the contentious history of ‘carbon removal’

"This literature – even when it questions the assumptions and feasibility constraints underpinning large-scale CDR – tends to frame the various CDR approaches as novel and untested, and mostly focuses on hypothetical future scenarios. Yet CDR has a longer and, in many ways, more tangible history than this framing suggests – the lessons of which are largely overlooked in much of the current debate."

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24.08.2020

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Buck, Holly Jean (2020): Should carbon removal be treated as waste management? Lessons from the cultural history of waste

Buck, Holly Jean (2020): Should carbon removal be treated as waste management? Lessons from the cultural history of waste. In Interface Focus. 10 (5), p. 20200010. DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2020.0010.

"This paper looks at the historical evolution of solid and liquid waste regimes to draw lessons for the future evolution of a gaseous waste regime. It finds that social decisions to clean up solid and liquid waste were driven by both culture and industry."

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23.03.2020

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Smithsonian Magazine: Six Crazy Attempts to Geoengineer the Weather

"These scientists and inventors set out to change the planet with these out-of-the-box ideas."

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22.10.2019

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Video: PBS: Engineering Earth’s Climate?

"Scientists are worried that soon, simply reducing carbon emissions won’t be enough to even slow global warming.  A U.N. panel has said the world will likely need to “geo-engineer” the climate. That’s an idea that dates to the Cold War, when a different kind of global challenge gave rise to fears of a “nuclear winter.”"

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02.09.2019

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Scheffran, J. (2019): The entwined Cold War roots of missile defense and climate geoengineering

Scheffran, Jürgen (2019): The entwined Cold War roots of missile defense and climate geoengineering. In Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 75 (5), pp. 222–228. DOI: 10.1080/00963402.2019.1654256.

"The first approach to the nuclear and climate threat focuses on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament and on greenhouse gas emission reductions and mitigation. The second approach involves active defense: in the nuclear realm, missile defenses against nuclear-armed delivery systems; for climate change, geoengineering that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or changes the Earth’s radiation balance."

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12.03.2017

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Historical Climatology: A Conversation with Dr. James Fleming: Geoengineering and the History of Atmospheric Science

"In this episode, Professors Degroot and Fleming  discuss how a plane crash launched Fleming's career, the deep history and future prospects of geoengineering, and the birth of modern atmospheric science in the early twentieth century."

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