20.10.2021

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The Conversation: Why we must embrace geoengineering and other technologies to stop the climate crisis

"Recent adverse climate events — such as summer wildfires — have given Canadians something to worry about. Despite reports that most countries are not on track to meet their 2030 emissions targets to keep the Earth’s warming to within 1.5 C to 2 C, many continue to pin their hopes on fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement. Diplomacy aside, it’s time to do more than agree to cut emissions. Some scientists say an engineered climate recovery must be taken seriously, with aggressive and deliberate management strategies put in place. We need to cultivate citizen interest and government support for research into the development of large-scale geoengineering projects. As a media and communications scholar, I cannot argue that one science is superior to another. My research examines how Marshall McLuhan’s thinking about technology relates to the current climate crisis. Drawing on the work of McLuhan and others, I believe there are emerging technological options of urgent interest to citizens committed to a sustainable future, and we need to pursue these rather than holding onto remnants of a new normal."

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11.10.2021

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Podcast: How scence fiction can inspire humanity's response to the climate crisis (The Conversation)

"Chris Pak, lecturer in English Literature at Swansea University, explores the history of science fiction stories about terraforming, geoengineering, space and climate change. As COP26, the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, approaches Pak says authors of science fiction are consulted by organisations and governments to help us think about the risks and challenges of the future in ways inaccessible to other disciplines. He says we urgently need more of this imaginative impulse."

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04.10.2021

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Video: Why planting trees alone won't save the climate (Planet B, BR) (German)

German video on organistions calling for afforestation to save the climate.

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04.10.2021

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Waller, Laurie; et al. (2021): Searching for a Public in Controversies over Carbon Dioxide Removal: An Issue Mapping Study on BECCS and Afforestation

Waller, Laurie; Rayner, Tim; Chilvers, Jason (2021): Searching for a Public in Controversies over Carbon Dioxide Removal: An Issue Mapping Study on BECCS and Afforestation. In Science, Technology & Human Values, 016224392110435. DOI: 10.1177/01622439211043568.

"The roles digital media-technologies play in raising public issues relating to emerging technologies and their potential for engaging publics with science and policy assessments is a lively field of inquiry in Science and Technology Studies (STS). This paper presents an analysis of controversies over proposals for the large-scale removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CDR). The study combines a digital method (web-querying) with document analysis to map debates about two CDR approaches: bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and afforestation. In the first step, we locate actors using the web to engage with BECCS and afforestation and map their alignments in relation to competing framings of CDR. In a second step, we examine the devices deployed by UK-based actors to evidence and contest the feasibility of BECCS and afforestation. Our analysis shows that policy distinctions between “natural” and “engineered” CDR are used flexibly in practice and do not map neatly onto actor engagement with BECCS and afforestation. We highlight the predominance of cross-cutting techno-economic expertise and argue that framings of CDR as a solution to governing climate change may contribute to public disengagement from climate policy processes. The paper reflects on methods for studying controversies, publics, and issues emerging around processes of technoscientific assessment."

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30.09.2021

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Tin Fischer: #TrillionTrees

"Why do Jane Goodall or Marc Benioff think that the world needs a #TrillionTrees? It's a weird story about made up figures, an inspiring German, a flawed study, and a media frenzy. It all begins in 2013, with a boy’s speech in the UN assembly hall"

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23.09.2021

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Project Syndicate: We Need to Talk About Geoengineering

"Although climate change is primarily caused by excess greenhouse-gas emissions, there are many links in the chain between economic activities and the real-world effects of planetary warming. Each of these can be addressed in different ways, and all options should at least be on the table."

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23.09.2021

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Blog: Why & how we raised $1.4M to combat extreme climate change in 8 weeks and what you can do to help

"With this post I want to throw down the gauntlet to folks in games and other industries that have benefited from the pandemic to do our part to help fix the climate. Yes — I’m talking about you. The example from those who contributed to this is just a small step. There is so much more to accomplish individually and together. #doyourpart today and share it to inspire others.”

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20.09.2021

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Video: Climate Now: Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

"In order to reach global net-zero emissions by 2050, we must remove CO2 from the atmosphere as well as prevent further emissions. Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) can be accomplished naturally – through forests, soil sequestration, or mineralization – and technologically. In fact, we will need both CDR methods to get to net-zero.So what technologies exist that remove carbon from the atmosphere? What are their respective costs, how do they compare, and which are already on the market? Watch to find out."

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30.08.2021

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Podcast: Geoengineering and Green New Deal - Baiman

"Ron Baiman and Andrew do not play nicely together - they argue, bicker and squabble about geoengineering and a Green New Deal."

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30.08.2021

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Podcast: Geo-engineering vs geoengineering - Oomen

"Jeroen Oomen, postdoc at Utrecht, on geo-engineering (AKA geotechnical engineering) vs geoengineering (AKA climate engineering)."

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