29.06.2020

# New Publications

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Sapinski, J. P.; et al. (2020): Has it come to this? The promises and perils of geoengineering on the brink

Sapinski, J. P.; Buck, Holly Jean; Malm, Andreas (Eds.) (2020): Has it come to this? The promises and perils of geoengineering on the brink. New Brunswick, Camden: Rutgers University Press (Nature, society, and culture).

"How did we get into this situation where the most extreme path now seems a plausible development? Is it an accurate representation of where we are at? Who is this “we” who is talking? What options make it onto the table? Which are left out? Whom does geoengineering serve? Why is the ensemble of projects that goes by that name so salient, even though the community of researchers and advocates is remarkably small? These are some of the questions that the thinkers contributing to this volume are exploring from perspectives ranging from sociology and geography to ethics and indigenous studies."

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04.06.2020

# Media

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Phys.org: Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes

 

'"About half the world's population lives in the extratropical regions where storm tracks dominate weather," says Charles Gertler, a graduate student in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). "Our results show that solar geoengineering will not simply reverse climate change. Instead, it has the potential itself to induce novel changes in climate."'

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03.06.2020

# Media

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New Atlas: MIT study explores how solar geogineering would alter the climate

"A new study from MIT has explored some of the potential flow-on effects of such a move and found it would likely trade one set of problems for another, by weakening storms, destabilizing ice sheets and leading to more polluted urban areas."

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03.06.2020

# Media

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Science Daily: Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes

"Solar geoengineering proposals will weaken extratropical storm tracks in both hemispheres, scientists find."

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10.04.2020

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Blog post: Conflict and Environment Observatory: From ENMOD to geoengineering: the environment as a weapon of war

"Without governance mechanisms, some geoengineering technologies could pose a threat to international peace and security."

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20.01.2020

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Fast Company: Solar geoengineering could have big benefits (and also big risks)

"A new study found the effects on inequality from lowering global temperature via limiting the sun that reaches the Earth could be massive. But can we get those same effects simply by reducing carbon emissions in a less risky way?"

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09.12.2019

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Climate Diplomacy: China’s geoengineering build-up poses geopolitical and security risks

"As China advances its geoengineering capabilities, the security and geopolitical risks associated with these techniques for South and Southeast Asia need to be addressed urgently—and climate diplomacy can help."

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18.11.2019

# New Publications

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Wagner, G.; et al. (2019): Green Moral Hazards

Wagner, Gernot, and Daniel Zizzamia. 2019. “Green Moral Hazards.” SSRN Electronic Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486990.

"‌When a green moral hazard is applied, its adherents attempt to wrestle with the chimera to make a political statement about the world. Thus, rather than retreating into the labyrinth of the green moral hazard and pitting technofixes against deeper systemic transformation, technofixes like geoengineering should be discussed out in the open in ways that encourage what philosopher Helen Longino labels, “transformative criticism.” Doing so would also greatly expand the attention paid to the underlying environmental problem in the first place, in essence using (solar) geoengineering to expand the broader climate conversation."

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18.10.2019

# Calls & events

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Webinar: Large-scale CO2 Removal: Governance, Risks and Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean

23 October 2019

09:00 – 10:30 am (Time in Costa Rica, CST)

"The webinar will provide an overview of the main findings of the IPCC in relation to large scale CDR techniques, their governance challenges, all in in relation to Low Emission Development Strategies. The webinar will be held in Spanish."

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30.08.2019

# Media

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The Verge: As a last resort, Andrew Yang proposes space mirrors to save the planet

"Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has delivered a climate plan that fleshes out his dreams for a geoengineered world. According to his proposal, which was released on August 26th, it’ll take 20 years, $4.87 trillion, and maybe even space mirrors to prevent a climate catastrophe."

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