22.10.2021

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The Guardian: Climate crisis likely to fuel conflicts over water and migration, US analyses say

"The climate crisis is likely to intensify cross-border clashes, aggravate conflicts over water and migration and cause instability, especially in developing countries, in ways that could threaten global security, the Biden administration warned on Thursday."

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20.10.2021

# New Publications

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Stephens, Jennie C.; et al. (2021): The Dangers of Mainstreaming Solar Geoengineering: A critique of the National Academies Report

Stephens, Jennie C.; Kashwan, Prakash; McLaren, Duncan; Surprise, Kevin (2021): The Dangers of Mainstreaming Solar Geoengineering: A critique of the National Academies Report. In Environmental Politics 376 (3), pp. 1–10. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1989214.

"The U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) 2021 report on solar geoengineering research is a political intervention in global climate politics. Although the NASEM report explicitly acknowledges the risks of unilateral research without broad-based public participation and global governance, the report minimizes these concerns by recommending that the U.S. act swiftly to establish a publicly funded national research program. By providing details for how the research program should be designed, the report contradicts its own recommendations for an inclusive and international process. By mainstreaming solar geoengineering, the report risks increasing the likelihood of international conflict and unilateral deployment, and further exacerbates delays in prioritizing other climate actions. Instead of expanding research on global manipulation of the earth’s climate, the United States, like other countries around the world, should commit to multilateral, coordinated efforts to phase out fossil fuels, advance global climate action, and invest in climate justice."

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18.10.2021

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Video: Can we remove carbon from the atmosphere? (True Planet)

"There is no ‘magic’ technology to solve climate change, says Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director and Professor of Environmental Economics at Oxford’s Smith School and director of the university’s Economics of Sustainability programme. ‘I wish there were,’ he says. ‘But we have to use all the existing tricks we have in the book as fast as possible to reduce emissions.’ Professor Hepburn emphasises there are some really interesting new technologies – and he thinks we should work to scale these up. In the meantime, he says, we already have some very old technology – the humble tree, which has been doing an important job for millennia – and is making a real contribution to reducing climate change. But Professor Hepburn says that right now, far from rewilding and restoring our ecosystems, we are deforesting and damaging nature with harmful agricultural practices. That needs to change. ‘Used together these various techniques...are going to make quite a big contribution to addressing climate change...what’s stopping us?’ Part of the problem, he says, is that somebody has to pay – and we need to talk about how to achieve that, without relying entirely on the taxpayer. But economics is only part of this, he says. We also need to think about a range of complex issues from politics to equity and beliefs – but, critically, the public needs to be on-board."

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04.10.2021

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Video: Centering Equity and Justice Within Climate Restoration

"This fireside chat will discuss the importance of incorporating equity and environmental justice into the work of carbon removal while establishing pathways to do so."

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16.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Kosar, Ugbaa; Suarez Vanessa (2021): Removing Forward. Centering Equity and Justice in a Carbon-Removing Future

Kosar, Ugbaa; Suarez Vanessa (2021): Removing Forward. Centering Equity and Justice in a Carbon-Removing Future. Carbon180.

"Before many environmental organizations began sounding the alarm on climate change, environmental justice (EJ) groups had been warning the public that pollution was harming Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color and low-income communities."

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09.08.2021

# New Publications

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Smith, Patrick (2021): Who May Geoengineer: Global Domination, Revolution, and Solar Radiation Management

Smith, Patrick (2021): Who May Geoengineer: Global Domination, Revolution, and Solar Radiation Management. 138-165 Pages / Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric, Vol 13 No 01: Chris Armstrong Symposium. DOI: 10.21248/GJN.13.01.237.

"This paper uses a novel account of non-ideal political action that can justify radical responses to severe climate injustice, including and especially deliberate attempts to engineer the climate system in order reflect sunlight into space and cooling the planet."

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09.08.2021

# New Publications

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Táíwò, Olúfẹmi O.; Talati, Shuchi (2021): Who Are the Engineers? Solar Geoengineering Research and Justice

Táíwò, Olúfẹmi O.; Talati, Shuchi (2021): Who Are the Engineers? Solar Geoengineering Research and Justice. In Global Environmental Politics, pp. 1–7. DOI: 10.1162/glep_a_00620.

"This commentary is a response to arguments that advocate for abandoning solar geoengineering research altogether because it perpetuates colonialism and promotes injustice. We find, however, that this brand of argument is itself performatively colonial and recommend a more inclusive framework for solar geoengineering governance that integrates existing research on relevant structures."

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02.08.2021

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Podcast: Daniele Visioni and Gideon Futerman discuss the Event Solar Geoengineering: Warnings from Scientists, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, and Climate Activists

"His research is currently focused on studying Sulfate Geoengineering, a form of climate engineering that aims to partially, temporarily, offset the effects of climate change by means of injecting sulfate precursors in the stratosphere in order to reflect a small part of the incoming solar radiation and thus reduce global temperatures."

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26.07.2021

# Calls & events

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Call for Proposals: Request for proposals: direct air capture and environmental and climate justice (climateworks)

Deadline: 17. August 2021

"[W]e are looking to expand our partnership with organizations and people who are working on CDR solutions with an eye towards advancing racial, environmental, and climate justice in communities across the U.S. and globally."

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19.07.2021

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Inside Climate News: An Indigenous Group’s Objection to Geoengineering Spurs a Debate About Social Justice in Climate Science

"The Sámi people of Northern Sweden say blocking out the sun with reflective particles to cool the earth is the kind of thinking that produced the climate crisis in the first place."

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