19.07.2021

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EPFL: A risk-risk assessment framework for Solar Radiation Modification

"Such ‘risk-risk’ assessment poses particular challenges given uncertainties around the techniques and the extent of human-induced changes to the climate system that might be expected in the future."

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07.07.2021

# New Publications

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Choi, Woo-Jung; et al. (2021): Environmental Risks in Atmospheric CO2 Removal Using Enhanced Rock Weathering Are Overlooked

Choi, Woo-Jung; Park, Hyun-Jin; Cai, Yanjiang; Chang, Scott X. (2021): Environmental Risks in Atmospheric CO2 Removal Using Enhanced Rock Weathering Are Overlooked. In Environmental science & technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02505.

"The risks and limitations of ERW should be clearly recognized and a strategy for the pragmatic use of ERW for CO2 removal needs to be developed for policy makers."

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05.07.2021

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Biermann, Frank (2021): It is dangerous to normalize solar geoengineering research

Biermann, Frank (2021): It is dangerous to normalize solar geoengineering research. In Nature 595 (7865), p. 30. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-021-01724-2.

"We disagree with your view that research into solar geoengineering as a means to cool the planet should be given “a chance” (Nature 593, 167; 2021)."

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29.06.2021

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The Conversation: Solar geoengineering could limit global warming, but Canada should study risks and benefits first

"Canadian climate policy has yet to address solar geoengineering, but the government acknowledges the need to understand the implications of these hypothesized technologies."

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24.06.2021

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Gilmore, Elisabeth A.; Buhaug, Halvard (2021): Climate mitigation policies and the potential pathways to conflict: Outlining a research agenda

Gilmore, Elisabeth A.; Buhaug, Halvard (2021): Climate mitigation policies and the potential pathways to conflict: Outlining a research agenda. In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, e722. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.722.

"To contribute to efforts for aligning climate policy with broader societal goals, specifically those related to sustainable development, we identify the effects of climate mitigation policy on aspects of socioeconomic development that are known determinants of conflict and evaluate the plausibility and importance of potential pathways to armed conflict and political violence."

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31.05.2021

# Political Papers

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Grisé, Michelle; et al. (2021): Climate Control: International Legal Mechanisms for Managing the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering

Grisé, Michelle; Yonekura, Emmi; Blake, Jonathan S.; Desmet, David; Garg, Anusree; Preston, Benjamin Lee (2021): Climate Control: International Legal Mechanisms for Managing the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering. RAND Corporation.

"In this Perspective, the authors review the state of different geoengineering technologies, highlighting differences in technological development stage, price, time scales, and potential secondary effects. They discuss the geopolitical risks that may be introduced by geoengineering implementation. Given the many serious risks that geoengineering poses, they conclude by examining whether existing international governance mechanisms manage the geopolitical risks associated with geoengineering."

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31.05.2021

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Wagner, Gernot (2021): Geoengineering. The gamble

Wagner, Gernot (2021): Geoengineering. The gamble. Cambridge, UK, Medford, MA: Polity Press.

"In Geoengineering: the Gamble, climate economist Gernot Wagner provides a balanced take on the possible benefits and all-too-real risks. Despite those risks, he argues, geoengineering may only be a matter of time. Not if, but when."

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03.05.2021

# Political Papers

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Bodansky, Daniel; Wanser, Kelly (2021): Think Globally, Govern Locally: Designing a National Research Program on Near-Term Climate Risks and Possible Interventions

Bodansky, Daniel; Wanser, Kelly (2021): Think Globally, Govern Locally: Designing a National Research Program on Near-Term Climate Risks and Possible Interventions. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions & SilverLining.

"In this paper, authors Dan Bodansky and Kelly Wanser describe how the establishment of a well-designed national research program on near-term climate risks and interventions can generate knowledge to support international cooperation and set a precedent for responsible climate intervention research internationally. The authors outline the elements of a model national program aimed at providing information in a timely, safe, and open manner to allow for evaluation by policymakers and the public."

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03.05.2021

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Council on Foreign Relations: Can Solar Geoengineering Be Used as a Weapon?

"The premise that solar geoengineering is weaponizable is either false or grossly overstated. It is time to leave such distractions behind and focus more squarely on the real dilemmas of this otherwise promising technology."

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28.04.2021

# New Publications

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Michaelowa, Axel (2021): Solar Radiation Modification ‐ A “Silver Bullet” Climate Policy for Populist and Authoritarian Regimes?

Michaelowa, Axel (2021): Solar Radiation Modification ‐ A “Silver Bullet” Climate Policy for Populist and Authoritarian Regimes? In Glob Policy 12 (S1), pp. 119–128. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12872.

"We discuss the incentive structure and political economy that populist and authoritarian leaders may face regarding unilateral use of SRM and elaborate how the international community could try to prevent or at least ‘contain’ such unilateral uses of SRM. Unfortunately, such ‘containment’ is contingent on the most powerful states not being populist or authoritarian regimes."

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