22.04.2021

# New Publications

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Creutzig, Felix; et al. (2021): Considering sustainability thresholds for BECCS in IPCC and biodiversity assessments

Creutzig, Felix; Erb, Karl‐Heinz; Haberl, Helmut; Hof, Christian; Hunsberger, Carol; Roe, Stephanie (2021): Considering sustainability thresholds for BECCS in IPCC and biodiversity assessments. In GCB Bioenergy 13 (4), pp. 510–515. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12798.

"Here, we contrast insights from these reports with other recent literature and demonstrate that BECCS bears additional risks for biodiversity, livelihoods, and intertemporal carbon balances."

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19.04.2021

# Media

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Video: Rolling Stone: How Dangerous Is Solar Geoengineering? | The Climate Debates

"We discuss some of the central issues: Is the climate crisis so far gone that we need to consider risky ideas like solar engineering? Is solar engineering a hubristic dream of techno-elitists or the best tool we have to reduce the impacts of a warming climate for millions of people in the developing world? Who would be the winners and losers in a geoengineered world?"

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12.04.2021

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Grist: Why a landmark experiment into dimming the sun got canceled

"Who gets to decide if we research solar geoengineering?"

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05.04.2021

# Media

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GlobalEcoGuy: Solar Geoengineering: Ineffective, Risky, and Unnecessary

 

"Some people are proposing to counteract climate change by artificially dimming the Sun. But it’s largely ineffective. It’s potentially risky. And it’s unnecessary. Instead, we should focus on real-world solutions that work."

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23.03.2021

# Political Papers

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Larkin, Patricia; et al. (2021): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage - Polarization, public confidence and decision-making

Larkin, Patricia; Bird, Stephen; Gattinger, Monica (2021): Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage - Polarization, public confidence and decision-making. University of Ottawa.

"The study consists of a review of academic, industry, and government publications, along with in-depth interviews with decision-makers from a variety of different sectors related to CCUS policy and implementation."

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19.02.2021

# Media

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Gizmodo: Billionaires’ Favorite Climate Solution Is a Dangerous Distraction

"The prize is part of a growing movement by the billionaire class to make carbon dioxide removal, known as CDR in science and policy circles, a reality. But the narrative fit for a sci-fi movie obscures the fact that CDR comes with real issues as does the fact that a few incredibly wealthy (largely) men and industries are trying to define the scope of climate solutions."

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14.12.2020

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The Good Men Project: Geo-Engineering: It’s Probably Not a Good Idea

"Skyseed: geo-engineering the planet might be humankind’s last desperate throw, says a tale by a geophysical hazard expert."

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10.12.2020

# New Publications

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Odoulami, Romaric C.; et al. (2020): Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering could lower future risk of ‘Day Zero’ level droughts in Cape Town

Odoulami, Romaric C.; New, Mark; Wolski, Piotr; Guillemet, Gregory; Pinto, Izidine; Lennard, Christopher et al. (2020): Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering could lower future risk of ‘Day Zero’ level droughts in Cape Town. In Environ. Res. Lett. 15 (12), p. 124007. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbf13.

"Here, we assess the potential for geoengineering using stratospheric aerosols injection (SAI) to offset the risk of 'Day Zero' level droughts in a high emission future climate using climate model simulations from the Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering Large Ensemble Project."

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09.12.2020

# New Publications

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Fujiki, Atsushi (2021): Reconsidering Precautionary Attitudes and Sin of Omission for Emerging Technologies: Geoengineering and Gene Drive

Fujiki, Atsushi (2021): Reconsidering Precautionary Attitudes and Sin of Omission for Emerging Technologies: Geoengineering and Gene Drive. In Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Jonathan Wolff, Takashi Yanagawa (Eds.): Risks and Regulation of New Technologies. Singapore: Springer Singapore Pte. Limited (Kobe University Monograph Series in Social Science Research Ser), pp. 249–267.

"However, precautionary and preemptive attitudes may be also obstacles to decision making because they are used by both the advocates and opponents of these new fields. Therefore, when we examine “innovative emerging technologies that will have unquantifiable and unpredictable influences over a wide spatio-temporally range and produce catastrophic irreversible consequences in a worst-case scenario” from the viewpoint of precautionary attitudes, it is necessary to identify the situations and risks that we really want to avoid because the words “precautionary” and “omission” can have different meanings for different stakeholders."

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07.12.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Submissions: Security Politics, Risk and Climate Geoengineering

Deadline: 19. January 2021

"In security terms, climate change is widely studied and debated and often understood as a threat or risk multiplier, including in emerging accounts of planetary, ecological or human security. However, security imaginaries of climate geoengineering are undeveloped and only now beginning to emerge."

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