05.08.2020

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Carbon Brief: Guest post: Who should be responsible for removing CO2 from the atmosphere?

"The need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is, in many ways, a looming hot potato for climate policy."

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28.07.2020

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Fyson, Claire L.; et al. (2020): Fair-share carbon dioxide removal increases major emitter responsibility

Fyson, Claire L.; Baur, Susanne; Gidden, Matthew; Schleussner, Carl-Friedrich (2020): Fair-share carbon dioxide removal increases major emitter responsibility. In Nat. Clim. Chang. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0857-2.

"Here we apply two common burden-sharing principles to show how CDR responsibility could be shared between regions in 1.5 °C and 2 °C mitigation pathways. We find that fair-share outcomes for the United States, the European Union and China could imply 2–3 times larger CDR responsibilities this century compared with a global least-cost approach."

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19.03.2020

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Low, Sean, and Holly Jean Buck. 2020: “The Practice of Responsible Research and Innovation in ‘Climate Engineering.’”

Low, Sean, and Holly Jean Buck. 2020. “The Practice of Responsible Research and Innovation in ‘Climate Engineering.’” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, March, e644. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.644.

‌"In this review, we first survey how RRI thinking has already been applied to both carbon removal and sunlight reflection methods for climate intervention. We examine how RRI is employed in four types of activities: Assessment processes and reports, principles and protocols for research governance, critical mappings of research, and deliberative and futuring engagements."

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30.01.2020

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Matzner, Nils; Barben, Daniel (2020): Climate Engineering as a Communication Challenge: Contested Notions of Responsibility Across Expert Arenas of Science and Policy

Matzner, Nils; Barben, Daniel (2020): Climate Engineering as a Communication Challenge: Contested Notions of Responsibility Across Expert Arenas of Science and Policy. SAGE Publications. Los Angeles, CA. Available online at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1075547019899408, updated on 1/29/2020.

"This article starts out from a notion of responsibility regarding subjects, objects, norms, and authorities. It will identify and analyze discursive patterns of responsibility across six expert arenas and provide a comparative mapping of these patterns. Better understanding controversy may help in finding common ground for designing research and policy strategies around CE. Taking on the challenges of communicating CE-related responsibilities would support CE governance."

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16.01.2020

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World Ocean Initiative: Technofixing the climate: who’s in charge?

"Failure to reverse greenhouse-gas emissions could herald the re-emergence of ideas to carry out geoengineering in the oceans. A new report considers the governance implications."

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23.08.2018

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Matzner, N.; et al. (2018): Verantwortungsvoll das Klima manipulieren? Unsicherheit und Verantwortung im Diskurs um Climate Engineering

Matzner, N.; Barben, D. (2018): Verantwortungsvoll das Klima manipulieren? Unsicherheit und Verantwortung im Diskurs um Climate Engineering. In Nina Janich, Lisa Rhein (Eds.): Unsicherheit als Herausforderung für die Wissenschaft. Berlin: Peter Lang, pp. 143–178.

"In this article, we will conduct a discourse analysis of “uncertainty” and “responsibility” in five discourse arenas – i.e., science, policy, science-policy interface, NGOs and think tanks – showing how articulations of uncertainty and responsibility vary between as well as within arenas. We will conclude that neither “uncertainty” nor “responsibility” provide any clear guidance on how to deal with CE and global warming but that, instead, one has to comprehend how divergent aspects of uncertainty and responsibility are articulated and framed such that they constitute competing approaches to governing CE and global warming."

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12.12.2017

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Rayner, Steve (2017): Climate Engineering. Responsible Innovation or Reckless Folly?

Rayner, Steve (2017): Climate Engineering. Responsible Innovation or Reckless Folly? In Lotte Asveld, Rietje van Dam-Mieras, Tsjalling Swierstra, Saskia Lavrijssen, Kees Linse, Jeroen van den Hoven (Eds.): Responsible Innovation 3. A European Agenda? Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 113–129.

"This paper asks whether the emerging and already controversial field of climate geoengineering will prove to be yet another chapter in this litany or whether it represents an opportunity to develop a framework for responsible innovation according to a model of guiding societal principles and technology-specific protocols. It concludes by noting that geoengineering is currently at a research impasse as technologists await a green light from social scientists before proceeding with research, while social scientists are limited to commenting on highly speculative ideas about how geoengineering might turn out in practice. "

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31.12.2016

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Grunwald, Armin (2016): Technology to Combat Climate Change: the Hermeneutic Dimension of Climate Engineering

Grunwald, Armin (2016): Technology to Combat Climate Change: the Hermeneutic Dimension of Climate Engineering; In: The hermeneutic side of responsible research and innovation. London: ISTE, Ltd.; Wiley. (chapter 8)

"The example of climate engineering, which has been an object of discussion for several years, refers to how we handle climate change and is therefore very different in character from the other fields of RRI presented in this book. Nonetheless, climate engineering exhibits similar challenges for the RRI debate because of the relevance of temporally far-reaching and thus extremely uncertain technology futures. If the debate over responsibility is conducted in a consequentialist manner with reference to the presumable consequences of climate engineering, it too is threatened by epistemological nirvana (Chapter 3). Consideration of the technology futures of climate engineering from a hermeneutic perspective leads to a corresponding result."

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18.04.2016

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Barben, Daniel (2015): Climate Engineering gegen den globalen Klimawandel? Perspektiven verantwortlicher Forschung und Governance

Barben, Daniel (2015): Climate Engineering gegen den globalen Klimawandel? Perspektiven verantwortlicher Forschung und Governance. In Alexander Bogner, Michael Decker, Mahshid Sotoudeh (Eds.): Responsible Innovation. Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? 1st ed. Baden-Baden: edition sigma, pp. 205–212.

German handbook article on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in CE research and governance.

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05.12.2015

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The Conversation: Can solar geoengineering be part of responsible climate policy?

"There are a number of ideas for how people might intentionally alter the planet’s climate system – an approach called geoengineering. One of the most frequently discussed ideas is solar geoengineering, blocking some of sun’s energy by, for example, injecting tiny particles called sulfate aerosols into the atmosphere. But solar geoengineeering remains a controversial method of addressing climate change."

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