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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28.04.2021

# New Publications

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Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2021): Reckless or righteous? Reviewing the sociotechnical benefits and risks of climate change geoengineering

Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2021): Reckless or righteous? Reviewing the sociotechnical benefits and risks of climate change geoengineering. In Energy Strategy Reviews 35, p. 100656. DOI: 10.1016/j.esr.2021.100656.

"[T]his study reviews and summarizes a large number of geoengineering assessments published over the past decade to document prospective benefits, but also reveal potential risks. It aims to provide a comprehensive evidence base on GGR and SRM technologies that is rigorous, timely, and interdisciplinary."

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26.04.2021

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The Guardian: Some say we can ‘solar-engineer’ ourselves out of the climate crisis. Don’t buy it

"So-called “solar geoengineering” doesn’t actually modify the sun itself. Instead, it reduces incoming sunlight by other means, such as putting chemicals in the atmosphere that reflect sunlight to space. It addresses a symptom of global heating, rather than the root cause, which is human-caused increase in the atmosphere’s burden of carbon dioxide."

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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

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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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