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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20.02.2020

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Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security: The World Climate and Security Report 2020

“The World Climate and Security Report 2020.” Product of the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. Authors: Steve Brock (CCS), Bastien Alex (IRIS), Oliver-Leighton Barrett (CCS), Francesco Femia (CCS), Shiloh Fetzek (CCS), Sherri Goodman (CCS), Deborah Loomis (CCS), Tom Middendorp (Clingendael), Michel Rademaker (HCSS), Louise van Schaik (Clingendael), Julia Tasse (IRIS), Caitlin Werrell (CCS). Edited by Francesco Femia & Caitlin Werrell. Published by the Center for Climate and Security, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks. Feb 2020.

"Climate mitigation, adaptation  and resilience efforts are increasingly urgent to avert the significant security consequences of climate change, yet some proposed solutions such as geoengineering could present  negative second-order effects to global security, if not implemented carefully."

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01.06.2019

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Vox: The climate renegade. What happens when someone wants to go it alone on fixing the climate?

"Enter an eccentric San Francisco-based entrepreneur named Russ George. He had spent much of his career bouncing between ambitious environmental projects: cold fusion, reforestation, and, most recently at the time, a startup called Planktos, which focused on something called 'ocean restoration.'"

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Herington, Jonathan (2019): Security, Planning and Justice. A Reply to Mintz-Woo

Herington, Jonathan (2019): Security, Planning and Justice. A Reply to Mintz-Woo. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 387–390. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562531.

"In a recent paper (Herington, 2017), I argued that the mere risk of climate-related harm was itself a harm, since it undermined the security of individuals subject to that risk. In his commentary, Mintz-Woo (2019) argues that my account of the value of security is mistaken. On his view, the value of belief-relative security is already well captured by standard theories of wellbeing, and the value of fact-relative security is illusory. In the following, I attempt to respond to his concerns."

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20.05.2019

# New Publications

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Mintz-Woo, Kian (2018): Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses?

Mintz-Woo, Kian (2018): Security and Distribution, or Should You Care about Merely Possible Losses? In Ethics, Policy & Environment 21 (3), pp. 382–386. DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2018.1562532.

"Jonathan Herington argues that harms can occur whether or not there is actually a loss. He claims that subjectively or objectively merely being at risk of losing access to basic goods is sufficient for lowering that individual’s well-being for the value of ‘security’. I challenge whether losing access to basic goods is sufficient to justify the introduction of this value. I also point to some issues in his interpretation of IPCC risk categories and the social science research he relies on."

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01.08.2017

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Corry, Olaf (2017): The international politics of geoengineering. The feasibility of Plan B for tackling climate change

Corry, Olaf (2017): The international politics of geoengineering. The feasibility of Plan B for tackling climate change. In Security Dialogue 48 (4), pp. 297–315. DOI: 10.1177/0967010617704142.

"This article puts forward what it calls the ‘security hazard’ and argues that this could be a crucial factor in determining whether a technology is able, ultimately, to reduce climate risks. Ideas about global governance of geoengineering rely on heroic assumptions about state rationality and a generally pacific international system. Moreover, if in a climate engineered world weather events become something certain states can be made directly responsible for, this may also negatively affect prospects for ‘Plan A’, i.e. an effective global agreement on mitigation."

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19.09.2014

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Risk Science Center: Designing global deliberation for geoengineering governance

"In sum, given the potential risks and benefits of geoengineering, and the growing citizen engagement (and activism) related to science and technology policymaking across the world, a deliberative approach is necessary."

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16.03.2012

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Lalonde, Karine; Mucci, Alfonso; et al. (2012): Preservation of organic matter in sediments promoted by iron

Lalonde, Karine; Mucci, Alfonso; Ouellet, Alexandre; Gélinas, Yves (2012): Preservation of organic matter in sediments promoted by iron. In: Nature 483 (7388), S. 198–200.

Paper on the effectiveness of maritime iron fertilization.

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23.02.2012

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Telegraph & Argus: Plan B is a dangerous exercise

General newspaper article.

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21.01.2012

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Brendon Bosworth Blog: Think Tank Urges Government to Start Geoengineering Research Program

Comprehensive overview over research and debate on CE with many links.

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