30.03.2018

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Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2018): Climate Engineering and the Law

Gerrard, Michael B.; Hester, Tracy (Eds.) (2018): Climate Engineering and the Law. Cambridge University Press.

"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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21.03.2018

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Phys.org: We need laws on geoengineering, ASAP

"A new book coming out April 21 points out the major holes in national and international geoengineering regulation, and lays out a framework for improvement. The book, titled Climate Engineering and the Law, was co-edited by Michael Gerrard from Columbia's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Tracy Hester, a graduate of Columbia Law School who now teaches at the University of Houston Law Center. Gerrard is also chair of the faculty of the Earth Institute."

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09.03.2018

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Reynolds, Jesse L.; et al. (2018): Intellectual property policies for solar geoengineering

Reynolds, Jesse L.; Contreras, Jorge L.; Sarnoff, Joshua D. (2018): Intellectual property policies for solar geoengineering. In WIREs Clim Change 9 (2), e512. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.512.

"We consider some possible approaches, and recommend a bottom-up, primarily nonstate, voluntary “research commons” for patents and data that are related to solar geoengineering. This would facilitate information sharing and limit data fragmentation and trade secrecy. It would also provide an incentive for commons members to pledge to limit some forms of intellectual property acquisition and to assure access on reasonable terms, thereby limiting the need for enforcement. This should help reduce downstream barriers to innovation and to encourage the potential development of technologies at reasonable cost. Such a research commons might also catalyze the adoption of best practices in research and development."

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06.01.2018

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Financial Express: Geoengineering a solution: Why regulating climate change using technology is not a bad idea

"Two years ago, most nations across the world were being hailed by their people for signing the Paris accord. It had taken nearly 20 years for countries to agree on a common framework on tackling climate change."

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18.12.2017

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NPR: Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

"NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with Rep. Jerry McNerney, Democrat of California, about his new bill to research the effects and risks of "geoengineering" the planet as a way to fight climate change."

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04.07.2017

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Environmental Guru: Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP) Oxford Workshop on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Geoengineering Research

"In this blog post, I will discuss recent developments in our Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP), by providing an update on our GRGP Code of Conduct Workshop held at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford on 21-23 June 2017. I will describe the objectives and format of the workshop, reflect on some of the insights gained from this meeting, and then outline next steps for the project."

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27.04.2017

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University of Santa Cruz: Sikina Jinnah named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

"Jinnah is one of 35 winners selected from a field of nearly 200 nominees who were put forward by their home institutions. Jinnah's project was submitted by Chancellor George Blumenthal, who described Jinnah as "arguably one of the most qualified scholars to take on a study of the contentious topic of international regulation of climate geo-engineering.""

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23.01.2017

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Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law

Smit, Erika C. (2015): Geoengineering. Issues of Accountability in International Law. In: Nevada Law Journal 15 (2), S. 1060–1089.

"As this note shows through congressional hearings, newspaper articles, and international agreements, geoengineering and weather modification have been lingering matters in international law for several decades and will continue to be reviewed, researched, and developed in the years to come. This note examines how international law can provide legal accountability for geoengineering in the event of a catastrophic accident."

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21.09.2016

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International Maritime Organization: More States urged to ratify the London Protocol

"Governments have been urged to ratify the London Protocol treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes at sea in order to ensure the universal application of its precautionary approach towards protection of the marine environment. [...] These include the issuing of permits for carbon dioxide sequestration in stable geological formations in the seabed to ensure permanent isolation of carbon dioxide and strong controls to regulate marine geoengineering activities - which can involve the introduction of substances or organisms into the sea in order to stimulate carbon dioxide uptake and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

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27.10.2015

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Chris, Robert (2015): Systems thinking for geoengineering policy

Chris, Robert (2015): Systems thinking for geoengineering policy. Balsingstoke: Routledge.

"Systems Thinking for Geoengineering Policy is the first book to theorise geoengineering in terms of complex adaptive systems theory and to argue for the theoretical imperative of adaptive management as the default methodology for an effective low risk means of confronting the inescapable uncertainty and surprise that characterise potential climate futures. The book illustrates how a shift from the conventional Enlightenment paradigm of linear reductionist thinking, in favour of systems thinking, would promote policies that are robust against the widest range of plausible futures rather than optimal only for the most likely, and also unlock the policy paralysis caused by making long term predictions of policy outcomes a prior condition for policy formulation."

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