14.03.2020

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The McGill Tribune: Geoengineering is a band-aid solution to the climate crisis

"The conversation around geoengineering, otherwise known as climate intervention or climate engineering, is gaining traction as climate projections remain dire. Offering many salient yet controversial ways to mitigate Earth’s rising temperatures, geoengineering methods include spraying sulphate particulates into the atmosphere to block out solar radiation, fertilizing the ocean with iron to capture more carbon, and injecting atmospheric carbon dioxide into rock deep beneath the Earth’s surface."

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12.01.2020

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Podcast: WNYC: Geoengineering Climate Change, Tasmanian Tiger, New Water Plan. Jan 3, 2020, Part 1

"UCLA researcher Holly Buck is the author of a new book that examines these complexities. She explains to Ira why geoengineering could still be a valid strategy for buying time while we reduce emissions, and why any serious deployment of geoengineering technology would require a re-imagining of society as well."

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06.01.2020

# New Publications

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Sugiyama, Masahiro; et al. (2020): The North–South Divide on Public Perceptions of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering?: A Survey in Six Asia-Pacific Countries

Sugiyama, Masahiro, Shinichiro Asayama, and Takanobu Kosugi (2020): The North–South Divide on Public Perceptions of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering?: A Survey in Six Asia-Pacific Countries. Environmental Communication. January 3, 2020. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17524032.2019.1699137?journalCode=renc20&.

"The present study conducted an online survey of college students in six Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and South Korea) about their attitudes toward stratospheric aerosol geoengineering, one of most discussed SRM proposals. Our results showed that students from the Global South (China, India, the Philippines) were more willing to accept geoengineering as a potential option than those from the Global North (Australia, Japan, and South Korea)."

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04.01.2020

# New Publications

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Merk, Christine; et al. (2019): Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering: Laypersons’ Acceptance at Different Levels of Knowledge and Intensities of Deliberation

Merk, Christine, Geraldine Klaus, Julia Pohlers, Andreas Ernst, Konrad Ott, and Katrin Rehdanz (2019): Public Perceptions of Climate Engineering: Laypersons’ Acceptance at Different Levels of Knowledge and Intensities of Deliberation. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 28 (4): 348–55. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.28.4.6.

"‌We look at laypersons’ perceptions of BECCS and SAI at three stylized stages of increasing knowledge and deliberation. We found a high level of uncertainty among survey respondents as to whether to accept the use of these methods, which decreases when additional information is supplied by stakeholders."

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30.12.2019

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The New York Times: In France, Holiday Skating Rinks Are an Unlikely Climate Battleground

"The attractions have prompted environmental concerns, and some cities have canceled them, citing the size of the carbon footprint needed to maintain the sites."

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30.12.2019

# Political Papers

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Leiserowitz, A., et al. (2019): Climate change in the American mind: November 2019

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Bergquist, P., Ballew, M., Goldberg, M., & Gustafson, A. (2019). Climate change in the American mind: November 2019. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

"Our latest national survey finds that the highest percentage of Americans since our surveys began are “extremely” or “very” sure global warming is happening. Additionally, an increasing percentage of Americans understand that most scientists think global warming is happening. The report includes many other interesting findings, including how often Americans hear and talk about global warming."

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13.12.2019

# New Publications

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Klaus, Geraldine; et al. (2019): Psychological factors influencing laypersons’ acceptance of climate engineering, climate change mitigation and business as usual scenarios

Klaus, Geraldine; Ernst, Andreas; Oswald, Lisa (2019): Psychological factors influencing laypersons’ acceptance of climate engineering, climate change mitigation and business as usual scenarios. In Technology in Society, p. 101222. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2019.101222.

"In July 2017, we assessed public reactions from the German population in a representative online survey. Participants were given a brief text informing them about climate change and one of four different scenarios in a between-subject design (N = 678). Two of the scenarios described the use of climate engineering technologies - stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) and bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) - one of them covered conventional mitigation strategies and the fourth group was given an outline of the business-as-usual (BAU) approach."

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29.07.2019

# New Publications

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Colvin, R.; et al. (2019): Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions

Colvin, R.; Kemp, L.; Talberg, A.; Castella, C. de; Downie, C.; Friel, S. et al. (2019): Learning from the Climate Change Debate to Avoid Polarisation on Negative Emissions. In: Environmental Communication 28, S. 1–13. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1630463.

"This paper identifies critical lessons from the climate change experience to guide how communications and engagement on negative emissions can be conducted to encourage functional public and policy discourse. Negative emissions technologies present a significant opportunity for limiting climate change, and are likely to be necessary to keep warming below 2°C."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering

Conca, Ken (2019): Prospects for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate engineering. In Environmental Politics 28 (3), pp. 417–440. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1522065.

"Lessons from the literature on multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) that are relevant to the debate on climate engineering (CE) are examined. MSDs have been used to prod slow-to-develop intergovernmental regulatory processes on a range of transnational and global controversies. A CEMSD might push forward anticipatory governance of CE by promoting social learning, sharpening and legitimizing governance norms, and starting to arrange the political space for governance by states."

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09.06.2018

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C2G2: Preliminary public opinion on outdoor experiments

"As a student at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy, I wrote my senior thesis about public opinion on SCoPEx. With funding from Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,[2] I conducted deliberative workshops with Boston and Cambridge residents to explore public perception of SCoPEx and solar geoengineering more broadly. It is worth noting that the sample size for my study was quite small: the initial focus group involved four participants, and the subsequent deliberative workshops had five participants each for a total of twenty people. This was due to temporal and monetary constraints; participants were compensated at $15 per hour. Thus, the findings included here are tentative and meant to serve more as guidance for future research than definitive answers about public opinion on SCoPEx."

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