28.02.2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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03.12.2019

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Meyer-Ohlendorf, N. (2019): A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?

Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils (2019): A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

"Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, took office today, on 1 December 2019. As one of her first proposals, she promised to propose a European Climate Law in the first 100 days of her term in office. This 'Law' is a critical step to make Europe climate neutral. It can close gaps in existing EU climate rules. These gaps will impede the EU from becoming climate neutral before 2050. A new paper by Ecologic Institute discusses what a European Climate Law should look like, and how it could close existing gaps."

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04.06.2018

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Hester, Tracy; Gerrard, Michael B. (2018): Going Negative. The Next Horizon in Climate Engineering Law

Hester, Tracy; Gerrard, Michael B. (2018): Going Negative. The Next Horizon in Climate Engineering Law. In Natural Resources & Environment 32 (4), pp. 3–7.

"Specifically, negative emissions technologies would directly remove greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the ambient air and help to remove accumulated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by historical emissions. After over a decade of debate, substantive research and planning associated with negative emissions technologies and solar radiation management have begun to inch forward. But this movement is happening in unexpected ways, and some of the most important decisions and commitments are occurring outside of the spotlight. "

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01.06.2018

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Brent, Kerryn; et al. (2018): International law poses problems for negative emissions research

Brent, Kerryn; McGee, Jeffrey; McDonald, Jan; Rohling, Eelco J. (2018): International law poses problems for negative emissions research. In Nature Climate change 8 (6), pp. 451–453. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0181-2.

"New international governance arrangements that manage environmental risk and potential conflicts of interests are needed to facilitate negative emissions research that is essential to achieving the large-scale CO2 removal implied by the Paris Agreement targets."

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14.05.2018

# New Publications

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Jones, Natalie (2018): Safeguarding Against Environmental Injustice. 1.5°C Scenarios, Negative Emissions, and Unintended Consequences

Jones, Natalie (2018): Safeguarding Against Environmental Injustice. 1.5°C Scenarios, Negative Emissions, and Unintended Consequences. In Carbon & Climate Law Review 12 (1), pp. 23–30. DOI: 10.21552/cclr/2018/1/6.

"Scenarios for limiting warming below 1.5°C require both drastic emissions reductions measures and the large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies. Both of these measures carry the potential for major unintended consequences, particularly as we do not yet understand the full implications of negative emissions technologies. Historically, the unintended consequences of climate mitigation efforts have disproportionately been borne by already marginalised communities, and hence there is a potential for the unintended consequences of measures taken to limit warming below 1.5°C to result in environmental injustice. This article argues that environmental and climate justice concerns need to be accounted for in the design of policy measures for keeping warming below 1.5°C, and outlines policy guidance for safeguarding against unintended consequences."

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03.04.2018

# New Publications

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Carlin, Norman; James, Robert A. (2018): Geoengineering Research Under U.S. Law

Carlin, Norman; James, Robert A. (2018): Geoengineering Research Under U.S. Law. In Pratt's Energy Law Report 18 (3), pp. 67–75.

"The authors first divide the techniques under consideration between solar radiation management (aerosols in the stratosphere, or greater white surfaces below) and carbon dioxide removal (ocean iron fertilization (OIF) and other forms of carbon capture and sequestration). They detail the analysis required for an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and a variety of other U.S. statutes and common-law doctrines. "

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