1st Edition

An International Legal Framework for Geoengineering
Managing the Risks of an Emerging Technology

ISBN 9780367888787
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

Geoengineering provides new possibilities for humans to deal with dangerous climate change and its effects but at the same time creates new risks to the planet. This book responds to the challenges geoengineering poses to International Law by identifying and developing the rules and principles that are aimed at controlling the risks to the environment and human health arising from geoengineering activities, without neglecting the contribution that geoengineering could make in preventing dangerous climate change and its impacts. It argues first that the employment of geoengineering should not cause significant environmental harm to the areas beyond the jurisdiction of the state of origin or the global commons, and the risk of causing such harm should be minimized or controlled. Second, the potential of geoengineering in contributing to preventing dangerous climate change should not be downplayed.

Table of Contents


Part I – Background

Chapter 1 Political And Scientific Aspects Of Geoengineering

Part II – Applying Contemporary International Law To Geoengineering

Chapter 2 Contemporary International Law And Geoengineering – A General Approach

Chapter 3 Contemporary International Law And Geoengineering – A Technique-By-Technique Approach

Part III Towards Better Governance

Chapter 4 Main Scenarios of the Future of Geoengineering Governance

Chapter 5 Balancing the Risk of Climate Change against Geoengineering – Controlling Environmental Risk and Coping with Scientific Uncertainty


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Haomiao Du is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Twente, the Netherlands