07.09.2020

# New Publications

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Puno, Railla Veronica D. (2020): A Rights-Based Approach to Governance of Climate Geoengineering

Puno, Railla Veronica D. (2020): A Rights-Based Approach to Governance of Climate Geoengineering. In ELR 10744.

"This Article explores a rights-based approach for the governance of geoengineering in international law, including the impetus, rationale, and options for implementation. The approach would take into account the need for participation, accountability, nondiscrimination, and equality in its development and deployment, while addressing the potential of such technologies in mitigating the impacts that climate change would have to the full enjoyment of human rights, including the right to a healthy environment."

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21.07.2020

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Lockley, A.; Futerman, G.; Coffman, D. (2020): Geoengineering and Public Trust Doctrine

Lockley, A.; Futerman, G.; Coffman, D. (2020): Geoengineering and Public Trust Doctrine. In Carbon & Climate Law Review 14 (2), pp. 85–97. DOI: 10.21552/cclr/2020/2/4.

"We consider various types of geoengineering to protect example assets currently under PTD, finding a compelling case for action in a variety of contexts. This introduces a paradoxical situation, where it may theoretically be easier to compel states to undertake geoengineering to protect a beach, than to protect the whole planet."

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14.07.2020

# New Publications

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McCormack, Phillipa C.; et al. (2020): Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia

McCormack, Phillipa C.; McDonald, Jan; Brent, Kerryn A. (2020): Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia. In Climate Law 10 (2), pp. 123–150. DOI: 10.1163/18786561-01002001.

"We argue that domestic laws should be used to maximize the benefits of nets while minimizing trade-offs for biodiversity. These laws should ensure that trade-offs are, at the very least, explicit and transparent, both in terms of their implications for current biodiversity and in the context of an acceleration of climate-driven biodiversity decline."

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01.06.2020

# New Publications

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Subramanian, Narayan S. 2020: “Powering the Future: An Inclusive National Clean Energy Standard with Negative Emissions Technologies.”

Subramanian, Narayan S. 2020: “Powering the Future: An Inclusive National Clean Energy Standard with Negative Emissions Technologies.” Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 45 (2). https://doi.org/10.7916/cjel.v45i2.6158.

"This Note argues that a National Clean Energy Standard (NCES) is critical to harmonize state clean energy policies while also providing them with legal certainty. [...] This Note puts forward an NCES framework that can effectively incorporate NETs while giving states the flexibility to choose between clean energy and NETs investments to achieve their NCES obligations."

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28.04.2020

# New Publications

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Talati, Shuchi; et al. 2020: “Once a Fringe Idea, Geoengineering Moves to Center Stage in Policy Arena.”

Talati, Shuchi, Robert James, and Wil Burns. 2020: “Once a Fringe Idea, Geoengineering Moves to Center Stage in Policy Arena.” Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Reprinted by permission from The Environmental Forum. 

"ELI convened a webinar bringing together three experts who collectively believe that it is time to consider at least two forms of geoengineering, solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal."

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28.02.2020

# Media

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Bellona: The EU Climate Law must prevent a rude awakening on carbon removal

"Since the presentation of the European Green Deal in December there’s been much ado about the promised “Climate Law”. Expected by the 4th of March, it promises to “write into law the goal set out in the European Green Deal – for Europe’s economy and society to become climate-neutral by 2050”. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for Europe to become the global leader on tackling climate change. For this to become a reality, however, the “Climate Law” needs to be done right."

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24.02.2020

# Political Papers

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Stützel, Maximilian (2019): Geoengineering als existentielles Risiko. Grundlagen, Grenzen und Lücken bestehender völkerrechtlicher Regulierung

Stützel, Maximilian (2019): Geoengineering als existentielles Risiko. Grundlagen, Grenzen und Lücken bestehender völkerrechtlicher Regulierung. Freiburger Informationspapiere zum Völkerrecht und Öffentlichen Recht, Silja Vöneky (Hrsg.). Ausgabe 12/2019. https://www.jura.uni-freiburg.de/de/institute/ioeffr2/downloads/online-papers/FIP_2019_12_Stzel_Geoengineering.pdf.

"Hierzu wird nach einigen allgemeinen Ausführungen zum Geoengineering zunächst untersucht werden, inwieweit derartige Technologien existentielle Risiken darstellen (B.). Anschließend werden die bestehenden völkerrechtlichen Normen daraufhin geprüft werden, ob und inwieweit sie das relevanteste existentielle Risiko durch Geoengineering regulieren (C.). Auf Basis dieser Analyse werden dann Empfehlungen für zukünftige Normen abgeleitet (D.). Abschließend folgt eine Zusammenfassung der gewonnenen Erkenntnisse (E.)."

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06.01.2020

# New Publications

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Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2019): Climate Engineering and the Law

Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2019): Climate Engineering and the Law. Cambridge University Press.

New paperback edition. 

"This is the first book to focus on the legal aspects of these technologies: what government approvals would be needed; how liability would be assessed and compensation provided if something goes wrong; and how a governance system could be structured and agreed internationally."

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17.12.2019

# Political Papers

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Nisbet, Matthew C. (2019): The Carbon Removal Debate. Asking Critical Questions About Climate Change Futures

Nisbet, Matthew C. (2019): The Carbon Removal Debate. Asking Critical Questions About Climate Change Futures. Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy. School of International Service, American University. Washington, D.C.

"In this report commissioned by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, communication scholar Matthew Nisbet looks at how it is that carbon removal has suddenly appeared on the climate policy agenda, why the entire field needs additional scrutiny, and how to build a better carbon removal conversation."

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09.12.2019

# Media

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Climate Diplomacy: China’s geoengineering build-up poses geopolitical and security risks

"As China advances its geoengineering capabilities, the security and geopolitical risks associated with these techniques for South and Southeast Asia need to be addressed urgently—and climate diplomacy can help."

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