30.06.2019

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Nori: #80 2020 Presidential candidates and their climate plans—with Zoya Teirstein (Podcast)

"So many candidates, so little time! If you’re curious what some of the Democratic contenders for president are proposing when it comes to climate change, fasten your seatbelt. From plans to reach net zero emissions by 2045 to investments in direct air capture technology, the presidential hopefuls each have an ambitious climate platform."

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30.06.2019

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Schubert, J. (2019): Measuring, Modeling, Controlling the Climate? Numerical Expertise in U.S. Climate Engineering Politics

Schubert, J. (2019): Measuring, Modeling, Controlling the Climate? Numerical Expertise in U.S. Climate Engineering Politics. In: Markus J. Prutsch (Hg.): Science, Numbers and Politics. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan US, p. 181–201.

"This contribution explores the role of quantified scientific expertise for U.S. geoengineering politics. Drawing on empirical evidence from federal proceedings, it assesses how climate measures, models, targets, and thresholds have shaped the trajectory of geoengineering within U.S. climate policy between 1990 and 2015."

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27.05.2019

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The Guardian: 2020 candidate John Delaney pitches vastly unusual climate change plan

"Maryland congressman and long shot 2020 candidate John Delaney wants to scale up technology to capture the carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet, and transport it in pipelines crisscrossing the country."

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01.04.2019

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Gardiner, S.; et al. (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice

Gardiner, S.; Fragnière, A. (2019): Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy and Justice. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), S. 265–269. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562524.

"Technologies which might be deployed to attempt geoengineering are either speculative or only in the very early stages of development. [...] Despite their speculative nature, discussion of geoengineering technologies is growing rapidly in science and policy circles. Having for decades largely been dismissed as irrelevant or counterproductive to serious discussion, some now advocate for geoengineering techniques as possible ‘tools in the toolkit’ for future climate action. "

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06.03.2019

# Political Papers

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Climate Engineering: 'Climate Engineering and our climate targets – an overdue debate' (German)

"New brochure of the SPP 1689. German only"

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28.01.2019

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Red Green and Blue: GreenFaith vs Geoengineering: Are we prepared to play God in dealing with climate change?

"As policymakers face the magnitude of the 1.5-degree challenge, new technologies and approaches for capping temperature increases – referred to as climate engineering or geoengineering – are under growing discussion."

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06.01.2019

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The Guardian: Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

"One solution being discussed is the idea of deliberately geoengineering the planet to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and/or cool the planet. I believe it is important to discuss and study these technologies very thoroughly, because implementing some of them, like solar radiation management [spraying particles into the air to simulate a volcanic eruption and block some of the sunlight reaching Earth], is extremely risky."

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07.12.2018

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Nature: Global warming will happen faster than we think

"Prepare for the “new abnormal”. That was what California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters last month, commenting on the deadly wildfires that have plagued the state this year. He’s right. California’s latest crisis builds on years of record-breaking droughts and heatwaves. [...] Such environmental disasters will only intensify. Governments, rightly, want to know what to do. Yet the climate-science community is struggling to offer useful answers."

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03.11.2018

# New Publications

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Geden, O.; et al. (2018): Targeting carbon dioxide removal in the European Union

Geden, O.; Peters, G.; Scott, V. (2018): Targeting carbon dioxide removal in the European Union. In: Climate Policy, S. 1–8. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1536600.

"Here we assess how best to ‘target’ CDR to motivate EU policymakers exploring which CDR target strategy may work best to start dealing with CDR on a meaningful scale. A comprehensive CDR approach would focus on delivering the CDR volumes required from the EU by 2100, approximately at least 50 Gigatonnes (Gt) CO2, according to global model simulations aiming to keep warming below 2°C. A limited CDR approach would focus on an intermediate target to deliver the CDR needed to reach ‘net zero emissions’ (i.e. the gross negative emissions needed to offset residual positive emissions that are too expensive or even impossible to mitigate). We argue that a comprehensive CDR approach may be too intimidating for EU policymakers."

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