16.09.2011

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[press release] 'Oxford Principles' vital for geoengineering research

"The Oxford Geoengineering Programme, a new interdisciplinary initiative of the Oxford Martin School, has issued a press release to call for an internationally accepted code of conduct for geoengineering research."

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14.09.2011

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SPICE-Project

The project will investigate the feasibility of one so-called geoengineering
technique: the idea of simulating natural processes that release small particles
into the stratosphere, which then reflect a few percent of incoming solar
radiation, with the effect of cooling the Earth with relative speed.

http://www2.eng.cam.ac.uk/~hemh/SPICE/SPICE.htm


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01.01.2011

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EUROCHAR - Development of technologies for long-term carbon sequestration

"In the context of climate change mitigation, technologies for removing the CO from the atmosphere are key challenges. The transfer of carbon from the atmosphere into useful carbon deposits is currently one promising option. Transferring biomass to carbon-rich materials with potential mega-scale application is an option to sequester carbon from plant material, taking it out of the short-term carbon cycle and therefore binding CO efficiently and even in a useful, productive, way into longer term non-atmospheric carbon pools. EuroChar will investigate carbon sequestration potentials that can be achieved by transforming plant biomass into charcoal (or Biochar) and add that to agricultural soils. Biochar production will be demonstrated using thermochemical (TC) or hydrothermal carbonization processes (HTC) that can produce energy and store 15 to 20% of the Carbon originally contained in the biomass. Detailed ISO-accredited whole Life Cycle Assessment will be carried out according to the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook on LCA, for both TC and HTC production systems to evaluate the net Carbon sequestration capacity associated to Biochar production. Physico-chemical properties of Biochar will be analysed in a series of laboratory studies that will use standardized analytical protocols, and a specific phyto-toxicity test will be made using molecular approaches involving a model plant [...]"

More information as well on the 7th framework site


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01.12.2010

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Geo-Engineering Project from Rathenau Institute

"The Rathenau Institute is conducting research into various forms of climate engineering. Our aim is to identify the main issues which will inform the imminent debate, and to bring the various societal stakeholders together."

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01.01.2010

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Oxford Geoengineering

"The Oxford Geoengineering Programme will use primary research to examine the engineering processes and associated risks of schemes to geoengineer the Earth’s climate in the context of these key scientific, ethical and governance questions. The Programme aims to establish Oxford as the pre-eminent centre in the United Kingdom and internationally for the integrated study of geoengineering."

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01.07.2009

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IMPLICC - Implications and risks of engineering solar radiation to limit climate change

IMPLICC addresses the call ”Implications and Risks of Novel Options to Limit Climate Change“ within the activity "Climatefiles/kei/media/bilder/P_7th-framework.PNG Change, Pollution and Risks” of the European Union's framework-7 programme (FP7) for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013). The project is running since July 2009 under the cooperation of 5 higher educational and research institutions in France, Germany and Norway. The overall activities of the project are coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg.

An intermediate report on project results can be found here.


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16.06.2009

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Marsilius Kolleg – Global Governance of Climate Engineering

A German graduate college with interdisciplinary scientists located in Heidelberg. It is funded by the German excellence initiative.


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