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Solar Geoengineering – Solar Geoengineering at a Standstill? (Global Policy)

Solar Geoengineering at a Standstill?

Joshua B. Horton

Solar geoengineering (or solar radiation modification)—the idea of reflecting small amounts of incoming sunlight back to space to partially offset climate change—occupies an unusual position in the global governance landscape.  On the one hand, the technology sparks opposition and outrage, ignites calls for global bans or placing it under international control, and is regarded by some as an existential threat to humanity.  On the other hand, it has barely been researched, has limited commercial prospects or potential for military application, and has been ignored by almost all states and international institutions.

Solar Geoengineering at a Standstill? | Global Policy Journal

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Germany/Afghanistan – Germany’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan puts its Security Policy Back at Square One (Global Policy)

Germany’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan puts its Security Policy Back at Square One

Image: Ninara via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

On 29 June 2021, a press release announcing that the last German soldiers were leaving Afghanistan coincided with the German team leaving the confusingly named EURO 2020 tournament at the hands of the English. The following day’s postmortem of the football team’s earlier than expected return home took up much more space in the news than the Bundeswehr’s much-later than expected return from Central Asia. This is a shame for more reasons than one. While Germany’s football team will surely recover by the time of next year’s World Cup in Qatar, Germany’s and by extension Europe’s security policy has been changed forever by the mission in Afghanistan.

Germany’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan puts its Security Policy Back at Square One | Global Policy Journal

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Global – Ending hunger and poverty are the top priorities for global public (Douglas Broom, WEF)

a chart showing what respondents considered most important

Image: World Economic Forum-Ipsos

Stop hunger, poverty, improve health – what most people want | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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PANDEMIC/VACCINE – Vaccine Chimeras (Manjari Mahajan, Global Policy)

The overwhelming prioritization of vaccines takes attention and resources away from the complex political, social and infrastructural investments that underlie a resilient public health response.

https://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/22/12/2020/vaccine-chimeras

 

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BRAZIL – Between Two Epidemics: Coronavirus and Inequality in Brazil – A Conversation with GGF 2035 Fellow Felipe Oriá (Felipe Oriá, Global Policy)

This interview was conducted by the Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues, which brings together young professionals to look ahead 15 years and recommend ways to address global challenges.

https://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/21/12/2020/between-two-epidemics-coronavirus-and-inequality-brazil-conversation-ggf-2035