15.10.2020

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C2G Guest Post: Solar Geoengineering, Compensation, and Parametric Insurance: Insights from the Pacific

"Compensation is a central issue in considering the possible future deployment of solar geoengineering [1] for two reasons. First and most obvious, corrective justice would require compensating those who are harmed. Second, without a credible compensation mechanism, many states would likely oppose deployment by imposing high short-term costs such as trade or financial sanctions on would-be deployers."

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15.10.2020

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Horton, Joshua B.; et al. (2020): Parametric Insurance for Solar Geoengineering: Insights from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative

Horton, Joshua B.; Lefale, Penehuro; Keith, David (2020): Parametric Insurance for Solar Geoengineering: Insights from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative. In Global Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12864.

"Parametric insurance, which delivers payouts when specific physical indices (such as wind speed) cross predefined thresholds, was recently proposed by two of us as a compensation mechanism for SG with the potential to ease disagreements about the technology and to facilitate cooperative deployment; we refer to this proposal as reduced‐rate climate risk insurance for solar geoengineering, or ‘RCG’. Here we probe the plausibility of RCG by exploring the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI), a sovereign risk pool providing parametric insurance coverage against tropical cyclones and earthquakes/tsunamis to Pacific island countries since 2013."

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22.09.2020

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Bloomberg: Wildfires Prove We Got Climate Risks All Wrong

"For too long we assumed the worst effects were manageable and would advance slowly."

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15.09.2020

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Podcast: Clean Technica: Machine Learning + CleanTech + Climate Risks, Part II — CleanTech Talk Podcast

"Mike then moved the conversation toward geoengineering, which Paul believes needs more attention. Mike sees a fundamental problem in pretending like the world could geoengineer its way out of climate change without causing other problems, whereas Paul thinks there is a balance to be found."

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15.09.2020

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Blog: Global Policy: Safeguarding Biodiversity in Carbon Dioxide Removal Approaches

"The potential impacts of CDR activities on biodiversity need to be at the forefront of decision-making around whether to engage in research and the eventual deployment of these techniques."

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14.09.2020

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Podcast: Shaping the Future (Cambridge Climate Lecture Series): Uni. Of Cambridge’s Hugh Hunt On Geoengineering The Arctic: ‘crazy ideas have potential’

"Hugh makes the point that the risks of Geoengineering are less than the risks from climate tipping points that we are facing if we don’t do it."

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14.09.2020

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Video: IEAGHG: Value of Emerging and Enabling Technologies in Reducing Costs, Risks & Timescales for CCS

"8th September 2020 : This webinar will look at the recent IEAGHG study on the Value of Emerging and Enabling Technologies in Reducing Costs, Risks & Timescales for CCS (report number 2020-05, published July 2020 and contracted out to Element Energy)."

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07.09.2020

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Dooley, Kate; et al. (2020): Carbon‐dioxide Removal and Biodiversity: A Threat Identification Framework

Dooley, Kate; Harrould‐Kolieb, Ellycia; Talberg, Anita (2020): Carbon‐dioxide Removal and Biodiversity: A Threat Identification Framework. In Global Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12828.

"We present a framework for assessing the impacts (positive or negative) on biodiversity and ecosystems from a spectrum of CDR interventions, so as to prioritize research to those CDR options that present minimal threats to biodiversity. Application of the framework indicates that while many CDR interventions present threats to biodiversity, certain options, such as regenerative CDR, may have positive impacts."

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31.08.2020

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ABC News: Saviour or scientific hubris? Geoengineering the planet to counter climate change

"By 2010 a large number of "geoengineering" experiments were under consideration — but now major experimentation appears to have stalled. The reasons why reflect the difficulties in trying to deliberately manipulate a system as complex and fragile as the Earth's environment. They may also speak to the limits of political will, the public's fear of human meddling, and the problematic line between innovation and scientific hubris."

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24.08.2020

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Shrum, Trisha R.; et al. (2020): Behavioural frameworks to understand public perceptions of and risk response to carbon dioxide removal

Shrum, Trisha R.; Markowitz, Ezra; Buck, Holly; Gregory, Robin; van der Linden, Sander; Attari, Shahzeen Z.; van Boven, Leaf (2020): Behavioural frameworks to understand public perceptions of and risk response to carbon dioxide removal. In Interface Focus. 10 (5), p. 20200002. DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2020.0002.

"In this paper, we review behavioural decision theory and discuss how public reactions to CDR will be different from and more complex than that implied by rational choice theory."

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