22.09.2020

# New Publications

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Corbett, Charles R. (2020): "Extraordinary" and "Highly Controversial": Federal Research of Solar Geoengineering Under NEPA

Corbett, Charles R. (2020): "Extraordinary" and "Highly Controversial": Federal Research of Solar Geoengineering Under NEPA. (September 21, 2020). Northwestern University Law Review Online (forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3696942.

"This Essay argues that NOAA should use its discretion to conduct a programmatic environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) as an initial step in complying with Congress’s mandate. Federal research into solar geoengineering is an extraordinary and highly controversial policy. The agency should carefully consider the environmental, social, and political impacts that may come with this undertaking. Further, the public deserves an opportunity to weigh in on the matter and to be appraised of its risks."

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22.09.2020

# Media

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Maritime Executive: Who Governs Climate Intervention and Geoengineering on the High Seas?

"With a range of marine geoengineering field trials inching forward, attention is turning to how research and eventual deployment should be governed."

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16.09.2020

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Medium: Carbon180 endorses the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act

"This bill takes key steps to strengthen federal research on blue carbon and improve efforts to protect and utilize ocean and coastal ecosystems."

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14.09.2020

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Energy.gov: Department of Energy Invests $72 Million in Carbon Capture Technologies

"Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of approximately $72 million in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies under two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs)."

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07.09.2020

# Projects

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Energy.gov: FOA 2187 and FOA 2188 Project Selections

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected 9 projects for cost-shared research and development under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002187, Carbon Capture Research and Development (R&D): Engineering Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources."

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01.09.2020

# New Publications

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Horton, Joshua B.; Koremenos, Barbara (2020): Steering and Influence in Transnational Climate Governance: Nonstate Engagement in Solar Geoengineering Research

Horton, Joshua B.; Koremenos, Barbara (2020): Steering and Influence in Transnational Climate Governance: Nonstate Engagement in Solar Geoengineering Research. In Global Environmental Politics 20 (3), pp. 93–111. DOI: 10.1162/glep_a_00572.

"Theorists of transnational climate governance (TCG) seek to account for the increasing involvement of nonstate and substate actors in global climate policy. While transnational actors have been present in the emerging field of solar geoengineering—a novel technology intended to reflect a fraction of sunlight back to space to reduce climate impacts—many of their most significant activities, including knowledge dissemination, scientific capacity building, and conventional lobbying, are not captured by the TCG framework."

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17.08.2020

# New Publications

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Zelikova, Tamara Jane (2020): The future of carbon dioxide removal must be transdisciplinary

Zelikova, Tamara Jane (2020): The future of carbon dioxide removal must be transdisciplinary. In Interface Focus. 10 (5), p. 20200038. DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2020.0038.

"This CDR-themed issue brings together diverse perspectives in order to identify opportunities to integrate across CDR disciplines, create a more holistic research agenda and inform how CDR is deployed. The individual papers within the issue discuss engineered and nature-based CDR approaches as well as the broader social and behavioural dimensions of CDR development and deployment."

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03.08.2020

# New Publications

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McKinnon, Catriona (2020): The Panglossian politics of the geoclique

McKinnon, Catriona (2020): The Panglossian politics of the geoclique. In Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 23 (5), pp. 584–599. DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2020.1694216.

"Two prominent geoengineering researchers have recently argued that the risk of termination shock could be minimised through the adoption of ‘relatively simple’ policies. This paper shows their arguments to be premised on heroically optimistic assumptions about the prospects for global cooperation and sustained trust in an SRM deployment scenario. The paper argues that worst-case scenarios are the right place to start in thinking about the governance of SRM."

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29.07.2020

# Calls & events

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Job: Research Associate (Fixed Term) at the Cambridge Judge Business School

Deadline: 06. September 2020

"The Research Associate will support a new pan-European, multi-institution consortium (NEGEM) focused on assessing carbon dioxide gas removal (CDR) options such as bioenergy with CCS (BECCS), direct air capture of CO2 with CO2 storage (DACCS), enhanced weathering, afforestation, soil carbon sequestration and other negative emissions technologies and practices (NETPs)."

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20.07.2020

# Media

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NHPR: Outside/In: Is Geoengineering Crazy Enough To Work, Or Just Plain Crazy?

"Ever since the threat of climate change was first made public, scientists have offered the possibility of a get-out-of-jail-free card: geoengineering. Reducing emissions is hard, so why not just engineer the Earth's atmosphere more to our liking?  Decades later, the science of geoengineering is still in its infancy, but a growing number of researchers are trying to change that. Should they?"

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