08.11.2019

# New Publications

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Kaplan, Leah; et al. (2019): Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Forums on limate Intervention Research

Kaplan, Leah; Nelson, John; Tomblin, David; Farooque, Mahmud; Lloyd, Jason; Neff, Mark et al. (2019): "Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Forums on limate Intervention Research." ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. Washington, DC. Available online at https://cspo.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SRM_book_EPUB.pdf.

"CSPO and its partners, including the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network and the ASU-based PlanetWorks initiative, used participatory technology assessment (pTA), a method of determining public values and opinions to help inform up-stream decision-making, as an instrument to elicit views on the governance of SRM research. After an iterative design process with both technical experts and members of the lay public, CSPO hosted two day-long public deliberations on the governance of SRM research in Boston and Phoenix in September 2018."

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01.11.2019

# Political Papers

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Energy Futures Initiative (2019): Clearing the Air: A Federal RD&D Initiative and Management Plan for Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies

Energy Futures Initiative (2019): Clearing the Air: A Federal RD&D Initiative and Management Plan for Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies. September 2019. https://energyfuturesinitiative.org/efi-reports.

"The report outlines a 10-year RD&D initiative to bring to commercial readiness innovative CDR technologies at gigaton scale, at technology-specific cost targets, with minimal ecological impacts."

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05.10.2019

# New Publications

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Boettcher, M. (2019): Cracking the code: how discursive structures shape climate engineering research governance

Boettcher, Miranda (2019): Cracking the code: how discursive structures shape climate engineering research governance. In: Environmental Politics 31 (2), S. 1–27. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2019.1670987.

"I present a sociology-of-knowledge-based discourse analysis (SKAD) of a series of interviews with governance experts from the US, the UK and Germany about a proposed Code of Conduct for climate engineering research. I illustrate how – by shaping what is defined as the object(s) of governance, why governance is considered necessary, and who is assigned the authority to govern – the underlying discursive structure of a given governance debate can shape governance development."

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01.10.2019

# Political Papers

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Call for comments: AGU position statement on climate

"We encourage our members to engage in the process by reviewing the current position statements out for review and submitting their comments via the forms linked after the draft statements. If a position statement is not listed below, it is not up for comment.

Statements up for review

  1. Position statement "Society Must Address the Growing Climate Crisis Now"; Member comment period ends: 13 October at 12:00 a.m.

  2. Position statement "Principles Towards a Data Culture of Use, Sharing, Curation, and Attribution"; Member comment period ends: 13 October at 12:00 a.m."


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17.09.2019

# Media

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GOV.UK: Over £500m new investment in green technologies for a cleaner and healthier future

"Plans for a cleaner and healthier Britain stepped up a gear today (10 September 2019), as Ministers announced more than half a billion pounds of investment in green technologies."

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16.09.2019

# Media

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Harvard University Blog: Funding for Solar Geoengineering from 2008 to 2018

Updated blog post. "As the visibility of solar geoengineering research grows, we thought it would be useful to provide a publicly accessible record of the solar geoengineering projects that have been funded over the past ten years."

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17.07.2019

# Media

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Forum for Climate Enigneering Assessment: When essential research might be a bad thing. The carbon removal research dilemma. (Blogpost)

"The UK recently adopted a legislative 2050 target for ‘net-zero’ climate-changing emissions. Other countries are also moving towards similar goals. Such targets are hugely welcome in the face of growing climate change impacts. Yet delivering ‘net-zero’ depends not only on accelerated mitigation, but also critically on the development and deployment of carbon removal techniques. This creates something of a dilemma."

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06.05.2019

# Media

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C2G2: Should solar geoengineering research proceed?

"While solar geoengineering could limit some harmful climate impacts, these approaches could also have adverse impacts and would not address the root cause of climate change: rising emissions of heat-trapping gases from burning fossil fuels – or some of the resulting impacts, such as ocean acidification. We also know very little about how it could impact regional weather patterns, global politics, and efforts to curb global warming emissions."

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21.04.2019

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Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program: Might research on solar geoengineering resemble its broader “free-driver” dynamics?

"It’s called “re-search” for a reason. You search, you search, and you search again. It also means that researchers will naturally tackle the low-hanging fruits first. Unearthing the harder bits just takes time. That’s the natural flow of things, and solar geoengineering research is unlikely to be different."

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30.07.2018

# Media

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Axios: We asked five experts about engineering the climate

"In the face of rising global temperatures, deploying technologies to change Earth's climate has gone from thought experiment to reality. We already capture carbon and store it underground. Now some researchers are suggesting we should spray the clouds with particles to reflect sunlight, fertilize the oceans to promote carbon-absorbing plankton growth, or build a gigantic shade that orbits Earth and opens as needed to shield the planet from the sun. Welcome to the Anthropocene — the era of humans engineering the world in unprecedented ways."

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